Department of World Languages and Cultures
Rutgers University
Armitage Hall, 311 N. 5th Street
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 225-6136
forlangs@camden.rutgers.edu

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Learning Outcomes for Foreign Language Requirement

The study of foreign languages prepares students to engage with diverse linguistic communities and cultures. The General Education Foundational category of Foreign Language Proficiency affirms the
importance of proficiency in a language other than English. 

The General Education Foundational category of Foreign Language Literacy is designed to prepare learners for 21st century challenges by providing them with an exploration into foreign languages and cultures as an essential component of a liberal arts education, and lifelong learning. The general education sequence aspires to promote an interest in languages, cultures and the peoples who speak it, as well as to prepare students for a variety of careers with international dimensions.

Upon successful completion of the general education foreign language sequence at Rutgers, Camden, students will be able to:

  • Communicate with foreign language speakers in the United States and abroad with sufficient fluency and accuracy so as to allow them to: (1) participate effectively in formal and informal conversations concerning a variety of topics; (2) present and explain information.
  • Read in a foreign language accurately enough to understand a variety of genres: from newspapers articles to literary pieces.
  • Write in a foreign language appropriately and effectively: from descriptions and narrations to basic argumentative essays.
  • Understand better the diversity and richness of the cultural manifestations of other peoples. 
  • Understand the nature of foreign languages as well as their own.
  • Reinforce knowledge gained from other disciplines and connect it with the study of a foreign language.
  • Articulate a sense of a multilingual international community of which they form an integral part.