​The Department of World Languages and Cultures provides strong language programs that open areas of the non-English speaking world and their cultures to our students; supports efforts to create a more international environment on campus by promoting study abroad and the recruitment of international students and faculty; and engages in and disseminates research through regional, national, and international scholarly communities.


Toward this end, the Department of World Languages and Cultures shall:

  • provide students with the communicative skills needed to interact effectively in a global society through high-quality academic programs at all levels
  • facilitate the internationalization of Central Michigan University through study abroad programs
  • participate meaningfully in research and creative endeavors at regional, national and international scholarly conferences
  • expand knowledge and skills by providing workshops for elementary and high school foreign language teachers
  • foster multicultural awareness in the community at large through sponsorship of programs in film, music, the arts and humanities, including our annual Foreign Language Day
  • provide an M.A. program in Spanish whose graduates make significant contributions to the discipline and society


In order to expand and enhance communication in our multicultural, multilingual society and among other communities throughout the world, the department will help students develop the following competences in the target language in the following areas. These standards are derived from the goals for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification.

  • syntax and usage:

The understanding, appreciation, and use of social and cultural meanings reflected in sounds, words, and grammatical constructions.

  • listening and speaking:

Communicative competence (situational, social, and cultural) in creating and perceiving messages and information, and the ability to interact effectively in conversation.

  • reading:

Comprehension and interpretive skills to respond effectively to authentic materials (e.g., instructions, newspapers, reference works, menus, transportation schedules, travel guides), and at more advanced levels, comprehension of literary works in the target language.

  • writing:

The ability to produce organized coherent texts that carry out a specific task such as narration, description, analysis, or argumentative persuasion.

  • cultural awareness:

The identification, discussion and/or analysis of: (1) major developments in nations associated with the target language, as well as their significance within the world community; (2) interconnections among geographic features, economic systems, political and religious institutions, and daily life within those cultures; (3) cultural perspectives and behaviors and communication patterns relating to those perspectives; (4) contributions of the target language in literature, arts, science, and technology; and (5) the influence of the given cultures on the United States.

(approved at Department meeting on 12/5/2003)