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Mission

The University of Detroit Mercy's Language and Cultural Training Program prepares leaders in education and business to become global citizens. It aims to extend learning beyond existing social and professional challenges by equipping learners with the ability to communicate effectively in more than one language!

Membership

As a member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), our curriculum is aligned with -- and student learning outcomes are developed to correlate to -- the ACTFL scale for Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of language learning. 

Available Languages

Curriculum Objectives and Outcomes (beginner)

The objectives and outcomes listed below apply to all languages.

Introductory I / 1100 (3 credits)
An introduction to the language includes learning sounds, writing system, vocabulary and structure. Students will experience the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in a practical scenario with individualized attention. Cultural business themes will be incorporated into instruction. At the conclusion of the Introductory/1100 course, students will be able to do the following:

  • reproduce the sound system of the target language and integrate these sounds into learned utterances.
  • use vocabulary for everyday manners and survival in both written and spoken form.
  • participate in brief conversations asking and answering simple questions.
  • write concise, logical sentences and comprehend simple written passages.
  • appreciate diversity through comparison of cultures.

Students will explore cultural diversity by focusing on the 5 cs:  communication, cultures, communities, comparisons, and connections.  Students will develop an understanding of and critically examine the complexity of elements important to another culture in relation to its history, values, politics, economy, institutions, economy, beliefs and its products, practices and perspectives.  

Introductory II / 1110 (3 credits)
A continuation of Introductory/1100, this course builds on previously acquired language fluency and aims at augmenting vocabulary and structure in a practical context. Increasing attention will be devoted to individual student practice and needs. Emphasis will continue to include culture. At the conclusion of the Introductory/111 course, students will be able to do the following:

  • use the sound system effectively.
  • expand and use vocabulary regarding recurring events and functions in both written and spoken form.
  • demonstrate creative language use in response to spoken or written questions or directions in complete sentence form.
  • read and understand passages on a variety of familiar topics relating to basic personal and social needs.
  • take notes on spoken and written language pertaining to factual topics.
  • appreciate diversity through comparison of cultures.

Students will explore cultural diversity by focusing on the 5 cs:  communication, cultures, communities, comparisons, and connections.  Students will develop an understanding of and critically examine the complexity of elements important to another culture in relation to its history, values, politics, economy, institutions, economy, beliefs and its products, practices and perspectives.  

Introductory III / 1120 (3 credits)
A third level of language permits the student to utilize the target language in increasingly complex ways and in more rapid speech patterns. Continued exposure to the cultural heritage of the native speakers of the language will be stressed.

At the conclusion of the Introductory/1120 course, students will be able to do the following:

  • integrate past vocabulary and structures into new and more complex communication.
  • communicate in casual conversations, and write more meaningful and sophisticated passages on topics including family, interests,
    work, travel, and current events.
  • read and comprehend with reference aides, unedited, authentic materials such as texts, newspapers, and magazines.
  • comprehend most speech on familiar topics grasping main ideas and some relevant details.
  • perform successfully in some routine social situation.
  • appreciate diversity through comparison of cultures.

Introductory Business I / 1150 (3 credits)
No prerequisite required.
An introductory level of language designed to present students with the basics in speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing in a business context. Cultural business themes will be incorporated into instruction.

Curriculum Objectives and Outcomes (intermediate)

Intermediate I / 2100 (3 credits)
Prerequisite: 1120 or equivalent
An intermediate level of language focusing on increased structural accuracy in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will be exposed to unedited authentic materials (i.e., newspapers, books, movies, music, etc.) to improve proficiency in the four skill areas. They will gain an increased appreciation of cultural diversities.

Students will explore cultural diversity by focusing on the 5 cs:  communication, cultures, communities, comparisons, and connections.  Students will develop an understanding of and critically examine the complexity of elements important to another culture in relation to its history, values, politics, economy, institutions, economy, beliefs and its products, practices and perspectives.  

Intermediate II / 2110 (3 credits)
Prerequisite: 2100 or equivalent
A continuation of Intermediate/210 integrating past vocabulary and structures into new and more sophisticated forms of speaking and enhanced listening comprehension. Students will write cohesive summaries and resumes of material read or heard. Additionally, they will increase their understanding of the cultures of the countries in which the target language is spoken.

Students will explore cultural diversity by focusing on the 5 cs:  communication, cultures, communities, comparisons, and connections.  Students will develop an understanding of and critically examine the complexity of elements important to another culture in relation to its history, values, politics, economy, institutions, economy, beliefs and its products, practices and perspectives.  

Intermediate III / 2120 (3 credits)
Prerequisite: 2110 or equivalent
A third intermediate level of language study in which more complex forms of speaking, listening, reading and writing will be developed and reinforced through the use of a variety of course materials and classroom activities.

By the conclusion of Intermediate 2120, most of the language's critical structures will have been introduced and practiced. Students will demonstrate increased knowledge of the culture where the language is spoken and its effect on the world.

Students will explore cultural diversity by focusing on the 5 cs:  communication, cultures, communities, comparisons, and connections.  Students will develop an understanding of and critically examine the complexity of elements important to another culture in relation to its history, values, politics, economy, institutions, economy, beliefs and its products, practices and perspectives.  

Intermediate Business II/2150 (3 credits)
Prerequisite: 1120, 1150 or equivalent
This course is designed to improve the language skill areas (speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing) in the business setting. Business cultural proficiency will be enhanced as well.

Curriculum Objectives and Outcomes (advanced)

Advanced I / 3100 (3 credits)
Prerequisite: 2120 or equivalent
An advanced level of study in which students will create with the language by combining learned elements. They will understand details when listening to a spoken language, and connect discourse on a variety of topics. They will read and demonstrate comprehension of longer prose of several paragraphs in length. They will demonstrate a keen understanding of cultural differences between the presented countries and their own.

Students will explore cultural diversity by focusing on the 5 cs:  communication, cultures, communities, comparisons, and connections.  Students will develop an understanding of and critically examine the complexity of elements important to another culture in relation to its history, values, politics, economy, institutions, economy, beliefs and its products, practices and perspectives.  

Advanced II / 3110 (3 credits)
Prerequisite: 3100 or equivalent
This second level of advanced language study will expose students to authentic situations to promote mastering listening and reading skills. Students will initiate and sustain conversations on practical, social, professional and abstract topics, hypothesize and support their opinions in spoken and written forms. They will demonstrate detailed knowledge of the represented cultures.

Students will explore cultural diversity by focusing on the 5 cs:  communication, cultures, communities, comparisons, and connections.  Students will develop an understanding of and critically examine the complexity of elements important to another culture in relation to its history, values, politics, economy, institutions, economy, beliefs and its products, practices and perspectives.  

Advanced III / 3120 (3 credits)
Prerequisite: 3110 or equivalent
Students participating in this third level of advanced language study will exhibit pronounced accuracy in all four language skill areas and marked cultural proficiency. They will continuously expand vocabulary and master grammatical structures in order to communicate more effectively with native speakers not accustomed to dealing with foreigners.

Students will explore cultural diversity by focusing on the 5 cs:  communication, cultures, communities, comparisons, and connections.  Students will develop an understanding of and critically examine the complexity of elements important to another culture in relation to its history, values, politics, economy, institutions, economy, beliefs and its products, practices and perspectives.  

Advanced Business III / 3150 (3 credits)
Prerequisite: 2120, 2150 or equivalent
An advanced level of business language study designed to increase precision and diminish Anglicisms in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Advanced cultural themes are an integral part of course themes and vocabulary.

Advanced Courses for Language Educators

Advanced Conversation / 3950 (1 or 3 credits)
Prerequisite: 2120 or equivalent
An advanced level of language study which focuses on improving participants' oral/aural proficiency by having them initiate and sustain dialogue on diverse subjects pertaining to the represented cultures.

Advanced Reading/Writing / 3980 (1 or 3 credits)
Prerequisite: 2120 or equivalent
An advanced level of language study in which selected short stories, poems and/or passages from contemporary literature are read and comprehension of material is demonstrated through discussion.

Advanced Culture / 3990 (1 or 3 credits)
Prerequisite: 2120 or equivalent
An advanced level of language study which focuses on contemporary cultural themes presented in varying art forms including film, theater, music and the visual arts.