As interaction between nations increases and the United States becomes more diverse, knowing another language becomes more and more important. The UW-Eau Claire majors in French, German and Spanish provide students with two years of basic language followed by advanced composition and conversation, civilization, literature, and phonetics courses as well as courses in business foreign language. Instruction at all levels emphasizes practical usage combined with cultural knowledge and appreciation. The department also prepares K-12 teachers in the fields of French, German and Spanish.
Why study foreign languages?
- Studying a foreign language develops your oral and written skills-even in your native language. These are among the first skills at which employers look.
- Increased activity in international business, government and tourism has created a need for improved understanding and communication.
- The number of careers that require a major in a foreign language is increasing. Insight into a particular culture and capacity to learn languages will interest employers in a variety of fields including education, social work, health services, business, banking, insurance, advertising, travel, publishing and public service.
- Starting salaries for students graduating with proficiency in one or more foreign languages are at least 20 percent higher than for students who speak English only.
- Training in foreign languages is essential preparation for jobs with multinational companies, in the U.S. Foreign Service and numerous other governmental agencies.
- With a minor in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), you'll be prepared to teach English as a foreign language overseas.
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