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About Modern Languages

The study of Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish at Elizabethtown College unites practical training in language skills with an understanding of culture, history, and literature.

The Wonderful World of French

Academic Information

Major Requirements

Minor Requirements

Department Checksheets

Contact:
Vanessa Borilot
borilotv@etown.edu
717-361-1256

In his poem, “The Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost describes encountering a fork in the road. This bifurcation becomes a metaphor for choices that we confront as we navigate the road of life. For college students, the opportunity to study French creates a fork in the road because it requires a commitment to encounter something “different.” Some Elizabethtown College students choose to embark on this exciting, transformative journey.

 Here’s why…

Courses: language, culture, reading, and literature

Communication Outcomes: Engage in conversation, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions; Understand and interpret written and spoken French on a variety of topics; Present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics

Cultures Outcomes: Understand the relationship between the practices and perspectives of French culture; Understand the relationship between the products and perspectives of French culture

Connections Outcomes: Acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through French language and culture

Comparisons Outcomes: Demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of French culture and one’s own; Demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of French and one’s own

Communities Outcomes: Use French both within and beyond the school setting; Become life-long learners by using French for personal enjoyment and enrichment

Study Abroad: a year or a semester in France; Possibilities also exist in some francophone countries

Where the journey leads…

Liberal Arts Education: a certain flexibility of thought, a speculative cast of the mind that permits the continued acquisition, analysis, synthesis, and communication of knowledge in one’s native tongue and French

Global Citizenship: claim as Diogenes did, “I am a citizen of the world.”

Thrice-born Intellectual: born once in your country, then in France, and then back in your own

Interesting Careers: Peace Corps Volunteer, High School French Teacher, Business Administrator in Paris, Ship Steward, College Professor of French, and Lawyer

 

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