Mission & Learning Outcomes

Mission Statement

In an ever more interconnected and global society, the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Elmhurst College aims to educate students to become communicatively and culturally competent and to become informed and responsible global citizens with demonstrated proficiency in world languages and cultures. As scholars, we pursue research in language, literature and culture that contributes to a deeper understanding of the human experience throughout the world.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes for the Department of World Languages are based on the ACTFL national standards, often referred to as the five C’s.

  • Communication. Students will be able to communicate in languages other than English
  • Cultures. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures
  • Connections. Students will connect their learning with other disciplines
  • Comparisons. Students will develop insight into the nature of language and culture
  • Communities. Students will participate and engage in multi-lingual and multi-cultural communities in the US and around the world

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