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  • “Translators and interpreters are expected to be one of the 15 fastest growing occupations in the nation, according to the Department of Labor.”

  • “World language skills have increasingly become a differentiator for hiring managers among graduates.”

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  • “Americans are seriously lagging when it comes to learning foreign languages. Only 19.7 percent of those surveyed speak a language other than English in their households. Contrast this with Europe, where 56 percent of Europeans speak a language other than their mother tongue, and 28 percent speak two foreign languages.”

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  • Organizations with international ambitions increasingly expect prospective employees to be fluent in key foreign languages.”

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  • “Language learners show greater cognitive flexibility, better problem solving and higher order thinking skills.”

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Broncos Go Global with Language

  • Now-available-iPads

    iPads Now Available for Checkout!

    We are excited to announce that World Languages students now have access to 30 iPad Minis for use in completing classwork, projects, and research. These devices are loaded with a variety of apps and digital content to aid in the creation of language projects and reviewing information such as eTextbooks and news articles.

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    Basque Studies Program Featured on Extepare.net

    Professor Nere Lete's weekend workshop and special guest lecturers in Professor Kelly Arispe's courses were recently featured on Extepare.net!

  • Germany in Europe Week

    Germany in Europe 2014

    Christine Erhart, a sophomore elementary education major enrolled in professor Becca Sibrian’s German 102 course, hands out notepads from the German Embassy during Boise State’s third annual German Language Week. Students participated in a variety of contests, from essays to visual art, sidewalk chalk to a weeklong Schnitzeljagd (scavenger hunt), as part of the event, sponsored by the German Embassy and the German Information Center in Washington, D.C.

  • Campus and community members gathered in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom to celebrate the Chinese “Year of the Horse” during the annual China Night event. Guests enjoyed authentic Chinese cuisine as well as traditional and modern ethnic music and dances, including this one featuring Qiang Luo. Photo by Wankun Sirichotiyakul

    China Night 2014

    Campus and community members gathered in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom to celebrate the Chinese “Year of the Horse” during the annual China Night event. Photo by Wankun Sirichotiyakul.

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    Spanish Program Hosts “iNoche”

    The Spanish Program officially launched its mProgram Aug. 28 at “iNoche” (iNight) to more than 150 upper-division Spanish students. iNoche was an orientation night where students were encouraged to bring their iPads and learn by doing.

  • 2013 Scholarship Recipients

    WLL Scholarship Reception 2013

    Congratulations to: (Front Row) Claudia Beltran, Afton Barkes, (Beatriz) Leslie Davis (Back Row) Jamie Lundergreen, Scott Watford, Marcus Youngberg

  • Contemporary Mexican Culture Course

    Contemporary Mexican Culture Course

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    Moot Court Day

    Karen Wadley's Latin Students "defending" and "prosecuting" translations of Latin sentences in Moot Court, and receiving a taste of Roman culture and politics!

The study of languages gives students a sound foundation in the liberal arts.  Graduates with language backgrounds possess a resource for continuing intellectual growth and personal fulfillment, a passport for moving easily within the world community and its diverse cultures, and a practical tool for earning a living. Programs in the Department of World Languages concentrate on the acquisition of language and knowledge of the cultures that the language expresses.

The department offers baccalaureate degrees and minors in FrenchGerman, and Spanish; minors in American Sign LanguageBasque Studies, Chinese Studies,  Japanese Studies, Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Latin Language and Literature, as well as language instruction in Arabic, and Korean.

Special encouragement is given to students who wish to pursue a minor emphasis in a world language to support a major taken outside the department.  With the changing population of the United States and the growing interdependence of the international community, career opportunities are expanding rapidly for graduates who know a second language.  Second language competency has become highly desirable in teaching, government, social services, diplomacy, law, medicine, mass communications, science, technology, international trade, and marketing.  The programs in world languages have the latitude and flexibility to fit nearly any career goal.

The Department of World Languages encourages students who wish to acquire proficiency at a “professional” or “near-native” level to spend time in a region whose language they are studying.  Programs available through the Office of International Learning Opportunities give students a chance to master a language and learn more about culture and customs, often while studying at foreign universities and living with local families.

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