Career Development with Modern Languages
Learning and studying Modern Languages gives you an understanding of the foreign culture and civilization through training in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing in the target language.
- Educational Administration
- Understands & communicates well in a second language
- Possesses excellent command of the English language
- Learns technical terminology
- Perceives and appreciates cultural differences
- Translation Skills
- Translates written communication from one language to another
- Pays attention to detail
- Possesses excellent researching skills
- Interpretation Skills
- Translates oral and written communication from one language to another
- Makes quick and continuous judgments concerning spoken words
- Speaks clearly, accurately, and quickly
- Works well under pressure
Skills acquired at TLU
Experience and outcomes for the Modern Languages Program, including specific outcomes for students and assessment methods.
|Language Program Outcomes
Demonstrate an advanced level according to ACTFL proficiency guidelines in speaking, listening, reading and writing in a foreign language.
- Students become fluent in a foreign language.
- Produce work that illustrates an understanding of the language within the discipline.
- Articulate an argument based upon an analysis and synthesis of information.
- Present arguments coherently in a form appropriate to the discipline and nature of the work.
- Critically evaluate the content of work within a discipline.
- Language proficiency exit test language majors
- Class presentations
- Research papers
Demonstrate an awareness of the similarities and the differences among the cultures of the language being studied as they compare to other cultures.
- Recognize, interact and relate to another culture.
- Students recognize global connections in relationship to themselves and others in the areas of language and/or culture.
- Students compare and contrast the dynamics of cultural differences and apply that understanding through engagement with another culture.
- Class presentations.
- Supervised involvement in the community.
- Report on intentional participation in cultural exposure.
- Check cross-cultural assessment
Recognize and define the main literary trends and epochs in Spanish and/or Latin American literature.
- Demonstrate knowledge on specific topics such as: origins of Spanish and/or Latin American Literatures; Modernist Poets; Postmodernist and Feminist Voices in Spanish and Latin American Literatures; Memory, Community and Identity in Contemporary Latin American Literature, Latin American Short Story, Latin American Essay.
Recognize and define the main literary trends and epochs in French literature.
- Demonstrate knowledge of specific topics such as: French poetry in the 19th century, literary modernism, Contemporary French and Francophone authors, 20th century French Novel.
- Essays: text analysis + explain how the cultural context and literary period are reflected in the literary works studies in class
- Final oral presentation
Produce professional quality work using the appropriate formats, tools and technology.
- Prepare and possibly submit material for inclusion in conference programs in compliance with MLA format guidelines.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the use of PowerPoint and visual aids.
- Attendance to literary and linguistic conference sessions and reflection paper (Colloquium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Romance Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin and Annual Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages & Literatures, among others)
- French language conferences
- Oral presentation in the target language to faculty and students
|Sydney Moore '11|
Clerical assistant/health fair assistant, Child Incorporated
Child Inc. is a nonprofit in Austin that aids families in lower socioeconomic groups who cannot afford health care/child care.
Plans to pursue graduate and doctoral degrees in Latin American History, Culture or Development.
"Through my work at Child Inc., I use my Spanish language almost daily. Most families that use the Child Inc. health services are Spanish speaking families. Unfortunately, it is very often that the parents that come in to the clinic do not speak or read English which presents a huge barrier for them to get the information they need about their children's health records/vaccination records. During health fairs I consult families on the health/dental options available to them and during individual clinic visits I help translate for some of the Child Inc. nurses."
"My advice to students considering a modern language major/minor, includes three things:
1. Practice as much as you can. Listen to Spanish radio/TV, read Spanish magazines, talk to Spanish-speaking TLU students.
2. Study abroad in a Spanish-speaking nation if you have the opportunity.
3. Get an internship as soon as you can and begin thinking about how you want language to play a role in your career."
|Ryan Avery '10|
"I am forever grateful for choosing to major in Spanish. I have accumulated opportunities to serve and practice my Spanish since graduating through offering ESL classes and traveling abroad to Belize for ten months, including a stint in Guatemala, with much appreciated immersion in the language and culture of Central America. Studying Spanish or any language that piques one's interests not only allows communication with others, but also expands the mind and the personality to strive to learn and think better ultimately to serve others and offer the world how much each person matters. This attitude of expressing dignity and integrity of humanity in each individual is perfect for showing enthusiasm and passion for living to the fullest according to the purposes for which we are created. Having studied literature and living with the intent of applying what was learned in class has opened my life to operate within the laws of language and communication, but with liberty to struggle and express what drives the spirit forward thirsting for more. All this is to say and encourage you prospective students to think about studying a foreign language to open not only your future, but also the future of those whom you will share your experiences and best of times, without regretting what you will not be missing having studied another language!"
|Aída Del Moral '08|
AVANCE-Houston, Inc. Administrative Assistant to Chief Operating Officer of the agency
"I translate several documents (letters, bylaws, procedures, etc.) in an out of the operations department as well as simultaneous interpretation during meetings. I am also one of the point people that communicate with parents from our service area that only speak Spanish."
"Taking advantage of the classes offered at TLU even if you are not going to get a major or minor in foreign language is important. To study a language that will be useful, especially Spanish, and learn how to apply it in a business setting as well as an urban setting is essential for working anywhere. Practicing the language frequently and being comfortable with writing formal and informal documents and making presentations is also beneficial."
|Vanessa Martin '08|
M.Ed. Texas State University '11
Benefit and financial counselor for the local mental health authority in Austin, TX
Serves as a nonprofit representative for Social Security Disability cases and completes the paralegal work needed to get claims approved, as well as provids financial counseling that assists clients in obtaining the insurance benefits needed to complete mental health treatment plans.
"I use the Spanish language when participating in simple conversations or when translating documents and mail. I complete financial assessments, disability interviews and insurance applications in Spanish. I am responsible for providing resources to clientele and for Spanish speakers I maintain forms and information sheets in Spanish. If new policies created in my department I am the member who translates and creates the written form of the policy in Spanish."
"Seek help and don’t be shy about needing to practice your second language. I always try to seek out friends who speak Spanish and can spend a minimum of an hour a week talking to me in Spanish. Last year my Spanish-speaking friend and I would complete a lunch date every week and spend the hour just talking. I have another Spanish speaking friend who helps me practice by inviting me to their Spanish-speaking church. At the church I get to speak, listen, sing and read in Spanish. I have learned how to pray in Spanish too, which has been an amazing way to practice. The ability to speak another language is a privilege that I feel honored to practice with others. I encourage all who can speak another language to seek out ways to practice that may not be traditional methods. Language connects people and has the potential to improve networking skills. Don’t let shyness or stuttering limit your desire to practice. It pays off professionally."
"Practice professional Spanish vocabulary. Nothing is more embarrassing than meeting a top executive of your company, talking to them in Spanish and letting a street/slang word slip out."
|Denise Koch '07|
First grade bilingual teacher in Austin ISD
"I use my Spanish every day to interact and teach my students through their native language. I can't believe that I get to speak Spanish every day! I love my job because I get to communicate with students, teachers, faculty, and parents in Spanish. Every year I have to have 2 conferences with parents and have to communicate in their native language—Spanish. I love what I do every day. Next year we are switching to a dual language program, and I will be starting as a kindergarten bilingual/dual language teacher. I am so excited to be able to continue using my Spanish."
"I would recommend having Spanish as a minor/major. I started out as a major in Spanish and changed to a minor to pursue bilingual EC-4 education certification. I highly suggest that they do so because as of right now, I receive a stipend for being bilingual. Spanish is definitely something that is becoming mainstream to be or have abilities to communicate in Spanish. My husband graduated from TLU and is a chef in downtown Austin. He is slowly picking up Spanish and would definitely progress faster in the company if he could communicate better in Spanish. Spanish is definitely something that will be necessary to be able to communicate and/or write in the future as the population is growing with more Spanish-speaking families."
|Kevin Werling '00|
Independent Educational Consultant representing publishing companies like National Geographic School Publishing, Hampton-Brown, Lectorum and Booksource for the greater Austin area (including Seguin).
"I use Spanish almost on a daily basis marketing Spanish language curriculum materials to educators working in bilingual and dual-language learning environments."
"If your major/minor isn't Spanish, change it to Spanish! If Spanish is not your mother tongue, get to know it better than everyone else you are competing against—it’s not hard as it sounds! It is done every day by millions of students learning English. If your major or minor is Spanish, don’t fake it. Learn it, practice it and know it…'¡Quien sabe dos lenguas, vale por dos!'
|Eduardo Cantu '98|
Director of Service for South Texas Rehab Services in Weslaco, Texas
"Most of my clients are Spanish-speakers only and live in an area where Spanish is the first or the preferred language, so Spanish is almost a necessity.
I'm also going to begin a nonprofit organization to collaborate with an organization in Reynosa, Mexico for assisting the different needs of para/quadriplegics in which Spanish will be indispensable in every aspect.
On a side note I translate the service for my church from English to Spanish."
"I would plead with the students to major/minor in as many languages as they can! For we are living in an ever globalizing U.S. economy forging relations with Saudi Arabia, China and Brazil and not mention delicate affairs with Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Libya, and Yemen; which fosters the need for us to pick up another language if we want to progress in tomorrow's future. The need for professionals in every sector that are bi-, tri- and quad-lingual are astronomical.
|Heather Ohrtman-Rogers '96|
Spanish Teacher at Jenifer Junior High in Lewiston, ID and at Walla Walla Community College in Clarkston, WA
"I use my Spanish skills on a daily basis in my profession.
Currently, I am the vice-president of the Idaho Association of Teachers of Language and Culture (IATLC) and will be the president for the 2011-2012 school year. This organization's primary responsibilties include hosting a conference for teachers and pre-service educators as well as lobbying at the legislative level for foreign language education within the state of Idaho. For the previous two years, I have served this organization as the Spanish section leader."
"My recommendation for current students would be to travel often as they are able to—in-country experiences really enhance the content from TLU."
|Amy (Dicke) Bohmann '92|
University professor in psychology (Psychology/Spanish major)
"Definitely, absolutely, positively study abroad. You will not become fluent if you do not do this. I studied in the ISEP program—we went to La Ibero with Mexican students. We lived with families, and had to speak Spanish almost all the time, unless we were traveling with other study abroad students. Everyone in that program was fluent or almost fluent upon return. Other friends did the Cuernavaca program, and spoke English the whole time, and learned about culture, with some Spanish classes, too."