Department Mission and Vision

Welcome to the Department of World Languages at UA Little Rock, the first program in the United States nationally accredited by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

We are also Arkansas’ only undergraduate and graduate foreign language teacher education programs nationally recognized by ACTFL/CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation).

Mission

The Department of World Languages provides programs of study that educate students to live, work, and lead in a complex, technological, and diverse world. The department sees its role as one that prepares our diverse students to become global citizens who will lead the state of Arkansas in the globalized community of the 21st Century.

Vision

The vision for the Department of World Languages is to

  • provide opportunities for students to acquire languages and cultural competencies as necessary skills and knowledge,
  • create signature experiences for students such as faculty-led study abroad programs, structured internships, and service learning,
  • reaffirm the essential role of second language knowledge for all university-educated people,
  • leverage for our accreditation of the undergraduate world language and graduate Master of Arts in Second Languages programs and our national recognition status to enhance visibility throughout the state,
  • foster partnerships and relationships in various communities to advance the university’s global initiatives and to prepare students to be informed global citizens,
  • engage our diverse student population to ensure that all students have the opportunity to become global citizens,
  • respond nimbly to rapidly changing demographics and demands for language learning, and
  • empower students to acquire attitudes, values, and skills that enhance cross-cultural communication.

Student Learning Outcomes by Concentration

B.A. World Languages SLOs (Spanish concentration)

The “5 C’s” (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, Communities) are the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language’s (ACTFL) World-Readiness Standards. ACTFL is the accrediting body for foreign language teaching in the United States. Components of the Student Learning Outcomes for students completing the Spanish concentration in the B.A. in World Languages program are derived from ACTFL’s World-Readiness Standards, the Association of American Colleges and Universities Value Rubric, and UA Little Rock’s mission statement.

  1. Interpersonal Communication: At the end of this program, students will be able to negotiate meaning in spoken or written conversations.
    Components: Students will interact and negotiate meaning in spoken or written conversations to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
  2. Interpretive Communication: At the end of this program, students will be able to interpret what is heard, read, or viewed in a variety of contexts.
    Components: Students will identify, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed in a variety of discourses and topics, including cultural texts or issues within their cultural contexts in order to articulate a textual analysis.
  3. Presentational Communication: At the end of this program, students will be able to present information on a variety of topics through writing and speaking.
    Components: Students will present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media and adapting to various audiences of listeners, readers, and viewers.
  4. Communities. At the end of this program, students will be able to communicate with cultural and linguistic competence in multilingual communities at home and around the world.
    Components: Students will describe how interacting and collaborating in Spanish with a Hispanic community at home or abroad relates to a clarified sense of civic identity or commitment to community engagement.

B.A. World Languages SLOs (French concentration)

The misson of the French program is to equip learners with demonstrated capacity to use the French language independently in a range of situations encountered in daily life. The French program is designed around the “5 C’s” (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, Communities) of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language’s (ACTFL) World-Readiness Standards, with required courses focusing on each of the 5 C’s at both the major concentration and minor level.

Students completing the French concentration in the B.A. in World Languages program will be able function independently in all three modes of communication (presentational, interpretive, and interpersonal) in order to

  1. Demonstrate conscious awareness of products and practices leading to communication demonstrating socio-culturally informed perspectives
  2. Demonstrate receptive skills adequate to understand main idea and some details in messages and presentations expressed in clear standard language
  3. Demonstrate productive skills using various time frames to navigate social interactions and to communicate on a range of topics that have been studied and on topics of general and personal interest