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Revised General Education Program Guidelines
III. Foreign Languages

General Education Office
c/o Dr. Lisa Hunter
Associate Provost
Curriculum, Assessment, and Academic Support

809-810 Maytum Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063

(716) 673-3717

For approval of a course in the area of Foreign Languages, the instructor will provide a comprehensive description of the course, addressing its general aims and general requirements, including:

  1. evidence the the course will enable students to achieve basic proficiency in the understanding and use of a foreign language, emphasizing:
    1. a focus on communication, the notions and functions that students need to express themselves in various situation they will encounter in a foreign country in their target language;
    2. the use of grammar as a way of organizing language forms for communication;
    3. the presentation of structures and vocabulary in context;
    4. evidence of testing speaking and listening comprehension;
    5. evidence of writing skills that test grammar, using techniques that stress active command of the language.
  2. evidence of emphasis on knowledge of the distinctive features of culture(s) associated with the language being studied, including;
    1. examples of cultural differences and similarities;
    2. presentation and testing of knowledge values and traditions of the foreign culture being studied;

A brief description of the methods to be used to assess student understanding of the course's subject matter and student attainment of the abilities and understandings listed above, as well as a method for providing for course improvement.

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