Modern Languages (ML)
"Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation"
Noam Chomsky
What are Modern Languages?
The study of modern languages is a tool used to communicate between cultures. Humans use language to structure their beliefs, ideas, opinions, and cultural experiences. To understand another language is to gain insight into another culture, another way of perceiving the world. It is also to understand one's own language better and to gain a critical reflection on one’s own culture, through the lens of another. Students who learn another language can appreciate the creativity of music, poetry, drama, and narrative, in addition to being able to articulate their own ideas and communicate them to others. The study of language is a crucial part of critical thinking as the students improve their communicative repertoire.
Why Should Students Study a Foreign Language?
The need for multilingual workers is crucial in the present world. The United States is the fifth largest Spanish-speaking country in the world. The U.S. shares a national border with the vital Francophone industrial region of Québec and also with one of the largest trade partners, México. As international relations within the Americas, with Europe, Asia, and Africa change on what seems to be a daily basis, the knowledge and understanding of the complexities of international affairs demands a multilingual and transdisciplinary approach as well as a commitment to continual learning.
What are the Resources that Sinclair Offers Students?
  • A state-of-the-art computer language laboratory (Building 2 Room 2321)
  • Multimedia classrooms and an array of resources at the Library
  • One-on-one tutoring through Student Services
  • University parallel courses in three languages: Spanish, French and German
  • Award-winning faculty members who make languages come alive and pride themselves on their accessibility and continual training in the latest educational technologies
  • An International Students Club where students can meet people from other countries
What can Modern Language Programs at Sinclair Do for Students?
Sinclair’s university parallel language tracks provide valuable credit which can apply to a four-year degree. They also can be used to partially fulfill the Arts & Humanities requirement of an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences. Whether learning language for business, travel, study, or pleasure, students can make a good start with Sinclair’s affordable and accessible courses at Sinclair students can learn how to communicate with people from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe: They can study Mandarin Chinese (1,052million speakers), French (128 million), German (128 million), Japanese (126 million), Russian (277 million), and Spanish (417 million). Students can open their minds to understanding other cultures with classes at Sinclair, classes with state-of-the-art technological support.
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