Language and Culture Program
Proficiency and victories for humanity
Antioch believes that the victories for humanity we seek require all of us to reach out beyond our own selves and local communities to understand global implications and engage with others for global solutions. Our program requires that students communicate and cooperate with others across differences. Studying languages and cultures in our program enables you to show native speakers of another language that you can build upon common ground with them and care about what’s important to them. This is a necessary step to working with them for a better world, and this improves valuable skills of cultural awareness, communication and engagement that work across differences within one’s own home country.
All Antioch students are required to demonstrate proficiency on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) scale through an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in a language other than English. For most languages, students must earn a rating of 新手高或更高 on the OPI; those wishing to take their OPI in a language on the Foreign Service Institute’s list of Category V languages (which are the most difficult for native speakers of English, including Japanese), must earn a Novice-Mid Rating or higher. Usually, students take an OPI in one of the three in which we offer instruction: French, Japanese, and Spanish.
Incoming students are put through a placement protocol that determines the appropriate starting course, and students who are placed into the beginning courses typically require 12 credit hours (3 courses) to achieve Novice-High proficiency.
Self-designed degrees at Antioch are already unique, but future employers benefit from knowing what areas of focus students have skills and specialization in. Antioch offers a Language Focus with the following required elements:
- An OPI in which French or Spanish students achieve the Intermediate-High rating or better, and Japanese students achieve Intermediate-Low
- Any 2 non-capstone face-to-face courses at the 300 level
- The capstone course taken during an immersion Co-op
- A capstone presentation for the broader campus community delivered in the term after an immersion Co-op experience
Students with limited prior experience in the language they choose to study typically require 27 credits (7 courses over 3 years) to achieve the Language Focus.
Language Learning Off Campus
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The Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) Crossroads Shared Languages Program (SLP) offers a broad selection of language courses not offered at Antioch College. The SLP allows students from partner schools to take advantage of course offerings not available on their own campuses, such as lesser-taught languages or cancelled courses due to under-enrollment, while the program aims to offer shared resources (guest speakers, faculty development, faculty diversity, globally connected courses for a broader student body, and more). Visit the GLCA SLP website at //glca-slp.org/ for more information.