The Department of Modern Languages

What is the study of Modern Languages all about?

In today's globalized context, students of modern languages are being prepared for membership in a global community that extends far beyond the boundaries of the English-speaking world.

You will gain awareness of other cultures through courses in language, literature, and culture and civilization, and through academic and living experiences in francophone Canada or abroad.

Our department plays a key role in training students to function in the major international languages of East and West: French, German(currently not available), Japanese, and Spanish. Small class sizes ensure that students benefit from close interaction with peers and individual attention from instructors. Students have access to a study room and state-of-the-art computer and audio labs. Our department is also a pioneer in computer-assisted language learning.

All students, whether they are majoring in a language or not, can enjoy the enriching experience of a study visit in francophone Canada or abroad. Foreign destinations include France, Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, and Japan. Course credit acquired at the host university may be transferable back to the University of Lethbridge. For students who do not opt for a study visit, opportunities abound at the University to speak French, German, Japanese or Spanish with international students.

Linguistics, the study of universal aspects of language and speech production, is also integrated into the curriculum. In addition, Linguistics is a requirement for students pursuing graduate studies in other fields such as Speech Pathology.