About Modern Languages at UIS

Knowledge of a second language is an essential component in the formation of an educated person in this increasingly interconnected world. Real use of a second language will allow you to compete and cooperate both at home and in the international arena.

Students of the University of Illinois at Springfield are offered courses on campus in Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Additional languages and related courses may be taken at one of the member institutions of the Central Illinois Foreign Language Consortium.

Our foreign language curriculum is based on language instruction models that emphasize the four language skills: speaking, reading, writing and listening.

After completing the final semester of the four-course language sequence, students should be able to speak, understand, read, and write in cognate languages (French, German, or Spanish) at an intermediate-mid level, or at, in non-cognate languages (Chinese or Japanese), an intermediate-low level.

These ratings are based on the scale set by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).