Modern Languages Overview

The University of Illinois Springfield offers classes in Chinese and Spanish. A minor in Spanish is also offered.

Modern Languages classes are kept small to ensure individual attention. Course offerings in Modern Languages are listed in the current course schedule under the LNG course prefix. Permission of the instructor is required to enroll.

Central Illinois Foreign Language and International Studies Consortium

UIS students may also apply to study (for UIS credit) the foreign languages offered at Lincoln Land Community College, Benedictine University, and Illinois College through the Central Illinois Foreign Language and International Studies Consortium. Please contact the Modern Languages office for information.

Mission Statement

“Learning a foreign language is both a cultural and linguistic experience that gives students an edge in the job market.”

Dr. Tena L. Helton, department chair
Dr. Sánchez engages in Spanish conversation with students

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.

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 (Spanish) at an intermediate-mid level, or at, in non-cognate languages (Chinese), an intermediate-low level. These ratings are based on the scale set by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).