Chair: Travis Schiffman
Phone: (435) 283-7355
Department's Webpage: www.snow.edu/foreignlanguages
The foreign languages taught at Snow College are Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese,
Korean (one semester, online), and Spanish. The study of a foreign language includes
the language plus its cultures, civilization, literature, and instruction in effective
communication via written and oral modes.
Foreign language majors study the language as a vehicle of personal, academic, and
professional expression in a variety of contexts appropriate to the cultures where
the language is spoken. They study the people who speak the language, and they investigate
attitudes, behaviors, and histories through a variety of media and through interaction
with native speakers, or advanced non-native speakers, and texts. Majors also read
and write extensively in the foreign language.
Students often combine a foreign language major with a secondary major, thus increasing
their career potential.
Students who complete the recommended foreign language curriculum at Snow College
achieve the following outcomes:
- Students will be able to understand the main point in short conversations, messages,
and announcements that they hear in the target language. (Novice high listening)
- Students will be able to understand some ideas in simple texts that contain familiar
vocabulary. (Novice high reading)
- Students will be able to provide basic information on familiar topics using phrases
and simple sentences (Novice high spoken production).
- Students will be able to write descriptions and short messages to request or provide
information on familiar topics using phrases and simple sentences. (Novice high written
- Students will be able to exchange information on familiar tasks, topics, and activities.
- Students will be able to handle short social interactions using phrases and simples
sentences. They may need help or visuals to keep the conversation going. (Novice high
person to person communication)
- Students will express satisfaction with their ability to reach their communication
- Students will be able to talk about and describe (in English) aspects of the target
culture, such as food, clothing, types of dwellings, modes of transportation, buildings,
- Students will be able to make comparisons between their culture and the target culture
and explain differences based on linguistic, geographic, historical, etc. cues.
- Students will seek opportunities to learn about and experience new cultures outside