Foreign Languages Program: Tips for Success


Why Study a Language?

Why does Marywood have a language requirement?
Since 1915, Marywood University remains committed to encouraging our students to reach their full potential in the study of a foreign language. Each student is required to complete 6 credits at the appropriate level as determined by the foreign language department. Students who enter Marywood with four years of high school credit in the same language may choose to complete the foreign language requirement with an additional 3 credits beyond the 212 level or to minor in the language with only four additional courses.

How to Succeed: Tips on Studying a Foreign Language

Learning another language is not easy, but most people can learn a second language IF they are willing to put in the necessary time. Here are some practical suggestions for studying effectively, overcoming anxiety, and learning the grammar and skills necessary for success in foreign language classes.

Afraid of That Foreign Language Class? Find out What to Expect

Many students erroneously believe that if they are placed in a level beyond 101, it is a death sentence. Some insist that they cannot do the work because they " have forgotten everything" or simply had "a bad teacher in high school". Here at Marywood, you will be placed with other students with similar backgrounds and learning experience. You will be expected to learn what you are taught. If you can speak and understand everything the first day, you will be advanced to the next level. Learning a foreign language is a practical, but exciting journey that will yield many opportunities over your lifetime. The professors are here to guide you each step of the way and to challenge you to excel.