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Foreign Language and Career Opportunities

May 28, 2013

Today's post -- provided by Dr. Annis Shaver, Associate Professor of German -- highlights the value of foreign language study.

As students begin their coursework at Cedarville University, I always encourage them to consider adding a minor in language or area studies. Cedarville University offers French, German, Spanish, Western European Studies, Asian Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, or Latin American Studies. In addition to the opportunity for personal enrichment and a broadened educational experience, there is a potential job benefit down the road! Consider this 2012 Chicago Tribune story entitled "Bilingual Jobs: Foreign-Language Careers on Rise." Employers consider favorably graduates with ability in another language!

If your son or daughter had foreign language in high school, it is possible to earn college credit for one year or even two years of the language through the Advanced Placement (AP) Program or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). Students who have completed foreign language study through the Advanced Placement program should plan to take the AP exam at the conclusion of their last year of study. Other students may wish to pursue credit for foreign language by taking the CLEP test in the language as soon as possible after graduation. Contact the Office of the Registrar for more information about CLEP testing.

Students without AP or CLEP credit should plan to take the language placement test during Getting Started week in August.

And remember, it is possible to start language study during the first semester. If interested, encourage your student to talk to his/her advisor about adding a language course during the final registration process in August.

Dr. Shaver has been teaching at Cedarville University since 2005. In addition to German, she teaches English Composition, English for Academic Purposes, and Linguistics. As the wife of a career Army officer, she has taught German and English in locations across the United States and in Germany, in both academic and non-academic venues. Dr. Shaver has published in The Journal of Research in Science Teaching andJournal of Teaching and Teacher Education.

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