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French-German-Spanish, BA (Modern Languages & Literatures Core Learning Outcomes)

Student Outcomes

Assessment of Student Outcomes

Outcome B Critical thinking

Students will have critical thinking skills. They will use systematic reasoning to examine and evaluate information and ideas and then synthesize conclusions to propose new perspectives and solutions.

Objective 7 Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills through analysis & interpretation of literary, cultural, and linguistic texts.

Outcome M Oral proficiency

Students will have Advanced-level oral proficiency. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) defines the specific criteria for Advanced-level proficiency in its Proficiency Guidelines. This outcome is introduced in the 100- and 200-level courses and reinforced in all upper-level FRE-GER-SPA courses since they are all taught in the foreign language. It is particularly reinforced in FRE 315, GER 302, and SPA 321/322.
Objective 1 Students will demonstrate Advanced-Level proficiency in oral proficiency interviews.

Measure 1

2016 Status
Not Yet Achieved
As a Unit, we had 88% of students at Intermediate Mid or higher in their 300-level conversation courses, so we have met our Threshold overall. However, only 70% of French students reached Intermediate Mid, which is slightly below the Threshold. German was 92%, and Spanish was 95%.

Measure 2

2016 Status
Not Yet Achieved
There were 15 of 18 FRE/GER/SPA candidates who reached the Advanced level in the official Oral Proficiency Interview. Therefore, we are meeting the Threshold at 83% as a unit, but we still have work to do in order to meet our Target of 100%. Passing scores in each language major are 3/3 in French, 0/1 in German, and 12/14 in Spanish.

Outcome O Writing proficiency

Students will have Advanced-level writing proficiency. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) defines the specific criteria for Advanced-level proficiency in its Proficiency Guidelines. This outcome is introduced in the 100- and 200-level courses and reinforced in all upper-level FRE-GER-SPA courses since they are all taught in the foreign language. It is particularly reinforced in FRE 317, GER 301, and SPA 322.
Objective 2 Students will demonstrate Advanced-Level proficiency in spontaneous writing.

Measure 1

2017 Status
Achieved
100% of students in French, German, and Spanish reached at least Intermediate Mid in writing proficiency in 300-level writing courses. The Target has been met.

Measure 2

2016 Status
Achieved
As a unit, we had 100% of candidates (majors) pass the Writing sub-area of the MTTC, which means the Advanced level has been reached, so we have met our Target.

Outcome R Reading proficiency

Students will have Advanced-level reading proficiency. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) defines the specific criteria for Advanced-level proficiency in its Proficiency Guidelines. This outcome is introduced in the 100- and 200-level courses and reinforced in all upper-level FRE-GER-SPA courses since they are all taught in the foreign language.
Objective 3 Students will demonstrate Advanced-Level proficiency in standardized reading assessments.

Measure 1

2017 Status
Not Yet Achieved
As a unit, we had 75% of candidates (majors) pass the Reading sub-area of the MTTC, which means the Advanced level has not been reached, and we have not met our Threshold or Target.

Outcome T Linguistic competence

Students will have linguistic competence.
Objective 6 Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of linguistic features of the target language.

Measure 1

2017 Status
Not Yet Achieved
As a unit, only 61% of students are at the Acceptable level in this assessment (average taken from all four components of the rubric). In French, the Threshold has been met in all four components of the rubric, but we are still working toward the Target. In Spanish and German, students seem to be struggling most with the Pragmatic / Sociolinguistic aspects of the analysis. Across all 3 languages, students did much better in Phonology / Morphology (Spanish students met the Threshold in this area).

Measure 2

2017 Status
Not Yet Achieved
For 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, the overall passing rate as a unit in the Language Structures and Comparisons Sub-Area was 86%, so we have met the Threshold. We have not yet met the Target of 100% of students passing this Sub-Area.