The mission of the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Trinity Western University is to provide a balanced program of language study, presented from a Christian perspective, and focusing mainly on language, literature, and culture, while introducing students to the peoples represented by the languages taught and preparing them linguistically, culturally, and spiritually to interact with these peoples and to use their language skills in work and Christian service around the world.
TWU’s World Languages and Cultures program is strategically preparing students to impact the world by focusing on a number of significant languages spoken widely around the world. Courses contribute both to a global vision and to an understanding of Canadian culture and identity.
Language courses open up new horizons in numerous ways. Language studies lead to exciting new avenues of cross-cultural communication and create a wide spectrum of opportunities for graduates. These include careers in international and diplomatic work, government, missions, teaching, writing, translation, public relations, business, and many other exciting global opportunities.
All of our introductory courses introduce cultural awareness as well as oral and written skills. As students progress, they come to better understand the lives of people in our own country and around the world. Literature courses provide insight into various cultures, examining ideas and works that have impacted the world. They also help students develop important analytical and writing skills. Civilization courses give students a glimpse of societies, governments, and cultures that have evolved over time and left an indelible imprint on the world.
Language courses include work in the multimedia lab, where DVDs, videos, and websites are used to enhance learning. Classes provide dynamic interaction between students and professors. Our goal is for students to become proficient in the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension. But beyond this, they will learn to see others through Christ’s eyes, even as they come to better understand their language and culture.
French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, German, and Russian