Foreign Language Education

Would you like to combine your dual passions for travel and teaching into a dynamic and rewarding career? The Foreign Language Education major at the University of Central Arkansas will provide you with language proficiency in French or Spanish, as well as a transformative internship placement in the local school system, to prepare you to teach with experiences in managing an immersive foreign language classroom, designing curriculum, creating lesson plans, and interacting with diverse student populations. Graduates from our program are fully prepared to become Foreign Language teachers for any grade level in public and private schools across the nation and can also pursue careers as TESOL, ESL, or English instructors at language schools around the world.

As a Foreign Language Education major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages that make the UCA experience special. Just a few of the benefits of our program include:

  • Expert Faculty who are deeply committed to the success of their students and work closely with them through every stage of the degree program and certification process. Our instructors provide individual attention, internship and mentoring, along with undergraduate research projects, service learning opportunities (such as engagement with area Hispanic populations), and innovative teaching methodologies. They have cultivated an immersive and interactive classroom environment, incorporating conversational simulations, language games, modeled communication scenarios, and multimedia audiovisual software.
  • Hands-On Learning with access to our state-of-the-art Language Learning Center equipped with 30 networked computers, multimedia language software, and language tutors available to all students. Additionally, UCA works with the Community Language School, which offers language-learning courses for children and adults that are taught by UCA students. Our department has also developed extensive student exchange agreements with universities in Belgium, Canada, China, Costa Rica, France, and Mexico, at no additional cost. This provides our students with total cultural and linguistic immersion opportunities for a summer, a semester, or even a year, which not only impacts their learning, but also their lives.
  • Educating for Global Engagement (EDGE), an initiative of the College of Liberal Arts; offers students internships, undergraduate research, service learning, and study abroad opportunities, such as travel to the British Isles, France, and Italy. To find out more about the possibilities associated with this program, visit the EDGE webpage at: http://uca.edu/liberalarts/edgeplan/.
  • Student Organizations providing social interaction with international students and foreign cultures, including the Chinese Scholars and Student Association, Indian Student Association, Kazakh International Club, Muslim Student Association, Saudi Student Association, Turkish Student Association, Vietnamese Student Association, as well as the World Languages Club. These clubs promote student engagement with peers, faculty, and international professionals through a variety of campus events and community activities, such as foreign language film screenings, guest speakers, and volunteer opportunities in the Conway area.

To learn more about the exciting opportunities for personal and professional development available to you through the Foreign Language Education major at the University of Central Arkansas, visit http://uca.edu/wlan/.