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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
May 28, 2016
Canadian Excellence


Department Teaching & Learning Objectives


  1. Foster and develop the study of languages, literatures and cultures in an environment which integrates research and teaching;
  2. Develop a thorough knowledge and application of the target language reaching a high level of achievement both written and spoken upon students’ graduation;
  3. Help students form critical thinking skills while promoting intellectual curiousity and independent study;
  4. Encourage and promote an appreciation of the specific subject and its study in an atmosphere conducive to the pursuit of scholarship and to develop further opportunities for inter-departmental, inter-institutional and international links;
  5. Promote a teaching and learning environment where the exchange of ideas is reciprocal and based on respect and understanding;
  6. Foster a creative environment where students can explore the various approaches to fulfill the goals set up in each learning experience;
  7. Develop students’ transferable skills with a view to the future;
  8. Promote the possibility to study abroad in the third or fourth year in order to enhance the exposure to the target language and culture.


  1. A good understanding of the languages and cultures studied at Laurier;
  2. A high proficiency in both written and oral skills in the target languages;
  3. Excellent critical thinking skills to pursue their studies or use in their future careers;
  4. Had the opportunity to study abroad to refine their language skills and appreciate the culture of the studied languages.