Modern Languages Department
The study of language and culture, in the context of the gospel commission, assists in the development of the desire, motivation and ability to serve God and man. The international nature of the Seventh-day Adventist Church makes it imperative that the study of other languages be an integral part of the curriculum, thus exposing large numbers of students to broad cultural perspectives of various national groups. Viewed in this context, language instruction makes a unique contribution to the educational program of the Seventh-day Adventist Church because language learning plays a major role in fulfilling the gospel commission.
In addition, modern languages are an increasingly important vehicle for knowledge, communication, employment opportunities, and world-wide cultural understanding. Language is the most complete expression of the culture of any people. Thus, culture cannot be separated from language. As language skills are acquired, the students insight and understanding of cultures develop. The instruction of a modern language promises close, personal relationships between individuals and nations of different cultures. It should strengthen ties between peoples of different geographical locations and political viewpoints. Foreign language instruction also seeks to develop within the student a curiosity for learning and a desire to continue learning. As a result, the student is better able to realize his or her life goals.
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