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Language Programs Information

Chair of the Department of Languages B. Vernier
Associate Professors: I. Lemee (French)
  B. Vernier (French)
Assistant Professors: M. Faulkner (French)
  J. Tennier (French)
Professors Emeriti of Languages: A. Nabarra
  V.L. Schonberger
Professor Emeritus of Classics: A. Mamoojee
Professors Emeriti of French: A. Cloutier
  A. Montebran
Contract Lecturers: I. Gonz├ílez (Spanish)
  J. Leinonen (Finnish)
  J. Mundinger Hardy (French)
  N. Ruppenstein (German)
  L. Yu (Mandarin)
  J. Zussino (Italian)

A knowledge of other languages is essential to both Canada and the rest of the world. Every year the world becomes smaller as the economic and cultural ties linking one country with another mature. In Canada itself the ability to communicate well in French is becoming necessary in more and more professions and in Northern Ontario Native Languages are beginning to receive attention. The Department of Languages reflects these realities by providing training in French, Finnish, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Native Languages (Ojibwe, Cree), and Spanish.

The objectives of the department are twofold: first, to help students develop advanced proficiency in speaking and writing a second or a third language, and second, to provide direct access to the accumulated experience of cultures other than our own.

In our department you may specialize in one or more languages or simply acquire a skill which will be useful to you professionally. The fields you can enter are endless - teaching, government, business, engineering, forestry, nursing, tourism, trade, translation - students come to our department from every field because there is virtually no career or profession in which an ability in another language is not either an advantage or essential.

It is through languages that men and women formulate ideas about themselves and their world; these ideas, and the way in which they are expressed, are often quite different from their English counterparts and they therefore give us a different view of reality. A language is like a lens; change the lens and the image changes also. Languages are instruments of discovery and through them, and through literature and culture, we seek to open a window onto what is a major segment of human experience.

All the members of our department have had lengthy experience living where the languages we teach are spoken and we know that language and culture are interdependent. We therefore believe strongly that a period of residence in Quebec or in Europe is the best way for a student to develop excellence. We have run immersion programs in both Canada and in Europe and we have had an exchange program with France for over fifteen years.

Our department uses the full range of audio-visual aids and is one of the best equipped in Canada. We have a state-of-the-art language lab, two satellite television systems bringing live programming daily from Europe, an individual study lab as well as a full range of videotapes, slides, films, computers. We are sure that our relatively small classes and excellent student-faculty rapport are not just a luxury; they are crucial to successful language learning.

The department offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in French, and to the Honours BA in French, French and English, French and Philosophy. Minor programs are offered in Classics, Finnish, French, German, Native Languages (Ojibwe, Cree) and Spanish. The department also offers various literature courses in translation.

Language Programs:

Classics (Greek/Latin) Program
Finnish Programs
French Programs
German Program
Italian Program
Native Languages Programs
Spanish Programs