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Foreign Language Education

Why study foreign languages?
Research has shown that studying a second language can improve your skills in math and English and in turn improve your entrance exam scores. In addition, learning a new language can give you a competitive edge in the job market. Knowing more than one language enhances opportunities in government, business, law, medicine and health care, teaching, technology, the military, communications, industry, social service, and marketing. It has also been studied that learning a foreign language can help prevent dementia. Researchers from York University in Toronto, Canada, analyzed hospital records of patients diagnosed with a variety of types of dementia and found that those who were bilingual throughout their lives delayed the onset of the disease by three to four years.  Learn more here from The Huffington Post UK

Why teach a foreign language?
Teaching a foreign language gives you the opportunity to teach students skills that they will be able to utilize outside the classroom – in this globalized world. In addition, you will be able to transfer your knowledge and understanding of the target culture and language to your students. By teaching a foreign language you are certain to remain an expert in the target language through daily practice. Another benefit to becoming a foreign language teacher is having the chance to enjoy cultural experiences such as, traveling abroad with your students.

There is an urgent need for foreign language teachers! We have a new opportunity for teachers interested in learning about methods of teaching foreign languages in immersion programs. Learn more about becoming a foreign language teacher.

 Why study Foreign Language Education at Hofstra?

  • 37-credit program
  • Students connect with a large network of cooperating teachers and Hofstra alumni. 
  • Students are afforded with extensive resources through the Office of Field Placement and the Office of Educational Support Services, collaboratively serving students throughout the teacher certification process. 
  • Classes are offered throughout January, Spring, Summer, and Fall sessions to support students with flexible course loads.  Evening courses allow students to complete field placements and student teaching requirements during the day.
  • Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish