Modern Languages

Olivet's mission is to lead students to improved proficiency in world languages through a program that focuses on communication in the target language, real-life practice and cultural competence in order to equip them to serve God in local and international settings. At Olivet, modern language students explore and experience reading, writing, speaking, listening, linguistics and visual literacy. These language studies go way beyond the high school level. Students prepare to be effective communicators by immersing themselves in speaking and writing. They also study and experience the culture.

For example, learning to communicate in Spanish opens the doors to form relationship, to do life, and ultimately to share faith with millions of native Spanish speakers. Without the ability to communicate competently, many of these opportunities would not exist. Competency in Spanish also allows students to serve Hispanic populations locally and internationally and to understand more deeply how God is moving in Spanish-speaking countries..


Areas of Study

French
Spanish
Spanish Teaching

Study Abroad

More than a dozen study abroad programs provide opportunity for experiencing languages in other cultures and countries.

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Possible Careers After Graduation

  • High school teachers
  • Missionaries
  • Ministers
  • Teachers of English or Spanish in other countries
  • Interpreters
  • Government departments 
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Professors
  • English as a Second Language teachers

Serving the Local Community

Spanish students often volunteer as translators for Hispanic families in the Kankakee area school systems. Additionally, there are multiple community organizations and churches in which to get involved and use Spanish-speaking skills.

Our Faculty

After college graduation, Nancy Bonilla worked as a missionary and later as a teacher for Niños de Mexico in Mexico. Her husband, Jorge, is a native of Mexico. Her doctoral research focused on foreign language pedagogy and oral proficiency development.

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By the Numbers
60
minutes from Chicago’s diverse cultural community
15:1
student-to-faculty ratio
54M
Hispanic people living in the U.S.
40K
network of Olivet alumni

Exposure to World Languages

At Olivet, students can also study beginner levels of Italian, Arabic and Chinese.

Double Majoring in Spanish

Spanish is an excellent choice for double majoring with business, social work and other majors.
 

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A Future with French

For students who plan to work in government or business with French-speaking societies, a French minor is a career asset.

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