Scholars Online Modern Languages Offerings
We have offered early modern languages in past years, including Old Norse and Old English. Let us know what you'd like to see, and we’ll look into the possibility. It may seem ironic to refer to something that hasn't been spoken much since 1066 as a “modern language”, but this is the designation generally used in the academic world, which distinguishes modern languages as a group from classical languages (mostly Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit), and ancient near eastern languages (which would include things like Hebrew, Aramaic, Hittite, and so on).
Scholars Online supports modern spoken language instruction using audio technology from WizIQ or Skype.
Modern French is spoken by thirty-three different countries which are found in Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, South America, and North America. French is the third most commonly spoken language in the United States. Many Americans learn French because France is associated with fashion, gastronomy, and tourism. While these are all important cultural and economic facets of France, the country has a very different image in Europe. The French are a people known for the importance they give to abstract thinking in the forms of philosophy and mathematics. It is a culture that has given the Western world many of its most influential philosophers and thinkers. France is home to cutting edge high-speed train and airplane technology as well as to 8 out of the 50 winners of the prestigious Fields Medal, which has been likened to a Nobel Prize in Mathematics. Young people who go to engineering schools are considered to be on the road to a successful career, no matter what field of work they eventually choose.
Speaking French opens up international travel, study, and work opportunities all over the world since only forty-two percent of French-speakers live in Europe. For young people looking for work in international institutions, in international relations, or in multinational companies it is an important skill. For undergraduate or graduate students who wish to explore academic programs outside of the United States, it can open up interesting opportunities. Finally, speaking French is interesting in terms of general culture as it allows for reading some of the great works of philosophy and literature in their original language.
The ultimate goal of this program is to help the student reach a functional level in the French language which will allow him or her to feel confident communicating in conversations with French-speakers and in travel situations. In addition, we hope that students will have access to written French for their personal development or studies. Finally, we hope that the students, with additional language classes on site, will feel ready to enter into an international study program or job. An immersion experience like this is the only way to become truly proficient in a living foreign language.
To enroll in any of the courses listed above, log into your Scholars Online Account Management Center using the login link at the bottom of any page and select the member you wish to enroll. If you do not have an account, you may create one using the Becoming a Member link under Enrollment in the Navigation bar at the top of this page.
If you would like to see a course not yet listed, please use the EMAIL US link below to contact Scholars Online Administration with your course request.
Students who were enrolled in courses from previous years will find the teacher, text, and course description information available from the student's unofficial transcript, which can be reached from the parent's Account Management Center, or from an alumni's own Account Management Center.