APSU now offers a foreign language option for basic general education requirements

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CLARKSVILLE, TN — Employers in Tennessee need more candidates with foreign language skills, and Austin Peay State University’s Department of Languages ​​and Literature is working to provide qualified candidates for the more than 3,700 bilingual jobs open in the state.

According to the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, “more than 300 international companies have relocated or expanded to the Central Tennessee area,” and this influx of international investment has led the foreign language faculty at the APSU to target students at the start of their academic career. To do this, the University has added its introductory foreign language courses to Austin Peay’s general education curriculum. Beginning with the Fall 2021 Bulletin, students can take French, German, Greek, Latin, or Spanish 1010 or 1020 courses to meet part of their Humanities and Fine Arts requirements .

Students also have the option of majoring in a foreign language with a concentration in one of several languages, a minor in foreign languages, or a foreign language specialization while working towards obtaining a teacher’s license. Students who study a foreign language also benefit from other areas while learning a new language. According to a University of Michigan study, students who study a foreign language for just 90 minutes a week for one semester performed significantly higher in math and language arts.

In a 2012 op-ed for The New York Times, science writer Yudhijit Bhattacharjee explained that “scientists have begun to show that the benefits of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. It turns out that being bilingual makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving non-language cognitive skills and even protecting against dementia in old age.

For more information about foreign languages ​​at Austin Peay, visit www.apsu.edu/langlit.

A video of APSU Foreign Languages ​​Faculty is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zjr5LnJR-Sw.

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