Modern Foreign Language Education

Bachelor of Arts Degree

language Program Overview

Conversing fluently, communicating effectively and problem-solving in diverse cultures, professions and social settings in spoken and written languages other than English at all levels, locally, nationally and internationally, are the objectives of the Modern Language Department at ORU. In each foreign language course offered by the department, students develop their foreign language linguistic skills and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the history and culture of the people who speak that language. At all stages of their study, students are encouraged to develop ways to apply their commitment to Jesus Christ to the situations of the people whose language they are studying.

Minors are also available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Hebrew and Spanish. All foreign language majors are encouraged to participate in a study-abroad program during their junior year. Study abroad courses offer exciting opportunities to gain valuable cultural insights as well as earn academic language credit.

Research has proven that the study of a foreign language enhances and increases facility with one's own native language as well as one's overall cognitive skills. Modern language majors at ORU are no exception and typically are outgoing, great communicators and possess increased cognitive flexibility.

MFLE Major

The Modern Foreign Language Education major is designed to equip students to earn teacher certification and teach French or Spanish in private and public elementary, middle, or high schools. This major meets the State of Oklahoma's requirements for a teaching license.  The MFLE major at ORU will participate in both modern language and education courses. Classes examine Biblical principles of teaching as well as provide concepts needed for language learning, instruction and the historical background of the teaching of modern language. Students participate in discussions on foreign language in the elementary school, immersion programs and present issues concerning high school programs.


Language Lab and Cultural Center (LLCC:

The Language Lab and Cultural Center hosts foreign language learning resources and equipment including computers, books, magazines, movies, and other resources to aid students in their language learning. Lab assistants, proficient in the languages offered at ORU, are also available for tutoring and to practice the target language in conversation. Students can also work on a variety of activities in groups. The resources available at the LLCC are instrumental in developing language fluency.

Student Societies, Clubs and Extracurricular opportunities

Spanish Club
The purpose of the Spanish Club is to enlighten and create fuller appreciation of the Hispanic and Latin worlds. The club encourages study in a Spanish-speaking country and/or work with Hispanic population in Tulsa. The club also highlights the need for Spanish-speaking missionaries and the need for financial support in foreign churches.

French Club
Members of the French Club bring the French culture to the ORU campus through a variety of activities. Of course, students make their own crêpes every semester. From time to time the French Club shows movies housed in the Culture Center. Unforgettable Fêtes de Noël always involves a treasure hunt for cadeaux hidden throughout a professor's home.

French Honor Society - Pi Delta Phi
The French Honor Society recognizes students who demonstrate scholarship in French. The membership is composed of students and professors who are distinguished in the study of French and have demonstrated a passion for the French language and francophone cultures.


The skill of foreign language fluency provides increased marketability and increases potential salary in the global business world. With a major in French you can look forward to careers in:

  • Education at the elementary and secondary levels
  • International and global businesses
  • The travel industry as agents and representatives
  • Missions around the world
  • Government agencies
  • Translation services
  • Foreign news as interpreters and analysts
  • Foreign Service as librarians, teachers and professors
  • Armed Forces linguists
Course Offerings
  • FRE, GER, SPA Intermediate
  • FRE, SPA Phonetics and Conversation
  • FRE, SPA Composition
  • FRE, SPA Electives
  • FRE, SPA Survey of Literature
  • FRE, SPA Civilization and Culture
  • SPA Survey of Latin American Literature
  • FRE, SPA Internship
  • Professional Education Courses

Degree Plan


David Farnsworth