Students of high motivation and demonstrable language-learning aptitude may apply for enrollment in independent study courses in languages not taught in the classroom.

This program does not satisfy the foreign language or cultural diversity requirement; normally students have had a previous foreign language.

In all areas of the program, we adhere to the standards of the National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs. Emphasis is placed on the spoken language, though reading skills are also developed.

Each offering is an intensive audio-lingual course utilizing self-instructional texts combined with three hours per week with a native speaker, and a final examination by a specialist who is usually invited from another institution. The final grade for the semester is based on the outside examination.

Languages

Most of the following are offered at beginning, continuing and intermediate levels:

  • American Sign Language
  • Amharic
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Portuguese
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Modern Greek
  • Swahili
  • Swedish

Not all languages are offered at all three levels. Additional languages may be requested, however, requests must be received by the end of the add/drop period of the previous semester. 

Apply

The Director of Self-Instructional Languages Program must approve applications. Students must indicate their interest well in advance of enrollment (by the end of the pre-enrollment period). No late applications will be accepted once the semester has begun. The program requires the payment of an additional technology fee ($160 in 2020-2021).

Apply to the Self-Instructional Languages Program

Contact

Professor Florin Beschea is the director of the Self-Instructional Languages Program. For further information please email him at flbeschea@davidson.edu or call 704-894-2923, or email Amber MacIntyre, program coordinator, at ammacintyre@davidson.edu or call 704-894-2658.