Through A Different LensUsing Foreign Language to Grow in Cultural Competency
The difficulties of understanding people become apparent when understanding a candy wrapper poses a challenge. With working knowledge of a foreign language, you can learn and connect with sources that you would otherwise be unable.
If Liberty University limits the access people have to foreign languages, students could easily become confused in new situations. If they are in unfamiliar cultural circumstances, students may unintentionally act like "wild apes".
The entire language learning process is filled with cultural influences. Merely learning the script of a language can help you pick up on small details.
With a native language teacher, a student has the opportunity to learn about a culture from someone who has lived in the target country.
Using foreign languages to develop a deeper understanding of a culture allows the students of Liberty University to become "Champions for Christ" by being equipped to bring the Gospel to people across the world.