Department of Languages
Languages are the most effective means of interaction, cultural exchange and social communication known to all humanity. At Arrupe Jesuit University, the Department of Languages was developed to encourage such cultural exchanges between peoples. Thus, we offer classes for learning several languages. These lessons are developed in house, yet they meet the standard of languages learnt in other countries. For clarity and convenience, we use the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Proficiency Guidelines (ACTFL).
Student can understand and use simple and everyday expressions, greetings, as well as self introduction.
Student can understand random sentences, frequently used expressions, family information, shopping, description of immediate environment, medical information and geography.
Student can understand vocabularies, sentences, expressions related to immediate relevance, can explain simple terms, immediate environment and areas of need, engage in conversations, describe experiences and events, can easily work or study using the language
Student can understand complex sentence structures, expressions, concrete and abstract topics, technical discussions; interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity; can write detailed reports, topics and essays.
Student can understand a wide range of difficult topics, long texts and recognise implicit meaning and nuances; exercises flexibility and effective communication in social, academic and professional settings; can write complex, structured topics using logical structures.
Student can understand everything with ease; can construct or reconstruct arguments, and accounts of the most complex situations.
All the languages are open to anyone who is interested.
Arrupe Jesuit University has a language lab that assists students to study any language of their choice. This encourages self-paced classes and self-learning which is highly encouraged in languages.
Students who study especially English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Shona have the opportunity for language immersion. AJU facilitates for students to travel to a country and culture where the language is most dominant. The university will arrange for local language schools or tutors in these countries to aid the students’ further learning. The cost of travel, lodging and tuition in these countries is the responsibility of the student.