Modern Languages

Olivet's mission is to lead students to improved proficiency in world languages through a program that focuses on communication in the target language, real-life practice, and cultural competence in order to equip them to serve God in local and international settings. At Olivet, language students explore and experience reading, writing, speaking, listening, linguistics and visual literacy.  

Learning to communicate in Spanish opens the doors to form relationship, to do life, and ultimately to share our faith with millions of native Spanish speakers. Without the ability to communicate competently, many of these opportunities would not exist. However, learning Spanish does not allow us to solely share our faith, but also to serve the Hispanic locally and internationally, to understand more deeply how God is moving in Spanish-speaking countries and to expand our offerings to Him in worship and praise.

By the Numbers
60
minutes from Chicago’s diverse cultural community
17:1
student-to-faculty ratio
54M
Hispanic people living in the U.S.
40K
network of Olivet alumni
Professors as Partners in Learning

Faculty members know students on a first name basis. They often invite students into their homes. They help to broaden the student experience through a variety of cultural and literary events, in the community, in Chicago and abroad.

Areas of Study

Olivet’s language studies go way beyond the high school level. Students prepare to be effective communicators by immersing themselves in speaking and writing. They also study and experience the culture.

Study Abroad

More than a dozen study abroad programs provide opportunity for experiencing languages in other cultures and countries.

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Serving the Local Community

Spanish students volunteer as translators for Hispanic families in the Kankakee are school systems.

Exposure to World Languages

At Olivet, students can study Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic and Chinese.

Double Majoring in Spanish

Spanish is an excellent choice for double majoring with business, social work and other majors.

A Future with French

For students who plan to work in government or business with French-speaking societies, a French minor is important.

Meet the Faculty

Nancy Bonilla

After college graduation, Nancy Bonilla worked as a missionary and later as a teacher for Niños de Mexico in Mexico. Her husband, Jorge, is a native of Mexico. Her doctoral research focused on foreign language pedagogy and oral proficiency development.

Modern Languages Faculty

Alumni Careers in Modern Languages:

High school teachers
Missionaries
Ministers
Teachers of English or Spanish in other countries
Interpreters
Government departments 
Nonprofit organizations
Professors
English as a Second Language teachers

Modern Languages with a Christian Purpose

The best way to see if Olivet is a good fit for you is to visit the campus. We offer unique, customized visit days every weekday, and special Purple & Gold days, too, where you can get up close at all things ONU.

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