Help students to bridge the gap between cultures in an increasingly diverse world.

Examplary World Language

The Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language program at Lewis University focuses on the development of language proficiency (speaking, reading and writing), cultural and linguistic knowledge, and critical thinking. Students are also placed in classrooms in order to gain hands-on experience with various students, cultures and learning styles. Upon graduation, students will earn a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Spanish, in addition to being prepared for licensure to teach Spanish in the Pre-K through 12 setting.

The Foreign Language Education program is fully approved by the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board and the Illinois State Board of Education.

13:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
97% Pass EDTPA
130 School Partners

Study Abroad Opportunities

Foreign Language Education students are highly encouraged to study abroad for a summer or a semester to experience the cultures they will teach in the classroom. Lewis University has relationships with Lasallian partner schools around the globe, making the study abroad experience affordable for students – or about the same as the cost of living on campus during the semester.

Scholarship Options

In addition to the wide variety of Education Scholarships available to students, the TEACH Grant is available specifically for students pursuing specialization in foreign language education.

Sample Courses

  • Special Methods of Teaching Foreign Language to Elementary Grades
  • Special Methods of Teaching Foreign Language to Adolescents
  • Integrating Educational and Assistive Technology into the Classroom
  • Instructional Strategies and Learning Communities for Adolescents
  • Foundations of Teaching Bilingual and English Language Learners
  • Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities

Career Options

  • Foreign Language Education Teacher with Spanish licensure
  • Translator in the U.S. or Spanish-speaking countries


  • Educators Rising
  • Best Buddies Illinois
  • Catholic and Lasallian Educators Program
  • Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education (KDP)
  • Black Student Union (BSU)
  • Latin American Student Organization (LASO)
  • Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA)

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of an introductory level methods course
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 (to enroll in the introductory methods course and to continue in the program)

Please refer to the Office of Admission for application requirements and specific next steps.


For more information contact the Office of Admission at or call (815)836-5250.

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