Modified Foreign Language Program in Spanish and French

Since the fall of 2004, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures has offered a Modified Foreign Language Program in Spanish.  The program is also available in French.  This program, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, is designed to meet the needs of at-risk foreign language students and help them to achieve their goal of successfully completing their study of a foreign language.  Students are provided options and accommodations for their special needs while agreeing to a rigorous commitment to the program.

For Modified Spanish, we offer modified sections of SPA 101, SPA 102, SPA 203 and SPA 204. Students will be able to complete their foreign language requirement by completing the modified sequence at the Intermediate level (SPA 203 and SPA 204).

The aim of the Modified Foreign Language Program is to help students reach their goals and meet their curricular demands.  The objective of the program is multiple as it provides the student with more individualized instruction in the target language along  with academic advising, monitoring of students’ progress and help to understand their specific language/learning problems.

This program will be available to:

  • Students with documented learning disabilities
  • Students with demonstrable long standing difficulties learning a foreign language

The Modified Programs in Spanish and French are designed to provide at-risk students in foreign languages with instructional support conducive to student success:

  • Students will work with specially selected and trained instructors
  • Tutors will be assigned for students in the modified language program
  • Students will use the same textbooks as in the traditional course sequence
  • Instructors will use a multi-sensory approach reinforced by repetition, review and detailed explanations of grammar and pronunciation. Students will be introduced to effective learning strategies.

Registration in the Modified Foreign Language Program requires written permission from the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Students will need to send all necessary documentation to the MFL Program Coordinator.

Procedure for Participation

In order to qualify for this program, students will be required to provide the following documentation:

  • A personal letter articulating the reasons why she/he should be admitted into the program
  • A letter of support from his/her major advisor or faculty member with whom the student works closely or preferably a current/previous language instructor
  • Letter of support from the Academic Achievement Center (AAC) (if student has received services from this office)
  • Letter of Support from Office of Accessibility, Resources and Services (OARS) (if the student is registered with this office)
  • Unofficial transcripts from UNCG or other institutions where the student has taken a foreign language previously
  • Completed MFLP survey

Suggested dates for application are March 15 (fall semester) and October 15 (spring semester).
Students will be contacted to set up an appointment for an interview and to sign an “Agreement for Inclusion in the Modified Foreign Language Program in Spanish.”  This document details for the student specific rules for attendance, class participation and general expectations. Agreement for Inclusion in the MFLP.
Please note that applications will be reviewed as they are received.  Students will continue to be considered until enrollment limits are met. The maximum enrollment in the Modified Foreign Language sequence is seventeen (17) students.

Eligible students should be aware that the Modified Foreign Language Sequence is only available in Spanish and French. Each one of the sequences (Elementary/Intermediate) will be taught by the same instructor.

Description of the four-semester sequence
Controlled environment: Maximum is 17 students
Homogeneous student population
Students screened by Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures with assistance from the Office of Accessibility, Resources and Services (OARS)
Instructors: Specially trained instructors to teach the entire Elementary/Intermediate sequence
Tutors: Free, mandatory tutoring by an assigned tutor
Agreement of enrollment: Exemplary attendance
On-time arrival for class sessions
Full, positive participation in class activities
Utilization of tutoring services
Good communication with instructor
Characteristics of class: Multi-sensory approach
High degree of structure on class
Explicit instruction in pronunciation and grammar rules
Attention to affective issues
Adjusted pace
Adjusted content
Extended time and/or separate setting for tests
For further information, contact:

Ms. Wendy Jones-Worden, MFL Program Coordinator for Spanish, wkjones@uncg.edu
Mr. Peter Dola, MFL Program Instructor for French, ptdola@uncg.edu
Dr. Roberto Campo, Department Head, recampo@uncg.edu
Ms. Tina Vires, Director, Office of Accessibility Resources & Services, tevires@uncg.edu

Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
UNC-Greensboro 2321 MHRA Bldg. PO Box 26170,
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
Telephone: 336-334-5655
Fax: 336-334-5358