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

For Spanish:  contact Wendy Jones-Worden

For French:  contact Peter Dola

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)


  • Specially trained instructors to teach the entire Elementary/Intermediate sequence


  • Free tutoring is available

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,
Mr. Peter Dola, MFL Program Instructor for French,
Dr. Mariche Bayonas, Department Head,
Ms. Tina Vires, Director, Office of Accessibility Resources & Services,