قوّة الإنسان فى عقله و لسانه . ·  學而時習之 不亦 ·  Language is an anonymous, collective and unconscious art; the result of the creativity of thousands of generations. · La parole a été donnée à l’homme pour déguiser sa pensée. · Die Grenzen meiner Sprache bedeuten die Grenzen meiner Welt. · Notitia linguarum est prima porta sapientiae. · Con cada lengua que se extingue se borra una imagen del hombre. ·As our larynxes descended, we were able to make sounds with our mouths in new and far more expressive ways. Verbal language soon overtook physical gesturing as the primary means of communication for all human beings except Italians · Un vocabolario può contenere solo una piccola parte del patrimonio di una lingua.


Through its courses dedicated to the study of languages, literatures, and cultures, Modern Languages Department offers you an exciting opportunity to engage in a learning experience aimed at developing global literacy. You cannot be global if you live in only one language. Global literacy includes written and oral communication, critical thinking and social responsibility, and appreciation of cultural artifacts, artistic products, and new technologies in more than one language. Whether you opt for a career in education, or in business, economics, law, health, politics, the arts, and the social sciences, our courses will enrich your life beyond your expectations as you acquire a deeper understanding of your own and of others’ linguistic and cultural heritage.

If you would like to know more about our major in French, Italian, and Spanish,  our courses in American Sign Language,  Arabic, Chinese, French, GermanSpanish, and Italian, (our enrollment has quadrupled since 2000, is the largest Italian program among community colleges, nationwide) and you aspire to potentially open new avenues – academically and personally, read on to get started searching for our Study Abroad programs.

Modern Languages Department offers more than 60 different courses. These courses allow you to establish, enhance, or perfect your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in six different languages. Through professional instruction, you will expand your understanding of dialect, grammar, intonations, and word usage while improving idiomatic and grammatical conversational abilities.


MLD is home for outstanding professors. With our faculty we have a wide range of expertise and experiences ready to share with you, and we are ready to challenge and support you on your academic journey. You will know your teachers; they will know you. Our expectation and aspiration is that every student will have developed a coherent experience that builds and integrates a meaningful set of experiential learning activities in preparation for a successful and fulfilling personal, civic, and professional life.

We care deeply about student success, and value learning that extends beyond the classroom. Freedom and independence are nurtured by a highly supportive community and connections that last a lifetime. Here, you can identify ways to participate in experiential learning, find out about students’ transformative experiences, and get involved in experiential learning at MLD. 

Read a brief history of six languages we teach at mld in the next pages and enjoy our XXIII Colloquium at BMCC.




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