Innovative Modern Language Degree at the Université de Montréal

By Barbara McClintock, C. Tr.

The Université de Montréal has launched a new modern languages bachelor’s degree called the baccalauréat par cumul avec appellation (BACCAP) en langues modernes, which is innovative in several ways. Under this program, students can earn a bachelor’s degree by combining certificates or majors and minors in modern languages.

The requirements for obtaining a BACCAP will be to:1

Moreover, the Université de Montréal is among the first universities in North America to have adopted the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, which defines levels of language proficiency in order to measure learners’ progress, and which also promotes international co-operation in the modern languages field.

According to Èric Viladrich i Castellanas: [translation] “The program will allow students to reach language proficiency levels corresponding to an independent user (B1/B2) or a proficient user (C1) in two or three foreign languages and to learn about the related cultures – a significant asset in the career of anyone in this age of globalization and intercultural exchanges."

BA programs in modern languages that include at least two non-official languages are quite rare in Quebec. The objective of the BACCAP in modern languages is to allow students to acquire a solid grounding in at least two foreign languages, as well as in the culture and history of the countries and regions where they are spoken. Bursaries will be available for language immersion training. The following languages are currently offered by the BACCAP: Arabic, Catalan, German, Italian, Modern Greek, Portuguese and Spanish.

1 Subject to change.

Thanks to Èric Viladrich i Castellanas, Director of Catalan Studies in the Department of Literature and Modern Languages at the Université de Montréal, for his assistance with this article.

eric viladrich i castellanas« Le programme permet d’accéder aux niveaux de compétences langagières correspondant à un utilisateur indépendant (B1/B2) ou expérimenté (C1) dans deux ou trois langues étrangères et d'acquérir la connaissance des cultures qui s’y rattachent, ce qui constitue un atout décisif dans la carrière professionnelle de tout individu dans notre ère de mondialisation et d'échanges interculturels. »
Èric Viladrich i Castellanas