Department of Modern Languages and ESL Programs

"Academic credits go toward your degree, but learning a language is for life!

Speaking to others in their native language - even if only with a few words - shows interest and respect, and this opens doors that otherwise would forever remain shut. As Nelson Mandela put it, 'If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.' "


Hamish Binns, M.A.
Program Director for ESL and Modern Languages
  • With students from over 65 countries, the cultural diversity of SLU-Madrid will allow you to use your language skills in authentic situations.
  • Intentionally situated at the very center of Spain, Madrid has easy and relatively inexpensive access to many countries where you can put your language skills to the test.
  • Knowing more than one language enhances your profile when applying for jobs or to graduate school.
  • Bilingual or multilingual people have greater mental flexibility, superior critical-analysis skills, a longer attention span, greater ability to concentrate and better creative-thinking skills.

Hamish Binns, M.A., Coordinator

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