The Department uses instructional technology both inside the classroom and across the campus network and internet. Audio materials are available in digital format through Blackboard, which enrolled students can access from on and off campus through the internet. Classes are taught both in smart classrooms and in computer laboratories operated by Academic Computing. Film reserves are available at the Sojourner Truth Library.
New Paltz operates a multimedia language lab equipped with internet-capable computers. The lab also has a classroom seating 27 students with similar equipment. Resources in the lab include audio and video recordings as well as an extensive collection of software designed for self-paced foreign language instruction. Students also have access to foreign language films and slide collections through the department.
Various foreign language clubs - French, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish - offer opportunities for interaction between faculty and students outside of the classroom. These organizations sponsor lectures, films, informal gatherings, parties, international dinners, dances, and cultural field trips.
A chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Hispanic Honor Society, was established in 1987 and a Chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society, was started in 2001. Outstanding eligible undergraduates are invited to join these societies each year.