Program: Foreign Languages

Overview

Foreign Languages

The Foreign Languages program at Long Beach City College offers formal transfer requirement courses in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. The program is designed to teach students to communicate effectively in a foreign language and to appreciate culture; to promote international understanding and exchange; and to provide a pool of students to fill positions in the community.

Career Opportunities

Students following the Proficiency Emphasis develop a competency in at least one foreign language, providing an important entry-level skill for those aspiring to work in the international arena as well as preparing for baccalaureate work. 

The Certificate of Achievement currently offered only in French, German, Japanese, and Spanish certify for a potential employer that the student can communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, in a wide range of situations, in both professional and personal settings. 

Students following the Proficiency Emphasis develop a competency in at least one foreign language, providing an important entry-level skill for those aspiring to work in the international arena as well as preparing for baccalaureate work. The degree would benefit those wishing to enter a variety of industries or business settings that compete in an international market, as well and may prepare students for transfer to a four-year university in a foreign language program. The degree also offers an added dimension of cultural knowledge and understanding in region(s) where the language is spoken.

Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T), Spanish 

The Associate in Arts in Spanish for Transfer Degree at Long Beach City College aligns with the college’s mission to provide a transfer path for student success. It prepares both non-native students and heritage learners to communicate effectively in Spanish in a wide range of situations in both personal and professional settings. Students will broaden their cultural awareness and develop sensitivity to diverse Hispanic cultures within the global community. The skills obtained through this degree promote equitable learning and achievement and will prepare a diverse population of students for career advancement and transfer to a four-year college or university. 

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Proficiency in Spanish in reading, writing, listening and speaking. 
  • Fundamental knowledge of language-learning skills and concepts. 
  • Development of cultural sensitivity, and awareness of the diversity of Hispanic culture. Ability to analyze and critique current events, culture, history, and literature. 
  • Development of strategies for making multidisciplinary connections, thus equipping students with a global perspective. 
  • Promotion of international understanding and exchange.

Associate in Arts (AA), Foreign Languages

Students following the Proficiency Emphasis develop a competency in at least one foreign language, providing an important entry-level skill for those aspiring to work in the international arena as well as preparing for baccalaureate work. The degree would benefit those wishing to enter a variety of industries or business settings that compete in an international market and may prepare students for transfer to a four-year university in a foreign language program. The degree also offers an added dimension of cultural knowledge and understanding in regions where the language is spoken. 

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Students will demonstrate reading comprehension at the appropriate level in the target language. 
  • Students will demonstrate aural comprehension at the appropriate level in the target language. 
  • Students will formulate ideas orally at the appropriate level in the target language. 
  • Students will formulate ideas in writing at the appropriate level in the target language. 
Proficiency Emphasis

Options in French, German, and Spanish at the Intermediate or Advanced Level. For students who are studying French, German or Spanish and who want to achieve a level of competency for baccalaureate work, and/or to combine their foreign languages with another skill. 

Certificate of Achievement, Foreign Languages

The Certificate of Achievement currently offered in French, German, Japanese, and Spanish certifies for a potential employer that the student can communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, in a wide range of situations, in both professional and personal settings.