World Languages


World languages courses emphasize the development of the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in practical and realistic situations meaningful to beginning students.

What Will I Learn?

Students will develop four communication skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in Spanish or French, in practical and realistic situations. Students taking the 104 level of these courses will also study the history and culture of Spanish or French speaking countries.

What is Unique About Our World Languages Program?

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian

These less-commonly taught and critical languages are offered with a tutor under our Self Instructional Language Program (SILP), and they can be taken for 3 credit hours or can be audited for no credit. The SILP method involves a self-study class in which students study, learn, and practice the vocabulary and grammar on their own, and then work with the tutor in weekly small group sessions.

The focus is on an independent approach to develop listening and speaking skills as initial steps to achieving competence in the language. Emphasis is given to intensive drill, practice and review through repetition, classroom activities, and in-class conversations among students and with the tutor.

JJC offers several options for studying abroad while earning JJC credits.

What Are My Career Opportunities?

Knowledge of a foreign language as a complementary skill is valuable because it can help students communicate with speakers of that language, and it can enrichen one’s experience traveling to countries where that language is spoken. Potentially, it could also be an asset with respect to employability.

For example, knowledge of a foreign language can be used in the following fields:

  • Business, Industry, and Commerce
  • Government and International Organizations
  • Education
  • Library Science
  • Physical and Social Sciences
  • Law
  • Media
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Services
  • Foreign Language Teaching
  • Interpreting and Translating
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