The World Language Program at Houston Community College currently offers instruction in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Our courses are designed to help students develop basic communication skills in the target language. We provide our students with opportunities to practice and learn pronunciation patterns, essential vocabulary, and language structure. We also expose them to authentic reading texts, from simple ads to literary selections. In addition, we assist them in writing as they progress from sentences and short paragraphs in the early stages to longer essays at the intermediate level. Finally, an essential part of our language program includes the culture of the target language. Our students are introduced to the particular values and behaviors of speakers of the target language so that they develop an awareness of, and an appreciation for cultural differences.
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About World Languages
We emphasize the acquisition of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, as well as the development of cultural sensitivity, knowledge of cultural information and understanding of cultural differences.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon successful completion of SPAN 2312/2315 students will:
- Summarize authentic spoken discourse produced by Spanish speakers of diverse origins.
- Produce Spanish comprehensible to native speakers using complex grammatical structures to communicate analytical and interpretive information in both impromptu and prepared speech.
- Demonstrate increasing comprehension of authentic written texts in a variety of genres.
- Write evaluations and critiques at a high intermediate level using complex grammatical structures.
- Formulate cohesive paragraphs and essays.
- Interpret cultural practices and products of the Spanish speaking world drawing on authentic materials including literature and the visual arts.
A degree in World Languages can lead to careers in International Political Organizations, Embassies, Import/Export Companies & International Banks, Education.