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Arts & Letters Division

Dr. David Hudson, Dean

For more information contact:
Laurie Camody

Division Coordinator
lcamody@gwc.cccd.edu
714-895-8772

WORLD LANGUAGE

The World Language Department at Golden West College offers mostly courses that are transferable to a four-year college or university.  These courses have been articulated with these colleges and universities, and the course descriptions are reviewed frequently to meet the articulation requirements.  The college courses offer beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses in the seven aforementioned foreign languages.  The beginning courses emphasize listening and speaking, while the intermediate and advanced courses teach cultural and literary topics and emphasize reading and writing.  The communicative approach is used throughout these courses to enable the student to function in the target language after the first semester.  Our World Language Department also offers conversation classes in French, Spanish, and Vietnamese to meet the needs of the community at large.  GWC is one of the few community colleges that offers Sign Language.  This is a program that meets the unique demands of the hearing impaired, and thus goes beyond being just an academic program, but a community service for a portion of the community that is under represented.

Associate in Arts Degree in World Language

Required courses | Semester at a Glance


Associate in Arts Degree in World Language

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Demonstrate understanding of World Languages, grammar, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and World Languages speakers’ culture and apply it to communicate orally, using appropriate pronunciation, or by utilizing expressive and receptive skills in American Sign Language on designated topics in public and in interpersonal situations.
  • Integrate grammar, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and culture to communicate in writing.
  • Apply, clearly and effectively, vocabulary, grammar, idiomatic expressions, and culture to synthesize, analyze, evaluate, and derive meaning of implicit and explicit written materials.
  • Apply knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, idiomatic expressions, and culture to accurately recognize and comprehend spoken messages in World Languages.
Required courses

French/Spanish/Vietnamese/Sign G180 – Elementary 1 – 4-5 units
French/Spanish/Vietnamese/Sign G185 – Elementary 2 – 4-5 units
French/Spanish/Vietnamese/Sign G280 – Intermediate 1 – 4 units
French/Spanish/Vietnamese/Sign G285 – Intermediate 2 – 4 units

And Sign G200 (if taking the Sign courses) -Deaf Culture – 3 units

Major Total: 18-19 units


Semester at a Glance – Associate in Arts Degree in World Language

Semester 1
French/Spanish/Vietnamese/Sign G180 – Elementary 1 – 4-5 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 2
French/Spanish/Vietnamese/Sign G185 – Elementary 2 – 4-5 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
French/Spanish/Vietnamese/Sign G280 – Intermediate 1 – 4 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
French/Spanish/Vietnamese/Sign G285 – Intermediate 2 – 4 units
and Sign G200 if taking the Sign courses – Deaf Culture – 3 units

General Education – TBD

Major Total: 18-19 Units
GWC GE Pattern, CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 21-39 Units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units

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FRENCH G060 – 3 Units
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Practical French, Beginning
Development of basic skills in the language. Practice in pronunciation and comprehension of French and introduction of basic structural patterns. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade.

FRENCH G180 – 5 Units
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Elementary French 1
(Formerly known as: Elementary French)
This is an introductory course in the French language. Students learn to understand, speak, read, and write basic French. This is a proficiency-oriented course to acquire French for real life situations. Classes are conducted in French. Native speakers are eligible by permission of the instructor only. This course is equivalent to two years of high school French. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

FRENCH G185 – 5 Units
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Elementary French 2
(Formerly known as: French, Elementary)
Prerequisites: French G180 or 2 years of high school French
A continuation and completion of French G180. Further development emphasizing reading ability. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.


SIGN G010 – 1 Unit
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Fingerspelling
(Formerly known as: Sign G290)
A skills class designed to introduce Sign Language and Interpreting students to the principles and techniques of the American (fingerspelling) Manual Alphabet. Expressive and receptive techniques will be emphasized. Lecture. Pass/no pass only. Transferable to CSU. Offered fall semester only.

SIGN G068 – 3 Units
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ASL for Health and Medical Personnel
A beginning course in American Sign Language (ASL) for medical and health personnel, stressing the acquisition of technical vocabulary and the basic structural concepts for communication in a bilingual environment. Lecture. Letter grade only.

SIGN G180 – 4 Units
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American Sign Language 1
(Formerly known as: Beginning American Sign Language I)
A basic course in American sign language (ASL). Emphasis will be on grammar, syntax, vocabulary and expressive and receptive skills. This course is equivalent to two years of high school Sign Language. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

SIGN G185 – 4 Units
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American Sign Language 2
(Formerly known as: Beginning American Sign Language II)
Prerequisites: Sign G180 or 2 years of high school American Sign Language (ASL)
This course is a continuation of American Sign language 1 (ASL). Emphasis is on grammar, syntax, vocabulary. This course builds students’ receptive and expressive skills in ASL and fingerspelling as well as their knowledge of Deaf culture. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

SIGN G200 – 3 Units
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Deaf Culture
This course is an introduction to the American Deaf culture experience. Areas of study include the history and description of deafness, the Deaf community, Deaf education and the arts and language of the Deaf. Services, organizations, technology, as well as clinical and cultural perspectives will be examined and discussed. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

SIGN G280 – 4 Units
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American Sign Language 3
(Formerly known as: Advanced American Sign Language I)
Advisories: Sign G185
This course provides further training in manual alphabet and sign language for purposes of communication with people who are deaf. It is designed to help the student increase speed with regard to accuracy, rhythm and comprehension. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

SIGN G285 – 4 Units
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American Sign Language 4
(Formerly known as: Advanced American Sign Language II)
Advisories: Sign G280
This course is an advanced study of American Sign language. Emphasis is on acquiring advanced vocabulary and using complex grammar. Students will learn the proper use of classifiers, narrative structure, and enumeration. Students develop expressive and receptive fluency in the context of Deaf culture and Deaf community. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.


SPANISH G060 – 3 Units
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Practical Spanish, Beginning
This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamental skills of spoken Spanish. Students will learn correct pronunciation, basic structural patterns and necessary vocabulary in order to ask and answer questions on everyday topics such as the weather, family, telling time and counting, courtesy phrases, description of home, job, pastimes, personal characteristics and other familiar subjects. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade.

SPANISH G160 – 4 Units
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Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1
(Formerly known as: Spanish G110, Spanish for Native Speaker)
This course emphasizes the reading of elementary prose and drills in basic writing skills, with an introduction to the basic rules of spelling, accentuation and morphology. Instructional time will be devoted to principles of Spanish orthography, vocabulary enrichment and composition. The course will cover the history, culture, and stories of the Latin American and Chicano writers in the U.S. as well as that of the Spanish-speaking world on a regional basis. This course is not open to students who have completed Spanish G180 Four hours lecture a week. This course is equivalent to two years of high school Spanish. UC Credit Limitations: Spanish G160 and G180 combined—maximum credit, one course. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

SPANISH G165 – 5 Units
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Spanish for Spanish Speakers, 2
(Formerly known as: Spanish G112)
Prerequisites: Spanish G110 or Spanish G160
This course is a continuation of Spanish G160 and extends study for the native Spanish speaker. Work in the class will emphasize analysis of prose and further development of writing skills. This course includes study of Spanish orthography (spelling), and vocabulary enrichment, as well as the culture and literature of Latin America and Spain. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

SPANISH G180 – 5 Units
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Elementary Spanish 1
(Formerly known as: Elementary Spanish)
Fundamentals of Spanish grammar. Reading, writing, hearing and speaking simple Spanish. Native speakers are eligible for Spanish G180 only by the permission of the instructor. Five hours lecture a week plus a minimum of one hour laboratory attendance to be arranged by the student with the instructor. This course is equivalent to two years of high school Spanish. UC Credit Limitations. Spanish G160 and G180 combined—maximum credit, one course. C-ID SPAN 100 Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

SPANISH G185 – 5 Units
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Elementary Spanish 2
(Formerly known as: Elementary Spanish)
Prerequisites: Spanish G180 or 2 years of high school Spanish
Continuation of Spanish G180. The emphasis on this course is on comprehension, basic oral communication, speaking, reading intermediate material, and writing Spanish correctly. UC Credit Limitations; Spanish G185 and G185H combined—maximum credit, one course. C-ID SPAN 110 Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

SPANISH G200 – 3 Units
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Mexican Culture and Civilization
(Formerly known as: Spanish G290)
Prerequisites: Spanish G165 or G185
Conducted in Spanish, this course will survey the art, culture, history and civilization of Mexico dating from the pre-Columbian period to contemporary Mexico. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

SPANISH G280 – 4 Units
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Intermediate Spanish 1
(Formerly known as: Intermediate Spanish)
Prerequisites: Spanish G185
This course includes further study of Spanish grammar and idioms, intensive and extensive reading in contemporary colloquial Spanish, oral exercises and written composition. The admission of native speakers to Spanish G280 will be at the discretion of the instructor. C-ID SPAN 200 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

SPANISH G285 – 4 Units
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Intermediate Spanish 2
(Formerly known as: Intermediate Spanish)
Prerequisites: Spanish G280
A continuation of Spanish G280, with reading of more difficult literary texts. Increasing stress on spontaneous conversation and free composition. The admission of native speakers to Spanish G285 will be at the discretion of the instructor. C-ID: SPAN 210 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.


VIETNAMESE G060 – 3 Units
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Practical Vietnamese, Beginning
This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamental skills of spoken Vietnamese. Students will learn correct pronunciation, basic structural patterns and necessary vocabulary in order to carry on simple conversations. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade.

VIETNAMESE G180 – 5 Units
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Elementary Vietnamese 1
(Formerly known as: Elementary Vietnamese)
This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamental skills of spoken and written Vietnamese. Students will learn correct pronunciation, basic structural patterns, and necessary vocabulary in order to write and understand basic sentences and carry on simple conversations. This course is equivalent to two years of high school Vietnamese. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

VIETNAMESE G185 – 5 Units
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Elementary Vietnamese 2
(Formerly known as: Elementary Vietnamese)
Prerequisites: Vietnamese G180
This course is designed to further develop the fundamental skills of spoken and written Vietnamese. Students will learn correct pronunciation, basic structural patterns, and necessary vocabulary in order to write and understand basic sentences and carry on simple conversations. Lab assignments will enhance the students’ pronunciation and understanding. A minimum of one-hour laboratory attendance will be arranged by the student with the instructor. Fundamental aspects of Vietnamese culture will be addressed. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

VIETNAMESE G280 – 4 Units
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Intermediate Vietnamese 1
(Formerly known as: Intermediate Vietnamese)
Prerequisites: Vietnamese G185
A Vietnamese language course designed for students with essential basic skills in Vietnamese. These basic skills will be reviewed. The course will provide for further development of vocabulary, introduce idiomatic expressions and practice writing paragraphs in standard Vietnamese. Cultural reading will include Vietnamese history, literature and current affairs. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

VIETNAMESE G285 – 4 Units
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Intermediate Vietnamese 2
(Formerly known as: Intermediate Vietnamese)
Prerequisites: Vietnamese G280
A course in Vietnamese language with initial intermediate skills of the language. Writing of short compositions and further study of idiomatic terms. Further reading of Vietnamese literature, history and general aspects of culture. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

Most of the courses in this program  transfer to the California State University (CSU) system, the University of California (UC) System and private colleges and universities. Please see your GWC Counselor early in your studies to choose the transfer option that is right for you.

Pick a foreign language, any foreign language. No matter what language it is, the beauty of having a language degree is that there is no one given career path following graduation. Language degrees can open up opportunities in areas that you may never even have thought to look, such as:

  • Translating and Interpreting
  • Teaching
  • Foreign civil service
  • Airline services
  • Advertising
  • Editing and Publishing
  • Subtitles and Voice-Overs
  • Event Management
  • Import/Export Specialist
  • Hotel Management

FULL-TIME FACULTY

Kimberly A. Pascoe
Professor, Sign Language/Interpreting
B.S., California State Polytechnic University at Pomona; M.A., California State University at Northridge. Further graduate study: Gallaudet University; California State University at Northridge. RID Certified Interpreter-CI, CT.

Verónica B. Pizano
Professor, Spanish
B.A., BCLAD, California State University at Sacramento; M.A., California State University at Long Beach.

Tammie Tran
Instructor, World Languages (Vietnamese)
M.A., CSU Fullerton; Ph.D.,Alliant International University

Ronald Wilkinson
Instructor, Sign/Interpreting
A.A. Golden West College, Interpreting for Deaf People Certificate Golden West College; B.A., California State University Fullerton; further graduate study at Trinity College; Interpreter Certification, American Consortium of Certified Interpreters; Level 5 Certification, ESSE.