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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.

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Social Sciences, Communications, World Languages Division

Dr. Alex Miranda, Dean

For more information contact:
Lindsay McNutt
Division Coordinator

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



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
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.