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Foreign Languages

Emphasis: American Sign Language, Spanish, Chinese

Degree: Associate in Arts or Associate in Liberal Arts
Purpose: The degree program is designed for persons interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor's degree. Additionally, it should attract students interested in careers which benefit from bilingual abilities, such as international business, teaching, social and government jobs which deal with non-English speaking people, interpreting, translating, and the foreign service.

American Sign Language

American Sign Language (ASL) is a complete, complex language that uses signs made by moving the hands combined with facial expressions and body postures. It is the primary language of many Americans who are deaf and is one of several communication options used by people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.


Bienvenido! Centralia College offers two years of academic Spanish. Spanish I, II, and III introduce the fundamental skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students develop an awareness of Spanish speaking countries and their cultures. Spanish IV, V, and VI review and expand the essential points of grammar while building vocabulary and increasing knowledge of Hispanic cultures. Spanish for Social Services meets the needs of working professionals who wish to communicate with Spanish speakers in the community.


Centralia College is one of few community colleges that offer two years of Chinese instruction. In the Chinese program the students learn to speak and listen, but also learn how to write and understand Chinese characters. Learning about Chinese customs and cultures is an emphasis in all courses.