Foreign Languages

Centralia College offers a comprehensive slate of classes in Chinese, French, and Spanish, and two degree options for students interested in language study.

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The Foreign Languages programs is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year college. However, the classes are appropriate for anyone who wishes a solid foundation in Chinese, French, or Spanish.

It will also benefit students with personal reasons for speaking a foreign language as well as travelers and those planning a career in international business, teaching, social work, interpreting, translating, and the Foreign Service, to name just a few possibilities.

Foreign Languages Education Plan

Degree: Associate in Arts or Associate in Liberal Arts
Emphasis: Chinese, French, Spanish

Fall Quarter

  • CHIN&, FRCH&, or SPAN& 121 - 5 credits
  • ENGL& 101 Engllish Composition I - 5 credits
  • Quantitive Skills Distribution - 5 credits

Winter Quarter

  • CHIN&, FRCH&, or SPAN& 122 - 5 credits
  • ENGL& 102 English Composition II - 5 credits
  • ANTH& 106 Cultural Anthropology - 5 credits

Spring Quarter

  • CHIN&, FRCH&, or SPAN& 123 - 5 credits
  • CMST 250 Intercultural Communications - 5 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits

Fall Quarter

  • CHIN& or SPAN& 221 or Elective (for French majors) - 5 credits
  • Humanities Distribution - 5 credits
  • Social Science Distribution - 5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 1 credit

Winter Quarter

  • CHIN& or SPAN& 222 or Elective (for French majors) - 5 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits
  • Social Science Distribution - 5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 1 credit

Spring Quarter

  • CHIN& or SPAN& 223 or Elective (for French majors) - 5 credits
  • Elective - 5 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits

 

Chinese Classes

Learn the fundamental skills of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing the Mandarin Chinese language. Develop an understanding and appreciation of the Chinese people and culture.
Continued study of the fundamental skills of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing the Mandarin Chinese language. Develop an understanding and appreciation of the Chinese people and culture. Prerequisite: CHIN& 121 or instructor permission.
Continued study of the fundamental skills of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing the Mandarin Chinese language. Develop an understanding and appreciation of the Chinese people and culture. Prerequisite: CHIN& 123 or instructor permission. 

French Classes

An introduction to the French language, including the major axes of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. While building competence in French language, students will also study francophone cultures from around the world, including but not limited to France.
Reviews and expands essential points of grammar. Students will develop reading skills, build their vocabulary, and increase their listening and speaking skills in a variety of topics. French is used almost exclusively in the classroom. Prerequisite: FRCH& 123 or permission of instructor.

 

Spanish Classes

Basic Spanish to meet the needs of working professionals who wish to communicate with Spanish speaking persons.
First class in 100 level sequence. Learn the fundamental skills of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. Develop an awareness of Spanish speaking countries and their cultures.
Second class in sequence. Learn the fundamental skills of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. Develop an awareness of Spanish speaking countries and their cultures. Prerequisite: SPAN& 121 or instructor permission. 
Third class in sequence. Learn the fundamental skills of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. Develop an awareness of Spanish speaking countries and their cultures. Prerequisite: SPAN& 122 or instructor permission. 
A survey course analyzing representative texts of Latin American literature in English from the pre-Columbian period to the present. Develop an understanding of the historical and cultural contexts and apply literary criticism. 
Introduction to academic Spanish for heritage/native speakers. Course is first sequence designed to prepare speakers for more advanced study. Areas of focus included grammar terminology, spelling, accentuation, reading, writing and discussion of cultural topics. Prerequisite: Native or heritage speaker of Spanish, Instructor permission required. 
Introduction to academic Spanish for heritage/native speakers. Course is second in sequence designed to prepare speakers for more advanced study. Areas of focus include grammar terminology, spelling, accentuation, reading, writing and discussion of cultural topics. Prerequisite: Native or heritage speaker of Spanish, Instructor permission required. 
Discuss Hispanic cultures in Spanish, develop oral and written skills, review and expand essential points of grammar, and build vocabulary. Prerequisite: SPAN& 123 or permission of instructor. 
Discuss Hispanic cultures in Spanish, develop oral and written skills, review and expand essential points of grammar, and build vocabulary. Prerequisite: SPAN& 221 or permission from the instructor. 
Discuss Hispanic cultures in Spanish, develop oral and written skills, review and expand essential points of grammar, and build vocabulary. Prerequisite: SPAN& 222 or instructor permission. 
Explore the culture(s) and language(s) of a specific region of Latin America through first-hand experience. Contact instructors for current information. Prerequisite: instructor permission.