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World Languages
Language proficiency is an important skill for more and more Americans who must compete professionally in a global economy. It is a marketable skill in such diverse fields as medicine, government, science, technology, banking, trade, industry, communications, teaching, and social work. Clark College language students apply their skills not only to employment but also to upper-division transfer studies at four-year universities.

Classes emphasize learning strategies that are necessary to communicate in the real world. Language clubs provide active support and opportunities for using the language ranging from film series and round-table discussion groups to field trips and cultural presentations.

Program Options

Students who intend to major in a world language at a four-year institution should consider two years of study in one language. Clark offers two-year programs (elementary, intermediate) in the following areas:
  • Spanish

  • Japanese

  • American Sign Language

  • Summer Study Abroad for Language Students

    The departments provide the following language and cultural opportunities:
    • French Study Abroad opportunity

    • German immersion/study every summer with the German Studies in Berlin program

    • Spanish immersion/study at the University of Valladolid in Valladolid, Spain

    • Japanese immersion/study at Tokyo Institute of Japanese in Tokyo and visiting Kyoto and Joyo

    Other Study Abroad

    Clark College is a member of the Washington Community College Consortium for Study Abroad (WCCCSA), which offers term-long programs in London, England; Paris, France; Florence, Italy; and Alajuela, Costa Rica. Contact an advisor in the International Center for more information.
    American Sign Language (AC)
    For students who want expertise in American Sign Language, this Academic Concentration may be earned along with a regular AA degree, and will be awarded upon graduation.
    Core Courses
    ASL 125
    5 cr.
    ASL& 221
    5 cr.
    ASL& 222
    5 cr.
    ASL& 223
    5 cr.
    5 cr.
    Total Required Credits: 25
    Program Outcomes
    Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
    • Participate in most formal and informal conversations on general topics in ASL.
    • Analyze the Deaf culture and American Sign Language, with an appreciation for the linguistic and cultural diversity.
    • Manage common interactions using enhanced vocabulary and grammar with fellow classmate using ASL.
    • Identify the rules of behavior, values, beliefs and etiquette of Deaf culture.