World Languages–World Languages Abroad

French Club Booth with Students

Language Lab booth with Students


2012 summer trips will be to Quebec and Japan. For general information on international studies and other study abroad opportunities, please see the international studies web area.

French– French Professor Doug Mrazek has led French Study Tours since 2000. In alternate years, the group visits Quebec province and studies at the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi. Prerequisite: French 122 or consent of department. To find out more, contact Professor Mrazek at dmrazek@clark.edu or 360-992-2165.

German– German Professor Julian Nelson is Director of the German Studies in Berlin program which leads a group to Berlin, Germany every other summer. He can be reached at jnelson@clark.edu or 360-992-2280.

Japanese– Professor Michiyo Okuhara leads a trip to study Japanese culture and language, visiting cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, and Joyo, Vancouver's sister city. For more information, please contact Professor Okuhara at mokuhara@clark.edu or 360-992-2455.

Spanish– For more information about the summer program led by Spanish Professor Erika Nava, visit the website. You can also contact her at enava@clark.edu or 360- 992-2172. Professor Elizabeth Ubiergo is another good source for information. She can be reached at eubiergo@clark.edu or 360-992-2977.

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Degree Options

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
    AMERICAN DEAF CULTURE
    5 cr.
    ASL& 221
    AM SIGN LANGUAGE IV
    5 cr.
    ASL& 222
    AM SIGN LANGUAGE V
    5 cr.
    ASL& 223
    AM SIGN LANGUAGE VI
    5 cr.
    CMST&220
    PUBLIC SPEAKING
    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.