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World Languages

Study Chinese, German, Japanese or Spanish at TCC.  

Meeting Your World Language Needs  

TCC offers courses in Chinese, Japanese, German, and Spanish. Classes are available for students who:

  • Plan to major in a foreign language or World Languages
  • Need to take foreign language classes to complete a transfer requirement to UW , UWT, or another college
  • Want to use foreign language classes for the multicultural or humanities distribution requirement for Associate degree completion
  • Want to take a class for personal enrichment

Students can earn an Associate of Arts (DTA) with Specialization in Spanish degree and starting Fall 2018, TCC will offer an Associate of Arts (DTA) degree with a Specialization in World Languages. And, there are many other rich opportunities in the World Language area of study. Read on.

World Language Options

TCC offers an Associate of Arts (DTA) Transfer Pathway, an Associate of Arts (DTA) with Spanish Language Specialization, Associate of Arts (DTA) with Specialization in World Languages, and language classes for personal enrichment. 

Transfer Requirements
Spanish Specialization 
World Languages Specialization 
Personal Enrichment
Career Pathways

Associate in Arts Transfer Pathway

Pursue your interest in Chinese, Japanese, German, and Spanish languages and cultures at TCC to meet your foreign language transfer requirements, as well as the multicultural and humanities distribution requirements for your Associate degree.

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Associate of Arts (DTA) with Specialization in Spanish

Starting Fall 2018, TCC offers an Associate of Arts (DTA) degree with a Specialization in Spanish.

The Associate in Arts (DTA) degree with Specialization in Spanish provides the required preparation for successful transfer into a bachelor degree program in Spanish at the Junior level. The Associate in Arts degree is an Agreement (DTA) degree.

The following course set fulfills the requirement of the Specialization in Spanish for the Associate of Arts (DTA) Degree. This specialization enables students to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Spanish, and to analyze, examine and explore oral and written communication using a variety of topics through authentic materials, in all major time frames.

The Specialization in Spanish prepares students for successful transfer at the junior level in Spanish or related field at Washington State 4-year universities. This specialization is appropriate for students who are interested in developing multilingual communication skills and in applying these in any career field or professional setting.

SPECIALIZATION COURSES (5-30 CREDITS)

  • Completion of SPAN& 223 is required.
  • Students need to complete the courses in the sequence leading up to and including SPAN& 223 in accordance with their previous language experience.
  • Students without previous language experience need to start the sequence at the SPAN& 121 level.
  • Students with significant background from secondary education, study abroad, heritage speakers, etc. should consult with the appropriate advisor from the World Language Department in order to be evaluated and placed in the appropriate level.

Spanish Language and Culture Foundation Course Sequence (5-30 CREDITS)

Course Number Course Name Credits
SPAN& 121 Spanish I 5
SPAN& 122 Spanish II 5
SPAN& 123 Spanish III 5
SPAN& 221 Spanish IV 5
SPAN& 222 Spanish V 5
SPAN& 223 Spanish VI 5

 

 

REMAINING DEGREE REQUIREMENTS (60-85 CREDITS)

Course Number Course Name Credits
ENGL& 101 Composition I 5
  English Composition/Speaking Skills

Select 5 additional credits from the Communication section of the Approved Distribution Course List.  ENGL 103 is recommended.

 
  Quantitative Reasoning Skills:  Select 5 credits from the Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning section of the Approved Distribution Course List. 5
  Humanities: Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Humanities Distribution requirement. Up to 10 credits of SPAN courses may be applied toward this requirement, but only 5 of those credits may be from SPAN& 121, 122 or 123. 5-10
  Social Sciences: Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Social Sciences Distribution requirement. 15
  Natural Sciences: Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Natural Sciences Distribution requirement 15
 

Physical Education:  Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Physical Education Distribution requirement.

 3
 

Distribution Electives: Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Distribution Electives requirement. Specialization courses may fulfill some or all of this requirement.

 0-12
 

Other College-Level Electives: Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Other College-Level Electives requirement. Specialization courses may fulfill some of this requirement.

 10-15

 

Associate of Arts with Specialization in World Languages

Starting Fall 2018, TCC offers an Associate of Arts (DTA) degree with a Specialization in World Languages.

The Associate of Arts (DTA) degree with Specialization in World Languages provides the required preparation for successful transfer into a bachelor degree program in World Languages at the Junior level. The Associate of Arts (DTA) degree is a Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) degree.

The following course set fulfills the requirement of the Specialization in World Languages for the Associate of Arts (DTA) Degree. This specialization enables students to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in multiple languages, and to analyze, examine and explore oral and written communication using a variety of topics through authentic materials, in all major time frames.

The Specialization in World Languages prepares students for successful transfer at the junior level in a world language or related field at Washington State 4-year universities. This specialization is appropriate for students with preexisting language skills who are interested in developing communication skills in at least two languages (in addition to English) and in applying these in any career field or professional setting.

SPECIALIZATION COURSES (10-30 CREDITS)

Primary Language and Culture Foundation Sequence, 5-15 credits

  • Completion of the sixth quarter course in a modern language (other than English) is required.
  • Students need to complete the courses in the sequence leading up to and including the sixth quarter course in accordance with their previous language experience.
  • Students with significant background from secondary education, study abroad, heritage speakers, etc. should consult with the appropriate advisor from the World Language Department to be evaluated and placed in the appropriate level.
  • The CLEP is accepted for placement and credit in Spanish and German.

TCC World language second-year classes offered:

SPAN& 221 Spanish IV*
SPAN& 222 Spanish V
SPAN& 223 Spanish VI

* SPAN& 221 has a prerequisite of the first-year language sequence in Spanish (SPAN& 121, 122, 123). This prerequisite must be met, or a milestone must be granted for students who place into SPAN& 221 based on preexisting skills.

Secondary Language Foundation Sequence, 5-15 credits

Completion of the third quarter course in a modern language (other than English or the primary language selected above) is required.

Students need to complete the courses in the sequence leading up to and including the third quarter course in accordance with their previous language experience.

Students with significant background from secondary education, study abroad, heritage speakers, etc. should consult with the appropriate advisor from the World Language Department to be evaluated and placed in the appropriate level.

The CLEP is accepted for placement and credit in Spanish and German.

 TCC World language first-year classes offered:
CHIN& 121 Chinese I
CHIN& 122 Chinese II
CHIN& 123 Chinese III
GERM& 121 German I
GERM& 122 German II
GERM& 123 German III
JAPN& 121 Japanese I
JAPN& 122 Japanese II
JAPN& 123 Japanese III
SPAN& 121 Spanish I
SPAN& 122 Spanish II
SPAN& 123 Spanish III

REMAINING DEGREE REQUIREMENTS (60-80 CREDITS)

Course Number Course Name Credits
ENGL& 101 Composition I 5
 

English Composition / Speaking Skills

Select 5 additional credits from the Communication section of the Approved Distribution Course List.  ENGL 103 is recommended.

 
  Quantitative Reasoning Skills:  Select 5 credits from the Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning section of the Approved Distribution Course List. 5
  Humanities: Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Humanities Distribution requirement. Up to 15 credits of World Languages may be applied toward this requirement, but they must be from two different languages and only 5 credits may be in 100 level World Languages courses. 0-5
  Social Sciences: Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Social Sciences Distribution requirement. 15
  Natural Sciences: Natural Sciences: Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Natural Sciences Distribution requirement. 15
  PE: Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Physical Education Distribution requirement. 3
  Distribution Electives: Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Distribution Electives requirement. Specialization courses may fulfill some or all of this requirement.

0-12

  General Electives: Other College-Level Electives: Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Other College-Level Electives requirement. Specialization courses may fulfill some of this requirement. 12-15

Non-credit language options

Student Clubs:

TCC has a German Club! Find out how to join or start a club to connect with students who share your interest in world languages.

German across the South Sound Initiative:

The German Program at TCC has formed an alliance with the German programs at the University of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran University. Together, we invite you to participate in our German Learning Community across the Puget Sound free of charge. Regular events include the German Conversation Table “Stammtisch” which meets at select Wednesdays at Engine House 9, and rich offering of films, lectures and discussions. Find upcoming World Languages events at TCC and in the South Sound Community.

Continuing Education:

TCC's Continuing Education department offers affordable no-credit language classes. Learn an incredibly useful second language without the tests or grades! 

 

Explore career options 

There are two major career paths for foreign language majors: the world language specialist, and other professions which are greatly enhanced by knowledge of a foreign language.

The world language specialist

For the world language specialist, thorough training in a foreign language is indispensable. He or she translates, interprets, or teaches in one or more foreign languages. Knowledge of the literature, culture, and history of the country or minority community in which the language is used gives the specialist awareness that goes considerably beyond basic communication. A few of the industries that require language specialists are:

  • Educational institutions
  • Diplomatic and government service
  • Travel industry
  • International business

Foreign languages + other professions

In many other professions, knowledge of one or more foreign languages greatly enhances employability. Many employers actively seek potential employees with second language skills. Examples include:

  • Social services
  • Health and medical services
  • Business and trade
  • The travel industry
  • The legal profession
  • Law enforcement

Research careers for this area of study.

 

Questions about World Languages? Transfer requirements? Our World Languages faculty are here to help!  

World Languages

Bruno Arzola-Padilla: World Languages Program Chair and Spanish Faculty Advisor

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Spanish

Sonia Llacer, Spanish Faculty Advisor

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German

German Faculty Advisor

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Chinese

Ruiming Cash, Chinese Faculty Advisor

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Chinese

Yang Fang, Chinese Faculty Advisor

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Japanese

Kasuko Howard, Japanese Faculty Advisor

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