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Academic Program

Study World Languages at TCC!


The World Languages Program provides introductory language and culture study in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, German and Spanish.  The World Languages Program immerses you in the target language and culture and prepares you to develop into a global citizen with multicultural and multilingual skills.  The study of language allows us to understand the world better, identify commonalities, and respect cultural differences. Students who major in a language gain the ability to communicate effectively in both written and spoken forms, and will study the language in its multifaceted presence, including history, literature, politics, and the arts.  A study abroad component is often required or at least strongly encouraged. Students take multiple courses taught in the language of their major, and many programs stipulate that students must also study a second language.

TCC’s World Languages Program offers courses that cover the first year of a typical 4-year college World Languages program and encourages students to consider study abroad and multiple language tracks to prepare best for successful transfer.  World Language courses can be applied to meet Humanities Distribution as well as Multicultural requirements for transfer and degree purposes.

Our Mission

TCC’s World Languages Program creates meaningful and relevant learning in a world language immersion setting, fosters intercultural and multilingual competencies, and enables students develop a foundation in global citizen skills.

Our Vision

TCC’s World Languages Program prepares students for a professional future in which they can apply their multilingual communication skills, and their global and interdisciplinary understandings and connections to make a difference in their career field and in society.



Associate in Arts (Option A) The Associate in Arts degree – World Languages track is a 90 credit hour program that enables you to transfer as a junior to a Bachelor’s program at a 4 year university.



·         Fulltime (under construction)

·         Part time (under construction)

Students should check the specific requirements of the four-year institution of their choice, as admission and degree requirements vary across colleges and universities.  Also see World Language Requirements for Bachelor Programs in the region (WA).



World Languages Faculty Advisor Team: Bruno Arzola-Padilla and Sonia Llacer

Our World Languages Faculty Advisors look forward to supporting you on your educational and professional pathway. Faculty advisors are available throughout the academic year and can provide general and detailed advising and career counseling to help you achieve your educational goals.  We recommend that you reach out to us if a career in World Languages interests you so that our faculty advisors may guide you toward completion of your Associate Degree and successful transfer into a bachelor degree program.

Our faculty advisors will help you establish an educational pathway that meets your goals from start to finish and will be available to support you throughout your studies at TCC.  Make your first appointment today!



The World Languages Program includes instruction in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, German, and Spanish.  The first year of the beginning language sequence consists of courses numbered 121, 122, and 123. 

The first year sequence is designed for students new to the language of study; native or heritage speakers should seek guidance regarding language options other than their native toungue.


Ø  121 level is for students who have no or minimal knowledge of the language AND are secure in their understanding of English grammar. 

Ø  122 and 123 levels are not available for direct placement. Students wishing to be placed on these classes must take the placement exam. To do so, please contact the department chair or faculty advisor team.


ARAB 121 / CHIN& 121 / GERM& 121 / JAPN& 121 / SPAN& 121 (5 cr.)

The 121 course constitutes the first quarter of the sequence. The basic tenets of communications including reading, writing, speaking, and listening are developed in a dynamic second language acquisition environment enhanced by technology. Grammar is used as a communication tool to express meaning as students take part in small group discussions, cultural investigation, and presentation. Authentic materials will be focused on in the class as well as assessment. Students should expect to be immersed in the language. English will be used at a minimum. (Multicultural Content) Prerequisite: ENGL/ 095 with a minimum grade of C or Instructor Permission

ARAB 122 / CHIN& 122 / GERM& 122 / JAPN& 122 / SPAN& 122 (5 cr.)

The 122 course is the second quarter course of the first-year language sequence and continues to build on the skills acquired in the 121 course. (Multicultural Content) Prerequisite: 121 in same language or Instructor Permission

ARAB 123 / CHIN& 123 / GERM& 123 / JAPN& 123 / SPAN& 123 (5 cr.)

The 123 course is the third quarter of the first-year language sequence and continues to build on the skills acquired in SPAN&-122. Prerequisite: 122 or Instructor Permission




Arabic I – ARAB 121XX  
Arabic II – ARAB 122 XX 
Arabic III – ARAB 123  X 
Chinese I – CHIN& 121XX  
Chinese II – CHIN& 122 XX 
Chinese III – CHIN& 123  X 
German I – GERM& 121XX  
German II – GERM& 122 XX 
German III – GERM& 123  X 
Japanese I – JAPN& 121XX  
Japanese II – JAPN& 122 XX 
Japanese III – JAPN& 123  X 
Spanish I – SPAN& 121XXXX
Spanish II – SPAN& 122XXXX
Spanish III – SPAN& 123XXX 

X = scheduled to be offered



At TCC we are committed to helping you reach your educational and career goals.  In World Languages this typically requires a bachelor degree or higher.  Here are some of the local options available: 

University of Puget Sound

·                     German Studies, Bachelor of Arts in German Language and Literature

·                     Global Development Studies

·                     Asian Languages & Cultures, Bachelor of Arts in Chinese, Bachelor of Arts in Japanese

·                     International Political Economy

·                     Latina/o Studies

·                     Latin American Studies

University of Washington, Seattle

·                     https://artsci.washington.edu/divisions/humanities

University of Washington Tacoma

·                     Global Studies concentration (TGBLS)

·                     Hispanic Studies (THISP)

Western Washington University

·                     Chinese Language and Culture, BA

·                     Language, Literacy, and Cultural Studies, BAE

·                     Linguistics, BA

·                     Spanish with a Teaching Endorsement, BA

·                     Spanish, BA

·                     Spanish—Elementary, BAE

·                     German with a Teaching Endorsement, BA

·                     German, BA

·                     German/Spanish, BA

·                     German—Elementary, BAE

·                     Humanities—History of Culture, BA

·                     Japanese with a Teaching Endorsement, BA

·                     Japanese, BA



World Languages Program Overview: Introduction to the World Languages Program, Associate Degree Options, Bachelor & Transfer Degree Options, Career Guidance

Academic Program Information: Associate Degree Programs, Degree Planning and Advising, Courses, Current Term Offering, Course Descriptions, Bachelor Degree and Transfer Options

Academic Resources: Faculty, Faculty and Advisor Contact Information, Community Engagement, Scholarships

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Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information or if you have any questions, suggestions or need guidance. Thank you!



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*      World Languages Program Chair: Bruno Arzola-Padilla

*      World Languages Faculty Advisor Team: Bruno Arzola-Padilla and Sonia Llacer

*      Dean for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: Dr. Yvonne Unnold

*      Administrative Specialist: Melanie Johnson

*      Faculty Support: Deborah Lewis



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