Modern Languages major

mhcc.edu/ModernLanguage

Faculty Advisers

Paul Eckhardt: 503-491-7497 | Room AC2392 | Paul.Eckhardt@mhcc.edu | Students with last name A-M
Yoko Sato: 503-491-7126 | Room AC2385 | Yoko.Sato@mhcc.edu | Students with last name N-Z

At MHCC, students can fulfill their transfer and four-year degree language requirements, and start to become more competitive in the global job market at home and abroad. Language learning can also confer other potential benefits, such as the pleasure of acquiring new skills, meeting new people, learning about other cultures, traveling, and even strengthening family ties. MHCC offers first- and second-year American Sign Language (ASL), Japanese and Spanish, as well as first-year French and German. MHCC offers in-person language tutorial support services and some exciting study abroad programs in Japan (summer term) and Costa Rica (winter term).

Oregon public university admission requires two college terms of the first year (101-102) of a language other than English OR four semesters in high school. Graduation with a Bachelor of Arts requires the second year (201-203, or equivalent) of a language other than English.

Curricular Outcomes

At the completion of the first year of a language, students should be able to:

  • Listen: understand short, learned utterances and some sentence-length utterances
  • Speak: express personal information by relying on learned phrases or re-combinations of these; manage uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations; ask simple questions or make statements involving learned material
  • Read: exhibit sufficient control of the writing system to interpret written language in limited areas of practical need
  • Write: produce material consisting of re-combinations of learned vocabulary and structures into simple sentences on familiar topics

At the completion of the second year of a language, students should be able to:

  • Listen: sustain comprehension over longer stretches (beyond the sentence level)
  • Speak: express personal information by creating with the language; initiate, sustain and close a general conversation with a number of strategies; exhibit evidence of connected discourse, particularly for simple narration and description
  • Read: read consistently with increased understanding simple connected texts dealing with a variety of basic and social needs
  • Write: demonstrate most practical writing needs including simple letters, paraphrases and summaries of biographical data, work and school experiences

Students interested in pursuing the Modern Language major can complete the following courses toward the Arts & Letters requirement, university language requirement, and/or electives on the ASLA (recommended), AAOT, ASOT-B, AGS or AS degrees. Admitted students may also log on to Navigate to start the process of building an academic plan based on this major and can notify an adviser for review.

ASL101
ASL102
ASL103
ASL201
ASL202
ASL203
First-year American Sign Language I
and First-year American Sign Language II
and First-year American Sign Language III
and Second-year American Sign Language I (Cultural Literacy course)
and Second-year American Sign Language II (Cultural Literacy course)
and Second-year American Sign Language III (Cultural Literacy course)
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JPN101
JPN102
JPN103
JPN201
JPN202
JPN203
First-year Japanese I
and First-year Japanese II
and First-year Japanese III
and Second-year Japanese I (Cultural Literacy course)
and Second-year Japanese II (Cultural Literacy course)
and Second-year Japanese III (Cultural Literacy course)
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SPAN101
SPAN102
SPAN103
SPAN201
SPAN202
SPAN203
First-year Spanish I
and First-year Spanish II
and First-year Spanish III
and Second-year Spanish I (Cultural Literacy course)
and Second-year Spanish II (Cultural Literacy course)
and Second-year Spanish III (Cultural Literacy course)
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Transfer Schools

The following shows just one example of how students can complete an AS in Liberal Arts degree while also taking lower-division modern language courses. Be sure to work with an MHCC adviser and the transfer institution you'd like to attend to ensure correct courses are being taken. Not all courses are offered every term. Click on a course number to see what term(s) the course is typically offered.

Plan of Study Grid
First QuarterCredits
ASL101
First-year American Sign Language I
or First-year Japanese I
or First-year Spanish I
4
WR121 English Composition (Course offered online) 4
MTH105 Mathematics in Society (or higher) 5
Health & Physical Education 1
 Credits14
Second Quarter
ASL102
First-year American Sign Language II
or First-year Japanese II
or First-year Spanish II
4
WR122
English Composition: Critical Thinking (Course offered online)
or Technical Report Writing (Course offered online)
4
Oral Communication 3-4
Social Science 3-4
Health & Physical Education 1
 Credits16-17
Third Quarter
ASL103
First-year American Sign Language III
or First-year Japanese III
or First-year Spanish III
4
Health & Physical Education 1
Science / Math / Computer Science 3-5
Electives / university requirements 8
 Credits18
Fourth Quarter
ASL201
Second-year American Sign Language I (Cultural Literacy course)
or Second-year Japanese I (Cultural Literacy course)
or Second-year Spanish I (Cultural Literacy course)
4
Arts & Letters (other than Modern Language) 3-4
Science / Math / Computer Science 3-5
Elective / university requirement 3-4
 Credits15-16
Fifth Quarter
ASL202
Second-year American Sign Language II (Cultural Literacy course)
or Second-year Japanese II (Cultural Literacy course)
or Second-year Spanish II (Cultural Literacy course)
4
Social Science 3-4
Electives / university requirements 8
 Credits15
Sixth Quarter
ASL203
Second-year American Sign Language III (Cultural Literacy course)
or Second-year Japanese III (Cultural Literacy course)
or Second-year Spanish III (Cultural Literacy course)
4
Electives / university requirements 8
 Credits12
 Total Credits90-92

ASL101 First-year American Sign Language I

Credits 4Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, or IECC201R and IECC201W, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

ASL101 is the introductory course in the study of American Sign Language. The content includes the basic receptive and expressive sign skills and sign vocabulary required to be able to communicate at a beginner's level in American Sign Language. Included in the class content are beginning linguistic and grammatical principles; appropriate facial markers and body movement; the manual alphabet and signed numbers; information on the effect of deafness on the individual; needed terms; the history of the development of ASL and other sign systems; the education of deaf children; ASL stories, songs and poetry; and information about the deaf culture and community.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Answer appropriately comprehension questions covering material found in the text, handouts, lectures and DVD's presented
  2. Answer comprehension questions about deaf culture, the deaf community and the effect of deafness on the individual
  3. Demonstrate a beginning level of command both receptively and expressively of the manual alphabet
  4. Demonstrate competency at a beginning level of proficiency in the reception and expression of American Sign Language
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of needed terms, the education of deaf children, the history of American Sign Language and sign systems used by deaf people in the United States
  6. Demonstrate the proper use both receptively and expressively of signed numbers
  7. Properly identify and use approximately 300 ASL signs
  8. Use the proper facial markers and body movements needed to communicate in simple ASL conversations

ASL102 First-year American Sign Language II

Credits 4Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: ASL101 or consent of instructor.

This course includes additional receptive and expressive sign skills, information and sign vocabulary required to communicate at an advanced beginner level of American Sign Language. Also included in the course content are additional linguistic and grammatical principles; appropriate facial and physical markers; further skills in the use of the manual alphabet and signed numbers; more information on the effect of deafness on the individual; ASL story telling, poetry and songs; and the deaf culture and community. Successful completion of ASL102 fulfills the language entrance requirement to Oregon public universities.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate additional knowledge of the deaf culture and community
  2. Demonstrate an advanced beginner level skill in the presentation of ASL stories, poems and songs
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in the reception and expression of American Sign Language at the advanced beginner level
  4. Demonstrate receptively and expressively an advanced beginner level command of the manual alphabet
  5. Demonstrate receptively and expressively an advanced beginner level of competency in the use of signed numbers
  6. Demonstrate receptively and expressively at an advanced beginner level the use of additional linguistic and grammatical features of ASL
  7. Identify and use properly 300 additional ASL signs
  8. Successively answer comprehension questions based on information found in the text, lectures, handouts and DVD's that are presented in class
  9. Use appropriately additional facial markers and body movements needed for the proper expression of American Sign Language

ASL103 First-year American Sign Language III

Credits 4Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: ASL 102 or instructor consent.

Content includes the additional basic receptive and expressive sign skills and sign vocabulary required to communicate at an advanced beginner level of American Sign Language. Also included in the course content are more advanced ASL linguistic and grammatical principles, ability to expressively and receptively use the manual alphabet, signed numbers and additional competencies at presenting ASL stories, songs and poems. Course work incorporates additional concepts in the use of facial markers, body movement, classifiers, quantifiers, directional verbs, verb tenses, the use of eye and body gaze, use of space, ASL idioms and discourse features and experiences with the deaf community and culture.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate command of the manual alphabet both expressively and receptively at the advanced beginner level
  2. Demonstrate during class actual experiences with the deaf community, quizzes,mid-terms and final exams the proper use of facial markers, body movement, classifiers, quantifiers, directional verbs, verb tenses, eye and body gaze, space, idioms,and discourse features at an advanced beginner level of competency
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of additional concepts concerning the deaf culture and community
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in the reception and expression of American Sign Language at the advanced beginner level
  5. Demonstrate the proper use of signed numbers both expressively and receptively at an advanced beginner level of competency
  6. Identify and use properly approximately 300 additional ASL signs
  7. Perform a story, song or poem in ASL at an advanced beginner level of proficiency
  8. Successfully answer comprehesion questions based on material found in the text

ASL201 Second-year American Sign Language I (Cultural Literacy course)

Credits 4Fall

Registration Requirement: ASL103. Instructor may also require Sign Language proficiency interview.

ASL201 is an intermediate mid-course in the study of American Sign Language. The content includes both the receptive and expressive skills and vocabulary required for communicating at an intermediate level in American Sign Language. This class introduces concepts related to locating things around the house, asking for solutions to everyday problems, telling about life events and describing objects. It focuses on sign production, comprehension building, narrative practice and spontaneous as well as structured interactions and appropriate cultural behaviors. Students develop techniques for role shifting, spatial structuring, sequencing events and using temporal features of the language.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

This course fulfills: Arts & Letters; Human Relations

ASL202 Second-year American Sign Language II (Cultural Literacy course)

Credits 4Winter

Registration Requirement: ASL201. Instructor may also require Sign Language proficiency interview.

Second-year American Sign Language II continues work of ASL201, emphasizing active communication at an intermediate level in American Sign Language. This class has an increasing emphasis on exploring, analyzing the rules and presenting ASL stories and literature.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

This course fulfills: Arts & Letters; Human Relations

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Apply ASL linguistic and grammar features
  2. e.g. use of restructuring space, classifiers (descriptive, locative, instrument, role shifting
  3. Discuss and explore the linguistic and cultural diversity within deaf world
  4. e.g. political issues, various social services and programs (both national and international)
  5. Express information with sufficient accuracy, clarity, and precision to convey the intended message
  6. Narrate and describe events in all major time frames (past, present, future) in paragraph length ASL discourse

ASL203 Second-year American Sign Language III (Cultural Literacy course)

Credits 4Spring

Registration Requirement: ASL202. Instructor may also require Sign Language proficiency interview.

Second-year American Sign Language III continues work of ASL202, emphasizing active communication at an intermediate level in American Sign Language. This class has an increasing emphasis on exploring, analyzing the rules and presenting ASL literature and poetry.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

This course fulfills: Arts & Letters; Human Relations

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Act with respect, knowledge and understanding of deaf people and ASL with appreciation for their linguistic and cultural diversity.
  2. Continue to apply ASL storytelling and poetry skills outside the language classroom
  3. Manage to express opinions and thought related to ASL literature
  4. To have a passing grade, students must exhibit mastery of target language at the level of advance (ACTFL Guidelines)at completion of course

JPN101 First-year Japanese I

Credits 5Fall/Winter

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, or IECC201R and IECC201W, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

Introducing students to the Japanese language and culture, this course provides cultural experience which helps students confirm their basic communication skills in Japanese and prepare them for further study in the language or travel to Japan.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in Japanese at Novice Low level of NCSSFL-ACTFL Global Can-Do Benchmarks in all five areas (Interpersonal Communication, Presentational Speaking, Presentational Writing, Interpretive Listening, and Interpretive Reading).
  2. Explain certain Japanese cultural topics such as the Japanese formality seen in daily greetings and introductions, Japanese food and drinks, police boxes, convenience stores and Japanese writing systems
  3. Incorporate basic elements of Japanese vocabulary and grammar into everyday usage in areas such as greetings and classroom expressions, introductions and personal information, time and daily or future activities and events, likes and dislikes, activities and events in the past, invitations, weather, numbers, location and campus-related words, prices, nationalities and languages
  4. Read and write all Hiragana letters. Read and write Katakana with help of Katakana chart.

JPN102 First-year Japanese II

Credits 5Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: JPN101 or one year of high school Japanese. Students experiencing difficulty with registration should email Yoko.Sato@mhcc.edu for assistance.

Introducing students to the Japanese language and culture, this course provides cultural experience which helps students confirm their basic communication skills in Japanese and prepare them for further study in the language or travel to Japan.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in Japanese at Novice Mid level of NCSSFL-ACTFL Global Can-Do Benchmarks in all five areas (Interpersonal Communication, Presentational Speaking, Presentational Writing, Interpretive Listening, and Interpretive Reading).
  2. Explain Japanese culture in the areas of national holidays and events and geography of Japan.
  3. Incorporate basic elements of Japanese vocabulary and grammar into everyday usage, invitation, activities and events in the past, location words, hobbies, and body parts.
  4. Read and write Hiragana and Katakana with some fluency. Read and write about 70 Kanji characters, and write sentences that combine Hiragana and Katakana with some Kanji characters

JPN103 First-year Japanese III

Credits 5Spring

Registration Requirement: JPN102 or two years of high school Japanese. Students experiencing difficulty with registration should email Yoko.Sato@mhcc.edu for assistance.

Introducing students to the Japanese language and culture, this course provides cultural experience which helps students confirm their basic communication skills in Japanese and prepare them for further study in the language or travel to Japan.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in Japanese at Novice High level of NCSSFL-ACTFL Global Can-Do Benchmarks in all five areas (Interpersonal Communication, Presentational Speaking, Presentational Writing, Interpretive Listening, and Interpretive Reading).
  2. Explain Japanese culture in the areas of climate, hobbies, traditional arts and health in Japan.
  3. Incorporate basic elements of Japanese vocabulary and grammar into everyday usage in the areas of health, the four seasons and climates, weather forecasting, hobbies and pastimes, sports and health.
  4. Read and write with some fluency using the Hiragana and Katakana and the previously learned Kanji. Read 80 new Kanji, and write sentences combining Hiragana, Katakana and all the learned Kanji characters.

JPN111 Beginning Japanese Conversation I

Credits 3

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, or IECC201R and IECC201, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels. Students experiencing difficulty with registration should email Yoko.Sato@mhcc.edu for assistance.

Prerequisite: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels. Students experiencing difficulty with registration should email Yoko.Sato@mhcc.edu for assistance.

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in Japanese at Novice Low level of NCSSFL-ACTFL Global Can-Do Benchmarks in the area of Interpersonal Communication.
  2. Incorporate some basic elements of Japanese grammar into speech and explain some basic cultural aspects.

JPN112 Beginning Japanese Conversation II

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: JPN111 or JPN101, or one semester of high-school level Japanese or equivalent.

Continuing from JPN111, this course offers students practice in speaking and listening in Japanese while exploring the life of Japanese culture.

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in Japanese at the ACTFL Novice Low level of speaking and listening, as defined by Benchmark 1
  2. Incorporate some basic elements of Japanese vocabulary and grammar into speech and explain some basic cultural aspects

JPN113 Beginning Japanese Conversation III

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: JPN112 or JPN101, or one semester of high-school level Japanese or equivalent.

This course completes the introduction of Japanese conversational skills. Upon completion, students will be able to carry on simple, basic conversations in everyday situations.

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in the Japanese language at the ACTFL Novice Mid levels of speaking and listening as defined in Benchmark II
  2. Incorporate some basic elements and Japanese vocabulary and grammar into speech and explain some basic cultural aspects

JPN198A Japanese - Independent Study

Credit 1

Registration Requirement: Instructor consent.

- maximum 9 This independent study course provides an opportunity for students of Japanese to develop and expand skills in reading and writing in the target language, and to better understand the culture, literature and grammar of Japan. This course may be repeated up to a maximum of nine credit hours.

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Describe aspects of Japanese culture as seen in their literature.
  2. Speak, read and write Japanese at intermediate or advanced level consistent with ACTFL proficiency guidelines.
  3. Use grammar, idioms and vocabulary appropriate to level.

JPN201 Second-year Japanese I (Cultural Literacy course)

Credits 5Fall

Registration Requirement: JPN103 or three years of high school Japanese. Students experiencing difficulty with registration should email Yoko.Sato@mhcc.edu for assistance.

Emphasizes speaking, listening, reading and writing in the Japanese language and includes some in-depth exploration of Japanese culture.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

This course fulfills: Arts & Letters; Human Relations

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in Japanese at Novice High level of NCSSFL-ACTFL Global Can-Do Benchmarks in all five areas (Interpersonal Communication, Presentational Speaking, Presentational Writing, Interpretive Listening, and Interpretive Reading).
  2. Explain Japanese culture pertaining to the following areas: food and eating, colors, handling money and the metric system
  3. Incorporate basic elements of Japanese grammar and vocabulary into everyday usage in the areas of: foods and beverages, flavors and tastes, cooking, shops and stores, shopping and clothes
  4. Read and write with some fluency the Hiragana and Katakana and previously learned Kanji characters, and identify, read and write 40 new Kanji. Write sentences using a combination of the three writing systems.

JPN202 Second-year Japanese II (Cultural Literacy course)

Credits 5Winter

Registration Requirement: JPN201; or instructor consent. Students experiencing difficulty with registration should email Yoko.Sato@mhcc.edu for assistance.

A continuation of JPN201, this course emphasizes all aspects of communicating in Japanese while exploring the culture of Japan.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

This course fulfills: Arts & Letters; Human Relations

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in Japanese at Itermediate Low/Mid level of NCSSFL-ACTFL Global Can-Do Benchmarks in all five areas (Interpersonal Communication, Presentational Speaking, Presentational Writing, Interpretive Listening, and Interpretive Reading).
  2. Explain Japanese culture as it pertains to the following areas: Japanese inns, station box lunches, hot springs, Western rooms versus Japanese rooms, living space, Japanese furniture, obligation,and gift giving in Japan.
  3. Incorporate basic elements of Japanese grammar and vocabulary into everyday usage in the areas of travel, transportation and schedules, sightseeing and travel planning, houses, furnishings and appliances, household chores.
  4. Read and write with some fluency the Hiragana and Katakana and previously learned Kanji characters, and identify, read and write 40 new Kanji. Write sentences using a combination of the three writing systems.

JPN203 Second-year Japanese III (Cultural Literacy course)

Credits 5Spring

Registration Requirement: JPN202. Students experiencing difficulty with registration should email Yoko.Sato@mhcc.edu for assistance.

Students develop skills to help them become proficient communicators in the Japanese language and in the day-to-day contexts found in Japanese-speaking cultures.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

This course fulfills: Arts & Letters; Human Relations

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in Japanese at Intermediate Mid level of NCSSFL-ACTFL Global Can-Do Benchmarks (Opens in new window) in all five areas (Interpersonal Communication, Presentational Speaking, Presentational Writing, Interpretive Listening, and Interpretive Reading).
  2. Explain Japanese culture as it pertains to the following areas: college/university systems and Japan and healthy life.
  3. Incorporate basic elements of Japanese grammar and vocabulary into everyday usage in the areas of college graduation and careers, body parts, feelings/emotions, health and illness.
  4. Read and write with some fluency the Hiragana and Katakana as well as all previously learned Kanji characters, and identify, read and write 40 new Kanji. Write sentences using a combination of the three writing systems.

SPAN101 First-year Spanish I

Credits 5Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, or IECC201R and IECC201W, each with a grade of "C" or better, or placement above stated course levels. Students who have completed one year or less of high-school level Spanish are advised to take SPAN101 before attempting more advanced Spanish courses.

Emphasizing speaking, listening, reading and writing proficiency, this course introduces students to the Spanish language and the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. Classroom instruction is supplemented by tutoring and language lab facilities.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Expound in English on a few significant cultural characteristics and contributions of Spanish-speaking countries, and their general role in world history
  2. Read, with many pronunciation problems, but successfully interpret meanings of short, very elementary texts
  3. Spontaneously produce short utterances appropriate to a small number of given situations in the target language at the novice-mid level in conversation according to ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and appropriately answer simple,concrete questions
  4. Successfully incorporate basic vocabulary and expressions into sentences (for example, greetings, classroom objects and people, weather, clothing, numbers, time, family, dates)
  5. Use appropriately a number of regular and a few basic irregular verbs, especially in the singular, most of the time
  6. Use articles, adjectives and gender, mostly appropriately
  7. Write short, simple sentences over basic topics

SPAN102 First-year Spanish II

Credits 5Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: SPAN101, or three to four semesters of high-school level Spanish, or equivalent. Students experiencing difficulty with registration should email Paul.Eckhardt@mhcc.edu for assistance.

This course is a continuation of SPAN101, emphasizing all aspects of communicating in Spanish while exploring the cultures of Spanish speaking countries. Successful completion of SPAN102 fulfills the language entrance requirement for Oregon State Universities.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Read, with some pronunciation problems, and successfully interpret meanings of most elementary texts
  2. Spontaneously produce short utterances appropriate to a somewhat larger number of given situations in the target language at the novice-high level in conversation according to ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and appropriately answer more kinds of simple, concrete questions
  3. Successfully incorporate a larger amount of basic vocabulary and expressions into sentences (for example, lodging, leisure, everyday tasks, past-related expressions, food, travel, work, academic subjects, and personal feelings)
  4. Use appropriately all regular and most basic irregular verbs in the present tense and one or two past tenses, most of the time. Increasingly use appropriate articles, adjectives and gender
  5. Use reflexive verbs and direct, indirect and prepositional object pronouns, with errors
  6. Write sentences with a degree of complexity over an increasing range of topics

SPAN103 First-year Spanish III

Credits 5Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: SPAN102, or five to six semesters of high-school level Spanish, or equivalent. Students experiencing difficulty with registration should email Paul.Eckhardt@mhcc.edu for assistance.

Introducing students to the Spanish language and Spanish-speaking cultures, this course provides materials and experiences which help students confirm their basic communication skills in Spanish and prepare them for further study in the language or travel to Spanish-speaking countries.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Read with a few pronunciation problems, and successfully interpret meanings of elementary and some intermediate texts
  2. Spontaneously produce short utterances appropriate to a fairly large number of given situations in the target language at the novice-high + level in conversation according to ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and appropriately answer many kinds of simple, concrete questions
  3. Successfully incorporate a large amount of basic vocabulary and expressions into sentences (for example, shopping, using computers, health, the natural environment, personal relationships, historical events, geography)
  4. Use appropriately all regular and most basic irregular verbs in the present tense and two past tenses, almost all of the time, as well the future tense, the imperative, the pluperfect, the conditional of polite requests and the subjunctive present, with many errors. Use reflexive verbs and direct, indirect and prepositional object pronouns, with fewer errors. Use the comparative and superlative, subordinate clauses, adverbs and possessive expressions, with many errors
  5. Write sentences with a degree of complexity over an increasing range of topics

SPAN111 Beginning Spanish Conversation I

Credits 3

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, or IECC201R and IECC201W, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

This course introduces students to Spanish, emphasizing speaking and listening skills used in everyday situations. Some reading skills are also introduced to aid in instruction and dialoguing. Students discuss the Spanish culture, customs and seasonal traditions in order to discover insights into the Spanish way of life, with audio visual materials enhancing presentation and discussions. Offered at irregular intervals.

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Answer elementary questions about aspects of Spanish speaking cultures (holidays, customs, etc.) and historical highlights
  2. Produce and respond appropriately to short phrases and set expressions using basic, concrete vocabulary (everyday greetings, classroom topics, numbers, names, dates, etc.) and basic grammar (yes/no questions and a very few open ended questions, present tense of regular verbs, some idiomatic expressions)
  3. Speak and listen in the target language at the novice low + level in speaking and listening skills according to ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines

SPAN112 Beginning Spanish Conversation II

Credits 3

Registration Requirement: SPAN111 or SPAN101, or one semester of high-school level Spanish or equivalent.

Continuing from SPAN111, this course offers students additional practice in speaking and listening in Spanish while exploring the life of Spanish speaking cultures. Offered at irregular intervals.

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Answer elementary questions about aspects of Spanish speaking cultures (holidays, customs, etc.) and historical highlights
  2. Produce and respond appropriately to short phrases and set expressions using additional basic, concrete vocabulary (household objects, body parts some personal characteristics, food words, etc) and basic grammar (open-ended questions, present tense of regular and some irregular verbs, the imperative mood of a few everyday verbs, additional idiomatic expressions)
  3. Speak and listen in the target language at the novice mid - (minus) level in speaking and listening skills according to ACTFL Proficiency guidelines

SPAN113 Beginning Spanish Conversation III

Credits 3

Registration Requirement: SPAN112 or SPAN102, or one semester of high-school level Spanish or equivalent.

The course completes the introduction of Spanish conversation skills. Students upon completion will be able to carry on simple conversations in everyday situations. Offered at irregular intervals.

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Answer and expound (in English) on elementary questions about cultural aspects of Spanish speaking countries (especially Mexico and Spain, but also other countries of interest to students), such as geographic locations and some history, some social benefits, leisure preferences, political systems, etc., along with their contributions to world culture, science and technology
  2. Produce and respond appropriately to short phrases and set expressions using additional basic concrete vocabulary (academic topics, transportation, business, descriptions of people, animals or things, some geographic terms, more food words, leisure topics, etc) and basic grammar (more complex open-ended questions, present tense of all basic verbs, the imperative mood of all basic verbs, the preterite tense of some basic verbs, additional idiomatic expressions, some object pronouns)
  3. Speak and listen in the target language at the novice mid + level in speaking and listening skills according to ACTFL Proficiency guidelines

SPAN201 Second-year Spanish I (Cultural Literacy course)

Credits 4Summer/Fall

Registration Requirement: SPAN103, or seven to eight semesters of high-school level Spanish, or equivalent. Recommended: Concurrent enrollment in SPAN211. Students experiencing difficulty with registration should email Paul.Eckhardt@mhcc.edu for assistance.

Emphasizing speaking, listening, reading and writing proficiency, this course helps students continue to establish proficiency in the Spanish language, and includes some in-depth exploration of the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

This course fulfills: Arts & Letters; Human Relations

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Identify in Spanish significant basic characteristics, achievements and cultural contributions of Spanish speaking nations
  2. Meet the ACTFL (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing proficiency guidelines at an Intermediate Low level
  3. Use the intermediate forms and concepts of Spanish grammar with increased confidence and skill

SPAN202 Second-year Spanish II (Cultural Literacy course)

Credits 4Summer/Winter

Registration Requirement: SPAN201 or equivalent. Recommended: Concurrent enrollment in SPAN212. Students experiencing difficulty with registration should email Paul.Eckhardt@mhcc.edu for assistance.

A continuation of SPAN201, this course emphasizes all aspects of communicating in Spanish while exploring the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

This course fulfills: Arts & Letters; Human Relations

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Identify in Spanish significant characteristics, achievements and cultural contributions of Spanish speaking nations
  2. Meet the ACTFL (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing proficiency guidelines at an Intermediate Mid level
  3. Use increasingly complex forms and concepts of Spanish grammar

SPAN203 Second-year Spanish III (Cultural Literacy course)

Credits 4Summer/Spring

Registration Requirement: SPAN202 or equivalent. Co-requisite: SPAN211, SPAN212 or SPAN213. Students experiencing difficulty with registration should email Paul.Eckhardt@mhcc.edu for assistance.

Students develop skills to help them become proficient communicators in the Spanish language and within the day-to-day contexts found in Spanish-speaking cultures.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

This course fulfills: Arts & Letters; Human Relations

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Identify in Spanish significant economic, political or high culture facts of Spanish speaking nations
  2. Make appropriate use of vital aspects of intermediate Spanish grammar
  3. Meet the ACTFL (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing proficiency guidelines at an Intermediate Mid + level
  4. Produce a presentation in Spanish of five minutes in length or more in collaboration with classroom partners on many kinds of topics

SPAN211 Intermediate Spanish Conversation I

Credit 1Fall

Registration Requirement: SPAN103, or seven to eight semesters of high-school level Spanish or equivalent.

This course supplements SPAN201 by emphasizing speaking and listening skills used in everyday situations. It introduces new vocabulary, contexts and topics in order to help students improve oral proficiency in Spanish.

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Appreciate nuances of Hispanic Culture from the readings
  2. Develop the ability to create general questions in Spanish
  3. Meet the ACTFL Speaking guidelines at an intermediate low level
  4. Present a narrative summary of 3 minutes or more over the assigned readings
  5. Read and comprehend short novels at the intermediate low level
  6. Synthesize main ideas from the assigned readings

SPAN212 Intermediate Spanish Conversation II

Credit 1

Registration Requirement: SPAN201 or SPAN211 or equivalent.

This course supplements SPAN202 by emphasizing speaking and listening skills used in everyday situations. It introduces new vocabulary, contexts and topics in order to help students improve oral proficiency in Spanish.

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Appreciate nuances of Hispanic Culture from the readings
  2. Develop the ability to create general questions in Spanish
  3. Meet the ACTFL Speaking guidelines at an intermediate low level
  4. Present a narrative summary of three minutes or more over the assigned readings
  5. Read and comprehend short novels at the intermediate low level
  6. Synthesize main ideas from the assigned readings

SPAN213 Intermediate Spanish Conversation III

Credit 1Summer/Spring

Registration Requirement: SPAN202 or SPAN212 or equivalent.

This course supplements SPAN203 by emphasizing speaking and listening skills used in everyday situations. It introduces new vocabulary, contexts and topics in order to help students improve oral proficiency in Spanish.

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Appreciate nuances of Hispanic Culture from the readings
  2. Develop the ability to create general questions in Spanish
  3. Meet the ACTFL Speaking guidelines at an intermediate mid+ level
  4. Present a narrative summary of 3 minutes or more over the assigned readings
  5. Read and comprehend short novels at the intermediate mid+ level
  6. Synthesize main ideas from the assigned readings

Course offered online

Cultural Literacy course