World Languages

Angela Leavitt
509.793.2187
worldlanguages@bigbend.edu

World language courses may be taken as part of the Associate in Arts and Science DTA degree. These courses may be used toward the Humanities Breadth requirement or for Specified or General Elective credit. Students seeking Associate in Arts and Science DTA degree should refer to the catalog section “Degrees & Certificates” for a detailed description of the degree, its program outcomes, and courses that will satisfy degree requirements.

Understanding other languages and cultures is vital in communicating with the increasingly global environment. Language and cultural skills open doors for careers in a wide variety of fields, particularly education, social services, translating and interpreting, international business and travel.

The world language curriculum is designed to prepare the student to transfer to a baccalaureate institution offering more advanced language study.

Since programs differ at each college, students should consult program outlines published by the college or university to which they intend to transfer. The following recommended courses prepare students for most baccalaureate institutions. Students should prepare their quarterly schedules with the assistance of an advisor knowledgeable in this transfer area.

Recommended Pre-Major Courses Credits

World language sequence, two years of a language sequence

Prior Learning Credit Policy

The World Language Department will award Prior Learning Credit to students who meet the following academic or prior learning criteria:

  1. Students who have taken a year of high school level world language may be placed into the 122 level of the language offered at Big Bend Community College. If the student completes the 122 level of the language at the college and earns a 3.0 grade point or higher, the student will be awarded the same grade point for the 121 level of that world language. Students must have instructor approval to register.
  2. Students who have taken two years of high school level world language may be placed into the 123 level of the language offered at Big Bend Community College. If the student completes the 123 level of the language at the college and earns a 3.0 grade point or higher, the student will be awarded the same grade point for the 121 level and the 122 level of that world language. Students must have instructor approval to register.

Prior learning credit is awarded based on a student’s performance, a grade point of 3.0 or higher, in the first language class that the student attempts at Big Bend Community College. A student that takes 122 and then 123 will be awarded prior learning credit for 121 if they satisfy the student performance requirement in 122. A student that takes 122 twice and receives a 3.0 grade in their second attempt but not their first attempt will not receive prior learning credit for 121.

Courses

ASL& 121: Am Sign Language I

Credits 5
Basic manual communication skills, including the American manual alphabet—approximately 550 basic signs developing minimum vocabulary and skills for communicating with severely hearing impaired individuals who are dependent of this form of communication; incorporation of body language and facial expression into the use of the sign language; and development of an understanding of the conceptual aspects of the language. This course is not meant to prepare students as interpreters for the deaf.

ASL& 122: Am Sign Language II

Credits 5
Conversational manual communication and implementation of basic vocabulary, introduction of broader vocabulary and development of conversational skills; vocabulary is presented and practice given. This course is not meant to prepare students as interpreters for the deaf.

ASL& 123: Am Sign Language III

Credits 5
Introduction to meta-and para-language areas of manual communication to more esoteric ideographic signs reflecting usage among different regional dialects. Difficulties of communication with more severely language-deprived individuals are discussed. Understanding of deaf culture explored and developed. This course is not meant to prepare students as interpreters for the deaf.

FRCH& 121: French I

Credits 5
Beginning French language and culture taught using a communicative approach. Through the use of drama and themes, this course focuses on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and the culture of the French-speaking world.

FRCH& 122: French II

Credits 5
Beginning French language and culture taught using a communicative approach. Through the use of drama and themes, this course focuses on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and the culture of the French-speaking world.

FRCH& 123: French III

Credits 5
Beginning French language and culture taught using a communicative approach. Through the use of drama and themes, this course focuses on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and the culture of the French-speaking world.

GERM& 121: German I

Credits 5
Beginning German language and culture taught using a communicative approach. Through the use of drama and themes, this course focuses on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and the culture of the German-speaking world.

GERM& 122: German II

Credits 5
Beginning German language and culture taught using a communicative approach. Through the use of drama and themes, this course focuses on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and the culture of the German-speaking world.

GERM& 123: German III

Credits 5
Beginning German language and culture taught using a communicative approach. Through the use of drama and themes, this course focuses on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and the culture of the German-speaking world.

SPAN& 121: Spanish I

Credits 5

Beginning Spanish language and culture taught using a communicative approach. Through the use of drama and themes, this course focuses on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and the culture of the Spanish-speaking world.

SPAN& 122: Spanish II

Credits 5
Beginning Spanish language and culture taught using a communicative approach. Through the use of drama and themes, this course focuses on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and the culture of the Spanish-speaking world.

SPAN& 123: Spanish III

Credits 5
Beginning Spanish language and culture taught using a communicative approach. Through the use of drama and themes, this course focuses on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and the culture of the Spanish-speaking world.

SPAN& 211: Spanish for Spanish Speakers I

Credits 5

Written and oral communication skills are developed further, focusing on the specific needs of native speakers educated in the U.S.  Cultural awareness is broadened through a study of other Spanish-speaking countries and literature.

SPAN& 221: Spanish IV

Credits 5

Intermediate study of the language and culture of the Spanish-Speaking world. Further development of oral and written skills taught in first year Spanish plus an introduction to literature.

SPAN& 222: Spanish V

Credits 5
Intermediate study of the language and culture of the Spanish-Speaking world. Further development of oral and written skills taught in first year Spanish plus an introduction to literature.

SPAN& 223: Spanish VI

Credits 5
Intermediate study of the language and culture of the Spanish-Speaking world. Further development of oral and written skills taught in first year Spanish plus an introduction to literature.

SPAN 211: Spanish for Spanish Speakers I

Credits 5
Written and oral communication skills are developed further, focusing on the specific needs of native speakers educated in the U.S. Cultural awareness is broadened through the study of other Spanish-speaking countries and literature.

SPAN 212: Spanish for Spanish Speakers II

Credits 5
Written and oral communication skills are developed further, focusing on the specific needs of native speakers educated in the U.S. Cultural awareness is broadened through the study of other Spanish-speaking countries and literature.

SPAN 213: Spanish for Spanish Speakers III

Credits 5
Written and oral communication skills are developed further, focusing on the specific needs of native speakers educated in the U.S. Cultural awareness is broadened through the study of other Spanish-speaking countries and literature.