Academic Catalogs

Foreign Languages

The Department of World Languages is committed to providing high quality instruction in seven languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Vietnamese in order to prepare students to function effectively in the global community, to transfer to institutions of higher education and to promote opportunities for self-enrichment and success in employment.

The World Languages Department aims to awaken a global consciousness that opens the mind to more than one culture and way of life.  To this end, we offer:

-Instruction with a communicative approach and personal interaction with students to support their efforts and ensure their success with language acquisition

-Multiple study abroad programs (including to France, Italy and Spain)

-Language clubs

-Transfer degrees in Spanish, French and World Languages

-Honors courses in many of the languages offered 

Jeff Brown
jbrown@occ.cccd.edu 

World Languages department website

Chinese Credit Courses

CHIN A1805 Units (90 lecture hours)  
Elementary Chinese 1  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC.

The focus is on development of elementary proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Mandarin Chinese, with an introduction to cultures related to the Chinese language. This course is equivalent to two years of high school Chinese.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing CHIN A180

    CHIN A1855 Units (90 lecture hours)  
    Elementary Chinese 2  
    Prerequisite(s): CHIN A180 or completion of two years of high school Chinese with a grade of 'C' or better.

    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

    Transfer Credit: CSU, UC.

    Continuation of Chinese A180, with further development of listening, speaking, reading and writing proficiency, and additional exploration of cultures related to the Chinese language. This course is equivalent to three years of high school Chinese. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

    Catalog Program Pages Referencing CHIN A185

      French Credit Courses

      FREN A1805 Units (90 lecture hours)  
      Elementary French 1  

      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

      Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

      The focus is on development of elementary proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French, with an introduction to cultures related to the French language. This course is equivalent to two years of high school French. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

      Catalog Program Pages Referencing FREN A180

        FREN A180H5 Units (90 lecture hours)  
        Elementary French 1 Honors  

        Grading Mode: Standard Letter

        Transfer Credit: CSU, UC

        The focus is on development of elementary proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French, with an introduction to cultures related to the French language. This course is equivalent to two years of high school French.

        Catalog Program Pages Referencing FREN A180H

          FREN A1855 Units (90 lecture hours)  
          Elementary French 2  
          Prerequisite(s): FREN A180, FREN A180H, or completion of two years of high school French with a grade of 'C' or better.

          Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

          Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

          Continuation of FREN A180, with further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing proficiency, and additional exploration of cultures related to the French language. This course is equivalent to three years of high school French. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

          Catalog Program Pages Referencing FREN A185

            FREN A185H5 Units (90 lecture hours)  
            Elementary French 2 Honors  
            Prerequisite(s): FREN A180, FREN A180H, or completion of two years of high school French with a grade of 'C' or better.

            Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

            Transfer Credit: CSU, UC.

            Continuation of FREN A180, with further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing proficiency, and additional exploration of cultures related to the French language. This course is equivalent to three years of high school French. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

            Catalog Program Pages Referencing FREN A185H

              FREN A1903 Units (54 lecture hours)  
              Conversational French  
              Prerequisite(s): FREN A185 or FREN A185H or higher, or three years of high school French with a grade of 'C' or better.

              Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

              Transfer Credit: CSU.

              Designed to develop the student’s ability at any level to comprehend and communicate in French: reading, writing and cultural components are included. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

              Catalog Program Pages Referencing FREN A190

                FREN A1991-5 Units (18-90 lecture hours)  
                Current Topics in French  

                Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                Transfer Credit: CSU.

                Development of the French language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Extensive exposure to the cultures related to the French language through authentic materials and group discussions on a variety of topics ranging from current events to global issues. Emphasis on cross-cultural understanding. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                Catalog Program Pages Referencing FREN A199

                  FREN A2804 Units (72 lecture hours)  
                  Intermediate French 1  
                  Prerequisite(s): FREN A185, FREN A185H, or three years of high school French with a grade of 'C' or better.

                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                  Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                  Continuation of FREN A185, with further development of language skills at the intermediate level and exploration of cultures related to the French language. Additional emphasis on reading and writing, with an introduction to selected literary works. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing FREN A280

                    FREN A280H4 Units (72 lecture hours)  
                    Intermediate French 1 Honors  
                    Prerequisite(s): FREN A185, FREN A185H, or 3 years of high school French with a grade of C or better.

                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                    Transfer Credit: CSU.

                    Continuation of French A185, with further development of language skills at the intermediate level and exploration of cultures related to the French language. Additional emphasis on reading and writing, with an introduction to selected literary works. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing FREN A280H

                      FREN A2854 Units (72 lecture hours)  
                      Intermediate French 2  
                      Prerequisite(s): FREN A280 or four years of high school French with a grade of 'C' or better.

                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                      Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                      Continuation of FREN A280, with further refinement of language skills at the intermediate level and investigation of cultures related to the French language in preparation for higher level specialized work. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing FREN A285

                        FREN A285H4 Units (72 lecture hours)  
                        Intermediate French 2 Honors  
                        Prerequisite(s): FREN A280, FREN A280H, or 4 years of high school French with a grade of C or better.

                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                        Transfer Credit: CSU.

                        Continuation of French A280, with further refinement of language skills at the intermediate level and investigation of cultures related to the French language in preparation for higher level specialized work. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing FREN A285H

                          German Credit Courses

                          GRMN A1805 Units (90 lecture hours)  
                          Elementary German 1  

                          Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                          Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                          The focus is on development of elementary proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in German, with an introduction to cultures related to the German language. This course is equivalent to two years of high school German. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing GRMN A180

                            GRMN A1855 Units (90 lecture hours)  
                            Elementary German 2  
                            Prerequisite(s): GRMN A180 or completion of two years of high school German with a grade of 'C' or better.

                            Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                            Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                            Continuation of GRMN A180, with further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing proficiency, and additional exploration of cultures related to the German language. This course is equivalent to three years of high school German. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                            Catalog Program Pages Referencing GRMN A185

                              GRMN A2804 Units (72 lecture hours)  
                              Intermediate German 1  
                              Prerequisite(s): GRMN A185.

                              Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                              Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                              Continuation of GRMN A185, with further development of language skills at the intermediate level and exploration of cultures related to the German language. Additional emphasis on reading and writing, with an introduction to selected literary works. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                              Catalog Program Pages Referencing GRMN A280

                                GRMN A2854 Units (72 lecture hours)  
                                Intermediate German 2  
                                Prerequisite(s): GRMN A280.

                                Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                Continuation of GRMN A280, with further refinement of language skills at the intermediate level and investigation of cultures related to the German language in preparation for higher level specialized work. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                                Catalog Program Pages Referencing GRMN A285

                                  Italian Credit Courses

                                  ITAL A1805 Units (90 lecture hours)  
                                  Elementary Italian 1  

                                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                  Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                  The focus is on development of elementary proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Italian, with an introduction to cultures related to the Italian language. This course is equivalent to two years of high school Italian. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing ITAL A180

                                    ITAL A1855 Units (90 lecture hours)  
                                    Elementary Italian 2  
                                    Prerequisite(s): ITAL A180 or completion of two years of high school Italian with a grade of 'C' or better.

                                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                    Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                    Continuation of ITAL A180, with further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing proficiency, and additional exploration of cultures related to the Italian language. This course is equivalent to three years of high school Italian. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing ITAL A185

                                      ITAL A1991-5 Units (1-90 lecture hours)  
                                      Current Topics in Italian  
                                      Prerequisite(s): One semester of college-level Italian.

                                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                      Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                      Development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Italian. Extensive exposure to cultures related to the Italian language through authentic materials and group discussions on a variety of topics ranging from current events to global issues. Emphasis on cross-cultural understanding. Content differs each time. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing ITAL A199

                                        ITAL A2805 Units (90 lecture hours)  
                                        Intermediate Italian 1  
                                        Prerequisite(s): ITAL A185 or completion of three years of high school Italian with a grade of 'C' or better.

                                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                        Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                        Continuation of ITAL A185, with further development of language skills at the intermediate level and exploration of cultures related to the Italian language. Additional emphasis on reading and writing, with an introduction to selected literary works. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing ITAL A280

                                          ITAL A2855 Units (90 lecture hours)  
                                          Intermediate Italian 2  
                                          Prerequisite(s): ITAL A280 or completion of four years of high school Italian with a grade of 'C' or better.

                                          Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                          Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                          Continuation of ITAL A280, with further refinement of language skills at the intermediate level and investigation of cultures related to the Italian language in preparation for higher level specialized work. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing ITAL A285

                                            Japanese Credit Courses

                                            JAPN A1805 Units (90 lecture hours)  
                                            Elementary Japanese 1  

                                            Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                            Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                            The focus is on development of elementary proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Japanese, with an introduction to cultures related to the Japanese language. This course is equivalent to two years of high school Japanese. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                                            Catalog Program Pages Referencing JAPN A180

                                              JAPN A180H5 Units (90 lecture hours)  
                                              Elementary Japanese 1 Honors  

                                              Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                              Transfer Credit: CSU, UC

                                              The focus is on development of elementary proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Japanese, with an introduction to cultures related to the Japanese language. This course is equivalent to two years of high school Japanese. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                                              Catalog Program Pages Referencing JAPN A180H

                                                JAPN A1855 Units (90 lecture hours)  
                                                Elementary Japanese 2  
                                                Prerequisite(s): JAPN A180 or JAPN A180H or completion of two years of high school Japanese with a grade of 'C' or better.

                                                Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                                Continuation of JAPN A180, with further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing proficiency, and additional exploration of cultures related to the Japanese language. This course is equivalent to three years of high school Japanese. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                                                Catalog Program Pages Referencing JAPN A185

                                                  JAPN A185H5 Units (90 lecture hours)  
                                                  Elementary Japanese 2 Honors  
                                                  Prerequisite(s): JAPN A180 or JAPN A180H or completion of two years of high school Japanese with a grade of 'C' or better.

                                                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                  Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                                  Continuation of JAPN A180H, with further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing proficiency, and additional exploration of cultures related to the Japanese language. This course is equivalent to three years of high school Japanese. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                                                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing JAPN A185H

                                                    JAPN A2805 Units (90 lecture hours)  
                                                    Intermediate Japanese 1  
                                                    Prerequisite(s): JAPN A185 or JAPN A185H or completion of three years of high school Japanese with a grade of 'C' or better.

                                                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                    Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                                    Continuation of JAPN A185, with further development of language skills at the intermediate level and exploration of cultures related to the Japanese language. Additional emphasis on reading and writing. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                                                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing JAPN A280

                                                      JAPN A2855 Units (90 lecture hours)  
                                                      Intermediate Japanese 2  
                                                      Prerequisite(s): JAPN A280 or completion of four years of high school Japanese with a grade of 'C' or better.

                                                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                      Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                                      Continuation of JAPN A280, with further refinement of language skills at the intermediate level and additional investigation of cultures related to the Japanese language. Continued emphasis on reading and writing. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                                                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing JAPN A285

                                                        Portuguese Credit Courses

                                                        PORT A1805 Units (90 lecture hours)  
                                                        Elementary Portuguese 1  

                                                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                        Transfer Credit: CSU, UC.

                                                        The focus is on the development of elementary proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Portuguese with an introduction to cultures related to the Portuguese language. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                                                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing PORT A180

                                                          PORT A1855 Units (90 lecture hours)  
                                                          Elementary Portuguese 2  
                                                          Prerequisite(s): PORT A180 or completion of two years of high school Portuguese with a grade of 'C' or better.

                                                          Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                          Transfer Credit: CSU, UC.

                                                          Continuation of PORT A180, with further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing proficiency, and additional exploration of cultures related to the Portuguese language. This course is equivalent to three years of high school Spanish. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                                                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing PORT A185

                                                            Spanish Credit Courses

                                                            SPAN A1605 Units (90 lecture hours)  
                                                            Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1  

                                                            Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass, Conversion

                                                            Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                                            A beginning course for Spanish speaking students to improve their command of all aspects of the Spanish language and broaden their appreciation of Hispanic culture. The course will be taught in Spanish. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                                                            Catalog Program Pages Referencing SPAN A160

                                                              SPAN A1655 Units (90 lecture hours)  
                                                              Spanish for Spanish Speakers 2  
                                                              Prerequisite(s): SPAN A160 or 2 years of High School Spanish with a minimum grade of 'C' or better.

                                                              Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                              Transfer Credit: CSU, UC.

                                                              A second level beginning course for Spanish speaking students to improve their command of all aspects of the Spanish language and to broaden their appreciation of the Hispanic culture. The course will be taught in Spanish. C-ID: SPAN 230.

                                                              Catalog Program Pages Referencing SPAN A165

                                                                SPAN A1805 Units (90 lecture hours)  
                                                                Elementary Spanish 1  

                                                                Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                                Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                                                The focus is on development of elementary proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish, with an introduction to cultures related to the Spanish language. This course is equivalent to two years of high school Spanish. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                                                                Catalog Program Pages Referencing SPAN A180

                                                                  SPAN A180H5 Units (90 lecture hours)  
                                                                  Elementary Spanish 1 Honors  

                                                                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                                  Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                                                  The focus is on development of elementary proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish, with an introduction to cultures related to the Spanish language. This course is equivalent to two years of high school Spanish. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                                                                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing SPAN A180H

                                                                    SPAN A1855 Units (90 lecture hours)  
                                                                    Elementary Spanish 2  
                                                                    Prerequisite(s): SPAN A180 or SPAN A180H or completion of two years of high school Spanish with a grade of 'C' or better.

                                                                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                                    Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                                                    Continuation of SPAN A180, with further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing proficiency, and additional exploration of cultures related to the Spanish language. This course is equivalent to three years of high school Spanish. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. C-ID: SPAN 110.

                                                                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing SPAN A185

                                                                      SPAN A185H5 Units (90 lecture hours)  
                                                                      Elementary Spanish 2 Honors  
                                                                      Prerequisite(s): SPAN A180 or SPAN A180H or completion of two years of high school Spanish with a grade of 'C' or better.

                                                                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                                      Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                                                      Continuation of SPAN A180H, with further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing proficiency, and additional exploration of cultures related to the Spanish language. This course is equivalent to three years of high school Spanish. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. C-ID: SPAN 110.

                                                                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing SPAN A185H

                                                                        SPAN A1992-5 Units (36-90 lecture hours)  
                                                                        Current Topics in Spanish  

                                                                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                                        Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                                                        Development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish. Extensive exposure to cultures related to the Spanish language through authentic materials and group discussions on a variety of topics ranging from current events to global issues. Emphasis on cross-cultural understanding. This course may also be offered online. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                                                                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing SPAN A199

                                                                          SPAN A2805 Units (90 lecture hours)  
                                                                          Intermediate Spanish 1  
                                                                          Prerequisite(s): SPAN A185 or SPAN A185H or completion of three years of high school Spanish with a grade of 'C' or better.

                                                                          Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                                          Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                                                          Continuation of SPAN A185, with further development of language skills at the intermediate level and exploration of cultures related to the Spanish language. Additional emphasis on reading and writing, with an introduction to selected literary works. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. C-ID: SPAN 200.

                                                                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing SPAN A280

                                                                            SPAN A280H5 Units (90 lecture hours)  
                                                                            Intermediate Spanish 1 Honors  
                                                                            Prerequisite(s): SPAN A185 or SPAN A185H or completion of three years of high school Spanish with a grade of 'C' or better.

                                                                            Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                                            Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                                                            Continuation of SPAN A185, with further development of language skills at the intermediate level and exploration of cultures related to the Spanish language. Additional emphasis on reading and writing, with an introduction to selected literary works. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. C-ID: SPAN 200.

                                                                            Catalog Program Pages Referencing SPAN A280H

                                                                              SPAN A2855 Units (90 lecture hours)  
                                                                              Intermediate Spanish 2  
                                                                              Prerequisite(s): SPAN A280 or SPAN A280H or completion of four years of high school Spanish with a grade of 'C' or better.

                                                                              Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                                              Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                                                              Continuation of SPAN A280, with further refinement of language skills at the intermediate level and investigation of cultures related to the Spanish language in preparation for higher level specialized work. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. C-ID: SPAN 210.

                                                                              Catalog Program Pages Referencing SPAN A285

                                                                                Vietnamese Credit Courses

                                                                                VIET A1805 Units (90 lecture hours)  
                                                                                Elementary Vietnamese 1  

                                                                                Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                                                Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                                                                The focus is on development of elementary proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Vietnamese, with an introduction to cultures related to the Vietnamese language. This course is equivalent to two years of high school Vietnamese. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                                                                                Catalog Program Pages Referencing VIET A180

                                                                                  VIET A1855 Units (90 lecture hours)  
                                                                                  Elementary Vietnamese 2  
                                                                                  Prerequisite(s): VIET A180 or completion of two years of high school Vietnamese with a grade of 'C' or better.

                                                                                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                                                  Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                                                                  Continuation of Vietnamese A180, with further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing proficiency, and additional exploration of cultures related to the Vietnamese language. This course is equivalent to three years of high school Vietnamese. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                                                                                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing VIET A185