Foreign Languages

Program Level: Degrees, Pre-Majors/Transfer
Department: English/Communications/Foreign Languages/INRW
Institute: Public Service
College: PAC

The Foreign Language department offers four levels of Spanish Courses and two levels of French courses. For students who are unable to attend an on-campus course, Palo Alto College offers the flexibility of online courses in Spanish. It is no mistake that many business professionals, teachers, medical personnel, and university students have chosen to learn Spanish. Approximately, 400 billion people worldwide speak the language. Speaking two languages enhances cognitive skills, improves mental health, and even increases salary. Spanish is the third-most used language online and the second-most spoken language in the United States. 

Program Highlights

The goal of the program is to offer student resources and experiences that will provide further instruction and practice in speaking, reading, writing, and listening in their target language, as well as skills in cultural competence necessary to acquire a better understanding of the people and the language they are studying. All Spanish and French courses follow the ACTFL guidelines via: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities. (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing)

Career Areas & Employment Positions

  • Education
  • Translation
  • Interpreting
  • Editor
  • Public Relations
  • Social Services
  • Gaming

Degrees Offered

Associate of Arts