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You may be required as part of your degree program to study a modern language and if so, you're in luck!

Learning a language is fun and can provide a shared interest when you meet people from different cultures. Plus, learning a second language can increase your chances of finding a new job or getting a promotion.

If you're interested in pursuing a language during your bachelor's degree, you'll find a variety of languages to start with here at NVCC.

Earn an Associate Degree, Certificate or take a Course or two

Degree Programs

The requirements for a degree in liberal arts and sciences allow you to transfer seamlessly to most four-year colleges and to successfully complete your bachelor's degree in languages without loss of credit or time.

Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Associate of Science Degree in General Studies

Courses

FRE*H101
Elementary French I
3 Credits

This course focuses on the basic acquisition of the four skill areas (speaking, listening, reading, writing) for survival communication. There is constant exposure to the cultural diversity of the French world using audio and video tapes. Knowledge of the language and culture is further enhanced by the technological component which requires students to use the Internet for various class activities. Note: FRE*H101 is not open to students who have successfully completed three years of French courses in high school or who are native speakers except by consent of the Division Director.

FRE*H102
Elementary French II
3 Credits

Prerequisite: Fre*H101 or permission of instructor. Fre*H102 is a continuation of the skills taught in Fre*H101. Emphasis is placed on a more fluid style of communication at all skill levels.

ITA*H101
Elementary Italian I
3 Credits

This course focuses on the basic acquisition of the four skill areas (speaking, listening, reading, writing) for survival communication. There is constant exposure to the cultural diversity of the Italian world using audio and video tapes. Knowledge of the language and culture is further enhanced by the technological component which requires students to use the Internet for various class activities. Note: ITA*H101 is not open to students who have successfully completed three years of Italian courses in high school or who are native speakers except by consent of the Division Director.

ITA*H102
Elementary Italian II
3 Credits

Prerequisite: Ita*H101 or permission of the Division Director. Ita*H102 is a continuation of the skills taught in Ita*H101. Emphasis is placed on a more fluid style of communication at all skill levels.

POR*H101
Elementary Portuguese I
3 Credits

This course focuses on the basic acquisition of the four skill areas (speaking, listening, reading, writing) for survival communication. There is constant exposure to the cultural diversity of the Portuguese world using audio and video tapes. Knowledge of the language and culture is further enhanced by the technological component which requires students to use the Internet for various class activities. Note: POR*H101 is not open to students who have successfully completed three years of Portuguese courses in high school or who are native speakers except by consent of the Division Director.

POR*H102
Elementary Portuguese II
3 Credits

Prerequisite: POR*H101 or permission of the Division Director. Por*H102 is a continuation of the skills taught in Por*H101. Emphasis is placed on a more fluid style of communication at all skill levels.

SPA*H101
Elementary Spanish I
3 Credits

This course focuses on the basic acquisition of the four skill areas (speaking, listening, reading, writing) for survival communication. There is constant exposure to the cultural diversity of the Hispanic world using audio and video tapes. Knowledge of the language and culture is further enhanced by the technological component which requires students to use the Internet for various class activities. Note: SPA*H101 is not open to students who have successfully completed three years of Spanish courses in high school or who are native speakers except by consent of the Division Director.

SPA*H102
Elementary Spanish II
3 Credits

Prerequisite: Spa*H101 or permission of the Division Director. Spa*H102 is a continuation of the skills taught in Spa*H101. Emphasis is placed on a more fluid style of communication at all skill levels.

SPA*H201
Intermediate Spanish I
3 Credits

Prerequisite: Spa*H102 or permission of the Division Director. This course is an intermediate Spanish course on the college level. Non-native and native speakers may enroll for credit in this course. The natural approach will be used in developing the four communication skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). Students will study structure and grammar, read, converse, discuss and write in Spanish. A broad survey of Hispanic culture and custom will be presented.

SPA*H202
Intermediate Spanish II
3 Credits

Prerequisite: Spa*H201. This course is a continuation of the skills taught in Spa*H201. The natural approach will be used. Grammar and structural studies will continue, but emphasis will be placed on reading, writing, speaking and listening with content based on civilization and cultural topics. Practice on oral tapes is required.

CHI*H101
Elementary Chinese I
3 Credits

The emphasis of this course is on building the Pinyin system of basic Chinese vocabulary and sentence patterns. Students who complete the course will have mastered the Pinyin system, are able to communicate with native Chinese speakers of Chinese on simple daily subjects, and have basic reading and writing knowledge.

CHI*H102
Elementary Chinese II
3 Credits

This course builds proficiency in use of the Pinyin system of Chinese vocabulary and sentence patterns and instruction is focused on building conversational skills. Knowledge of the structural forms of the language and their appropriate use in different cultural contexts is emphasized.

ASL*H101
American Sign Language I
3 Credits

This course covers the fundamentals of the basic structure of ASL grammar, introduces basic information about the deaf community and the deaf culture. Students will learn basic sign language and the finger-spelled alphabet. The course also presents information about the use of sign language by the deaf, as well as specialized uses with the deaf/blind, mentally retarded, autistic, and mentally ill.

ASL*H102
American Sign Language II
3 Credits

Prerequisite: ASL*H101. Sign Language is a visual/manual language developed for communication by and with the deaf. This course continues the presentation of Sign Language as the best and most accepted method of communication with hearing-impaired people. Students learn more advanced sign language and uses of the finger-spelled alphabet. The course will present the uses of nuance, metaphor, connotative distinctions and syntactic structure.