• Modern Languages

  • Catalog Year 2016-2017

    In today's globalized world, proficiency in more than one language is necessary, even crucial, for both careers and personal relations. At MHCC, we help students to not only fulfill their degree language requirement, but also to make them more competitive in the job market, here in Oregon and anywhere else. Learning another language can also bring a lifelong source of pleasure, whether from travel, the joy of learning about other cultures or meeting and getting to know other people better. At MHCC, we offer American Sign Language (ASL), French1, German1, Italian1, Japanese and Spanish. What's the “best” language to learn? It's the one that addresses one's own strengths, needs and personal interests, as well as one's career plans.

    In addition to the many courses we offer on campus and online, we are also ready to help students deepen their linguistic abilities and understanding of other cultures by making several exciting study abroad opportunities available each year. These include a summer programs in Kyoto (Japan) and a winter program in San Isidro del General (Costa Rica), as well as other programs whenever possible, in France, Spain or Mexico. Financial aid packages are available for our students studying abroad.

    First Year (Beginning) 101, 102, 103:

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

    • Listening-understand short, learned utterances and some sentence-length utterances
    • Speaking
      • 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
    • Reading-exhibit sufficient control of the writing system to interpret written language in limited areas of practical need
    • Writing-produce material consisting of re-combinations of learned vocabulary and structures into simple sentences on familiar topics

    Second Year (Intermediate) 201, 202, 203:

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

    • Listening-sustain comprehension over longer stretches (beyond the sentence level)
    • Speaking
      • 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
    • Reading—read consistently with increased understanding simple connected texts dealing with a variety of basic and social needs
    • Writing—demonstrate most practical writing needs including simple letters, paraphrases and summaries of biographical data, work and school experiences

    The following plan of classes is a general guide to prepare students to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in a second language at a college or university. To prepare for such a degree and at the same time meet MHCC degree requirements, follow one of the transfer degree options on pages 10-19 of the printed catalog.

    Students receiving financial aid must be seeking a certificate or degree and following official MHCC certificate or degree requirements.

    Admission and degree requirements vary among colleges and universities. Students are advised to:

    • Contact the transfer university to confirm specific admission/major/degree requirements.
    • Consult with a faculty adviser or the MHCC Academic Advising and Transfer Center early to develop an educational plan.

    Note: Community colleges do not award transfer degrees in a subject area, but do award an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, an Associate of Science Oregon Transfer – Business degree or an Associate of Science degree.

    All Oregon transfer students must fulfill a second language requirement. Oregon University Schools (OUS) admission requires two college terms of the first year (101 and 102) of a language other than English OR four semesters in high school. Graduation with a Bachelor of Arts requires the second year (201, 202 and 203, or equivalent) of a language other than English. Second-year courses are offered at MHCC in the following languages: ASL, Japanese and Spanish. Second-year courses in other languages are offered on an infrequent basis.

    IMPORTANT: It is strongly recommended that students take the next course in a sequence only if they complete the previous one with a C or better.

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    (Modern Language)1011 5
    WR121 English Composition 4
    Health and Physical Education requirement2 1
    Mathematics requirement2 4-5
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    (Modern Language)1021 5
    WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking 4
    Health and Physical Education requirement2 1
    Oral Communication requirement3 3
    Social Science requirement2 3-4
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    (Modern Language)1031 5
    Health and Physical Education requirement2 1
    Science/Math/Computer Science requirement2 3-4
    Social Science requirement2 3-4
    Electives4 3
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    (Modern Language) 2015 4-5
    Humanities requirement (other than Modern Languages)2 3-4
    Lab Science requirement2 4-5
    Social Science requirement2 3-4
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    (Modern Language) 2025 4-5
    Lab Science requirement2 4-5
    Social Science requirement2 3-4
    Elective4 3
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    (Modern Language) 2035 4-5
    Lab Science requirement2 4-5
    Electives4 7

    1 Modern Language includes French (first-year only), German (first-year only), Japanese, Spanish or ASL. ASL courses are 4 credits.
    2 This plan aligns with the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree; see degree requirements and course options, page 10.
    3 SP115, Intercultural Communication, is recommended.
    4 A minimum of 90 credits is required to complete an MHCC degree.
    5 Students taking second-year Spanish are also required to take one one-credit course of Intermediate Spanish Conversation during the year: SPAN211 or 212 or 213. This adds one elective credit to one of the above terms.

    Recommended social sciences, humanities and elective courses:

    Social Sciences courses: ANTH103, ANTH180, GEOG106, GEOG107, GEOG214, HST111, HST112, HST225
    Humanities courses: ART204, ART205, ART206, ENG107, ENG108, ENG109, R210

    Transfer Schools' Web Links
    School Link
    Oregon State University liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/slcs/world-languages-and-cultures
    Portland State University pdx.edu/wll/
    University of Oregon rl.uoregon.edu
    (Romance Languages); gerscan.uoregon.edu
    (Germanic Languages); eall.uoregon.edu/ (East Asian Languages)