World Languages

WorldHandsMission Statement

The mission of the World Language Department at Jackson College is to prepare students for citizenship in a global community.

This preparation will:

  • Promote an awareness in students of other cultures and provide the skills to better understand and appreciate these cultures;
  • Teach verbal and written communication skills in a language other than their own;
  • Prepare students for further language study and careers that may require proficiencies in languages other than English.

Study of a foreign language is becoming more of a benefit in today’s increasingly global society. Students going into business, education, manufacturing, law, medicine, social work and more can benefit by knowledge of an/or proficiency in a second language. Study of a foreign language can boost your own language and critical thinking skills, expose you to new cultures, or allow one to explore their own cultural heritage.

French Courses

FRN 131 Elementary French I (4 Credits)

Introduces and develops the four skills of language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing, with special emphasis on listening and speaking.

Prerequisite: ENG 085

FRN 132 Elementary French II (4 Credits)

Provides increased practice in the basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Prerequisite: FRN 131


German Courses

GER 131 Elementary German (4 Credits)

Introduces and develops the four skills of language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing, with special emphasis on listening and speaking.

Prerequisite: ENG 085

GER 132 Elementary German (4 Credits)

Continuation of German 131 with increased practice in listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Prerequisite: GER 131


Portuguese Courses

WRL 102 Portuguese Conversation I (2 Credits)

WRL 103 Portuguese Conversation II (2 Credits)


Spanish Courses

SPN 111 Conversational Spanish I (3 Credits)

This course is beginning conversational Spanish designed for people who have little or no knowledge of Spanish. The emphasis is on speaking and listening for travelers, professionals and students. The course introduces practical vocabulary, culture, pronunciation and essential grammar with minimal reading and writing.

SPN 112 Conversational Spanish II (3 Credits)

This course is the second conversational Spanish course designed for people who have little or no knowledge of Spanish. The emphasis is on speaking and listening for travelers, professionals and students. The course introduces additional practical vocabulary, culture, pronunciation and essential grammar with minimal reading and writing. Instructor permission required.

SPN 131 Elementary Spanish I (4 Credits)

Introduces and develops the four skills of language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing, with special emphasis on listening and speaking.

Prerequisite: ENG 085

SPN 132 Elementary Spanish II (4 Credits)

Provides increased practice in the basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Prerequisite: SPN 131

SPN 231 Intermediate Spanish I (4 Credits)

Improves the basic skills of language learning with emphasis on speaking and writing. Introduces sustained readings in Spanish.

Prerequisite: SPN 132

SPN 232 Intermediate Spanish II (4 Credits)

Continues to stress speaking practice and writing improvement. Readings and discussions in Spanish, focusing on contemporary events and Hispanic culture.

Prerequisite: SPN 231

SPN 221 Spanish Composition & Conversation I   (3 Credits)

This course is designed for the student with some prior background in Spanish. This course offers additional practice in spoken and written Spanish to improve fluency and flexibility of expression. Students develop greater proficiency in pronunciation, build vocabulary and gain greater control over idiomatic expressions.

SPN 222 Spanish Composition & Conversation II   (2 Credits)

This course is designed for the student with some prior background in Spanish, continuing the work begun in SPN 221. This course offers additional practice in spoken and written Spanish to improve fluency and flexibility of expression. Students develop greater proficiency in pronunciation, build vocabulary and gain greater control over idiomatic expressions.