Learn a New Language
The Modern Languages Department at San Bernardino Valley College offers American Sign
Language, Arabic, French and Spanish.
The ever-increasing role that the United States takes in global affairs, international
trade, and the growing numbers of immigrants dictate the need for knowledge of a modern
language. The primary objective of the Modern Languages Department is communication
at an acceptably correct and comprehensible level with an understanding of culture.
Teaching methods incorporate critical thinking activities and include the direct approach,
lectures and language laboratory assignments. Courses are offered in American Sign
Language, Arabic, French, and Spanish.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and major in a modern language
should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division
requirements. Positions for which four-year graduates in modern languages are qualified
are teaching, business, foreign services, law enforcement, nursing, hospitality services,
and secretarial services.