Modern Languages

Modern Languages Department

Modern Languages Department Mission Statement

The purpose of the Modern Languages Department is to teach languages and culture to a diverse community of learners to meet the needs of a globalized society by instructing and assisting students to be proficient in more than one language. The MLD prepares students to become proficient in foreign languages to meet the occupational and personal needs of students living in a linguistically and culturally diverse society. Learning a second language opens opportunities for students to participate in the global economy and to study abroad. The department offers diversity in language courses, which include American Sign Language, Arabic, French, Mandarin and Spanish.  The department offers a Spanish AA-T, which prepares students to transfer to four-year universities. 

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.