Mission College Foreign Languages

Dept Chair: Monica Rivas
email: monica.rivas@wvm.edu
tel: 408-855-5282
Counseling: 408-855-5030

Division: Liberal Studies
Division Chair: Keith Johnson

The Foreign Language Department at Mission College strives to offer dynamic, engaging language classes that challenge students to progress in their target languages. We are living in a world where the knowledge of more than one language can make a difference in the job market, where communication can make or break a business deal, where international travel is on everyone's dream list, and where time is a valuable commodity.

At Mission College we understand that you are in our classes to fulfill a requirement, beautify your CV, or to simply enjoy learning a foreign language. Whatever your objectives may be, we want to help you reach your educational, professional and/or personal goals. We welcome you to join us in our language learning adventure!

Program Description

Mission College offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese. Emphasis is placed on practical application of the language for effective communication.

  • Arabic 
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Italian 
  • Japanese 
  • Latin
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
Career Options
  • Airlines/Travel
  • Banking
  • Bilingual Education
  • Consular/Junior Foreign Service
  • Foreign Language Teacher
  • Import & Export
  • Intelligence/Military Service
  • International Business
  • Police Work
  • Social Service
  • Social Security Officer
  • Teacher's Aide
  • Tourism
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Real Estate
  • RS/State Franchise Tax Board

Some career options require more than two years of college study.


Student Learning Outcomes

The Foreign Language Department offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Emphasis is placed
on practical application of the language for effective communication.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a Foreign Language program, students at Mission College will be able to communicate at the respective level on common daily topics, and to
recognize the significance of major historic and cultural topics. Within the context of the vocabulary and structures presented in each course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate comprehension by responding appropriately to written and spoken
  • expressions of the target language according to the level of study;
  • Speak and convey information with accuracy and pronunciation acceptable to
  • native-speakers of the language;
  • Express ideas clearly and accurately in writing according to the level of study;
  • Develop and demonstrate ability to value diverse cultural aspects and global
  • awareness;
  • Customize the mode of communication appropriate to the specific audience.

Students will demonstrate their progress and mastery through oral and written tests, quizzes, and projects.

Additional Catalog Information with Course Offerings