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The Department of World Languages & Literatures at San José State University is a comprehensive, full-service foreign language department. We offer challenging and rich programs of study in a variety of languages.

Under the guidance of a dedicated faculty, students may earn minors in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese; baccalaureate degrees in Chinese, French, Japanese and Spanish; and Master of Arts degrees in Spanish. 

The Department prepares language educators with a Teaching Associate (T.A.) program and a secondary teaching credential program, awarded in conjunction with the College of Education.

 

WLL Learning Objectives and Outcomes

The overarching goals of the World Languages and Literatures Department, aligned with World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, published by ACTL in 2015, form the framework for a curriculum with richness and depth that includes a broad range of communicative experiences and content knowledge.   World language faculty seek to educate all world language students to:  

  1. Communicate effectively in more than one language in order to function in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes. Communication is characterized by three modes: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational.  
  2. Interact with cultural competence and understanding.
  3. Connect with other disciplines and acquire information and diverse perspectives in order to use the language to function in academic and career-related situations.
  4. Develop insight into the nature of language and culture in order to interact with cultural competence.
  5. Communicate and interact with cultural competence in order to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.