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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:
- 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.
- Interact with cultural competence and understanding.
- Connect with other disciplines and acquire information and diverse perspectives in order to use the language to function in academic and career-related situations.
- Develop insight into the nature of language and culture in order to interact with cultural competence.
- Communicate and interact with cultural competence in order to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.