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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 Program Learning 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:
Demonstrate intermediate mid to high (ACTFL) skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing
Use the language to investigate, explain, and reflect on products, practices, and perspectives of the cultures studied
Analyze and compare critically a wide variety of literary texts to demonstrate knowledge of major genres, authors, critical theory, and literary movements as they relate to cultural and artistic movements
Identify and describe linguistic patterns of the target language
Demonstrate introductory translation skills of a variety of texts
Develop and carry out research projects, including term papers and bibliographic research, in accordance with a major style guideline