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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

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