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World Languages

The Department of World Languages encourages global awareness and intercultural understanding by offering instruction in seven modern languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. As the culture and economy of the United States become increasingly diverse and integrated with the world, the knowledge of a language other than English is developing into a highly sought after professional qualification and a valuable life skill. 

The World Language department strives to prepare students to function effectively in such a global world by promoting a level of linguistic competence that allows individuals to build ties of trust and collaboration across a number of career fields, such as International Business, Government, Teaching, Travel and Arts, Journalism, etc.  Allowing a new language to teach us about the world, and perhaps also about ourselves, brings us one step closer to embracing cultural diversity and thriving both personally and professionally within it.

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    • Arabic

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      Why Learn Arabic? 

       Course Offerings

      • ARAB 1 — Elementary Arabic
      • ARAB 2 — Continuing Elementary Arabic


      Huda Aljord
      Mahbuba Hammad Hammad
    • Chinese

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      Why Learn Chinese?

      The Chinese languages are spoken by more than one billion people worldwide, and are the languages of the Han people, which is the largest ethnic group in China and the Republic of China. About one-fifth of the world’s population, or over 1 billion people, speak some form of Chinese as their native language, and Mandarin Chinese alone has around 850 million native speakers, outnumbering any other languages in the world. Standard Mandarin is the official language of the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China (Taiwan), as well as one of four official languages of Singapore. Chinese—de facto, Standard Mandarin—is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.  Mt. SAC offers beginning and intermediate, university-transferable Chinese language courses that include both verbal and written learning, taught by native speakers in both English and Chinese.

      Course Offerings

      • CHIN 1 — Elementary Chinese
      • CHIN 2 — Continuing Elementary Chinese
      • CHIN 3 — Intermediate Chinese
      • CHIN 4 — Intermediate Chinese


      Chih-Ping (Andrew) Chang 909-274-4590  66-233
      Chiu-Chin Chang 909-274-3358
      Rae-Shae Chen 909-274-3285
      Meijuan Dong
      Susan Fu Njoo 909-274-3268
      Robert Ho 909-274-3505
      Linda Li 909-274-3400
      Melanie Liu
      David Qixing Wu
    • French

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      Why Learn French?

      French is a Romance language spoken by about 300 million people in 54 countries worldwide as either a native or second language. Descended from the Latin of the Roman Empire, it was influenced by the Celtic and German languages. It is an official language in 41 countries in the French La Francophonie, the community of French-speaking nations. It is an administrative language of the European Union, the International Olympic Committee, and the United Nations among others. Along with English, it is the most used language in the European Commission.

      Mt. SAC offers beginning and intermediate, university-transferable French language courses that include both verbal and written learning, including an extensive web site with sound and video files to help students learn pronunciation, taught by native speakers in both English and French.

      Course Offerings

      • FRCH 1 — Elementary French
      • FRCH 2 — Continuing Elementary French
      • FRCH 3 — Intermediate French
      • FRCH 4 — Continuing Intermediate French
      • FRCH 52 — Conversational French
      • FRCH 53 — Continuing Conversational French
      • FRCH 60 — French Culture Through Cinema

      10 Good Reasons for Studying French at Mt. SAC

      1.  The French textbook for the first three semesters comes with a free, downloadable audio program, free websites with an integrated spoken dictionary and hundreds of links to other resources on the web useful for the study of French language and culture, and a free video program.
      2. The Mt. SAC French Program has an outstanding reputation for excellence and completeness. 
      3. The Mt. SAC French Program includes the following courses:
        • 7 classes of first semester (French 1)
        • 2 or 3 classes of second semester (French 2)
        • One class of intermediate level French 3 taught entirely in French
        • One combined class of Conversational French (French 52 and 53) taught entirely in French
        • One class of French 4 (intermediate-advanced level) taught entirely in French
        • One general ed course (taught in English and open to ALL students) of “French Culture through Cinema”. 
      4. The Mt. SAC French Program includes extra-curricular activities and benefits:
        • The French Club organizes outings to museums, French restaurants, picknicks and games of “pétanque” at the park and a Christmas dinner at an elegant French restaurant attended each year by about 100 students, family and friends.
        • The “Table française” is a relaxed way to eat your lunch while speaking French with friends.
        • Every year one outstanding French student who continues studying French at a four-year institution receives the Vigano-Halabi French Scholarship in the amount of $500.00.
        • Every year several outstanding French students are nominated for the “Student of Distinction” award. Nearly every year an outstanding French student is one of only 5 recipients of the “Student of Distinction” award.
      5. French is the native language of some 200 million people and is the second language of millions more. In Europe, it is spoken in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg. In the Americas, it is an official language of Canada and spoken in the Caribbean.
      6. French fashion designers, artists, writers, musicians, chefs and filmmakers have had a wide influence in the United States and the rest of the world. Who hasn't heard of Christian Dior, Chanel, and Pierre Cardin? Impressionist painters like Monet, musicians like Ravel and Boulez, novelists like Flaubert and Camus have had an influence on world culture. Michel Foucault was a founder of postmodernism.
      7. French is a language of tourism. Paris is the third most visited international city by Americans. France is the second most visited country in the world, and Quebec offers a taste of Europe in North America.
      8. French is a language of business. Today, American companies have over 2,000 subsidiaries in France, and French companies have over 600 subsidiaries in the United States. Major corporations with headquarters or subsidiaries in the United States and France include Du Pont, Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, Apple Computer, Michelin, Renault, Bic and many more.
      9. French is a key language in the European Union of twenty-seven nations, the world's largest economic entity, with a population of 350 million and a gross national product larger than the United States.
      10. French is the language of the well educated in parts of Southeast Asia, North Africa and much of Western and Central Africa. Being able to speak French is an asset for anyone interested in working in international organizations such as the Peace Corps. 


      Marie Anglin 909-274-3184
      Florance Erturk 909-274-3553
      Karen Francisco 
      Solene Halabi 909-274-3443  66-235
      Lina Lahham 909-274-3351
      Mika Merino
      Marguerite Nguyen
      Anne La Valle Shepston  
    • German
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      Why Learn German?

      German is a West Germanic language and one of the world's major languages. German is closely related to English and Dutch. Around the world, German is spoken by approximately 100 million native speakers and another 20 million non-native speakers, and Standard German is widely taught in schools and universities in Europe. According to the Guinness Book of Records, German accounts for the most written translations into and from a language worldwide. German is the 4th most commonly spoken language in U.S. homes.

      Mt. SAC offers beginning and intermediate, university-transferable German language courses that include both verbal and written learning, taught by native speakers in both English and German.

      Course Offerings

      • GERM 1 — Elementary German
      • GERM 2 — Elementary German
      • GERM 3 — Intermediate German


      Douglas Smith
      Jennifer Tsai
       Marc Voss
    • Italian
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      Why Learn Italian?

      Italian is a Romance language spoken by about 63 million people, primarily in Italy and Switzerland, where Italian is an official language (in Switzerland along with German and French). Like other languages written using the Latin alphabet, Italian has double consonants. But contrary to French, for example, these are pronounced long. As in most Romance languages, stress is distinctive. Of the Romance languages, Italian is considered to be one of the closest resembling Latin.  Mt. SAC offers beginning and intermediate, university-transferable Italian language courses that include both verbal and written learning, taught by native speakers in both English and Italian.

      Course Offerings

      • ITAL 1 — Elementary Italian
      • ITAL 2 — Continuing Elementary Italian
      • ITAL 3 — Intermediate Italian
      • ITAL 4 — Continuing Intermediate Italian
      • ITAL 52 — Conversational Italian
      • ITAL 53 — Continuing Conversational Italian
      • ITAL 60 — Italian Culture Through Cinema


      Serena Ott 909-274-4568 66-235

      Viviana Pezzera 
      Petra Petry
      Luisa Spanu
      Michela Santostefano
    • Japanese
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      Why Learn Japanese?

      Japanese is spoken by more than 130 million people, mainly in Japan, but also by Japanese emigrant communities around the world. It is distinguished by a complex system of honorifics reflecting the hierarchical nature of Japanese society, with verb forms and particular vocabulary to indicate the relative status of speaker, listener, and the person mentioned in conversation. The earliest record of Japanese is in a Chinese document from 252 A.D. A vast number of words were borrowed from Chinese or created from Chinese models over at least 1,500 years. Since the late 19th century, Japanese has borrowed a considerable number of words from Indo-European languages, primarily English.  Mt. SAC offers beginning and intermediate, university-transferable Japanese language courses that include both verbal and written learning, taught by native speakers in both English and Japanese.

      Course Offerings

      • JAPN 1 — Elementary Japanese
      • JAPN 2 — Continuing Elementary Japanese
      • JAPN 3 — Intermediate Japanese
      • JAPN 4 — Continuing Intermediate Japanese
      • JAPN 5 Advanced Japanese
      • JAPN 53 — Conversational Japanese


      Keiko Tsurumi  909-274-4581  66-241
      Yuka Brown 909-274-3277
      Takeshi Takakura
      Sachi Johnston
      Keiko Appel
      Mihoko Luther 909-274-3708
      Yumi Parks 909-274-3709
       Emi Okubo
      Saito Saeko 909-274-3559
      Mika Sawada 
      Saori Tauchi


    • Spanish
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      Why Learn Spanish?

      Spanish is a Romance language originally from the northern area of Spain. It is the only official language covering the entirety of Spain, most Latin American countries, and one of the official languages of Equatorial Guinea. In total, twenty-five nations and territories use Spanish as their primary language. In addition, it is an important language in twenty other countries. Spanish is the native language to more than 400 million people, making it the most popular Romance language and probably the second most spoken language by number of native speakers. It is estimated that approximately 500 million people speak Spanish worldwide, probably making it the third most spoken language by total number of speakers. Spanish is also the second-most popular language in California, particularly Southern California.

      Mt. SAC offers beginning and intermediate, university-transferable Spanish language courses that include both verbal and written learning, taught by native speakers in both English and Spanish.

      Course Offerings

      • SPAN 1 — Elementary Spanish
      • SPAN 2 — Continuing Elementary Spanish
      • SPAN 3 — Intermediate Spanish
      • SPAN 4 — Continuing Intermediate Spanish
      • SPAN 53 Continuing Conversational Spanish 
      • SPAN 11 — Spanish for the Spanish Speaking
      • SPAN 12 — Continuing Spanish for the Spanish Speaking


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      Veronica Alvarez
      Pablo Paler
      Martha D. Blake
      Miriam Boada
      Manuel Castillejos 909-274-5272  66-235
      Antonio Fuentes
      Victor Garcia
      Iris Guerra-Louis
      Ester Hernandez 
      Luisa Howell 909-274-4968  66-239
      Kurt Kemp 909-274-4583  66-241
      Lisa Kogat
      Guillermo Labrit
      Enriqueta Leyva
      Natalia Lyon 909-274-3354
      Andrea Reyes
      Aaron Salinger 909-274-4584 66-235
      Lizbet Sanchez 909-274-4817 66-239
      Buenaventura Ugas-Abreus
      Esther Vogel
      Haydee Zumaeta


Our Professors

  • Serena Ott
    Professor, Italian Language  Department Chair
  • Manuel Castillejos
    Professor, Spanish Language
  • David Wu
    Professor, Chinese Language
World  Languages Department

8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Building 66-235
(909) 274-7500
Serena Ott 


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Academic Support

The World Language Department works in collaboration with the Academic Support and Achievement Center and the Language Learning Center.

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The World Language Department offers five different scholarships for students who intend to continue studying language and culture at a four-year institution.

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Transfer Information

There are a number of four-year institutions that offer majors and minors in languages.