World Languages

World Languages

Explore World Languages 

The United States is a melting pot of diverse cultures and languages. Today more than ever, businesses are marketing to those cultures and bilingual employees are becoming a prized commodity.

A broad depth in world languages allows you to travel, work, and communicate with people across the globe. At Kirkwood, we offer several language choices — including American Signl Language (ASL) — so you can learn to communicate conversationally, preparing you for an exciting career path.

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A strong background in world languages can open up doors to so many diverse and exciting careers. Translating, interpreting, and teaching are main careers that many often associate with a background in languages.

Language combined with another career area can also make you a highly sought-after job candidate. Kirkwood can help you explore your career options by providing exciting experiences in and out of the classroom to help you find the most rewarding path for you.

Each year, many students transfer their Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees from Kirkwood to four-year institutions in Iowa and across the country. Kirkwood has special transfer agreements with all three state universities, and others.

If you are planning to transfer to a four-year program, you will work very closely with advisors in our Advising and Transfer Center. They will help make sure you have everything completed for a seamless transfer.

Spanish Club
Discuss Spanish, practice your language skills; discover additional information about the culture and use of Spanish worldwide.

Richard Heath, Esperanza Munoz-Perez and Martha Perez-Bendorf, advisors

Classes & Curriclum

The World Languages interest area at Kirkwood is part of our Liberal Arts program. You'll work closely with the Advising and Transfer Center, as well as World Languages faculty when selecting courses that interest you.

Course requirements include specialized language classes, as well as other humanities courses, math, and science. With many options to choose from, the advising process will help you determine your best course of action.

World Languages students should expect to take four consecutive language classes in the same language. 

Kirkwood is proud to also offer agreements with various universities in Iowa for students interested in American Sign Language:

  • ASL minor - University of Iowa
  • ASL and Deaf Studies certificate - University of Iowa
  • Hearing Impaired Teaching Endorsement - University of Iowa
  • Interpreting program - Scott Community College

ASL-141 American Sign Language I (4)
Provides a beginning interactive course to promote comfort and knowledge in using grammar, syntax, vocabulary, fingerspelling, semantics and non-manual behaviors of American Sign Language in professional, social and everyday normal conversational situations. Emphasizes receptive and expressive skills. Course is taught in American Sign Language. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

ASL-171 American Sign Language II (4)
Continues development of American Sign Language grammar, syntax, vocabulary, fingerspelling, semantics and non-manual behaviors. Emphasizes comprehension, production skills and use of language in a cultural context. Course is taught in American Sign Language. This course applies toward satisfaction of Historical/Cultural core for an AA degree. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Prereq: ASL-141; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

ASL-245 American Sign Language III (4)
Expands on previously learned grammar, syntax, sentence structure and vocabulary in more depth. Emphasizes expressive skills through storytelling exercises and use of the language in a variety of situations. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Prereq: ASL-171; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

ASL-281 American Sign Language IV (4)
Focuses on an expanded awareness of the behaviors, values and issues in Deaf culture through slang and varying levels of formality and socially appropriate language usage. Emphasizes receptive skills by reading signed stories and poetry. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Prereq: ASL-245; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

FLC-141 Elementary Chinese I (4)
Develops functional abilities in the Chinese (Mandarin) language. Focuses on using Mandarin Chinese in linguistically, socially and culturally appropriate ways. Covers listening, speaking, reading, writing and cultural aspects of communication. Open to students with little or no previous study of Chinese. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

FLC-142 Elementary Chinese II (4)
Builds on language skills learned in Elementary Chinese I. Expands functional abilities in the Chinese (Mandarin) language and encourages improved use of Mandarin Chinese in linguistically, socially and culturally appropriate ways. Focuses on listening, speaking, reading, writing and cultural aspects of communication. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Prereq: FLC-141; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

FLC-241 Intermediate Chinese I (4)
Concentrates on communicating Chinese (Mandarin) by practicing authentic language tasks to improve skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Focuses on building understanding of Chinese culture and extends students' language use beyond contexts of elementary discourse. Course activities are conducted in Chinese. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Prereq: FLC-142; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

FLC-242 Intermediate Chinese II (4)
Continues development in Chinese (Mandarin) communication, building upon cultural and linguistic skills. Focuses on practicing authentic language tasks to improve reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Builds intermediate proficiency with extended discourse and expanding topics. Course activities are conducted in Chinese. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Prereq: FLC-241; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

FLF-141 Elementary French I (4)
Introduces the 5 Cs of second language acquisition (communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities) by developing the fundamental communicative skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, and providing the opportunity to examine the practices and products of various francophone cultures. Making comparisons and connections between the French and English language, practices, products and people is an important course component. Open to students with little or no previous study of French. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

FLF-142 Elementary French II (4)
Continues to develop the 5 Cs of second language acquisition (communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities) by improving the fundamental communicative skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing acquired in Elementary French I. Examines the practices and products of francophone cultures. Includes discussion of the comparisons and connections that exist between various francophone cultures and language and our own. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Prereq: FLF-141; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

FLF-241 Intermediate French I (4)
Develops the 5 Cs (communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities) by providing intensive practice in the fundamental communicative skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, with a methodic study of different cultural contexts and a review of the basic grammar. Examines the cultural practices and products of francophone countries. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Prereq: FLF-142; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

FLF-242 Intermediate French II (4)
Continues to develop the 5 Cs (communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities) by expanding the repertoire of realia (movies, readings, Internet explorations) and class activities. Provides continuous practice in developing the communicative skills and encourages group discussion about everyday subjects as well as the practices and products of francophone cultures. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Prereq: FLF-241; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

FLG-141 Elementary German I (4)
Develops fundamental skills in German language. Emphasis is on acquiring the proficiency to communicate with the native speaker in everyday situations. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

FLG-142 Elementary German II (4)
Continues Elementary German I. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Prereq: FLG-141; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

FLG-241 Intermediate German I (4)
Develops the students' ability to communicate in German in a culturally authentic mode. Students learn about the culture of the German-speaking world through authentic materials, discussions of how language and culture function in their own lives, and through activities designed to build skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Prereq: FLG-142; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

FLG-242 Intermediate German II (4)
Develops the students' ability to communicate in German in simple to complex language in a culturally authentic mode. Students build upon cultural analysis skills developed in Intermediate German I, to further develop language and cultural competencies. Uses digital video and has a large Web-based component. Expands basic communicative skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Prereq: FLG-241; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

FLS-118 Spanish for Professionals: Hospitality (3)
Introduces the Spanish language with a special focus on culinary arts and hospitality. Covers vocabulary, grammar, reading and listening comprehension, and emphasizes oral communication in culinary and hospitality settings. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

FLS-128 Conversational Spanish (3)
Develops conversational skills in the Spanish language. The emphasis is in acquiring proficiency in communicating in Spanish in work situations. Includes activities that promote basic Spanish grammar, specialized and everyday vocabulary and basic understanding of Latin American culture. Credits: 3, Hours: (2/2/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

FLS-141 Elementary Spanish I (4)
Develops fundamental skills in the Spanish language. Emphasis is on acquiring the proficiency to communicate with the native speaker in everyday situations. Includes activities that promote an understanding and knowledge of the Spanish-speaking peoples and their culture. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

FLS-142 Elementary Spanish II (4)
Allows the student to communicate with others on subjects of daily common experience in most informal and a limited number of formal conversations on activities related to family, work, health, friends, leisure activities, social life, environment, etc. The vocabulary used in this course is non-specialized, containing everyday words as well as frequently used expressions, all within a cultural context. Cultural facts from Hispanic and Latin American cultures will also be presented in the classroom. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Prereq: FLS-141; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

FLS-241 Intermediate Spanish I (4)
Provides practice of language beyond the controlled situations of the elementary course. Develops fundamental skills in Spanish through activities aimed at expressing original ideas and conveying messages in correct Spanish with the aid of authentic resources. Class activities offer advanced training in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and understanding the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. Grammar study includes a review of previously introduced topics as well as new ones. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Prereq: FLS-142; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

FLS-242 Intermediate Spanish II (4)
Enables students to continue to develop all communication skills, using primarily materials from literature, contemporary newspapers and magazines aimed at providing a better understanding of the Hispanic and Latin cultures and pertinent current issues. Class activities include pronunciation exercises, some grammar review and class discussion that promotes spontaneous conversation. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Prereq: FLS-241; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

FLS-266 Advanced Spanish: Latin American and Spanish Culture (3)
Develops communication skills through the study of the history, literature and cultures of the Spanish-speaking countries of the world. May emphasize a specific area (Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America) or explore common aspects of all or several areas. Conducted in Spanish. May be repeated (elective credit second time). Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Prereq: FLS-232; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

I chose Kirkwood because I knew I could get a great education here for two years, and my options to go anywhere from here were virtually unlimited.

“I chose Kirkwood because I knew I could get a great education here for two years, and my options to go anywhere from here were virtually unlimited.”

George Appleseth,
Panora, Iowa


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