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Learn another language, explore new cultures, and expand global knowledge. Irvine Valley College offers courses in five different languages: ASL (Sign), Chinese, French, Japanese, and Spanish. When you study a language with us, you will learn both: language and culture. Our dedicated and experienced faculty will guide you through the process of language learning and cultural understanding, and our extra-curricular opportunities further enhance your global perspective.

Our languages are taught communicatively, using the new language during class. Instructors are skilled in getting the meaning across without using English; this enables you to make quick progress in the new language. In class, your instructor, your classmates, and you participate in activities that promote real life communication. In Chinese, French, Japanese and Spanish, students acquire competence in speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as cultural awareness. In ASL (Sign), students acquire expressive and receptive communicative skills and learn important aspects of Deaf culture.

UC/CSU Transferable • Day and Evening Classes • Online and Hybrid Courses
State-of-the-Art Facility • Experienced Instructors • Lively and Engaging Classes

Why Learn Languages?

  • Learn more about your family roots
  • Increase your job opportunities and salary
  • Boost academic achievement and feed your brain
  • Widen your connection to other cultures and make new friends
  • Study or work abroad and travel the world with ease and confidence
  • Gain a deeper understanding of music, film, art and history of other countries

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Programs of Study and Sample Academic Plans

Languages Department Disciplines

The Languages Department offers beginner through intermediate courses that enable students to engage in interpersonal communication in ASL (Sign), Chinese, French, Japanese and Spanish. Students gain cultural insight, global perspective, and have the opportunity to attend cultural events and participate in club events and conversational practice.