Your Curriculum

Modern Languages

Catalog Year 2014-2015

MHCC Faculty Advisers:
Aurora Benenati: 503-491-7494 - Room AC 2394

Paul Eckhardt: 503-491-7497 - Room AC 2392

In today’s globalized world, proficiency in more than one language is necessary, even crucial, for both careers and personal relations. At MHCC, we help students to not only fulfill their degree language requirement, but also to make them more competitive on the job market, here in Oregon and anywhere else. Learning another language can also bring a lifelong source of pleasure, whether from travel, the joy of learning about other cultures or meeting and getting to know other people better. At MHCC, we offer ASL, FRENCH1, GERMAN1, ITALIAN1, JAPANESE, and SPANISH. What’s the “best” language to learn? It’s the one that addresses one’s own strengths, needs and personal interests, as well as one’s career plans.

In addition to the many courses we offer on campus and online, we are also ready to help students deepen their linguistic abilities and understanding of other cultures by making several exciting study abroad opportunities available each year. These include a winter program in San Isidro del General (Costa Rica); summer programs in Kyoto (Japan) and Costa Rica (for both Spanish and biology); a fall program in Florence (Italy) and a spring program that may alternate between Barcelona, Spain or London, England. Financial aid packages are available for our students studying abroad.

First Year (Beginning) 101, 102, 103:
At the completion of the first year, students should be able to:

  • Listening—understand short, learned utterances and some sentence-length utterances
  • Speaking
    • Express personal information by relying on learned phrases or re-combinations of these
    • Manage uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations
    • Ask simple questions or make statements involving learned material
  • Reading—exhibit sufficient control of the writing system to interpret written language in limited areas of practical need
  • Writing—produce material consisting of re-combinations of learned vocabulary and structures into simple sentences on familiar topics

Second Year (Intermediate) 201, 202, 203:
At the completion of the first year, students should be able to:

  • Listening—sustain comprehension over longer stretches (beyond the sentence level)
  • Speaking
    • Express personal information by creating with the language
    • Initiate, sustain, and close a general conversation with a number of strategies
    • Exhibit evidence of connected discourse, particularly for simple narration and description
  • Reading—read consistently with increased understanding simple connected texts dealing with a variety of basic and social needs
  • Writing—demonstrate most practical writing needs including simple letters, paraphrases, and summaries of biographical data, work, and school experiences.

The following plan of classes is a general guide to prepare students to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in a second language at a college or university.* To prepare for such a degree and at the same time meet MHCC degree requirements, follow one of the transfer degree options on pages 10-15 of the printed catalog.

Students receiving financial aid must be seeking a certificate or degree and following official MHCC certificate or degree requirements.

Admission and degree requirements vary among colleges and universities. Students are advised to:

  • Contact the transfer university to confirm specific admission/major/degree requirements.
  • Consult with a faculty adviser or the MHCC Academic Advising and Transfer Center early to develop an educational plan.

Note: Community colleges do not award transfer degrees in a subject area, but do award an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, an Associate of Science Oregon Transfer – Business degree or an Associate of Science degree.

All Oregon transfer students must fulfill a second language requirement. Oregon University Schools (OUS) admission requires two college terms of the first year (101 and 102) of a language other than English OR four semesters in high school. Graduation with a Bachelor of Arts requires the second year (201, 202 and 203, or equivalent) of a language other than English. Second-year courses are offered at MHCC in the following languages: ASL, Japanese and Spanish. Second-year Italian is only offered as part of a study abroad program. Second-year courses in other languages are offered on an infrequent basis.

First Quarter Credits
  (Modern Language)1011 5
WR121 English Composition 4
  Health and Physical Education requirement2 1
  Mathematics requirement2 4-5
Second Quarter
  (Modern Language)1021 5
WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking 4
  Health and Physical Education requirement2 1
  Oral Communication requirement3 3
  Social Science requirement2 3-4
Third Quarter
  (Modern Language)1031 5
  Health and Physical Education requirement2 1
  Science/Math/Computer Science requirement2 3-4
  Social Science requirement2 3-4
  Electives4   3
Fourth Quarter
  (Modern Language)2015 4-5
  Humanities requirement
(other than Modern Languages)2
  Lab Science requirement2 4-5
  Social Science requirement2 3-4
Fifth Quarter
  (Modern Language)2025 4-5
  Lab Science requirement2 4-5
  Social Science requirement2 3-4
  Elective4 3
Sixth Quarter
  (Modern Language)2035 4-5
  Lab Science requirement2 4-5
  Electives4 7

1 Modern Language includes, French (first-year only), German (first-year only), Italian (first-year only), Japanese, Spanish or ASL. ASL courses are 4 credits.
2 This plan aligns with the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree; see degree requirements and course options, page 10 of the printed catalog.
3 SP115, Intercultural Communication, is recommended.
4 A minimum of 90 credits is required to complete an MHCC degree.
5 Students taking second-year Spanish are also required to take one one-credit course of Intermediate Spanish Conversation during the year: SPAN 211 or 212 or 213. This would add one elective credit to one of the above terms.

Recommended social sciences, humanities and elective courses:
Social Sciences Courses:ANTH103, ANTH180, GEOG106, GEOG107, GEOG214, HST111, HST112, HST225, HST270
Humanities courses: ART204, ART205, ART206, ENG107, ENG108, ENG109, R210

Transfer Schools' Web Links
Oregon State University -
Portland State University -
University of Oregon -
(Romance Languages) -
(Germanic Languages) -
(East Asian Languages)

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