foreign languages

Why study a foreign language?

Studying a foreign language makes you smarter, more analytical, more marketable, more creative, and more open-minded. College graduates often report that their foreign language courses were some of the most valuable ones because they increase communication skills in both the foreign and their own native language. Foreign language study enhances employment opportunities in a wide variety of career paths. Students who can speak, read, and write in a foreign language have a strong competitive advantage in today’s global marketplace.

At Parkland, you'll have the advantage of small class sizes, taught by master faculty—never teaching assistants. Your success is our priority.


Parkland offers classes in Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Arabic, and Portuguese. In addition to language instruction, these courses incorporate historical and cultural components as well, allowing students to gain insight into the forces that helped shape the language in the regions where it is spoken.

Beginning and Intermediate Arabic (ARA 101–104): emphasize mastery of the Arabic alphabet and phonetics, progressing up to an intermediate level of communication competence.

Introduction to Basic French I and II (FRE 100 and 120): focus on the language needs of a student, traveler, or worker. 

Beginning and Intermediate French (FRE 101–104): develop communicative skills with an emphasis on speaking, listening, reading, writing, and French culture. You can also take FRE 101–104 in France as part of the Dijon, France study abroad program. 

Beginning and Intermediate German (GER 101–104): concentrate on speaking, listening, reading, writing, and German culture. These courses are also available as part of the Salzburg, Austria study abroad program. 

Introduction to Basic Italian I and II (ITA 110 and 112): focus on the language needs of a student, traveler, or worker. Beginning Italian courses (ITA 101 and 102) focus on speaking, listening, reading, writing, and understanding Italian culture. 

Beginning and Intermediate Japanese (JPN 101–104): center on communication skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and appreciating Japanese culture. 

Beginning Portuguese I (POR 101): teaches basic communication skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing as well as understanding the cultures where Portuguese is spoken. 

Beginning and Intermediate Russian (RUS 101–104): emphasize the fundamentals of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Russian and learning about Russian culture. 

Introduction to Basic Spanish I and II (SPA 100 and 120): focus on oral communication to suite the needs of a student, traveler, or worker. 

Beginning Spanish for Professional Purposes I and II (SPA 130 and 131): help develop Spanish communication skills for the workplace and working with Spanish speaking populations. 

Beginning and Intermediate Spanish (SPA 101–104): focus on reading, writing, listening, and speaking. These courses are also available as part of the San José, Costa Rica study abroad program.

Will my classes transfer?

Most foreign language classes taken at Parkland transfer to four-year institutions. In addition, FRE 104, GER 104, JPN 104, and SPA 104 can be used to fulfill General Education requirements for AA and AS degrees, and all language courses can be used as General Education electives for AGS, AAS, and certificate programs. Parkland College classes with an even middle digit (such as ENG 101, MAT 128, and BIO 141) are accepted for transfer as general education classes, major courses, or electives as determined by the transfer institution.  

For more information about transferring, speak with an academic advisor and visit the Parkland Course Matrix.


Learn more about how these courses fit into a transfer degree or the general education core curriculum (GECC).

Foreign Languages

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