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Department of World Languages and Philosophy

World Languages

Why Study Languages?

The study of languages involves not only an exploration of another language but of another culture as well.  Such study engages one in a comparison of cultures, languages, and communities.  Students in the languages and literature classroom make meaningful comparisons and connections between their own language and culture and the target language and culture.  Content and methodology are interwoven to provide students with both the strategies and the understanding to develop positive attitudes for and appreciation of the target culture.  The connection between language, literature, and culture is inseparable, and cognitive psychologists as well as experts in intercultural communication point to the fact that language and culture interact to shape thought and construct knowledge.  Courses in languages and literature fulfill humanities requirements and multicultural general education requirements.

Montgomery College/Rockville offers courses in language and culture in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.  Advanced study of language and literature and the opportunity to pursue honors-level work are available in French and Spanish.  Some sections of French, Spanish, Italian and Chinese are now offered through Distance Learning or blended courses.

Credit by Examination 

The CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) for French, German and Spanish is offered at our Montgomery College Gaithersburg Business Training Center.  For more information, please contact Customer Service Gaithersburg at 240-567-3820 or  .  Or you can visit the CLEP home page .   

Writing, Reading & Language Center 

The Language Lab is located in MT 020 (Macklin Tower).  The language lab is available to students for the completion of their required lab hours as well as world language tutoring. (For more information on the services available to students please visit their website: Writing Center home page  or contact them at their main number by calling: 240-567-4160. You may also send an e-mail to:  . 

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