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AACC’s Center for World Languages unites the college credit program and its noncredit continuing professional education instruction, offering new options for those wishing to learn to read, write and speak Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish.

Those taking classes can access Rosetta Stone and other world languages software in a new state-of-the-art computer lab in the Careers Center on the Arnold campus. The 24 computers are equipped with the laboratory components that accompany many language textbooks. Open lab hours established each term will allow students time to use the lab to complete homework and class projects that require access to world languages software.

Pathway to Proficiency
Complete a comprehensive, eight-course sequenced continuing education certificate program designed to progressively improve practical, everyday foreign language skills at beginning and intermediate levels, with an intensive focus on spoken language skills. Choose from eleven languages: Arabic, Chinese, Farsi (Dari) (NEW!), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The 30 to 40 hours of instruction per course  and embedded performance assessment tasks ensure demonstrated student proficiency.

 The world language series is ideal for government employees; defense contractors; business professionals; police, emergency and medical personnel; firefighters; airport and port security personnel; active duty military and family members; as well as educators and others needing mastery of foreign language skills for their job or career advancement.  Those completing a series at either Beginning or Intermediate levels earn Continuing Education Units and Continuing Education certificates of completion. 

  • 30 hours per course: French, Spanish, German, or Italian
  • 40 hours per course: Arabic, Chinese, or Farsi (Dari)

EXAMPLE-Beginning Arabic Continuing Education Certificate Program:

 Arabic Beg I  M - W  6 - 8:30 p.m.  Sep 27 - Nov 17
 Arabic Beg II  M - W  6 - 8:30 p.m.  Jan 24 - Mar 16
 Arabic Beg III  M- W  6 - 8:30 p.m.  Apr 4 - May 25
 Arabic Beg IV  M- W  6 - 9 p.m.  Jun 1 - Jul 27

For more information contact the English language learning and adult education department, 410-777-2675.

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Just Beginning Classes
We offer 10-hour introductory or basic language courses and 15- to 20-hour beginning level sequenced courses as well as simple conversational courses. Course offerings vary each spring, summer, fall and winter and are listed in the noncredit schedules of classes. For information contact Dawn Schulman in the Office of Lifelong Learning, 410-777-2807, or e-mail

Credit World Language Courses
At AACC, college credit courses are available in 12 languages. These three-credit-hour courses typically offered in a 15-week, in-person class format meet academic degree and transfer requirements.

Earn a Transfer Studies Associate of Arts degree with a four-course concentration (12 credits) in French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish. Students can also earn six credits and complete the first year of study in Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Portuguese or Russian. Or, consider taking world language courses as electives in your degree or certificate program.Gain interpretive skills in reading, writing and speaking, as well as an appreciation of various cultures. Choose from:

  • Elementary grammar courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
  • Elementary conversation courses in French, German, Italian and Spanish
  • Intermediate grammar courses in French, German, Italian and Spanish.
  • Intermediate review grammar and composition courses in French and Spanish.
  • Intermediate conversation courses in Italian and Spanish.
  • Intermediate culture courses in French and Spanish

For information contact the interim chair, World Languages department, 410-777-2430.