Conversational Foreign Language

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Continuing Education Certificate

A Continuing Education Certificate in Conversational Foreign Languages is offered upon successful completion of 60 hours of coursework in this area. Sign language courses may also count toward the award.

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❝If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.❞ ‒Nelson Mandela

 I speak English, why should I learn a foreign language?
In truth, not everyone speaks English! According to recent demographics, only 5% of the world's total population speaks English as a primary language and only 10% when you count people who speak English as a second or third language. The US is the only industrialized country that routinely graduates high school students without a secondary language, whereas over 50% of Europeans are fluent in both their native tongue and at least one other language. By conservative estimates, well over four-fifths of the world's population does NOT speak English. As globalization, mobility and communications technologies are bringing world citizens closer together, there is growing urgency for Americans to become multi-lingual. 


Knowing a foreign language gives you a direct access to great thoughts, experiences, and cultures that would otherwise be out of reach. Getting someone to translate for you, reading translations, or watching a foreign film dubbed into English or with English subtitles is like shadowboxing. There is no way to get the full benefit of diversity other than meeting people in their own language.

Why do I want to learn the language? 
If you plan to use a language only when you go on vacation, you'll primarily need spoken language. If you plan to do business with natives of other languages, you’ll require strong reading/writing skills and a focused vocabulary. WHY you want to learn a new language will help you set the stage for WHAT you’ll want to learn. 

Regardless of your objective, if you're interested in a fully enriching language experience and in truly learning about the life and culture of other peoples, PGCC can give you a course into which you can dip your toe or jump in full-force. 

Our language courses are geared to the beginner, with little or no previous knowledge of the language. Classes are often taught by native speakers with emphasis speaking, vocabulary acquisition, and cultural understanding. Reading, writing and grammar are used as a vehicle for verbal skills.

 

How to Register
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