Which Foreign Language Course Should I Take?

The Foreign Language Department offers two main course tracks:

Comprehensive Courses: (1,1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, etc.)

The mission of the comprehensive language courses is to offer versatile instruction that promotes the development of listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in the credit foreign language courses offered at CCSF.  Linguistic and cultural components are integrated with abundant communicative activities.  The Language Center (R-205) offers audio materials for all courses, as well as internet resources, text-related CD-Roms, DVDs, and writing software.  The Online Language Lab provides another access point for the audio component of language learning. 

Most of these courses transfer to the UC and CSU systems.  Check the CCSF catalogue for transfer information concerning the language course you wish to take.  These courses are numbered 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, etc. 

What Do the Numbers Mean?

Spanish 1 (for example) is a 5-unit course, which meets 5 hours a week.  It covers the material of the first semester of a first year college-level language course.  The 1A-1B or 2A-2B series courses cover ½ of the material covered in a 1 or 2 series course; they meet for 3 hours per week.  Evening 1A, 1B, 2A, or 2B courses meet one evening a week, while day courses meet two days a week.  Completing Spanish 1A and 1B, for example, means that you have completed the equivalent of the first semester of a college-level first year Spanish course or the equivalent of Spanish 1.

Conversation Courses: (10A, 10B, 10C, etc)

In the 10-series courses, speaking and understanding the spoken language are the main objectives.  Usually there are no written assignments.  With the exception of the Chinese conversation courses, these courses are numbered 10A, 10B, 10C, etc.  The conversation courses are all 3-unit courses, meeting 3 hours per week.  Comprehensive and conversation courses may be taken concurrently. 

What Do the Numbers Mean? 

Spanish 10A is the first semester of the Spanish conversation series.  No previous study of Spanish is required to take Spanish 10A.  Spanish 10B is the second semester, 10C the 3rd and so on.

Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) Conversation Courses:

Chinese 10A, 10B, etc = Cantonese conversation courses

Chinese 12A, 12B, etc. = Mandarin conversation courses

Chinese 14A, 14B, etc. = Mandarin conversation courses for native speakers of another dialect of Chinese


Any Questions?  Please contact the Foreign Language Department at (415) 239-3223

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