World Languages Department
World Languages Department
The ability to speak more than one language is a distinct career advantage in our “global village” today – whether you major in a second language or not. The World Languages Division faculty opens new doors for students with ASL, Chinese, French, German and Spanish language courses.
Who We Are
Students seeking a four-year degree can fulfill their college language requirement at Anoka-Ramsey before transferring. And because language and culture are intertwined, the department also offers courses in Chinese, French, German and Latin American culture. Culture courses are taught in English.
Courses We Offer
Anoka-Ramsey does not offer a degree in world languages.
Language Courses (satisfy MnTC goals 7 & 8)
Anoka-Ramsey offers ASL, Chinese, French, German and Spanish (with both day and evening sections of ASL and Spanish) on the Coon Rapids Campus while the Cambridge campus offers two languages: ASL and Spanish. In the summer, students may also take first-semester Spanish (SPAN 1101) at the Coon Rapids Campus.
Culture Courses (satisfy MnTC goals 6 & 8)
Learning about different cultures is an important part of studying a language. This is reflected all our language courses which include in their title “Language and Culture.” However, we also offer Chinese, French, German and Latin American culture courses, which are taught in English and cross-listed under Humanities. Chinese, French and German culture courses are offered fall and spring semesters, while the online Pre-Columbian Latin American Culture is usually offered in the summer.
According to an April 2012 Newsweek article, World Languages ranks among the top 10 most useful college majors (i.e. most likely to lead to employment and higher earnings). But whether or not you choose to major in a language, becoming bi-lingual opens one’s mind to other ways of thinking. It also opens doors to career choices which require knowledge of a second language. In addition to providing a competitive edge when joining the work force, there are many additional proven benefits from learning a second language - even before you enter the job market. In fact, studies suggest that while studying a second language, you may even become a better student in your other classes by improving your English grammar as well as your memory, attention span, multi-tasking skills and creativity.
With the rise of globalization, four-year colleges are increasingly recognizing the importance of learning a second language. Most colleges and universities require one or two years of COLLEGE-LEVEL course work in a single world language for admission and/or graduation. But there is no need to wait. You can fulfill your language requirement at Anoka-Ramsey before transferring.
To successfully learn a language, it is important to enroll at the appropriate level. The rule of thumb is that one semester of college language is equal to two years of high school language. However, there are other factors to consider, such as how many years have passed since you last used the language as well as the different approaches and materials covered in different language programs. Therefore, before enrolling in a foreign language, you are strongly encouraged to take the placement test (password "coonrapids") for French, German, and Spanish. If you still have questions after seeing your test results, email a language instructor for further guidance.
The Coon Rapids Campus offers three dedicated smart-rooms specifically designed for language instruction (two for foreign languages and one for ASL). There is also a state-of-the-art language laboratory equipped with dedicated software and hardware such as Robotel Symposium and Smart Class Plus for audio practice and testing.
Meet Our Students and Alumni
Meet Judah PorterJudah PorterMnTCAA & Chinese Language
"Anoka-Ramsey has been a blessing in terms of teacher-student ratio. For example, in many other colleges, universities and institutions, a student just feels like one among the masses and there is not much individual help available when needed. Here, whenever a problem arises, me and other students can simply get the help we need."
Meet Kirsten KennedyKirsten KennedyMnTCAssociate in Arts
"It was so reassuring to know that if I have a question or need help, resources and counseling were always accessible. There were opportunities to participate in clubs and senate for every student. Most important to me was the access and ability to communicate with my instructors when I needed extra help or had a scheduling conflict."
Meet Pablo SamaniegoPablo SamaniegoMnTCAssociate in Arts
"I chose Anoka-Ramsey for three reasons: Affordability, transferability and location. It is the most affordable tuition in the state, and one of the lowest in the country. I want to transfer to the University of Minnesota’s Bio-chemical program, and my courses will transfer. And it is located on the Mississippi.
The best things about Anoka-Ramsey, though, are the great resources-the Academic Support Center, the Advising Center, the Counseling Center have nice staff committed to your success."