World Languages

Did you know?

The Flag of China The Chinese economy is on the path to becoming the world's largest by 2030.
The Flag of Spain The number of Spanish-speaking Minnesotans has increased 75% since 2000.
The Flag of Japan Japan has the world's third largest economy.
The Flag of France 34% of Minnesota's foreign trade is with French-speaking countries.
The Flag of Germany German companies are the backbone of the European economy, and 38% of Minnesotans claim German heritage.
Minnesota is home to one-third of all Somalis in the United States.

Minnesota companies need employees with cultural and linguistic competencies to succeed in our global economy.

How will studying a language at Normandale Community College help you compete in today’s global community?

Who we are

World Languages Faculty at Normandale

The World Languages and Cultures Department at Normandale Community College is proud to be the largest language department within the Minnesota State system.

We offer a two-year sequence of beginning and intermediate language studies in Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. The French and Spanish Divisions also offer courses beyond the intermediate level.

To complement the language courses, each semester the department offers Civilization and Culture courses in Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. We also offer a Spanish for Educators course, and a non-language specific Introduction to Interpreting and Translating course. 

What we do

The World Languages and Cultures Department offers students opportunities to become confident and competent participants in today’s global society.

Throughout the two-year language program, students both develop and strengthen reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, while gaining knowledge and understanding of other cultures, connecting with other disciplines, and participating in multilingual communities at home and around the world.

The Benefits of Bilingualism
  "Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age."
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Knowing Other Languages Brings Opportunities (PDF)
  "No matter what career you choose, if you’ve learned a second language, you’ll have a real advantage. A technician who knows Russian or German, the head of a company who knows Japanese or Spanish, or a salesperson who knows French or Chinese can work successfully with many more people and in many more places than someone who knows only one language."
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