Languages at SAC
Tom R. Cox, Ph.D., Department Chair
NTC 114, 210-486-1106 or OC 119, 210-486-0965
Languages @ SAC includes American Sign Language / Interpreting Program, English as a Second Language, and World Languages. This dynamic department values the linguistic and cultural diversity that makes us all unique and brings us all together. Whether you want to learn ASL and become a Sign Language Interpreter, improve your English skills for work or school, or study a foreign language, you will find a welcoming environment in Languages @ SAC. Come see what we’re about!
American Sign Language / Interpreting Program
Julie Razuri, Program Coordinator
NTC 109D, 210-486-1120
The Department of American Sign Language / Interpreting Program in cooperation with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, engages in the promotion of awareness and understanding of the culture and language of persons who are Deaf. The department strives to provide an environment where students become fully prepared to work as interpreters and support providers for members of this unique population.
The Department of American Sign Language/Interpreting Program offers classes to those individuals interested in:
- Obtaining foreign language credit.
- Pursuing an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in:
- American Sign Language/Sign Language Interpreter.
- American Sign Language/Deaf Support Specialist.
- Acquiring information regarding American Sign Language and Deaf Culture.
Students pursuing an AAS Degree are required to consult with departmental staff before registering for any American Sign Language class. Students should check with their four-year school of choice for a list of specific courses that will transfer as well as the school’s policy regarding acceptance of American Sign Language for foreign language credit. If you have not taken an ASL course in the last 3 years, you may be required to take a placement exam.
Students are encouraged to take classes in the recommended order. Course prerequisites are in place to protect the student and to ensure a certain level of proficiency. The ASL/IT department has a spiraling curriculum. Each student’s personal situation and individual characteristics, including motivation and learning style, will determine the time frame to complete the program. American Sign Language is used exclusively in the classes. Very little, if any, spoken English is used for instructional purposes. Many classes require additional lab hours.
The AAS Degree in American Sign Language, Sign Language Interpreter, is comprised of a combination of technical and general education courses. The degree requires 65 semester hours of designated coursework. Students must pass a mid-program evaluation, the State Certification Basic Exam, as well as a program exit evaluation in order to complete degree requirements. Students are expected to maintain a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) in all program course work. The program is designed to prepare the student for an entry-level position in the field of sign language interpreting.
Two Enhanced Skills Certificates and an Advanced Technical Certificate are also offered. To be eligible for either the Enhanced Skills Certificates and/or the Advanced Technical Certificate, the student must be a certified interpreter or have completed an accredited Interpreter Training Program.
English as a Second Language (in the Center for English Language Learning at San Antonio College - CELL @ SAC)
Anna Budzinski, Program Coordinator
OC 134, 210-486-0971
The mission of the Center for English Language Learning at San Antonio College (CELL @ SAC) is to provide an opportunity for international students, immigrants, professionals and other ELLs to study in a dynamic learning community to acquire essential English language and cultural adaptation skills necessary to meet academic, professional, and personal goals.
- To provide high quality, comprehensive instruction for ELLs.
- To prepare ELLs to transition to and be successful in college-level classes.
- To develop the communication skills of ELLs to work in a diverse global society.
The English as a Second Language Program in the Center for English Language Learning at San Antonio College (CELL @ SAC) offers intensive 8-week classes. The program consists of credit English as a Second Language for Academics (ESLA) and non-credit English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. In addition, upon completion of the ESLA/ESL sequence, students register for intensive English for Academic purposes (ENGA) class to prepare to transition to college-level classes. There are four levels of ESLA/ESL and each level contains a course in (1) listening and speaking, (2) writing, (3) grammar and (4) reading. The ENGA courses are only credit classes. They include (1) grammar and writing and (2) reading and vocabulary. All new ESLA/ESL and ENGA students are placed in the program based on their scores on the department placement test. International students with F-1 Visas register for credit (ESLA and ENGA) classes, while residents may register for credit (ESLA and ENGA) or non-credit (ESL) classes.
Marta Montemayor, Program Coordinator
OC 133, 210-486-0969
Promoting communication among intercultural linguistic communities to broaden global perspectives.
The World Language Program provides instruction in a context that heightens students’ awareness, understanding, and appreciation of foreign cultures while developing their ability to communicate orally and in writing in a variety of foreign languages. The department strives to equip students with language skills that will enhance employment opportunities and allow them to interact and function more effectively in an increasingly diverse and global society.
Courses are offered in Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.
Students planning to transfer language courses numbered 1300, to a university should consult the registrar’s office of the senior institution regarding the transferability of these courses before enrolling in them.
Beginning language courses are offered in a variety of formats. The 1300 (labeled “beginning conversational…”) courses focus on conversation, and may be transferred to a university as electives rather than a language credit. Students planning to transfer foreign language courses in these series should consult the registrar’s office of the senior institution before enrolling in the courses to assure that the credits will be accepted.
The 1411, 1412, 2311 and 2312 foreign language courses that are not labeled conversational are designed to transfer to universities as language credit and allow for a full range of placement and proficiency. Additionally, the 2311 and 2312 fulfill partial requirement for Humanities at San Antonio College.
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