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Welcome to the LACC Modern Languages & Civilizations Department

The LACC Modern Languages & Civilizations Department (formerly Foreign Languages) is one of the largest and strongest language departments in Southern California.

Foreign language fluency is an essential skill in the 21st century. One should speak at least two or more languages to be considered globally minded. Not only is learning another language good for personal development, but it also gives students an advantage in many careers.

Our goal is to integrate foreign language and cultural education with technology. We want to deliver courses and information anywhere and anytime with the aid of technology.

Learning a language helps us overcome cultural and social barriers. We are an outstanding group of instructors whose life-long pursuit is to teach their students other languages, other cultures and the humanities.

Join us and begin your adventure of learning about the world.

The study of foreign languages and humanities is the key to unlocking doors to other literatures and cultures.

Transfer Limits

UC General Education & IGETC

The UC system allows no credit for duplication of a foreign language if the student completed the equivalent levels in high school with a grade of "C" or better.

Students may demonstrate proficiency for the purpose of fulfilling the Language Other Than English IGETC requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Complete two years of high school coursework in one language other than English with a grade of C or better.
  • Complete a course or courses at a college or university with a grade of C or better in each course. Any course (excluding conversation courses) considered by the college or university to be equivalent to two years of high school language may be used. Many college catalogs list the prerequisite for the second course in a language as: Language 1 at this college, or two years of high school language. In this case Language 1 clears both years of the requirement.

Two years, or equivalent to the 2nd level of high school instruction, of the same language other than English are required. (Three years/3rd level of high school instruction recommended).

hey have you been noticing this change

a change that is bringing this world

closer at a pace never ever seen before

yes I am talking of the change as a

result of globalization

globalization no wonder is triumphing and bringing people

and cultures together for the good of humanity

when globalization is becoming a reality

this reality demands from all

stakeholders to put more passion into

believing the concept

when you are in Rome be a Roman

learning each other's

culture and languages has become the

need of the hour

for us to empathize and

appreciate each other's way of living

imagine you are an employer of a

Japanese organization working from

outside Japan how awesome and impressive

it would be if you managed to converse

with your Japanese peers in Japanese

you will be on their good books for sure

imagine getting a scholarship and

calls from the best of universities

because you are bilingual

absolutely dreams come true isn't it

imagine speaking in Spanish when you are

on a South American tour

you would certainly make your jaunt more

comfortable and memorable

imagine reading and appreciating French arts,

movies and poetry that are considered to

be the finest on the planet

imagine speaking reading and writing in English

for sure you will be a good candidate to get your dream job in English-speaking nations

imagine conversing in Mandarin with locals in China

savoring their martial-arts, food and culture

what an amazing experience it would be with all these feelings of awesomeness

learning a new language and appreciating different cultures bring to the table another set of benefits

such as enhanced cognitive skills and perceptions enhanced memory and ability to multitask

improved decision-making capabilities

with all these gains

who wouldn't want to be smarter and successful

if you think you can make time to be more global

in perception and thoughts then learning a

foreign language is apt for you


The LACC Department of Foreign Languages encourages cultural awareness and community involvement by providing students with communication tools and a greater understanding of other cultures.

The mission of the Foreign Language Department is to deliver comprehensive, quality training in languages and cultures in order to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills for transfer to a university.

Contact Us

Office Hours and Location

Contact individual instructors for office hours.

Jefferson Hall 111 & 114
(Adjunct Faculty Office: Jefferson Hall 108)
Los Angeles City College
855 N. Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Language Lab
Jefferson Hall 115


Yelgy Parada​, Department Chair
Email: @email
Phone: (323) 953-4000 Ext. 2735