Department of World Languages


Welcome to the World Languages Department


The mission of the World Languages Department is to provide an engaging teaching and learning environment for students to gain language proficiency in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. Emphasis is on the expansion of cross-cultural awareness, as well as the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in the target language. Through the study of languages, students develop an awareness of the experiences of others, an understanding of their unique ways of life, and a recognition and respect for their diversity and contributions to the world.

We are committed to helping our students achieve communicative competence in world languages in order to contribute as individuals and global citizens living responsibly, effectively, and creatively in an interdependent and ever-changing world.


Welcome to the Palomar College Department of World Languages!  We offer transfer-level courses in Arabic, French, Chinese, Japanese, German, Italian, and Spanish. Most language courses meet General Education requirements. Classes are taught on campus, online, in a hybrid format and via video lectures.


Beginning and intermediate language classes are transferable to four-year universities and meet General Education requirements. 


Mastery of a foreign language is an invaluable asset in nearly every field, whether in business or in academics. Beyond the immediate practical advantages of foreign-language study, there is also the profound personal enrichment that comes from the first-hand knowledge of other peoples and cultures.

     Arabic        Chinese          French         German         Italian        Japanese       Spanish   

World Languages Department Chair

Dr. Kathleen Sheahan

Academic Department Assistant

Abby Corona

Department telephone: (760) 744-1150  ext. 2390

Department fax: (760) 761-3518

Office location:  Humanities building, H-201B

Palomar Community College

World Languages Department

1140 West Mission Road

San Marcos, California 92069

Quick Links for Students

EServices  for Palomar registration and info

blackboard  for class syllabi & assignments

Textbook Info and Links

VISTAS   Supersite log-in for class assignments

VHL Direct  to buy textbooks (Span, Fren, Ital)

Vistas Online  for more Spanish practice

SUPERSITE TUTORIAL Spanish, Italian, French