Languages & Communication
The Allan Hancock College Languages & Communication is an interdisciplinary department
that serves the student, the academic community, and society at large in all areas
of literacy, communication, and language development. The various programs included
in this department are American Sign Language (ASL), English as a Second Language
(ESL), Spanish, French, Italian, and Speech Communication. These individual programs
offer rich and diverse courses and workshops to deepen students’ understanding of
multicultural traditions, to provide breadth of knowledge appropriate for many degree
and programs, and to prepare students for vocational goals and/or transfer to four-year
colleges and universities.
The department also oversees the Language Lab, which provides assistance to ESL and students enrolled in Spanish, French, and Italian.
Department Chair: Sofia Ramirez Gelpi, Ph.D.
The Humanities Complex (Bldg. C-25)
The lab is located in Bldg. C, Rm 11.
Main telephone extension: (805) 922-6966, ext. 3732
FAX number: (805) 347-8715
Fall and Spring terms:
Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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