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Department of Foreign Languages and Literature


Foreign Languages and Literature Department

Humanities, Social and Behavioral Science Division



Program Chairperson: Mara-Lee Bierman, Professor of Spanish

Telephone: (845) 574-4361


Full-Time Faculty: Mara-Lee Bierman, Josephine Tarsia, Vanessa Lago Barros


Adjunct Faculty: Tatyana Babych,  Vernon Bonse, Francisco Garcia-Quezada, Marie-Pierre Govoni, Rachel Kushner, Cynthia Kaufman, Guzide Kobati, Caren Landis, Barbara Lester, Liya Li

To travel, to work, and to live in the global community, today's citizen needs to know the language and culture of more than one country. Rockland Community College offers its students second-language literacy in American Sign Language(ASL), French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. Students interested in foreign languages often pursue the following degree program: Liberal Arts and Sciences, Humanities and Social Science (A.A.).


Language is a universal skill that can be applied to any profession or trade, education, law, business, medicine, social services, travel and tourism, music, diplomacy, anthropology, and government. Most four-year colleges have a graduation requirement of one full year of a foreign language. The most selective four-year schools require four semesters (two years) or completion of the intermediate level of language study. Students who are continuing a language they studied in high school must consult with an advisor for proper placement.


Because studying a foreign language is an asset to:

  • Students transferring to four-year colleges. Foreign language study is required at most liberal arts colleges and many universities.
  • Those who are, or aspire to be in business, diplomacy, education, hospitality, politics, law and law enforcement, translation, media, scientific research, social work, and the arts.
  • Travelers.
  • Persons who learn for pleasure.


Because understanding other cultures is essential in today's global society.


Because Rockland's foreign language program is designed to stimulate communication and to integrate culture and language.


Because Rockland's affordable foreign language classes are conveniently scheduled day or evening in French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Russian and Spanish.


Because learning another language is fun!


Languages: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Russian, Spanish

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