Program Description

The Literature and Language Department offers Spanish courses for university transfer as well as continuing education credit. Courses range from Beginner 1, Beginner 2, Intermediate 1, to Intermediate 2, earning up to 14 hours credit. Students not only acquire vocabulary and grammatical structures necessary to communicate and comprehend spoken and written Spanish, but also gain competence with all four language skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Students engage in conversations with new expressions, new sounds and throughout the semester will learn to use  level-appropriate grammatical structures, and write sentences starting simple, increase levels appropriately and organize them into short paragraphs. Students also explore the practices, perspectives and products of the culture and the diversity within the Spanish-speaking world.

Job Outlook & Growth

In addition to the content and study skills gained while learning a language, knowing some Spanish opens doors in the job market. Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, and due to the growth of Spanish in the United States, having some conversational skills may present better job opportunities. With the daily practice and interaction with classmates, students acquire vital people skills that will help them professionally. In addition to the written and verbal skills, learning a language allows students to analyze and synthesize grammatical structures and meaning, organize, problem solve and develop decision-making ability to behave in culturally appropriate ways. The benefits of studying a language and learning to convey and understand basic ideas, fosters cultural understanding of people abroad and at home. Learning a language brings our world closer to understanding what it is to be human.

Study Abroad

The Study Abroad is another way to gain a real world experience, connecting with the culture and being totally immersed in the language. The program offers up to six hours of university credit or continuing education certification. Course study in Costa Rica is offered every two years, and the next trip will be in June 2016. Students live with a Costa Rican family and attend classes each day for one month.

Click here for information about the 2016 course.

Para los hispano hablantes, el tomar un curso de español, les da la oportunidad de aprender mejor su idioma, aumentando el vocabulario y desarrollando tanto la escritura académica como la expresión oral del idioma. La expresión oral se practicará haciendo presentaciones orales relacionadas con temas educativos, culturales y académicos.  Además de la gramática, los estudiantes leerán y explorarán la cultura y la diversidad del mundo hispano compartiendo entre ellos las expriencias e idiocincracia de su cultura. Es recomendable tomar el curso de principiante 2, intermedio 1 o intermedio 2, dependiendo de la habilidad y conocimiento del estudiante.


Mary Yetta McKelva
Chair, Department Literature and Language
(903) 463-8623