Importance of the Spanish Language

The foreign language department offers Spanish classes at a variety of levels, from beginner to literature. There are classes for students of Spanish as a foreign language, as well as classes specifically designed for native Spanish speakers. In addition to improving students' linguistic abilities, all courses include discussion of aspects of the culture of Spanish speakers.

The ability to speak another language is an important advantage in today's world. In particular, given the demographics in California, knowledge of Spanish is a plus in any occupation, especially in those that involve interaction with the public. Spanish majors may go on to become bilingual teachers or teachers of Spanish, translators or interpreters. A working knowledge of Spanish is a valuable skill for those wishing to pursue careers in business, international relations, social work, health services and tourism.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students completing this program will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast cultural elements from Spanish speaking countries with their own culture, both within the Latino culture in the United States and American culture in general.
  • Produce and understand oral and written communication at an Advanced High level, as defined by the ACTFL.
  • Recognize their own errors and self-correct in order to improve accuracy in Spanish grammar and spelling.
  • Compare and contrast cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking countries, including art, music, history, socio-economic and political realities.