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Spanish Courses

Bienvenido! Our distance learning programs in Spanish offer you the flexibility and convenience of learning a language at “your pace, your place” from experienced, highly qualified, and caring instructors.

Whether you are looking for beginning Spanish or advanced Spanish Literature, our distance education courses can fulfill your needs. Classes are available by e-mail or online. These include first-year, second-year, intermediate, and advanced Spanish classes.

We are the only provider of advanced, college-credit, distance learning courses in Spanish in the United States.


First Year Courses:

First Semester Spanish (Online, 4 Credits)

Learn the second most spoken language in the world.

Designed by a team of experienced foreign language instructors, this new version of First Semester Spanish incorporates the best in online pedagogy: taking into account the diversity of student learning styles and the importance of multiple low-stakes assessments. As the course introduces Hispanic culture, students develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Completing a portfolio project allows students to demonstrate their written and oral proficiencies on The American Council of the Teaching and of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) scale.

Begins with Spanish greetings and progresses step-by-step so that, by the end of the course, students use Spanish to introduce themselves to a new acquaintance, explaining their hobbies, discuss their food preferences and describe their family or close friends.

Uses e-book and online course materials, making the course more affordable than traditional courses with print textbooks. Students who go on to take Second Semester Spanish will not need any additional course materials.

Second Semester Spanish (Online, 4 Credits)

Continue learning the second most spoken language in the world.

Designed by a team of experienced foreign language instructors, this new version of Second Semester Spanish incorporates the best in online pedagogy: taking into account the diversity of student learning styles and the importance of multiple low-stakes assessments. Through textbook-based activities, written assignments, reading and oral activities, students will practice grammatical forms and new vocabulary, while learning about diverse Spanish-speaking cultures. Completing a portfolio project allows students to demonstrate their written and oral proficiencies on The American Council of the Teaching and of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) scale.

Begins with a review of First Semester Spanish grammar and progresses step-by-step so that, by the end of the course, students use Spanish to describe a trip they took or a character in a book or movie.

Uses an e-book and online course materials, making the course more affordable than traditional courses with print textbooks


Second Year Courses:

Third Semester Spanish (Online, 4 Credits)

Designed by a team of experienced foreign language instructors, this new version of Third Semester Spanish incorporates the best in online pedagogy: taking into account the diversity of student learning styles and the importance of multiple low-stakes assessments.

Begins with a review of First Year grammar and vocabulary and then covers the present progressive, imperfect, preterit, subjunctive and imperfect subjunctive verb conjugations. Cultural topics include music, globalization, sports and leisure, and the environment.

Culminates in a final project, either a professional portfolio or a hometown history, allowing students to demonstrate their written and oral proficiencies on The American Council of the Teaching and of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) scale.

Uses e-book and online course materials, making the course more affordable than traditional courses with print textbooks. Students who go on to take Fourth Semester Spanish will not need any additional course materials.

Fourth Semester Spanish (Online, 4 Credits)

Designed by a team of experienced foreign language instructors, this new version of Fourth Semester Spanish incorporates the best in online pedagogy: taking into account the diversity of student learning styles and the importance of multiple low-stakes assessments.

Begins with a review of grammar and vocabulary and then covers uses of se, superlatives, relative clause, the passive voice, and the present perfect indicative, present perfect subjunctive, future indicative, past perfect subjunctive, conditional perfect subjunctive verb conjugations. Cultural topics include Latinos in the United States, festivals and traditions, arts and crafts.

Culminates in a final project, either a discussion about a current topic related to the environment or media and technology, or a hometown tourist packet, allowing students to demonstrate their written and oral proficiency on The American Council of the Teaching and of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) scale.

Uses e-book and online course materials, making the course more affordable than traditional courses with print textbooks.


Third Year Courses:

Third Year Language Practice (Print, 3 Credits)

Take the next step in your language studies.

Intended for students who have completed two years of college Spanish or four years of Spanish in high school. Includes a review of previously studied Spanish grammar, before introducing advanced material.

Serves as a prerequisite for Third Year Grammar and Composition.

Third Year Grammar and Composition (Online, 3 Credits)

Continue your studies in third-year Spanish.

Focuses on grammar, with practice in written composition, including: the infinitive form of verbs, and the conjugated form of indicative, subjunctive and imperative mood; correct conjugations of regular, irregular and stem-changing verbs; use of negation, relative pronouns, direct and indirect pronouns, and fixed constructions such as passive voice, comparatives and superlatives.

Includes short films, contemporary cultural articles and two short stories.

Serves as a prerequisite for Advanced Language Practice.

Introduction to Hispanic Literature (Online, 3 Credits)

Begin your study of Hispanic literature, with authors from both Spain and Spanish America

Includes introductory units with specific examples for each genre.

Organized by genre, works include: narrative fiction by Ana María Matute, Miguel de Unamuno, et al.; poetry from Francisco de Quevedo, Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer et al.; Federico García Lorca’s drama, La casa de Bernardo Alba; essays by Mariano José de Larra; Gabriel García Márquez’s novel, Crónica de una muera anunciada.

Focuses on literary analysis. Students submit lessons in Spanish.

Serves as a prerequisite for Survey of Spanish American Literature.


Fourth Year and Above:

Advanced Language Practice (Print, 3 Credits)

Develop your skills in composition.

Emphasizes grammatical subtleties, translation and original composition. Unit topics include: Spanish equivalents of “to be”; simple and compound tenses of the indicative mood; the subjunctive mode; adjectives and adjective position; relative pronouns; prepositions, with an emphasis on por and para. Each of the twelve units has a required reading, in-depth study of selected words, vocabulary and grammar, and a written composition with a choice of topics.

Introductory Survey of Spanish American Literature (Online, 3 Credits)

Study the major canonical texts from a variety of authors and countries.

Begins with the chronicles of discovery and conquest, continues through the late 19th century, and then focuses on 20th century and contemporary authors (e.g., Gabriel García Márquez, Isabel Allende). Also includes: short story, poetry, theatre, as well as specifically Spanish American genres such as the tradición and gauchesca literature.

 


Spanish Team:

Jen Morgan

Arsenio Cisero

Matthew Griffin

Erin Paul


Choose the right course: With a language, it is sometimes a challenge to determine which course is right for you. Please contact Sarah Korpi or David Werther for help in selecting your course. In some cases, we will ask you for a writing sample for correct placement.