The goal of Spanish courses is to enable students to interact successfully with native speakers and to relate language behavior to real-world situations. The regular academic courses meet on a daily basis. The conversation courses differ from the academic courses primarily in breadth. They are usually taught in the Spanish 101 or 201 sequences in the fall quarter and thereby complete a one-year program in Spanish in fulfillment of the requirement at many four-year college universities.
Students may generally be placed in these Spanish courses as outlined by the following:
- SPAN 101: No Spanish to one year of high school Spanish
- SPAN 102: Two or more years of high school Spanish
- SPAN 103: Three or more years of high school Spanish
- SPAN 201: Four or more years of high school Spanish
NOTE: The above Spanish courses are not open to native speakers of Spanish (Heritage Speakers). Courses for native speakers include SPAN 231, 232, & 233 (see Spanish for Heritage Speakers below).
Spanish for Heritage Speakers (SHL)
Spanish for Heritage Learners (SHL) courses (SPAN 231, 232 & 233) are targeted to Spanish Speakers who wish to refine and preserve the Spanish they inherited. The courses offer Spanish-speaking students the opportunity to study Spanish formally in an academic setting, in the same way English-speaking students study English in a college setting.
Students who are raised in a home where Spanish is spoken and who possess receptive (comprehension) and productive (speaking) skills in the language can take these courses. These students may be immigrants with limited literacy due to limited schooling or first- or second-generation heritage speakers who are bilingual in Spanish and English, with limited literacy skills in Spanish. Students may be required to take a placement test given by the instructor to determine their language level. Students may be placed in these SHL courses in no particular order.