Spanish Courses

The course sequence for the Spanish Language and Cultures (SLC) Support Area is comprised of a variety of courses to appeal to your unique interests and to satisfy your career goals.  Courses are divided into the categories of general Spanish, capstone courses, independent study options, and short-term study abroad courses. 

Spanish Course Sequence:

SLC 100: Spanish Placement Bypass Assessment (Pre-requisite)

This opportunity is available for the student who has not taken a Spanish language course at Alverno College but has developed some awareness/skills in Spanish through life experience and/or coursework in high school or on the college level.

 (0 cr.)          

SLC 103: Beginning Spanish I

In this introductory course, the student begins to communicate in the Spanish language and learn about Spanish cultures. Using a learn-by-simulation approach, she organizes select elementary structural functions and vocabulary patterns and integrates them in order to begin to communicate meaningfully and clearly in basic Spanish. She develops a basic functional foundation for proficiency, learning through the systematic practice of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

(3 cr.)

SLC 104: Beginning Spanish II

In this second introductory course, the student continues to communicate in the Spanish language and learn about Spanish cultures. Using a learn-by-simulation approach, she continues to organize elementary structural functions and vocabulary applications in order to communicate meaningfully in basic survival Spanish. Through consistent practice, she continues to develop her basic functional foundation for proficiency, learning through listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

(3 cr.)

SLC 203: Intermediate Spanish I

This course is designed for the student with a working foundation in the structural listening and speaking components of Spanish and with the specific need to acquire specialized vocabulary and broaden communicative skills in specific interactions and work-related contexts. She begins to integrate meaningful oral and written skills, cultural understandings, and career outcomes.

(3 cr.)

SLC 204: Intermediate Spanish II

This course is designed for the student with a working foundation in the structural components of the Spanish language and with the specific need to continue to acquire specialized vocabulary skills and broaden communicative proficiency in specific interactions and work-related contexts. She continues to integrate meaningful oral and written skills, cultural understandings, and career outcomes.

(3 cr.)

SLC 303: Conversation and Composition

In this course the student participates in progressively more challenging proficiency based interactions in the Spanish language. She continues to study the structural and idiomatic dimensions unique to the language and to the Hispanic/Latino cultures involved. In typical simulations, she begins to achieve consistency in understanding and speaking Spanish. She integrates cultural information appropriately and views culture as an authentic interface for linguistic applications.

 (3 cr.)

SLC 318: Spanish for Business

This course is designed to engage students in a business environment in order to communicate effectively in real life situations. Students will learn the vocabulary and grammar necessary to conduct basic business activities in Spanish-speaking countries. This course provides a solid foundation in business vocabulary and an overview of basic commercial and cultural concepts, emphasizing the development of all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

 (3 cr.)


Capstone Courses (offered on rotation):

HUM 356: Latin American Civilization and Culture in Spanish

This course is taught in Spanish. In this series of courses, the student has the opportunity to reflect on her conceptions of herself, her culture, and the world.  Through her study of another world culture and civilization, she explores values and belief systems that may be very different from her own.  She engages in intense reading and discussion of indigenous literature, history, and thought.

(4 cr.)         

SLC 403: Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition

In this advanced course, the student has the opportunity to observe and demonstrate standard use of the Spanish language. She interacts in Spanish using appropriate linguistic skills, and demonstrates quality and consistency in written performance, focusing on the integration of standard structural usage (including word forms and accents) and cultural idiom. For the bilingual native speaker, this course provides the opportunity to reexamine and refine patterns of usage in a variety of linguistic and cultural situations.

(3 cr.)

SLC 420: Spanish & Latin American Film

The course, taught entirely in Spanish, focuses on building written and oral language skills through cinema. Learning Spanish through cinema is an appealing and interactive way to connect with the society, culture, and history of countries throughout Latin America and Spain while learning the language. The course will review grammatical constructions through practical usage and present students with new vocabulary. In addition, students will refine their listening comprehension in Spanish as they actively explore, analyze and compare cultures. Students will enhance their written communication skills by writing essays and film reviews; their oral communication skills will improve with discussions, debates, and oral presentations. Students will also be introduced to filmic devices used in cinema, with emphasis on those popular among Latin American or Spanish filmmakers.

(4 cr.)

SLC 466: Topics in Hispanic Civilization

The course is a focused study of significant aspects of Hispanic civilization in Spain, Latin America and the United States.   Readings, class discussions and spoken and written work are in Spanish.   Topics will rotate and may include: sociolinguistics, immigration and human rights, food in literature, medicine in literature, and Afro-Hispanic music and dance.

(4 cr.)


Independent Study Option:

SLC 400: Reflection on a Spanish Immersion Experience

The student contracts with the instructor to fulfill one of three options or a combination thereof in order to improve her facility in communicating in a near native fashion with another people in their cultural setting. These options include participation in a Spanish language immersion or experimental program in the United States or abroad, or a period of residence in a country in which Spanish is the official language.

 (2 cr.)        

Short-Term Study Abroad Courses (taught on a rotating basis):

SPI 310-02: Cultural Competence in Health Care: The Latino Perspective (Ecuador)*

The course focuses on the theoretical frameworks defining culture, cultural competence and cultural proficiency, examines the CLAS standards (Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Standards in Health Care) from the federal Office of Minority Health, discusses diversity and immigration in the United States, and present issues in the transcultural communication.  The final portion of the course focuses specifically on the Latino culture and health care as it relates to the issues previously presented.

Throughout the semester, you will learn about common cultural values among Latinos and their history in the U.S. with an emphasis on traditional health care beliefs and practices in Latin America.  A special focus on Ecuador in the classroom will culminate with travel to its capital, Quito, and the rainforest, enabling you to expand and apply your learning in these areas:    

     - Latin American culture    

     - Ecuadorean flora and fauna    

     - Traditional healing practices    

     - Healthcare system in Ecuador    

     - Medical and general Spanish

*This course is primarily designed for students in the Spanish/English Health Care Interpretation Support Area. However, it is also open to any student interested in understanding the multicultural aspects of health care.

(Spring; 2 cr.)

SLC 320: Intensive Spanish Immersion: Spain

This course gives students the opportunity for an immersion experience in a genuine Spanish speaking environment. In addition to 20 hours of Spanish instruction per week, students will be engaged in volunteer activities, homestays, and cultural excursions. All levels of language ability are accommodated; an evaluation of Spanish competency will occur at the beginning of the course.
(Spring 2014; 5 cr.)