Spanish

The International Languages Department offers courses that provide the foundation for Spanish language study. They also satisfy either the humanities requirement for general education or the proficiency requirement in an international language when required for transfer. A bachelor's degree in an international language such as Spanish can lead to a career in advertising, broadcasting, consulting, translating, teaching, international service, public relations, social work, and sales.

Note: Students educated in a non-English speaking country through high school or equivalent will generally not earn lower-division transfer credit in their language at most universities. Students who might be affected by this rule should consult a counselor and/or the International Languages Department Chair before enrolling in the courses described below.

Contact Information

Department Chair: David Detwiler

Dean: Jonathan Fohrman

www.miracosta.edu/SPAN

Department: International Languages

Office: Building OC4700, 760.795.6816

Full-Time Faculty

Francisco Alvarez
Rosa E. Arceo
David Detwiler
Pilar Hernández
Lilia Vidal

Certificate

Certificate of Proficiency

Career Spanish for Medical Personnel

This certificate provides students in the health care field the language skills necessary to communicate on a professional level with Spanish-speaking people. Students should take one course through the International Study Abroad Program, if possible. No more than 4 units of course work for this certificate may be earned through credit by exam (see "Credit by Institutional Examination" in this catalog). After completion of all course work for the certificate, students must take an evaluative (non-graded) Spanish oral proficiency exam.

Required courses: 
SPAN 160Spanish for Health Care Providers I2
SPAN 161Spanish for Health Care Providers II2
Select one option from below:4
Elementary Spanish (Second Semester)
Intermediate Spanish (Third Semester)
Spanish for Native Speakers
Select one elective from the following:3-4
Intermediate Spanish (Fourth Semester)
Intermediate Conversation and Reading
Intermediate Conversation and Writing
Total Units11-12
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Courses

SPAN 101: Elementary Spanish (First Semester)

Units: 4
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in SPAN 102, SPAN 201, SPAN 202, or SPAN 203.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1105.00)

This introductory course develops Spanish language acquisition through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It covers basic Spanish pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar. It also explores the history, geography, and customs of the Spanish-speaking world. This course corresponds to the first two years of high school Spanish.

SPAN 102: Elementary Spanish (Second Semester)

Units: 4
Prerequisites: SPAN 101 or two years of high school Spanish with a C or better.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in SPAN 201, SPAN 202, or SPAN 203.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1105.00)

This course continues to develop Spanish language acquisition through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It reviews and expands upon the vocabulary and grammatical structures introduced in SPAN 101, and it develops the student's ability to engage in casual conversation, express opinions, and make suggestions in Spanish. The course also provides for increased awareness of the Spanish-speaking world's history, geography, and customs, including its socio-political practices and cultural artifacts. This course corresponds to the third year of high school Spanish.

SPAN 152: Beginning Conversation

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 3 hours. (1105.00)

Designed for those who want to learn basic Spanish for everyday contact with Spanish-speaking people. Course emphasizes oral communication and covers the fundamentals of grammar and vocabulary. Intended to develop basic skills in Spanish.

SPAN 160: Spanish for Health Care Providers I

Units: 2
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours. (1105.00)

This course introduces basic Spanish grammar and vocabulary needed by medical personnel. Topics include greetings with cultural and medical protocols, getting to know the patient, assisting in taking preliminary medical histories, and assisting in patient assessment and treatment. This course is designed for beginners as well as for those with some Spanish-speaking proficiency.

SPAN 161: Spanish for Health Care Providers II

Units: 2
Prerequisites: SPAN 160.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours. (1105.00)

This course provides students with more basic language skills needed for daily interactions with Spanish-speaking patients. It emphasizes the development of effective cross-cultural communication skills. Topics include nutrition, preventive care, physical care and rehabilitation, pediatrics, surgery, drug abuse. This course is designed for beginners as well as for those with some speaking proficiency in Spanish.

SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish (Third Semester)

Units: 4
Prerequisites: SPAN 102 or three years of high school Spanish with a C or better.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in SPAN 202 or SPAN 203.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1105.00)

This course continues to develop Spanish language acquisition through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It reviews and expands upon the vocabulary and grammatical structures introduced in SPAN 101 and SPAN 102, and it develops the student's ability to engage in casual conversation, express opinions, and make suggestions in Spanish. The course also provides for increased awareness of the Spanish-speaking world's history, geography, and customs, including its socio-political practices and cultural artifacts. This course corresponds to the fourth year of high school Spanish. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for SPAN 201 or SPAN 203.

SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish (Fourth Semester)

Units: 4
Prerequisites: SPAN 201 or SPAN 203 or four years of high school Spanish with a C or better.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1105.00)

This course continues to develop Spanish language acquisition through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It reviews and expands upon the vocabulary and grammatical structures introduced in SPAN 201. It also develops the student's ability to express opinions and make recommendations in Spanish-language debates and discussions. The course provides for increased awareness of the Spanish-speaking world's history, geography, and customs, including its socio-political practices and cultural artifacts, through extensive reading and writing assignments as well as oral presentations.

SPAN 203: Spanish for Native Speakers

Units: 4
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in SPAN 201.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1105.00)

This intensive course prepares native Spanish speakers with little or no formal training in Spanish for more advanced courses. It addresses listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing while emphasizing the improvement of reading and writing skills. Students also learn about regional variations in standard Spanish, Spanglish and code-switching, and the relationship between language and cultural identity. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for SPAN 201 or SPAN 203.

SPAN 205: Hispanic Film, Literature, and Composition

Units: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 202 or SPAN 203 or equivalent.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1105.00)

This introductory survey course examines Hispanic film and literary genres, including poetry, the essay, and narrative prose. Students complete written assignments and presentations (or discussions) based on Spanish-language films and assigned readings. The course helps students develop, structure, and write essays in Spanish. It also prepares students for upper-division Spanish courses.

SPAN 210: Intermediate Conversation and Reading

Units: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 102 or third year of high school Spanish with a C or better.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1105.00)

This course stresses oral communication and reading comprehension through cultural materials in order to improve and expand the student's conversational skills in the language. Emphasis is placed upon practical topics, fundamental and expanded vocabulary, and commonly used idioms. Students learn to employ Spanish in general discussions of assigned topics and simple dialogues. Some grammar is reviewed.

SPAN 211: Intermediate Conversation and Writing

Units: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 201 or SPAN 210 or four years of high school Spanish.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1105.00)

This course continues emphasis on conversation at a more advanced level. Discussion centers on topics involving practical use of the language but also deals with more abstract concepts. Readings in Spanish and Spanish-language films are used to stimulate discussion as well as original compositions. Review of difficult points of grammar.

SPAN 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

SPAN 296: Topics in Spanish

Units: 1-6
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour.
Lecture 2 hours.
Lecture 3 hours.
Lecture 4 hours.
Lecture 5 hours.
Lecture 6 hours. (1105.00)

This course gives students an opportunity to study topics in Spanish that are not included in regular course offerings. Each Topics course is announced, described, and given its own title and 296 number designation in the class schedule.

SPAN 298: Directed Study in Spanish

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor and department chair approval and successful completion of 12 units of college work with at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
Repeatability Rule: May be taken for a total of 3 units.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 3 hours
Laboratory 6 hours
Laboratory 9 hours. (1105.00)

This course allows students to pursue a special area of interest in order to achieve specific goals beyond the scope of existing courses within the discipline. Students work independently and interact directly with an instructor on an individual basis and as prescribed by the Directed Study Agreement.

SPAN 299: Occupational Cooperative Work Experience

Units: 1-4
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

Cooperative Work Experience is intended for students who are employed in a job directly related to their major. It allows such students the opportunity to apply the theories and skills of their discipline to their position and to undertake new responsibilities and learn new skills at work. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

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