Spanish

SpanishThe Modern Languages Department offers a multiple-semester sequence of courses in the basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in the Spanish language. Courses are also available in the fields of Hispanic literature in translation, Hispanic culture and history in film, conversational Spanish, and Spanish for individuals working in the fields of medicine, education, and law enforcement.

Area Dean: Lisa Putnam
Email: lputnam@vcccd.edu
Office: LRC-354

Department Chair: Ronald Mules
Behavioral Sciences, & Modern Languages
Phone: 805-289-6453
Email: rmules@vcccd.edu
Office: LRC-344

Administrative Assistant: Sandy Mason
Phone: 805-289-6388
Email: smason@vcccd.edu
Location: LRC-356

Office Assistant: Brenda Marin
Phone: 805-289-6536
Email: bmarin@vcccd.edu
Location: LRC-356


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Student Learning Outcomes by Course

Which Spanish course should you take? 

  • Span V01: Elementary Spanish I (face-to-face or partially online)
    • For students who have not taken a Spanish course before AND who have not been exposed to Spanish at home. No pre-requisite needed.
    • Offered every Fall, Spring, & Summer
    • Sample Syllabi
  • Span V02: Elementary Spanish II (face-to-face or partially online)
    • For students who have taken Span V01 or two years of high school Spanish AND who have not been exposed to Spanish at home.
    • Offered every Fall, Spring, & Summer
    • Sample Syllabi
  • Span V03: Intermediate Spanish I (face-to-face only)
    • For students who have taken Span V02 or three years of high school Spanish AND who have not been exposed to Spanish at home.
    • Offered every Fall & Spring
    • Sample Syllabi
  • Span V04: Intermediate Spanish II (face-to-face only)
    • For students who have taken Span V03 AND who have not been exposed to Spanish at home.
    • Offered every Spring semester
    • Sample Syllabi
  • Span V03S: Spanish for Heritage Speakers I (partially online only)
    • For students who have been exposed to Spanish at home.
    • Offered every Fall & Spring  
    • Sample Syllabi

 


For more information on which class is right for you, take our Online Language Assessment

If you would like to enroll in Spanish V02-V03-V03S, please fill out this questionnaire and meet with an academic counselor to remove the pre-requisite.


Spanish V04 constitutes the second semester of second year college Spanish.

Course Content: This course emphasizes grammatical principles, that encompass, but are not limited to, the use of the present and past tenses, reflexive verbs, commands, object pronouns, present-perfect, present-subjunctive, future and conditional tenses, past subjunctive, imperfect subjunctive, and comparatives. Students will expand their vocabulary, grammar, reading, listening, cultural skills, and overall communicative skills by performing a series of activities. These activities involve participating in group discussions, creating role-play scenarios, giving presentations, analyzing artistic and literary works, listening to lyrics, and observing short films. To further increase language fluency, students will be guided through the process of writing paragraphs, blogs, and other compositions.

Furthermore, students will be expected to expand their knowledge of Hispanic, Latin American, and Spanish cultures in relation to concepts of community, tradition, migration trends, gender roles, artistic expression, and political/religious beliefs.  

Spanish V03S: Spanish for Heritage Speakers (partially online only)

This course is ideal for students who grew up hearing and speaking Spanish, but who have had little exposure to reading and writing in their heritage language. This course will also explore the cultural diversity of the Spanish-speaking world and identity issues related to growing up bilingual/bicultural in the United States.

The  Spanish V03S Heritage Language course will be perfect for you if you want to:

  • Explore your Hispanic identity/background
  • Improve your ability to use Spanish in your future career
  • Gain confidence in your ability to use Spanish for any purpose
  • Improve your writing skills in Spanish
  • Distinguish “proper”  & “improper” Spanish
  • Work towards a degree in Spanish or just fulfill your college language requirement
  • Meet & connect with other Spanish-speaking students

 


Full-Time Instructors:

Tania De Clerck
Professor of Spanish
Phone: 805-289-6205
Email: tdeclerck@vcccd.edu
Office: LRC-318

Ben Somoza
Professor of Spanish
Phone: 805-289-6212
Email: bsomoza@vcccd.edu
Office: LRC-325

Araceli Trujillo
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Phone: 805-289-6459
Email: atrujillo@vcccd.edu
Office: LRC-120

Part-Time Instructors*:

Lorena Gauthier | lorena_gauthier1@vcccd.edu

Alejandro Hernandez Jr. | alejandro_hernandez4@vcccd.edu

Mariano Lopez | mlopez@vcccd.edu

*Part Time Instructors can be left a Voice Mail Message by calling 805-652-7779, and entering the instructor's last name when prompted.