The Spanish program at the Madera Center and the Oakhurst Community Campus offers degree-applicable, transferable courses in Spanish as a foreign language, and also, courses as a native language (Spanish). For some 4 year degree requirements, 2 semesters of study in the same Foreign Language are required.
Lupe Vega (FT)
Edgar Galindo (PT)
Daniel Gutierrez (PT)
Isolina Sands (PT)*
SPAN-1: Beginning Spanish (First half of beginner sequence) **
SPAN-2: High-Beginning Spanish (Second half of beginner sequence) **
SPAN-3NS: Spanish for Spanish Speakers
SPAN-4NS: Spanish for Spanish Speakers (This intermediate sequence of courses (3NS and 4NS) is for native speakers) Demonstration of oral skill is required for admission to the class.
Please see: Foreign Language Level and Spanish Language Advising Guide for reference:
Spanish Language Advising Guide
Foreign Language Level-RC
Facts About the Spanish Language: ††
- In the US, it is used by some 35 million people or around 10% of the US population. This makes
- the US home to the fourth largest Spanish-speaking population in the world.
- Spanish is the fourth most widely geographically used language in the world, spanning 44 countries.
- It is the official language of 21 countries.
- It serves as the most commonly taught foreign language in the United States.
- It serves as an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, World Trade
- Organization, and North American Free Trade Agreement.
- It is the third most commonly used language on the Internet (after English and Chinese).
- Hispanic citizens make up 15.4% of the US population and the second largest ethnic group.
- There are more than 5,000 elected US officials who are of Latino/Hispanic origin.
- Spanish has been spoken in the US for centuries, and it is used in many different ways today.
- It began being used in what is now the US in 1513 (almost five centuries ago) by Ponce de León.
- Spanish was the language spoken by the first permanent European settlers and explorers.
†† 2014 The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
* Oakhurst faculty
** Classes also offered at Oakhurst
FT = Full Time
PT = Part Time