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.

Additional Info

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

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