Languages Offered

The Department of Spanish & Portuguese offers language courses in the following languages: Portuguese, Spanish, Spanish for Heritage Speakers, Basque, Catalan, and Quechua/Kichwa.


Portuguese

We offer beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses in Portuguese language and culture. Our approach to language instruction is proficiency-oriented and our method is communicative and task-based. Students have the opportunity to develop communicative competence in all four skill areas (listening, speaking, reading and writing) as well as cultural competence.

Spanish

We offer beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses in Spanish language and culture. Our approach to language instruction is proficiency-oriented and our method is communicative and task-based. Students have the opportunity to develop communicative competence in all four skill areas (listening, speaking, reading and writing) as well as cultural competence.

Spanish for Heritage Speakers

We offer courses designed to meet the needs of Spanish heritage speakers. In our heritage language program, heritage speakers of all levels (beginning, intermediate or advanced) can take courses that have been created specifically to respond to their unique needs and build upon the skill set of the heritage learner at different stages of development.

Basque

The Basque Language is currently spoken, both as first language and second language western corner of the Pyrenees Mountain range, in the north of Spain and south west of France. The objective of this sequence of 3 courses is the attainment of basic linguistic competence, as well as an appropriate cultural knowledge for the student to use it in other classes they might take in the department, and/or visit the Basque Country if they wish and sign up for the available annual opportunity.

Catalan

Catalan Language and Culture I and Catalan Language and Culture II provide an introduction to the Catalan language and culture based on a wide range of activities that focuses on the task-based and the communicative approach to learning a language. The classes involve a variety of activities, which are designed to develop the learners’ listening, reading, speaking and writing skills.

Quechua/Kichwa

Quechua is an indigenous language from the Andes Mountains in South America that dates back to the Incan Empire! Participate in global history by actively engaging with an international movement to revitalize and further strengthening the indigenous language by learning Quechua with a humanizing approach that is rooted in social justice.