El Centro College offers 7 academic Spanish courses, all of which may be used to transfer to four-year colleges and universities.
These courses are: SPAN 1300 (Intro to Spanish and Spanish for
Medical Personnel), SPAN 1411, SPAN 1412, SPAN 2311, SPAN 2312, and SPAN
El Centro also offers 3 academic French courses: FREN 1300, FREN 1411, and FREN 1412.
Effective communication in basic survival situations that require the
ability to greet, ask questions, express basic needs, attitudes, and
emotions; exchange information; and persuade are at the foundation of
the Spanish program. Perception of all Spanish sounds and their
distinction from each other is made clear from the very beginning
classes. The ability to guess at unfamiliar vocabulary is based on the
context of dialogue study and performance. Students work in small groups
or in pairs.
The courses offered introduce simple Spanish prose on nontechnical,
high-frequency topics. Often students are asked to write on topics
covered by the text with sufficient clarity to be understood without
difficulty by a native speaker.