Check out our new Certificates of Achievement!

 

Spanish for Spanish Speakers Certificate of Achievement

Students are exposed to potential paths for bilinguals such as translation, teaching of  world languages, Chicano and other Hispanic literatures. The program assists students who are seeking careers in a variety of settings, including education, retail, medicine, travel, hospitality, entertainment, and community services.

This certificate is a stepping-stone to transfer, as it provides the required core for the AA-T in Spanish.

Courses required for this CoA:

 

SPAN 1SA

SPAN 1SB

SPAN 2SA

AND ONE elective:

ETNC 4 Mexican-American Art in American Culture

SOCI 14/ ETNC 14 Sociology of Latinos and Latinas

POLS 18/ ETNC 18 Latinos in American Government

HIST 10 Modern Latin America

HIST 20 History of México

LING 10 Foundations of Language

SPCH 4 Intercultural Communication

Total Certificate Units: 18

Spanish Language Certificate of Achievement

The Certificate of Achievement in Spanish promotes fluency in Spanish and an understanding of Hispanic culture. This is a twenty-unit program of study of a second language and its culture that prepares students to interact appropriately with Spanish speaking persons in a variety of settings.

This certificate is a stepping-stone to transfer, as it provides the required core for the AA-T in Spanish.

 Courses required for this CoA:

SPAN 1A

SPAN 1B

SPAN 2A

SPAN 2B

Total Certificate Units: 20


SPAN 1A ELEMENTARY SPANISH I

 

5 units • LG-P/NP • Five hours lecture

This course offers a systematic introduction to understanding, speaking, reading and writing the Spanish language. Emphasis is placed on communication skills, first in the classroom, then extending to wider cultural contexts.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area C2; IGETC, Area 6A; MPC, Area C

 

SPAN 1SA ELEMENTARY SPANISH FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS I

5 units • LG-P/NP • Five hours lecture

 This course is parallel to Spanish 1A, but for Spanish Heritage Speakers. It provides instruction in standard Spanish usage, for heri­tage/native speakers with limited formal training in Spanish in oral, reading, and writing skills. Awareness of Mexican and other Hispanic cultures through appropriate readings and class discussions.

  • Advisories: Native Spanish-speaking ability
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area C2; IGETC, Area 6A; MPC, Area C

 

SPAN 1B ELEMENTARY SPANISH II

 

5 units • LG-P/NP • Five hours lecture

This course offers further study of elementary Spanish.

  • Prerequisites: SPAN 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area C2; IGETC, Area 6A; MPC, Area C

 

SPAN 1SB ELEMENTARY SPANISH FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS II

5 units • LG-P/NP • Five hours lecture

This course is a continuation of SPAN 1SA. It further develops all language skills in Spanish and increases awareness of the Hispanic cultures.

  • Prerequisites: SPAN 1SA 
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area C2; IGETC, Area 6A; MPC, Area C

 

SPAN 2A INTERMEDIATE SPANISH

 

5 units • LG-P/NP • Five hours lecture

This course provides a review and completion of all basic gram­matical structures with oral and written drills. Emphasis is placed on conversational practice with everyday vocabulary. Readings relate to Spanish-speaking cultures.

  • Prerequisites: SPAN 1B
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area C2; IGETC, Area 3B, 6A; MPC, Area C

 

SPAN 2SA INTERMEDIATE SPANISH FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS I

 * Expected to be offered in the Fall 2019

5 units • LG-P/NP • Five hours lecture

This course is conducted totally in Spanish and includes a strong literary and composition component. Students are exposed to potential professional paths for bilinguals through readings and discussions about translation, teaching of foreign languages, Chicano and other Hispanic literatures. Students learn to use formal and academic Spanish in advanced compositions and conversation.

  • Prerequisites: SPAN 1SB
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area C2; IGETC, Area 3B, 6A; MPC, Area C, F

 

SPAN 2B INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II

 

5 units • LG-P/NP • Five hours lecture

This course provides a review of grammar and active vocabulary growth through oral and written composition. Emphasis is placed on conversa­tional practice using readings relevant to Spanish-speaking cultures.

  • Prerequisites: SPAN 2A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area C2; IGETC, Area 3B, 6A; MPC, Area C

 

SPAN 2SB INTERMEDIATE SPANISH FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS II

5 units • LG-P/NP • Five hours lecture

This course is parallel to SPAN 2B, but it is designed for heritage, or native, speakers. It is conducted totally in Spanish with further emphasis on advanced grammar, reading, and writing, including a strong cultural and literary component. It is designed for heritage speakers to master formal, professional, and academic Spanish and deepen awareness of national and international Hispanic cultures. Students are exposed to potential professional paths for bilinguals.

  • Prerequisites: SPAN 2SA
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area C2; IGETC, Area 3B, 6A; MPC, Area C

 

 

SPAN 5 LITERATURE OF THE SPANISH-SPEAKING WORLD

 

3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course introduces students to the form and structure of various genres of literature in Spanish, and to the language of literary analysis through selections of prose, poetry, drama and film from Spain and the Americas, with attention to Chicano literature. It reveals the progression of a people and culture in American society, artistically expressed by Mexican-American writers who seek to understand themselves and the world around them. This course reinforces reading, writing, and speaking in Spanish. The course is conducted in Spanish.

  • Course advisory: SPAN 2B or students should be heritage speakers or other linguistically qualified students.
  • Credit transferable: CSU
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area C2; MPC, Area C

 

SPAN 50A INTERMEDIATE SPANISH CONVERSATION I

 

3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course is designed to promote competency in the oral use of the Spanish language, and to increase fluency by reinforcing previously learned materials and by expanding vocabulary and patterns of speech. The course emphasizes the practical application of the language in everyday life situations and current events at the intermediate level.

  • Prerequisites: SPAN 1B
  • Credit transferable: CSU
  • General Ed. Credit: MPC, Area C

 

SPAN 50B INTERMEDIATE SPANISH CONVERSATION II

3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course is designed to promote mid-to-high intermediate competency in the oral use of the Spanish language, and to increase fluency by reinforcing previously learned materials and by expanding vocabulary and patterns of speech. The course emphasizes the practical application of the language in everyday life situations and current events at the mid-to-high intermediate level.

  • Prerequisites: SPAN 50A
  • Credit transferable: CSU
  • General Ed. Credit: MPC, Area C

 

WHY IS LEARNING SPANISH SO IMPORTANT?

  • Spanish is a widely (and increasingly) spoken language in California.

     

  • Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, after Chinese and before English. Currently, there is a rapid growth of Spanish in the U.S.

     

  • By 2050, the U.S. is projected to be the biggest Spanish-speaking country in the world. You may have noticed that politicians, other public figures, advertisers, government agencies, and businesses are starting to more widely use Spanish to connect with greater numbers and diversity of people in the U.S.

     

  • The language services industry is the fourth fastest growing industry in the United States. This industry includes occupations in business, marketing, instruction, translation, interpretation, etc. Spanish linguistics plays a key role in many companies.

     

  • Companies want to sell products locally and globally. Since there are more and more Spanish Speakers, fields such as localization, internationalization, translation and interpretation are growing rapidly in the U.S.

     

  • Many organizations are developing a Spanish version for their products, websites, commercials, etc.

     

  • The fusion of technology/engineering and world languages is literally the future. Tech companies in the Bay Area and around the world are adapting digital and technology products to different languages for global audiences. Knowledge of languages and cultures is necessary for this work. Websites, apps, marketing, and products need to be translated and adapted to appeal to audiences with different cultures.

     

  • A bilingual, bi-cultural person has a broader perspective of the world, which is highly valued in this increasingly global economy.

     

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects interpreter and translator jobs to increase nationally by 18% by 2026 (much faster than the national job growth average).[1] As of 2018, California has the largest number of jobs in these occupations.

     

  • There is a shortage in medical interpreting Spanish/English in the area.

     

  • There is a shortage for bilingual instructors in California after Proposition 58 passed, which opens the possibility for more classes to be taught in Spanish and languages other than English. Spanish instructors and teachers who can teach content in other subjects in Spanish are greatly needed.

     

  • Spanish permeates all areas and industries because of the growth of the Latinx/Hispanic population and the resilience of Spanish language and Latinx culture among families. Anybody who opens a business or plans to open a business in the future will have to consider these linguistic and cultural changes to reach this rapidly growing population.

     

  • Spanish is spoken not only in Europe and the Americas, but also in Africa, Asia, The Middle East and even in the Polynesia. It is spoken in places such as Equatorial Guinea (1,313,894 Spanish Speakers), Brazil (6,676,000 Spanish Speakers), Puerto Rico (3,659,007 Spanish Speakers), Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (522,585 Spanish Speakers), Philippines (752,254 Spanish Speakers), Israel (205,231 Spanish Speakers), Belize (106,795 Spanish Speakers). It is also spoken in the Polynesia, Andorra, Gibraltar, Aruba, Curacao and the Caribbean Netherlands. Spanish is the second most-spoken language in the world after Chinese.
  • Learning Spanish can help you develop life-changing skills. By completing a degree or certificate in Spanish, you will join over 400 million people who speak the language while learning more about your culture and the culture of others. 

[1] United State Department of Labor. Bureau of labor Statistics. “Interpreters and Translators.” Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved from: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/interpreters-and-translators.htm.

 

SPANISH AA-T

MPC’s Spanish Program offers a comprehensive approach to Spanish language learning. It incorporates all aspects of the language, including the basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar and culture) with emphasis on conversation practice, linguistic competence and cultural awareness.

MPC’s Spanish Program offers a variety of emphases. Students may complete an Associate of Arts Transfer (AA-T) degree for both heritage and non-native speakers, as well as a Spanish Certificate of Achievement by completing specific coursework.

MPC’s Spanish AA-T degree offers a comprehensive approach to Spanish language learning. Two distinct
tracks are offered for completing this program, equal in credit but tailored to the specific needs of
non-native vs. heritage-speaking students. 

Career opportunities are abundant.  Graduates with Spanish degrees can use their knowledge and skills to further their careers. Spanish permeates ALL professional sectors, especially in our area of service, and students in this program are exposed to potential paths for emergent bilinguals. 

 

REQUIRED CORE

SPAN 1A (Elementary Spanish 1) OR SPAN 1SA (Elementary Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1)

SPAN 1B (Elementary Spanish 2) OR SPAN 1SB (Elementary Spanish for Spanish Speakers 2)

SPAN 2A (Intermediate Spanish 1) OR SPAN 2SA (Intermediate Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1)

SPAN 2B (Intermediate Spanish 2) OR SPAN 2SB (Intermediate Spanish for Spanish Speakers 2) 

LIST A (Required). Select at least one course from the following:

FREN 1A (Elementary French 1)                                                                                                                              

FREN 1B (Elementary French 2)

FREN 2A (Intermediate French 1)

HIST 20 (History of México)

SPCH 3 (Interpersonal Communication)

 

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