More Info about Spanish at ASU

Semester Offerings

The ASU Foreign Language Department strives to offer Spanish language classes at all levels in order to accommodate the needs of all our students. The small size of our department, however, dictates that a limited number of courses at each level be offered each semester.

Additionally, ASU students wishing to begin the study of Spanish at the beginning level must enroll in Spanish 103 classes during the fall semester, and then continue with Spanish 104 in the Spring. The department will not offer Spanish 103 during the Spring semester; therefore, students are encouraged to plan their schedules carefully. Likewise, Spanish 203 will only be offered during the fall semester, and then continue with Spanish 204 in the Spring.

First Year Language Courses in Spanish

The learning-pace and level-of-progression of Spanish 103 and Spanish 104 are consistent with other university-level Spanish classes. Generally, the acquisition of language skills follow predictable levels of performance during the first two semesters. Students are encouraged to be diligent in the study and practice of Spanish in order to maximize their progress and fluency in the language.

Second Year Language Courses in Spanish

The learning-pace and level-of-progression of Spanish 203 and Spanish 204 are consistent with other college-level Spanish classes. Generally, intermediate levels-of-performance also follow predictable patterns of progression. Our classes are designed to nurture and challenge the normal acquisition of language skills during this intermediate phase of study. Students are encouraged to maintain an active level of participation in Spanish usage in order to maximize their progress and fluency in the language.

Learning and Acquisition of Spanish

Learning to use Spanish requires consistent practice in the language "performing" tasks. This means that the student should look for every opportunity to "use" what is being learned in the classroom. The students are encouraged to listen to Spanish music, t.v. programs, radio productions and join conversation groups outside of class. Striving to reach higher levels of oral & written performance in language use will make your language experience more enjoyable and profitable.

Reward yourself by challenging your language abilities

You know your own language performance abilities better than anyone. Follow a self-placement course of study that challenges your abilities. Our self-placement policy rewards your efforts by giving you up to 8 "free credits" for self-placing at a level in Spanish that challenges you.