Name: Margarita Pillado
Office: FO 2907
The Spanish Program at Pierce College
Students are placed in Spanish courses according to their years of previous study or according to comparable preparation in or outside the classroom.
- In general, two years of high-school Spanish is equivalent to one semester of Pierce College work. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with the Spanish instructor or the department chair regarding their placement in a Spanish class.
- Proficient native speakers should also consult with the department chair for course that best suits their needs.
- For heritage Spanish speakers; that is, speakers who grew up in a Spanish-speaking household, we offer courses tailored to their unique bilingual profile. These courses leverage the students' bilingualism and focus on reading, writing and academic vocabulary acquisition. These courses are Spanish 35, 36, and 37.
- Spanish 35 does not have prerequisites.
All Spanish language courses (Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 35, 36, 37) are taught in Spanish.
LANGUAGE: First year sequence (Spanish 1 and 2)
- By the end of the first year of elementary Spanish, students are expected to master the basic structure of the language and ability to converse on everyday topics in the present tense and read and write at the novice level.
- Students who speak Spanish at home but have not taken Spanish classes are better served by enrolling in Spanish 35 before attempting higher levels. This course provides instruction specifically designed to address the needs of the orally proficient student who needs to become familiar with the written aspects of the language. This preparation is needed to successfully meet the demands of higher levels.
LANGUAGE: Second year sequence (Spanish 3 or Spanish 36, and Spanish 4 or Spanish 37)
- During the second year, in courses such as Spanish 3 and 4 or Spanish 36 and 37), emphasis is put on gradually raising the student’s ability to speak, read, and write using more conceptual vocabulary and complex grammar structures.
- Spanish 27, Cultural Awareness through Advanced Conversation, is an ideal complement to Spanish 3, 4 or Spanish 37 since it seeks to increase oral proficiency and prepares a student to live in a foreign country.
LANGUAGE: Advanced Level
- Courses at the advanced level (Spanish 5 and Spanish 6) focus on reading, analysis, and appreciation of literature and culture.
CULTURE: Spanish 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 25, 26, 65
All Spanish cultural courses are taught in English and therefore have no language prerequisites
These courses focus on civilization, culture, history, and politics of Latin America and Spain. Please consult Assist.org for your specific major since these courses can fulfill the pre-requisite for English Majors, Chicano Studies majors, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, etc. Courses such as, Latin American Civilization, Understanding Latin America through Film, Contemporary Mexican Literature, Great Books of Latin America, Mexican Literature and Culture, The Spanish American Short Story, and Mexican Civilization combine a panoramic overview with a close look at a specific country or topic.
Spanish is particularly useful in international business or trade, community or social service, and in Foreign Service. Majoring in Spanish is excellent preparation for graduate and professional study in law, medicine, government, social welfare, international relations, journalism, or education.
For more information on the Spanish program at Pierce College, contact Prof. Marcelo Mejía Pérez at email@example.com, Prof. Fernando Oleas at firstname.lastname@example.org, Prof. Rafael Orozco-Ramirez at email@example.com, Prof. Margarita Pillado at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Prof. Kirsten Thorne at email@example.com