Name: Fernando Oleas
Office: FO 3104
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, one year of high school Spanish is equivalent to one semester of Pierce College work. Thus recent high school graduates with one, two, three, or four years of high school Spanish will enroll in Spanish 2 or 35, 3 or 36. Proficient native speakers should enroll in the Spanish Heritage track (Spanish 35, 36, and 37) or in Spanish 4, 5, or 6. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with the Spanish instructor or the department chair regarding their placement in a Spanish class.
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 or Spanish 35)
By the end of the first year of Spanish instruction at Pierce, whether completing the Spanish 1 and 2 sequence or the Spanish 35 and 36 sequence, students are expected to master the basic structure of the language and ability to converse on everyday topics as well as read and write on the elementary 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 or Spanish 36, and Spanish 4 or Spanish 37), emphasis is put on gradually raising the student’s ability to speak, read, and write.
Spanish 27, Cultural Awareness through Advanced Conversation, is an ideal complement to Spanish 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 composition, analysis and appreciation of literature and culture.
CULTURE: Spanish 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 25, 26, 65
All Spanish cultural courses (Spanish 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 25, 26, and 65) are taught in English
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.
Students are encouraged to participate in programs of study abroad during the summer or semester abroad program.
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. Fernando Oleas at firstname.lastname@example.org, Prof. Margarita Pillado at email@example.com, Prof. Kirsten Thorne at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Prof. Rafael Orozco-Ramirez at email@example.com