Student Learning Outcomes - Spanish Program
Minors: Upon completion of the minors, students will be able to:
- Communicate orally and in writing with a variety of audiences, concerning varied topics,
and for multiple purposes.
- Control grammar and vocabulary necessary for oral and written communication, including
simple published or publicly presented materials for a native-speaking audience.
- Demonstrate comprehension of culturally authentic materials in the modern language.
- Understand basic cultural behaviors and communication patterns used by native speakers,
especially as such practices contrast with those of the student’s home culture.
- Begin to appreciate the arts associated with the cultures of countries and U.S. communities
where the language is spoken.
- Use the language in complex situations requiring explanation, argumentation, conflict
mediation, and abstract discussion of current issues.
- Use a collaborative approach to writing and oral communication, moving from interpersonal
conversation, to small group discussion, to presentational styles.
- Conduct research and examine perspectives for use in speaking and writing.
Spanish Major: In addition to the outcomes for the minors, upon completion of the
major in Spanish, students will be able to:
- Write academic essays using correct grammar, including verb tense, aspect, and mood.
- Observe standard usage of writing mechanics: punctuation, accentuation, and spelling.
- Acquire vocabulary adequate to participate in specialized sub-disciplines (literature,
- Be familiar with the geography, history, and civilization of Spain and Latin America.
- Be able to identify major painters and their most important paintings, as well as
sites that are architecturally, archeologically, or historically important.
- Be familiar with the works of significant Spanish/Latin American authors.
- Understand the systemic nature of the components of the Spanish language: sound system,
syntax, and semantics.
- Be familiar with the general principles of language acquisition and processing, and
of linguistic change as reflected in the example of Spanish.
- Read journal articles pertaining to Spanish linguistics with understanding.
- Improve pronunciation and oral communication skills to achieve a professional level
(ACTFL Level 3).
- Know the literary movements affecting Spain and Latin America.
- Understand Spanish/Spanish-American social justice issues.
Candidates for Teaching Certification (an option for the major) should also be able
- Demonstrate detailed knowledge of language acquisition theory and problem areas of
the Spanish language for both native-speaking and non-native-speaking learners, K-12.
- Demonstrate competence in the preparation and use of Spanish-language teaching materials.
Core outcomes represented above:
- Effective Communication: to write and speak clearly and persuasively and to convey
meaning effectively in non-verbal contexts.
- Global and Historical Consciousness: to understand and be sensitive to the ways humans
have been influenced by cultural, religious, and ethnic traditions, by economic forces,
and by environmental opportunities and limitations.
- Aesthetic Engagement: to realize the significant role that aesthetic experience and
the visual/performing arts play in shaping meaningful lives.
- Social Justice: to use ethical decision-making skills to evaluate the consequences
of personal behavior as well as the policies and practices of groups and systems.
- Critical and Creative Thinking: to analyze information logically and to utilize and
transform knowledge in fair-minded, purposeful, and imaginative ways.
- Research: to synthesize the gathering, evaluating, and interpreting of data in a
study or creative work that can be shared with a community of scholars.