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Chemeketa offers more than 20 Spanish language classes to help fulfill the arts and letters requirement of our transfer degree.

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  • Chemeketa students at graduation ceremony

Why choose Spanish?

Spanish is the third most widely spoken language in the world. It is used by more than 500 million people in 21 countries. A large percentage of the U.S. population speaks Spanish.

Knowing another language and culture will –

  • Increase your career opportunities
  • Broaden your horizons
  • Enrich your life in ways you never imagined
  • Develop your intercultural sensitivity
  • Increase your global understanding

Taking one or two years of a second language can –

  • Fulfill university course requirements
  • Greatly increase your chances of getting a rewarding and better-paying job
  • Enhance travel
  • Open up a new world of friendships and understanding

What will you learn?

  • Listening, speaking, reading and writing Spanish
  • Spanish culture, including geography, customs, daily life, heritage and literature
  • Spanish for healthcare
  • Spanish for native speakers

What will you do?

Knowing Spanish can complement a career in –

  • Agriculture
  • Communications
  • Employment
  • Journalism
  • Law Enforcement
  • Health Care
  • Social Work
  • Teaching

Have you studied a language before?

  • Where to Start

    Students who...

    ...are true beginners, who have not studied this language before (or in a very long time) or have not had significant contact with the language - take SPN101

    ...have studied some of this language before, such as one year in high school, and know some basics, such as meeting and greeting people, counting, the  alphabet, describing people and things, the family, telling time, and using regular present tense verbs - take SPN102

    ...have had at least 2 years in high school and are familiar with concepts, such as: telling the date, stem-changing, irregular and reflexive verbs in the present tense, numbers above 100, likes and dislikes, daily routines and food and can use direct and indirect object pronouns - take SPN103

    ...have completed a year of the language in college or 3 or more years in high school and should be familiar with the past tenses, giving commands, the future tense, some subjunctive, and talking about work, health and travel - take SPN201

    ...have grown up in a household where the language was spoken regularly and wish to focus on bringing their abilities to a more formal level, using proper grammar, spelling and accents and improving their reading and writing ability in the language - take SPN201

    If with a language teacher for proper placement.