Lakeland College

Spanish

Major

Nearly 500 million people around the globe speak Spanish. Are you one of them? Would you like to be? Perhaps you studied Spanish throughout high school, and wish to master the world’s second-most widely used language (behind only Mandarin Chinese) while immersing yourself into the culture. Or maybe you’ve never spoken a word of Spanish in your life, but realize that learning it now will give you a huge edge in our fast-changing business world. Either way, we’ve got you covered.

Make your resume stand out

Whether you want to major exclusively in Spanish, incorporate it into a double major, make it your minor or just add this important language to your academic portfolio, we can help.

“Many of our students go on to teach Spanish,” says Elizabeth K. Shumway, Spanish instructor. “And a lot of our majors are, of course, coupled with another major. Obviously, that makes your resume stand out from the rest."

“My goal is to really encourage students to travel and even live abroad,” says Shumway. “Students who make that commitment return as different people, people with a much better understanding of themselves, others and the world. To me, that’s so satisfying, because it goes far beyond just teaching them grammar. When they return, they’ve learned in so many ways they never could have imagined.”

Spanish at Lakeland

If you participate in the Spanish program at Lakeland College, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Earn real-world, hands-on experience by actually teaching the language to introductory classes, once a week for 15 weeks
  • Participate in regular, live video interaction with students at a university in Columbia
  • “Test out” of beginning Spanish and have the opportunity to enter directly into Spanish 201 (with a chance to earn free credits for the 100-level Spanish courses not taken)
  • Travel abroad to Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, Columbia and other locations for periods ranging from just a few days up to an entire semester

Snapshot of Success

Name: Emily Bass

Hometown: Verona, Wis.

Title: : International program assistant

Business: International Samaritan

Coming out of high school, Emily planned on someday becoming a Spanish teacher.

“Then I took the Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations class at Lakeland, and my whole world changed,” she recalls. “I learned to mix Spanish and nonprofit together, and I found my dream job.”

International Samaritan, a nonprofit organization based in Ann Arbor, Mich., aims to build better communities for people living in and around developing countries’ city garbage dumps. It does this through working with local governments and improving basic infrastructure by building homes, medical facilities, daycare facilities and community centers, among other things.

Emily’s job is important and satisfying. The 2011 Lakeland College graduate organizes community service trips abroad for American high school and college students and church groups that want to help. Once the volunteers arrive at their destination, Emily uses her fluency in Spanish to translate. This is critical because she is often the primary liaison between native construction crews or local government reps, for example, and the American volunteers who are there to work. In her first six months on the job, Emily has helped lead groups to Guatemala and Nicaragua.

“I love it,” she says of her job. “I’m really happy I got it.”

Emily graduated from Lakeland with her double major in 3.5 years. She says she was anxious to finish school and “see the world,” which is exactly what she’s doing, but now, she says, “I really miss Lakeland.”

“Lakeland was definitely very good for me,” she says. “I am a quiet, shy person by nature, but the one-on-one relationships with the teachers helped me open up and establish strong relationships with them. I could contact them at any time, and in fact, when I was going for this job, I called one of the professors and got some great advice that helped me get the position.

“At Lakeland, I had a name. It was family. I was comfortable being myself, and I learned to open up more than I would have at a bigger school.”

Recent Grads, Real Careers

Listed below are just some of the careers Lakeland College Spanish students from recent graduating classes have landed:

  • Hispanic recruiter, Providence-St. Mel School
  • Service trips coordinator to Latin America and Africa, International Samaritan
  • Teaching assistant, Marquette University
  • Bilingual mental health/AODA counselor, Acacia Wellness Center
  • Export coordinator (focus on Mexican and Asian markets), Johnsonville

Faculty/Curriculum

Spanish Faculty

Spanish Instructor
Assistant Professor of Spanish

Spanish non-education majors (35 semester hours)

  • SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I with lab (4 semester hours)
  • SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II with lab (4 semester hours)
  • SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPA 310 Composition and Conversation (Writing Intensive)
  • SPA 320 Spanish Civilization
  • SPA 330 Spanish American Civilization
  • One of the following courses:
    • SPA 360 Introduction to Spanish Literature
    • SPA 370 Introduction to Spanish American Literature
  • One of the following courses:
    • SPA 345 Advanced Oral Communications Skills
    • SPA 350 Advanced Grammar
  • Two additional Spanish (SPA) courses numbered at the 400-level, one of which must be a writing intensive course:
    • SPA 410 Spanish (Peninsular) Literature (Writing Intensive)
    • SPA 420 Mexican Literature
    • SPA 430 Spanish-American Literature (Writing Intensive)
    • SPA 480 Special Topics in Spanish
    • SPA 490 Independent Study in Spanish

Spanish Major (41 semester hours) for Early Childhood through Adolescence Education Certification (grades K–12)

  • SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I with lab (4 semester hours)
  • SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II with lab (4 semester hours)
  • SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPA 310 Composition and Conversation
  • SPA 320 Spanish Civilization
  • SPA 330 Spanish-American Civilization
  • EDU 370 Foreign Language Teaching methods
  • ESL 322/722 Second Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics
  • One of the following courses:
    • SPA 360 Introduction to Spanish (Peninsular) Literature
    • SPA 370 Introduction to Spanish-American Literature
  • One of the following courses:
    • SPA 345 Advanced Oral Communication Skills
    • SPA 350 Advanced Grammar
  • Two of the following 400-level Spanish (SPA) courses, one of which must be a writing intensive course:
    • SPA 410 Spanish (Peninsular) Literature (Writing Intensive)
    • SPA 420 Mexican Literature
    • SPA 430 Spanish-American Literature (Writing Intensive)
    • SPA 480 Special Topics in Spanish
    • SPA 490 Independent Study in Spanish
  • Participation in a DPI-approved foreign language immersion program abroad (one month)
  • Placement in the "Intermediate High" category on the American Council for Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral
  • Proficiency Exam* prior to student teaching semester.

Teacher Certification

To qualify for Early Childhood through Adolescence (grades K-12) teaching certification in Spanish, a student must complete the courses listed above, the Early Childhood through Adolescence Professional Sequence, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's (DPI) statutory requirements.

*ACTFL Oral Proficiency Exam

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview is a standardized procedure for the assessment of functional speaking ability. It is a face-to-face or telephone interview between a certified ACTFL tester and an examinee. The test is used to determine how well a person speaks a language by comparing his or her performance of specific communication tasks with the criteria for each of ten proficiency levels. Lakeland College requires candidates for State of Wisconsin foreign language teaching certification to be proficient at the Intermediate High level. Information regarding the ACTFL examination is available in the Office of the Registrar.

Spanish Minor (26 semester hours)

  • SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I with lab (4 semester hours)
  • SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II with lab (4 semester hours)
  • SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPA 310 Composition and Conversation
  • SPA 320 Spanish Civilization
  • SPA 330 Spanish-American Civilization

One of the following courses:

  • SPA 360 Introduction to Spanish (Peninsular) Literature
  • SPA 370 Introduction to Spanish-American Literature

Spanish Minor for Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence Education Certification (grades 1-8) or Early Adolescence through Adolescence Education Certification (grades 6-12) (29 semester hours)

For Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence Education Certification (grades 1-8) or Early Adolescence through Adolescence Education Certification (grades 6-12) in combination with a certifiable major

  • SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I with lab (4 semester hours)
  • SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II with lab (4 semester hours)
  • SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPA 310 Composition and Conversation
  • SPA 320 Spanish Civilization
  • SPA 330 Spanish-American Civilization
  • ESL 322/722 Second Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics
  • Participation in a DPI-approved foreign language immersion program (one month).
  • Placement in the "Intermediate High" category on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Exam* prior to student teaching semester.

One of the following courses:

  • SPA 360 Introduction to Spanish (Peninsular) Literature
  • SPA 370 Introduction to Spanish-American Literature

Note: It is strongly recommended that students enroll in EDU 370 - Foreign Language Teaching Methods.

Teacher Certification

To qualify for either Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (grades 1-8) or Early Adolescence through Adolescence (grades 6-12) teaching certification in Spanish, a student must complete the courses listed above, the Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence Education Major/Professional Sequence or the Early Adolescence through Adolescence Education Sequence along with a certifiable major, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's (DPI) statutory requirements.

*ACTFL Oral Proficiency Exam

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview is a standardized procedure for the assessment of functional speaking ability. It is a face-to-face or telephone interview between a certified ACTFL tester and an examinee. The test is used to determine how well a person speaks a language by comparing his or her performance of specific communication tasks with the criteria for each of ten proficiency levels. Lakeland College requires candidates for State of Wisconsin foreign language teaching certification to be proficient at the Intermediate High level. Information regarding the ACTFL examination is available in the Office of the Registrar.

 

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