Español is a Romance language originally from the northern area of Spain. It is the only official language covering the entirety of Spain, most Latin American countries and one of the official languages of Equatorial guinea.
The language was spoken by roughly 364 million people worldwide in the year 2000, making Spanish the most popular Romance language, and probably making it the third most spoken language in the world by total number of speakers. It is also the second most widely spoken language in the United States and arguably the most popular foreign language for study in US schools and Universities
Within the globalized market, there is currently an international expansion and recognition of the Spanish language in business, literature, the film industry, television, and music.
Having a Spanish major is in high demand. Students with an AA degree in Spanish explore Spanish language and culture. Spanish is not just about words and grammar; it is also about new sounds, expressions, and ways of seeing things. This degree provides students with the opportunity to learn about other cultures. Students who graduate with an AA will be at an intermediate-low to intermediate-mid ability, according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Although careers in this field typically require a bachelor's degree, having an AA in Spanish can be an asset to any future career path, including nursing, psychology, education, legal, and public service.
Here's what some of our students have to say about our Spanish program:
"I am a high school student taking concurrent enrollment classes at CCA. Having taken a few high school Spanish classes in the past, I wanted to expand my knowledge of the language and culture and be able to speak it fluently. I enjoy learning other languages, and also fluently speak Russian. In addition, I decided to take the Spanish courses at CCA and complete the Spanish program to help advance me in the career field in the future.
What I liked most about the classes was the interactivity. We engaged in much dialogue and discussion, which not only improved with oral communication skills, but also increased our knowledge of Latin-American culture. Also, the workload was manageable and every assignment was significant and beneficial. Another thing I liked about the Spanish program was the ability to take both SPA211 and SPA212 in the same semester and finish the program faster. Finally, the language department was tremendously helpful in advising me in what career opportunities are possible and what degrees would best suit my desired career field.
These classes will definitely benefit me not only in my future career, but also in my daily life to be able to communicate and connect with many more people around the world! I am greatly thankful for this program and the wonderful staff that helped me get where I am today!" -J.C.
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Associate of Arts - Spanish
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Why Take Spanish at CCA?
Program Level Outcomes (PLOs)
Statements which articulate, in measurable terms, what students should know and be able to demonstrate as a result of and at the conclusion of a program. PLOs communicate program goals explicitly and foster transfer of responsibility for learning from faculty to students.
A student who obtains an AA degree in Spanish from the Community College of Aurora will demonstrate the following abilities:
- Engage in a conversation about basic personal information and everyday life that can be handled in a basic way and with uncomplicated communicative strategies. Narration and description are mostly consistent in all verb tenses.
- Recognize and evaluate cultural stereotypes and generalizations by analyzing them in relation to evidence and social interactions.
- Demonstrate comprehension of written selections, including some literary selections.
- Present ideas and information orally on cultural, interdisciplinary and contemporary topics, acquired from interaction and research. Uses paragraph-like discourse although inconsistently.