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What Spanish Courses to Take

The following information will help you select the Spanish course you need to take according to your proficiency level. 

Spanish as a Foreign Language Track

A student can take Spanish as a Foreign Language if he/she is a native speaker of English or another foreign language.  If a student has never taken Spanish, he/she must be enrolled in SPAN 001-Elementary Spanish I (5 units).  If a student has taken 1, 2, or more years of Spanish in high school or other institution, he/she may take the Spanish placement exam to determine his/her proficiency level.  He/she may be placed in SPAN 002- Elementary Spanish II (5 units), SPAN 003- Intermediate Spanish I (4 units), or SPAN 004 – Intermediate Spanish II (4 units). 

Spanish for Heritage Speakers Track

A student can be considered as a heritage speaker of Spanish if Spanish and English are spoken at home and/or Spanish is spoken very often.   If a student can ask and answer questions orally in Spanish but he/she does not know how to read and write in Spanish, he/she must be enrolled in SPAN 021-Spanish for Heritage Speakers I (5 units).  If a student can ask and answer questions orally in Spanish and have basic knowledge of how to read and write in Spanish, he/she must be enrolled in SPAN 022-Spanish for Heritage Speakers II (5 units).

Spanish Placement Test

If a student is not sure about his/her level of proficiency in Spanish, he/she may take the Spanish placement exam or consult with a Spanish faculty advisor in the Communication Building. The Spanish Placement Test will be given July 11, 20, 27 at 1:00-2:00pm and August 22, 29 in room 113 at 11:00am – 12:00pm in the Communication Building, except August 30 at 4:00-5:00pm. It will also be given August 24 at Indio Campus at 10:00-11:00am in room 104.

If you have specific questions, please contact Pilar Agudelo at pagudelo@collegeofthedesert.edu or Artel García at argarcia@collegeofthedesert.edu.

Always consult the catalog of your transfer college for information concerning the status of the language requirements for any particular major, or consult the Counseling department.