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Spanish Language

Spanish Language Certificate

Today, being able to communicate in a second language is a must for many and a plus for most. And if the language is Spanish, that value increases exponentially. In the United States alone, there are almost 40 million Hispanics who speak the language, plus an additional 2.6 million non-Hispanics. The Spanish Language Certificate offers students specializing in all fields a valuable credential for their proficiency in Spanish and their knowledge of Spanish and Latin American cultures, expanding their horizons to the Spanish-speaking world. 

Whether a learner is a job seeker interested in working for an international corporation; a world traveler who wants richer, more immersive experiences; or a someone wanting to be able to speak directly with family and friends; the Spanish Language Certificate will give the students the tools to be able to communicate in Spanish in non-specialized settings. The program also develops familiarity with the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. As students engage in interactive communicative activities, they learn to participate in a Spanish-speaking environment, preparing them for travel and work in Spanish-speaking countries.

The program’s Northwestern University curriculum is practical and learner-centered, taught by current faculty from Northwestern’s foreign language departments. All courses are offered weekday evenings in the fall, winter, and spring quarters on the Northwestern University campus. Students in the program acquire language and cultural competence through dynamic courses that incorporate multimedia and online teaching tools and real-time classroom interactions. All courses offer one unit of undergraduate credit.

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About the Spanish Language Certificate

Spanish Language Certificate Goals and Activities

Spanish Language Certificate Courses

All of the following are required:

  • Spanish 101-A Elementary Spanish I
  • Spanish 101-B Elementary Spanish II
  • Spanish 101-C Elementary Spanish III
  • Spanish 102-A Intermediate Spanish I
  • Spanish 102-B Intermediate Spanish II
  • Spanish 102-C Intermediate Spanish III

Placement in more advanced courses in the curriculum is possible based on the student’s level of proficiency, which is assessed by program instructors prior to course registration. Students may enroll in courses in the third-year sequence based on assessment. Third-year courses are offered by the Northwestern Department of Spanish and Portuguese during the daytime; enrollment will be based on both assessment and student availability.

A minimum of four courses are required for a certificate. At least two of those courses must be at the intermediate level.

The recommended start time for this program is fall quarter.

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Admission for the Spanish Language Certificate

In addition to completing an online application, you'll also need to submit a few supplemental materials. A list of requirements for admission including application deadlines and tips on how to apply can be found at the Admission page.

 

Spanish Language Certificate Tuition

Post-baccalaureate students in Northwestern's School of Professional Studies pay per course. For more information about financial obligations and tuition, please visit the Tuition page.

 

Spanish Language Certificate Registration Information

Whether you're a first-time registrant or current and returning student, all students register using our online student registration and records system. Important information about registering for courses at SPS, including registration timelines and adding or dropping courses in which you are already enrolled, can be found on the Registration Information page.

 

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Program Courses:Course Detail
Elementary Spanish <> SPANISH 101-A

This course is part one of a three-quarter sequence based on the competency (or “can do”) and the communicative approaches. The course is designed for adults who wish to learn Spanish in a dynamic way and it is designed to help students achieve pragmatic, linguistic and cultural competencies adequate for a beginning level. This is a student-centered course in which the student will learn how to interact in the target language in basic real-life situations, both orally and in writing, as well as to develop the necessary skills to become an independent learner outside of the classroom. The intercultural nature of all the activities and tasks to be completed by the student will also help the student to become more aware of the rich and varied cultures within the Spanish-speaking world. The topics and textbook are aligned with the interests of adult learners. Carries humanities credit (two-course limit for language courses).

Prerequisite: Only students who have never taken Spanish before should enroll in this course. Students with previous Spanish experience (high school or college, studied abroad, etc), should enroll in SPANISH 102. Students with questions prior to registering should contact the instructor. 

Note: SPANISH 101-A is available to for students to audit—credit will not be earned, but tuition is reduced. Students enrolled to audit the course must meet participation and assessment requirements as outlined in the course syllabus.


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Elementary Spanish II <> SPANISH 101-B

This course is part two of a three-quarter sequence based on the competency (or "can do") and the communicative approaches. The course is designed for adults who wish to learn Spanish in a dynamic way and it is designed to help students achieve pragmatic, linguistic and cultural competencies adequate for a beginning level. This is a student-centered course in which the student will learn how to interact in the target language in basic real-life situations, both orally and in writing, as well as to develop the necessary skills to become an independent learner outside of the classroom. The intercultural nature of all the activities and tasks to be completed by the student will also help the student to become more aware of the rich and varied cultures within the Spanish-speaking world. The topics and textbook are aligned with the interests of adult learners. Carries humanities credit (two-course limit for language courses).

Prerequisite: Only students who have never taken Spanish before should enroll in this course. Students with previous Spanish experience (high school or college, studied abroad, etc), should enroll in SPANISH 102. Students with questions prior to registering should contact the instructor. 

Note: SPANISH 101-B is available to for students to audit—credit will not be earned, but tuition is reduced. Students enrolled to audit the course must meet prerequisites, as well as participation and assessment requirements as outlined in the course syllabus.


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Elementary Spanish III <> SPANISH 101-C

This course is part three of a three-quarter sequence based on the competency (or "can do") and the communicative approaches. The course is designed for adults who wish to learn Spanish in a dynamic way and it is designed to help students achieve pragmatic, linguistic and cultural competencies adequate for a beginning level. This is a student-centered course in which the student will learn how to interact in the target language in basic real-life situations, both orally and in writing, as well as to develop the necessary skills to become an independent learner outside of the classroom. The intercultural nature of all the activities and tasks to be completed by the student will also help the student to become more aware of the rich and varied cultures within the Spanish-speaking world. The topics and textbook are aligned with the interests of adult learners. Carries humanities credit (two-course limit for language courses).

Prerequisite: Only students who have never taken Spanish before should enroll in this course. Students with previous Spanish experience (high school or college, studied abroad, etc), should enroll in SPANISH 102. Students with questions prior to registering should contact the instructor. 

Note: SPANISH 101-C is available to for students to audit—credit will not be earned, but tuition is reduced. Students enrolled to audit the course must meet prerequisites, as well as participation and assessment requirements as outlined in the course syllabus.


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Intermediate Spanish <> SPANISH 102-A

This course is the first in a three-quarter intermediate sequence based on the competency (or "can do") and the communicative approaches. It will focus on how to communicate experiences in the past. The acquisition of specific vocabulary will allow students to share their own personal experiences. In addition, this course will also focus on the use of Spanish in the workplace. Tasks will be designed with practical purposes in mind such as how to interact with co-workers, write cover letters and resumes, prepare job interviews in Spanish, etc. This course is designed for adults who wish to learn Spanish in a dynamic way and it is designed to assist students achieve pragmatic, linguistic and cultural competencies adequate for intermediate Spanish. SPANISH 102-A emphasizes the functional use of the language in a student-centered classroom. Students will further develop skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking through interactions in the target language in meaningful real-life situations with the ultimate goal of becoming independent learners for life. The materials for this course will be customized to the interests of adult learners. Carries humanities credit (two-course limit for language courses).

Prerequisite (one of the following): completion of SPANISH 101-C Elementary Spanish at SPS (or equivalent at WCAS); or previous Spanish experience (high school or college, study abroad, etc.) with an equivalent level of proficiency as SPANISH 101-C. Placement in the course will be ultimately determined by the instructor. Students with questions prior to registering should contact the instructor directly.

Note: SPANISH 102-A is available to for students to audit—credit will not be earned, but tuition is reduced. Students enrolled to audit the course must meet prerequisites, as well as participation and assessment requirements as outlined in the course syllabus.


There is no available section.
Intermediate Spanish II <> SPANISH 102-B

This course is part two of a three-quarter intermediate sequence based on the competency (or 'can do') and the communicative approaches. It will explore as its main theme different forms of art in the Spanish-speaking world, such as film, music or painting. Tasks will be designed with practical purposes in mind in order to be able to discuss and/or analyze a variety of artwork from different perspectives. These tasks will also enable students to give opinions, as well as give instructions, direct orders or informal advice. This course is designed for adults who wish to learn Spanish in a dynamic way and it is designed to assist students achieve pragmatic, linguistic and cultural competencies adequate for intermediate Spanish. SPANISH 102-B emphasizes the functional use of the language in a student-centered classroom. Students will further develop skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking through interactions in the target language in meaningful real-life situations with the ultimate goal of becoming independent learners for life. The materials for this course will be customized to the interests of adult learners. Carries humanities credit (two-course limit for language courses).

Prerequisite (one of the following): completion of SPANISH 102-A in the fall quarter at SPS (or equivalent at WCAS); or previous Spanish experience (high school or college, study abroad, etc.) with an equivalent level of proficiency as SPANISH 102-A. Placement will be ultimately determined by the instructor. Students with questions prior to registering should contact the instructor directly.

Note: SPANISH 102-B is available to for students to audit—credit will not be earned, but tuition is reduced. Students enrolled to audit the course must meet prerequisites, as well as participation and assessment requirements as outlined in the course syllabus.


There is no available section.
Intermediate Spanish III SPANISH 102-C

This course is the conclusion of a three-quarter intermediate sequence based on the competency (or "can do") and the communicative approaches. It will explore as its main theme traditions and festivities in Latin America and Spain. The intercultural nature of all activities and tasks to be completed by students will help them become more aware of the rich and varied cultures within the Spanish-speaking world. Tasks will be designed with practical purposes in mind and will enable students to give opinions and make suggestions, express subjective perceptions and attitudes, talk about the future, express hypothetical conditions, etc. This course is designed for adults who wish to learn Spanish in a dynamic way and it is designed to assist students achieve pragmatic, linguistic and cultural competencies adequate for intermediate Spanish. SPANISH 102-C emphasizes the functional use of the language in a student-centered classroom. Students will further develop skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking through interactions in the target language in meaningful real-life situations with the ultimate goal of becoming independent learners for life. The materials for this course will be customized to the interests of adult learners. Carries humanities credit (two-course limit for language courses).

Prerequisite (one of the following): completion of SPANISH 102-B in the winter quarter at SPS (or equivalent at WCAS); or previous Spanish experience (high school or college, study abroad, etc.) with an equivalent level of proficiency as SPANISH 102-B. Placement will be ultimately determined by the instructor. Students with questions prior to registering should contact the instructor directly.

Note: SPANISH 102-C is available to for students to audit—credit will not be earned, but tuition is reduced. Students enrolled to audit the course must meet prerequisites, as well as participation and assessment requirements as outlined in the course syllabus.


There is no available section.
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