Basic Languages Program

The mission of the Basic Language Program is to create a student-centered atmosphere that strives not only to provide the best education for the learning of Spanish as a second language in the Southwest of the United States, but also to create greater understanding among all cultures.

We are very fortunate to be in this geographical region of our country. First of all, the proximity to our neighbors to the south, Mexico, approximately 60 miles away, makes our connection to the border population a plus. Secondly, we are privileged to be among a Hispanic community who is actively involved in the Tucson area. Finally, we have the distinction of being a quality language department with a combination of young and experienced qualified instructors. Many of our teachers from the United States have studied and lived in a Spanish speaking country. Others are native speakers from almost every country of the Hispanic speaking world who are committed to the teaching of the Hispanic language and culture with passion.

For students taking language and culture classes at the 100 & 200 levels, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese created the Arizona in Costa Rica Study Abroad which is an intensive Spanish language and culture immersion program in one of the most beautiful countries in the wold. Students at the beginning and intermediate levels of Spanish are encouraged to take advantage of this great opportunity to live, explore nature, grow intellectually, obtain a greater understanding of the Hispanic world, and improve your Spanish pronunciation by studying in a total Spanish immersion program abroad. By the end of the summer program, students will fully understand the meaning of "Pura Vida," the Costa Rican national phrase. For more information please visit: Arizona in Costa Rica 

 

Director of the Basic Language Program

Kristin Doran Ph.D. (interim)
Office: Modern Languages 545
kdoran@email.arizona.edu
(520) 626-7647

Spanish Basic Language Courses

The Spanish Basic Language Program offers the following courses:

SPAN 101 - Beginning Spanish First Semester Spanish

Units: 4
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2
For the student with no previous experience in Spanish

SPAN 102 - Elementary Spanish - Second Semester Spanish

Units: 4
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2
This course is a continuation of Spanish 101, for students with one year of previous study of Spanish or by placement exam

SPAN 201 - Second Year Spanish - Third Semester Spanish

Units: 4
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

SPAN 202 - Second Year Spanish - Fourth Semester Spanish

Units: 4
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2
This is a continuation of Spanish 101,102, and 201 or by placement exam.

SPAN 205 - Intensive Spanish

Units: 4
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2
This course is the equivalent of 101 and 102. Recommended for highly motivated students and/or those with experience in another Romance language.

SPAN 206 - Intensive Spanish

Units: 4
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2
This course is the equivalent of 201 and 202. Recommended for highly motivated students and/or those with experience in another Romance language.

SPAN 251 - Intermediate Spanish

Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring
This course is the bridge between the Basic Language Program courses and the Upper Division classes. It is designed to improve reading and writing strategies, with a major emphasis on composition through literature.

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