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Spanish

About the Department

Invest in your future! Prepare yourself to participate in our global society both at home and abroad. Through CLC World Language classes and events, you will acquire critical cultural knowledge and begin to develop the language skills necessary to communicate with others in the target language/culture. Use these intercultural communication skills and put them to work in your career, your community and your personal life. Learning more about other languages and cultures will truly enrich your life and understanding of what it means to be human!

With Spanish and ASL being the second and third most used languages in the U.S., your employment opportunities will increase with your ability to interact at multiple levels. The ability to flow between languages and cultures is invaluable in any career!

Latin American Studies Certificate

Department Information

Department Description

Department Description: Learning a second language has become a key educational component for career and personal enhancement in the global economy. Regardless of the major that you choose, adding Spanish will enhance your job opportunities and add to your scope of intercultural understanding as our country evolves demographically and linguistically. The CLC Spanish Department offers beginning and intermediate level language classes. Students are encouraged to meet with instructors or inquire about the CLEP test if uncertain about entry level of study.

Special Department Information

Special Department Information:

Students may elect to complete a certificate in Latin American Studies that will enrich their understanding and appreciation of Latin American culture, communication, language, music, and art. This program is appropriate for citizens in an increasingly diverse society and for individuals entering or currently employed in positions in education, business, criminal justice, and other occupations where an understanding of Hispanic culture enhances their abilities in the workplace. Students will have an opportunity to study the cultural, historical, political, economic, religious, and social realities of Mexico, Central, and South America to gain a better understanding of the Hispanic impact on the United States and the growing Latino population in Minnesota.

LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES CERTIFICATE

SPAN 1402 Beginning Spanish II (4 cr)

SPAN 2401 Intermediate Spanish I (4 cr)

SPAN 2404 Intermediate Spanish II (4 cr)

SPAN 2420 Many Faces of Mexico (3 cr)

SPAN 2425 Cultures of Latin America (3 cr)

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT 18 CREDITS

Learning Outcomes

Department Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate appropriate class level oral or expressive World Language skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of cultural values, norms and traditions per specific World Language, and will demonstrate basic understanding that these differences have an impact on group relationships and interactions.
  • Demonstrate appropriate class level receptive and/or written World Language skills.
  • Demonstrate appropriate cultural rules of interaction when conversing in the target language.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities: Spanish is the second language of this country. Therefore, being bilingual will be a major asset in any career you choose to pursue.

 

Instructors

traceyTracey Kloeckl-Jiménez
Tracey Kloeckl-Jiménez graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire where she studied German, Spanish and World Cultures. During this time, she took advantage of study abroad programs in Berlin, Germany and Granada, Spain. After living in Spain
for a year, she returned to Minnesota, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Teaching German and Spanish from Minnesota State University-Mankato. Kloeckl-Jiménez taught Spanish at Staples Motley High School for many years before coming to Central Lakes College.

She has led several study/travel programs to Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain and Cuba.. Along with two other CLC instructors (Kobilka and Frisch), Kloeckl-Jiménez is leading a CLC travel study experience to Costa Rica in March of 2017. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, traveling, reading, swimming and going to movies. Learning more about other languages and cultures will truly enrich your life and understanding of what it means to be human! Which language are you working on? Email Tracey for more information

Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/lmi/ces/
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm
http://www.iseek.org/jobs/jobmarket.html

 
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