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: 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.

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.

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.

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)


Click here for additional information on the Latin American Studies Certificate

Click here for a complete listing of Spanish course offerings.

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.


Placement Information

Do you wonder what level language course you should be taking? Check out our guide below to help save time and money by not repeating prior learning and to continue to develop knowledge and skills from prior learning.

Where to start

Enroll in…

  • 1401 if you have never taken a class in that language.
  • 1401 if you have studied that language only in middle school but not in high school.
  • 1401 if you had one year of study of that language in high school.
  • 1401 if you have not studied that language in the past 3 years.
  • 1402 if you studied the language for 2 or 3 years in high school.
  • 1402 if you initially studied the language for 2-3 years but have not studied the language in the past 3 years. If you are not certain, take this placement exam
  • 2401 if you studied the language for 3 or 4 years in high school. If you are not certain, take the placement exam

The 1401 classes are for students with no previous study of the language – the true beginners.

Special Circumstances

Native speakers (those who lived and studied in the country where the language is spoken) could audit SPAN 2401 or 2404 (for the purpose of enhancing their learning of English). Heritage speakers (those who spoke the language at home but did not study it formally) are encouraged to enroll in 2401 or take the placement exam.

Please contact Spanish Dept. Chair Tracey Kloeckl-Jiménez, (218)855-8183 if you have questions about Spanish language placement or credit.


In Accordance with Minnesota State Policy 3.35 Credit for Prior Learning


Retroactive credits are credits granted in recognition of previous language study. Retroactive credits earned at Central Lakes College do correspond to particular courses, but the credits are not graded and do not factor into your GPA. With some exceptions, retroactive credits will generally not fulfill the requirements of any School/College or major, but please check with your academic advisor to determine how your academic program will treat these credits.

You have to take a language class at Central Lakes College to earn retroactive credits.

In no case can you earn retroactive credits simply by taking a placement test or other exam. You have to take a class and meet the following requirements to earn credit for the lower-level courses.

There are three ways in which students can achieve credit for prior learning within the Central Lakes College Spanish Program: 1) through a specific score on the Advanced Placement Spanish Exam and enrollment in a subsequent CLC Spanish language course, 2) through the CLEP Spanish test and enrollment in a subsequent CLC Spanish language course and 3) through enrollment and achievement in a subsequent CLC Spanish language course.

1) Credit through the AP Spanish Language and/or AP Spanish Literature Exams:

Students entering the Spanish program and who have earned a score of 3, 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement exam will automatically earn credits for their previous experience.

  1. Students who receive the following scores on the AP Spanish Language and Culture Examwill automatically receive credit for the following courses when requested:

Score of 3                     Credit for SPAN 1401 and 1402 (You should enroll in SPAN 2401.)

Score of 4                     Credit for SPAN 1401, 1402 and 2401 (You should enroll in SPAN 2404)

Score of 5                     Credit for SPAN 1401, 1402, 2401 and 2404 (Please consider tutoring for the Spanish Department.)

  1. Students who receive the following scores on the AP Spanish Literature Examwill automatically receive credit for the following courses when requested:

Score of 3,4                  Credit for 1402 and 2401 (enroll in SPAN 2404)

Score of 5                     Credit for 1401, 1402, 2401 and 2404 (Please consider tutoring for the Spanish Department.)

2) Credit via Standardized Tests:

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) is a college board program that allows students to earn college credit by demonstrating their mastery of college-level material in introductory subjects. The College-Level Examination Program® provides students of any age with the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses. CLEP exams do not relate to a specifically designed college-level courses taught in high school. CLEP exams test mastery of college-level materials acquired in a variety of ways such as through general academic instruction, significant independent study, or extracurricular work Credit for both subject and area examinations of CLEP (College Level Examination Program) will be evaluated for credit according to the recommendation of the American Council on Education and according to the policies of Central Lakes College. Students wishing to apply for credit should have results mailed from CLEP directly to the Records and Registration office. Approved credits will be transcripted as “CLEP” credits. Information about CLEP is available in the Counseling Center.

3) Enrollment and Achievement in CLC Spanish Course:

Credit for Prior Learning Evaluation

Minnesota State Board Policy allows students the option to validate previous learning via Credit-by-Exam. Interested students enrolling above 1401 may complete the Credit for Prior Learning Form pay for the desired credits (at a reduced rate) prior to the 10th day of the semester following the semester they achieved a B- or higher. This option applies only at the time of the initial entry into the department and only for those with no prior college-level study of language. The higher the initial enrollment, the greater number of credits students may purchase. Students earn those credits by earning a course grade of B- or higher in that initial course completed. Students may find this placement exam a good indicator of initial placement:

Enrolls in…

  • 1402 and achieves a grade of B- or higher, may purchase 4 credits for 1401.
  • 2401 and achieves a grade of B- or higher, may purchase 4 credits for 1402 or 8 credits for 1402 and 1401.
  • 2404 and achieves a grade of B- or higher, may purchase 4 credits for 2401 or 8 credits for 2401 and 1402 or 12 credits for 2401, 1402 and 1401.


Students may earn up to 16 retroactive credits, 4 each for Spanish 1401, 1402, 2401, and 2404. However, Beginning Spanish credits will not count toward the Spanish major at MinnState universities. The Spanish major typically begins at the 300-level. MinnState universities will count the intermediate-level courses (2401 and/or 2404) as a part of the Spanish minor or major especially if taken within the MinnState system as a part of the Spanish Pathway.

Please contact Spanish Dept. Chair Tracey Kloeckl-Jiménez, (218)855-8183 if you have questions about Spanish language placement or credit.


Tracey Kloeckl-Jimenez

Tracey Kloeckl-Jimenez

Spanish Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8183
Brainerd E412

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