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Spanish Language Advanced-Level Proficiency Certificate

Spanish & Portuguese Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate credit certificate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 6 to 8
  • This certificate requires an intensive Spanish-language immersion experience. See certificate requirements for the options to fulfill this requirement.
  • Degree: Spanish Language Advanced-Level Proficiency Cert
This certificate is designed for students interested in achieving advanced-level proficiency in Spanish and having their skills formally recognized. People who have advanced-level proficiency in Spanish possess the speaking, reading, writing and listening skills sufficient to satisfy the requirements of everyday situations at home and at work. They also generally understand and are understood by native speakers of Spanish. For an extended definition of advanced-level proficiency, please visit the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages website: www.actfl.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/ACTFLProficiencyGuidelines2012_FINAL.pdf The Certificate of Advanced-Level Proficiency is open to all University of Minnesota undergraduate students, especially those who seek higher levels of Spanish proficiency in order to become more competitive for graduate or professional programs, careers with domestic Spanish-speaking populations, or international careers.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
The Spanish Language Advanced Level Proficiency Certificate may be combined with any departmental degree program.
Spanish LPE
Pass the Spanish Language Proficiency Exam (LPE). This exam is typically taken after 4 semesters of college-level study, or the equivalent. For more information, please visit http://langtest.umn.edu/lpe.
Composition, Communication and Content-Based courses
Take SPAN 3015W/V or equivalent, and one pre-approved content-based course, or two content-based courses.
Take exactly 2 course(s) totaling 6 - 8 credit(s) from the following:
Spanish Composition and Communication
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· SPAN 3015W - Spanish Composition and Communication [WI] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3015V - Honors: Spanish Composition and Communication [WI] (4.0 cr)
· ARGN 3015W - Spanish Composition and Communication [WI] (4.0 cr)
· ECDR 3015W - Spanish Composition and Communication [WI] (4.0 cr)
· TLDO 3231 - Spanish Composition and Communication (3.0-4.0 cr)
· Pre-approved content-based courses
A content-based course is defined as a course of at least 3 credits that is focused on academic discipline, and taught almost exclusively in Spanish, or for which the discussion section is delivered in Spanish. A minimum of 10 pages of written work in Spanish must be completed, including a single assignment of at least 5 pages. Contact the Spanish and Portuguese Studies advisors about counting a course towards this requirement that is not listed below.
Take 1 - 2 course(s) from the following:
· SPAN 3104W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literatures [LITR, WI] (3.0 cr)
or SPAN 3104V - Honors: Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literatures [LITR, WI] (3.0 cr)
or ARGN 3104W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literatures [WI] (3.0 cr)
or TLDO 3104W - Art of Reading Literary Texts [WI] (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3105W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Cultures [WI] (3.0 cr)
or TLDO 3105W - Cultural Heritage of Spain [WI] (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3107W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Linguistics [WI] (3.0 cr)
or TLDO 3107W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Linguistics [WI] (3.0 cr)
· other pre-approved content-based course
Spanish Language Immersion
Participate in an intensive university level Spanish-language immersion experience. There are two options for completing this requirement:
Option 1
Participate in an academic study abroad experience in a Spanish speaking country or territory that is at least 6 weeks in length and has at least one course taught in Spanish
or Option 2
Completion of a pre-approved semester-long immersion experience. Non-semester-long versions of these courses do not count towards the Spanish Language Immersion requirement. Non-study abroad immersion options include:
SPAN 3401 - Latino Immigration and Community Engagement [CIV] (3.0 cr)
or SPAN 3404 - Medical Spanish and Community Health Service (3.0 cr)
or Participation in the Community Engagement Scholars Program, with a focus on opportunities to engage with native Spanish speakers (requires 400 service hours)
or Other option approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies
Self-assessment Instrument
Take the self-assessment and use this information to gauge your own proficiency level. It is strongly recommended that you do not attempt the ACTFL exam until the self-assessment results indicate that you may have achieved advanced-level proficiency.
Critical Reflection Essay
Upon completing all foregoing requirements, submit and pass a short essay (of 450-600 words) written in English that is both a self-assessment of your Spanish-language skills and also explains how you have used your language and cultural understanding skills at the university and beyond. Show that you have engaged in critical reflection on the learning process and developed the tools for continued language acquisition. Cite specific experiences to illustrate your linguistic growth.
Achieve Advanced-Low or Higher on the Spanish ACTFL
Pass the ACTFL advanced-level exam in Spanish by achieving a rating of Advanced-Low or higher in all four sections: - Speaking - Writing - Listening - Reading
Additional Recommended Experiences to Enhance Spanish-Language Proficiency
- Study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country for at least 1 semester - Service learning in a Spanish-speaking community for at least 1 semester - Participate in the Community Engagement Scholars Program and work with native Spanish speakers - Participate in TandemPlus - Take extra upper-division courses taught in Spanish - Take the self-assessment test periodically - Spend approximately 15-20 hours per week outside of class actively using Spanish (reading, writing, speaking, listening)
 
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SPAN 3015W - Spanish Composition and Communication (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01163 - Argn 3015/Ecdr 3015/Span 3015/
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Comprehending written/spoken texts. Speaking, reading, writing beyond intermediate level. prereq: SPAN LPE pass
SPAN 3015V - Honors: Spanish Composition and Communication (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01163 - Argn 3015/Ecdr 3015/Span 3015/
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Comprehension of written/spoken text. Speaking/reading/ writing. prereq: SPAN LPE pass, Honors student
ARGN 3015W - Spanish Composition and Communication (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01163 - Argn 3015/Ecdr 3015/Span 3015W
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Writing, speaking, reading, and understanding modern Spanish at level of majors/minors. Students generate compositions and read texts from Spain and Latin America. Grammar review, audio tape exercises, paired work, small group work, discussion, oral presentations, peer editing, process writing.
ECDR 3015W - Spanish Composition and Communication (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01163 - Argn 3015/Ecdr 3015/Span 3015W
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
ECDR Spanish 3015W is a Spanish course with an emphasis on Spanish Composition and Communication designed to develop and strengthen oral and written language and communication skills acquired in courses 1001 - 1004. This course seeks to integrate in real contexts the skills of speaking, writing, reading , listening and understanding of Spanish at a higher level. This course will systematically expose students to a variety of texts within the context of Ecuador and Latin America that will enable them to improve their level of comprehension, analysis, discussion, reflection, enrich their vocabulary and accelerate their reading rhythm and comprehension. The development of language skills will allow students to gain a better understanding of Ecuador: their culture, history, economy and politics.
TLDO 3231 - Spanish Composition and Communication
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01163 - Argn 3015/Ecdr 3015/Tldo 3231
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Difficult aspects of Spanish grammar/structures mastered through composition writing. Problems of style/language. Several compositions written outside class. Common errors. prereq: Two yrs of college-level Spanish
SPAN 3104W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literatures (LITR, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01161 - Argn 3104W/Span 3104W/Tldo3104
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Structures, meaning, and social/historical function of diverse literary texts. prereq: 3015, Spanish [major or minor]or Span-Port major
SPAN 3104V - Honors: Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literatures (LITR, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01161
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Structures, meaning, and social/historical function of diverse literary texts. prereq: 3015, Spanish [major or minor]or Span-Port major
ARGN 3104W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literatures (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01161
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Study abroad course.
TLDO 3104W - Art of Reading Literary Texts (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01161
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Critical reading of Spanish and Spanish-American texts. Novels, dramas, poetry, essays. Diverse approaches. Terminology of criticism, literary problems, techniques. prereq: Two yrs of college-level Spanish
SPAN 3105W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Cultures (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01162
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Cultural issues pertaining to Spain or Spanish America. prereq: 3015, Spanish [major or minor] or Span-Port
TLDO 3105W - Cultural Heritage of Spain (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01162
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Main periods of Spanish history. Political, social, anthropological, and economic characteristics of each. Spanish culture/society, from beginning of Franco regime in 1939 to present. Cultural trends in literature/arts in relation to social phenomena. prereq: Two yrs of college-level Spanish
SPAN 3107W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Linguistics (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01152
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Structure of Spanish. Phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, language acquisition, language/gender, sociolinguistics. History of Spanish. prereq: 3015, Spanish [major or minor] or Span-Port major
TLDO 3107W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Linguistics (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01152
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, lexicology, pragmatics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics. History of Spanish language. Introduction to Hispanic linguistics as a discipline in relation to social, cultural, and literary studies.
SPAN 3401 - Latino Immigration and Community Engagement (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Service-learning course. U.S. power structures associated with emigration from Latin America. Rapid demographic change. Global economic system/emigration. Human rights. Federal immigration reform. Language issues. Inclusive political, economic, educational systems. Dialogue with Latino immigrants, community visits, civic engagement. Instructor approval required for January or summer offering. Pre-req SPAN 3015
SPAN 3404 - Medical Spanish and Community Health Service
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Creating materials for effective communication with and education of Spanish-speaking patients. Students engage in service learning with community health care partners that serve the Chicano/Latino population. prereq: 3015 with grade of at least B- or [1044, high pass on at least three sections of LPE]