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Spanish as a Second Language (SSL)

Dr. Eva Rodríguez González

Program Coordinator
Ortega Hall 413
evarg@unm.edu


Welcome! ¡Bienvenidos!

This section contains information about the Spanish as a Second Language Program (SSL) at the beautiful University of New Mexico. An approximate number of 2,600 students per year take part of courses offered in this program. SSL Program is comprised of courses for language learners that want to learn Spanish as a second/foreign language, that is, the SSL program is designed for students for whom Spanish is not part of their own community.

The Spanish as a Second Language Program is organized in FOUR levels described as follows: UNM Department of Spanish and Portuguese makes the recommendation for specific level courses based on the results of the placement examination. The purpose of this online Spanish placement is to provide individualized testing, identifying the student's ability level with combinations of grammar, reading, and vocabulary questions. For more information about the placement evaluation please visit this page: Spanish Placement Evaluation.

  1. SPAN 101: Elementary Spanish I- 3 cr. hrs.
    Spanish 101 is the first of a four semester series for students of Spanish whose home native language is other than Spanish. This course is taught with a communicative-based methodology (task-based oriented). The course introduces basic grammatical or vocabulary knowledge and engages students in the practice of the four language skills (listening, reading, writing, speaking) and provides the student with exposure to the target language and culture in different Spanish-speaking countries and/or situations.
    Prerequisite: Spanish Placement Evaluation.
  2. SPAN 102: Elementary Spanish II- 3 cr. hrs.
    Spanish 102 is the second of a four semester series for students of Spanish whose home native language is other than Spanish. This course is taught with a communicative-based methodology (task-based oriented). The course continues to develop basic grammatical or vocabulary knowledge and engages students in the practice of the four language skills (listening, reading, writing, speaking) and provides the student with exposure to the target language and culture in different Spanish-speaking countries and/or situations.
    Prerequisite: SPAN 101 OR equivalent OR Spanish Placement Evaluation.
  3. SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish I- 3 cr. hrs.
    Spanish 201 is the third of a four semester series for students of Spanish whose home native language is other than Spanish. This course is taught with a communicative-based methodology (task-based oriented) and engages students in the practice of the four language skills (listening, reading, writing, speaking) with a strong focus on speaking and writing. Cultural competence is also present and assessed throughout multiple real-life scenarios.
    Prerequisite: SPAN 102 OR equivalent OR Spanish Placement Evaluation.
  4. SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish II- 3 cr. hrs.
    Spanish 202 is the fourth of a four semester series for students whose home native language is other than Spanish. This course is taught with a communicative-based methodology (task-based oriented) and engages students in the practice of the four language skills (listening, reading, writing, speaking) with more emphasis on reading and writing. Cultural competence is also present and assessed throughout multiple real-life scenarios.
    Prerequisite: SPAN 201 OR equivalent OR Spanish Placement Evaluation.

Did you know…?

  • With Spanish AP credit (score of 3) awarded while in High School, you can enter directly in UNM in SPAN201! If your Spanish AP score is 4 or 5, please find more information on the AP Credits section.
  • With Spanish CLEP credit (score of 45) awarded while in High School, you can enter directly in UNM in SPAN102! With a Spanish CLEP score of 50, you can enroll directly in SPAN201. If your Spanish AP score is higher than 50, please find more information on the AP Credits section.
  • Our Spanish as a Second Language Program will collaborate with Instituto Cervantes in the city of Albuquerque when running a Festival de Cine of movies in Spanish. Details will be posted soon!
  • Our Spanish as a Second Language Program will incorporate in the SPAN202 curriculum the reading and discussion of the 2015-2016 UNM Lobo Reading Experience selected book titled Enrique’ s Journey by Sonia Nazario. For more details about the book and author, please visit the Lobo Reading Experience and the books' website Enrique's Journey.
  • Our Spanish as a Second Language Program incorporates in SPAN202 curriculum digital story telling projects about different people from New Mexico that have made an influence in the New Mexico history and community.
  • Our Spanish teachers receive annual awards for their teaching of Spanish in SSL.

NEW!

Starting on Fall 2015 we will offer SPAN202 Spanish Medical Spanish for those students interested in both improving their existing Spanish knowledge and are interested in pursuing a Health related career.