Studying Spanish at Drake University is rewarding and productive from the very first day of class. Regardless of the level of study, students work with a native speaker of Spanish and no more than five classmates and use Spanish exclusively to communicate things that are truly meaningful, i.e., not the mindless filler materials found in many current textbooks.
Through the standard sequence of courses (001, 002, 051, 052, 140, 150. 151, 152, 160), students expand their competencies beyond the initial emphasis on speaking in order to develop skills in listening, writing, and reading. A list of course titles is at the bottom of this page. Should you have questions about the content of a particular course, please let us know.
Culture is not, of course, neglected in these courses. The faculty of World Languages and Cultures is well aware that culture is embedded in every language. The study of culture is additionally enhanced through the use of a weblog that focus the students attention on many important topical, historical, and useful themes. The blog is written mostly in English with links in Spanish to help students expand their understand of the language in context and to address varying levels of proficiency.
Students are able to take advantage of this program to tailor courses somewhat to suit their own professional and/or personal goals. The Spanish professors who design the courses get to know all the students in the program and are able to take into consideration who will be in upcoming courses. The size and flexibility of individual sections allow the professors to consider the needs and wishes of those students.
The Spanish program also sponsors Spanish cultural learning activities both on campus and off such as a Latin Carnival (pictured below), and Day of the Dead Celebrations at the Des Moines Art Center. A Spanish conversation table also convenes weekly so that students have an extra opportunity to practice their speaking skills.
We are also happy to announce that Spanish 002, 052, 151, 152, and 160 are available to count toward students requirements for the Areas of Inquiry in the category of Global and Cultural Understanding! Students are able to take language courses to fulfill these university-wide requirements toward graduation.
Faculty Contact Information
Dr. Eduardo Garcia
Office: 217 Meredith Hall
Dr. Sofía Paredes
Office: 216 Meredith Hall
SPAN 001 - Beginning Spanish I
SPAN 002 - Beginning Spanish II
SPAN 051 - Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 052 - Intermediate Spanish II
SPAN 140 - Practical Speaking and Writing
SPAN 150 - Topics (Previously offered: Spanish for Healthcare Providers, Spanish for Business)
SPAN 151 - National Identity in Mexico and Colombia
SPAN 152 - Spanish Cinema
SPAN 160 - Language and Literature