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Spanish Assessment

Friday, September 29, 2023

Discipline / Program Learning Outcomes

The main goal of our Spanish courses is to learn to speak, understand, read, and write basic Spanish. More specifically, students should meet the proficiency goal as set forth by ACTFL ( of:

  • Novice Mid – High by the end of SPAN 1311
  • Novice Mid – High by the end of SPAN 1312
  • Intermediate-level by the end of SPAN 2311
  • Intermediate – Advanced Low by the end of SPAN 2315

Student Learning / Course Outcomes

Speaking: Express ideas with the covered vocabulary in simple sentences; pronounce all Spanish sounds with enough accuracy to be understood by a native speaker.

Listening: Develop perception of Spanish language sounds and their distinction from one another; comprehend ideas expressed within basic framework of learned vocabulary and grammatical structures.

Reading: Understand simple, nonliterary Spanish prose on non-technical, familiar topics; demonstrate comprehension by answering simple questions on reading passages.

Writing: Write in class and outside of class short compositions in Spanish on familiar topics with enough clarity to be understood without difficulty by a native speaker.

Culture: Demonstrate elementary knowledge of different countries and important aspects of their culture in the Spanish-speaking world.

Spanish Placement Test

Please contact Counseling Services if you have had 2 or more years of high school Spanish.  You may test out of SPAN 1311 and go into a more advanced class for FREE! For CAPE testing information, call (501) 812-2395 or go to the Campus Center, Counseling Services 2nd Floor on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. to take the free placement exam.