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Certificate of Achievement
Spanish

The Certificate of Achievement in Spanish is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the essentials of the Spanish language: reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills. This certificate is intended for students pursuing other degrees or careers not necessarily related to the Spanish language but who still want to learn the language.

With this certificate, students can petition their employer for any benefits that may be available for those who have skills in Spanish. Students who successfully complete the certificate will be able to communicate competently in Spanish at a basic conversational level. While students will not be able to act as an interpreter, they will be able to communicate directly with clients, customers, coworkers, or community members who are Spanish speakers and whose English proficiency may be limited.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2021-2022 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format).
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
Select one: SPAN 101 / SPAN 101S M4.5
SPAN 101 - Spanish I (4.5 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following sequences of courses: SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 or SPAN 101S and SPAN 102S)

This course is an introduction to the essentials of Spanish language: reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills. Various facets of Spanish-speaking cultures will be analyzed via cross-cultural comparisons. In addition to classroom discussion, students are required to complete at least 27 hours of intensive individualized oral-aural practice in the Language Laboratory via interactive websites, audio CDs, video programs and films. The Language Laboratory work focuses on vocabulary, grammar, and cultural practices. This class is designed for those students who do not have a Spanish language background who wish to learn to speak Spanish or who seek a degree in the Spanish language.

SPAN 101S - Spanish for Spanish Speakers I (4.5 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (credit limit*), CSU
(*Students will receive credit from UC for only one of the following sequences of courses: SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 or SPAN 101S and SPAN 102S)

This course is an introduction to the essentials of Spanish language: reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills. Various facets of Spanish-speaking cultures will be analyzed via cross-cultural comparisons. In addition to classroom discussion, students are required to complete at least 27 hours of intensive individualized oral-aural practice in the Language Laboratory via interactive websites, audio CDs, video programs and films. The Language Laboratory work focuses on vocabulary, grammar, and cultural practices. This class is designed for those students who do have a Spanish language background and want to develop a better written and oral competency in the language, or who seek a degree in the Spanish language.

Total Semester Units:4.5 
2nd Semester
Select one: SPAN 102 / SPAN 102S M4.5
SPAN 102 - Spanish II (4.5 units)

Prerequisite: Completion of SPAN 101 or completion of 2 years of high school Spanish with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement; ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following sequences of courses: SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 or SPAN 101S and SPAN 102S)

This course is a continuation of the study of the essentials of Spanish language: reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills. The skills learned in SPAN 101 will be reviewed. The class will increase vocabulary, grammar, and cultural knowledge to improve on the reading, listening, speaking and writing skills presented in SPAN 101. In this course the study of verb tenses and constructions is completed. Various facets of Spanish-speaking cultures will be analyzed via cross-cultural comparisons. In addition to classroom discussion, students are required to complete at least 27 hours of intensive individualized oral-aural practice in the Language Laboratory via interactive websites, audio CDs, video programs, and films. The Language Laboratory work focuses on vocabulary, grammar, and cultural practices. This class is designed for those students who do not have a Spanish language background who wish to learn to speak Spanish or who seek a degree in the Spanish language.

SPAN 102S - Spanish for Spanish Speakers II (4.5 units)

Prerequisite: SPAN 101S
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (credit limit*), CSU
(*Students will receive credit from UC for only one of the following sequences of courses: SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 or SPAN 101S and SPAN 102S)

This course is a continuation of the essentials of the Spanish language: reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills. The skills learned in Spanish 101S will be reviewed. The class will increase vocabulary, grammar, and cultural knowledge to improve on the reading, listening, speaking and writing skills presented in Spanish 101S. In this course the study or verb tenses and constructions is completed. It is designed to further improve the language skills of students with a Spanish language background. Various facets of Spanish-speaking cultures will be analyzed via cross-cultural comparisons. In addition to classroom discussion, students are required to complete at least 27 hours of intensive individualized oral-aural practice in the Language Laboratory via interactive websites, audio CDs, video programs, and films. The Language Laboratory work focuses on vocabulary, grammar, and cultural practices. This class is designed for those students who do have a Spanish language background and want to develop a better written and oral competency in the language, or who seek a degree in the Spanish language.

Total Semester Units:4.5 
3rd Semester
Select one: SPAN 201 / SPAN 201H M4.5
SPAN 201 - Spanish III (4.5 units)

Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or SPAN 102S or completion of three years of high school Spanish with a grade of "C" or better.
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SPAN 201 or SPAN 201H)

This is an intermediate level course in which Spanish grammar is reviewed. It includes intensive practice in conversation and composition. Many aspects of Spanish culture are introduced in short stories by Latin-American and Spanish authors. Students strengthen their communications and written skills by analyzing these stories in Spanish. In addition to classroom discussion, students are required to complete at least 27 hours of intensive individualized oral-aural practice in the Language Laboratory via interactive websites, audio CDs, video programs, and films. The Language Laboratory work focuses on vocabulary, grammar, and cultural practices. This class is designed for students who wish to broaden their knowledge in Spanish as well as for those seeking a degree in the Spanish language.

SPAN 201H - Spanish III Honors (4.5 units)

Prerequisite: Completion of SPAN 102 or SPAN 102S or completion of three years of high school Spanish with a grade of "C" or better. Completion of ENGL 101
Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SPAN 201 or SPAN 201H)

This is an intermediate level course in which Spanish grammar is reviewed. It includes intensive practice in conversation and composition. Many aspects of Spanish culture are introduced in short stories by Latin-American and Spanish authors. Students strengthen their communications and written skills by analyzing these stories in Spanish. In addition to classroom discussion, students are required to complete at least 27 hours of intensive individualized oral-aural practice in the Language Laboratory via interactive websites, audio CDs, video programs, and films. The Language Laboratory work focuses on vocabulary, grammar, and cultural practices. This class is designed for students who wish to broaden their knowledge in Spanish as well as for those seeking a degree in the Spanish language. This course is intended for students eligible for the Honors Program.

Total Semester Units:4.5 
4th Semester
SPAN 202 - Spanish IVM4.5
SPAN 202 - Spanish IV (4.5 units)

Prerequisite: Completion of SPAN 201 or 201H or completion of four years of high school Spanish with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is the continuation of SPAN 201. SPAN 202 is an intermediate level course in which Spanish language and culture is reviewed. It stresses written and oral proficiency as well as reading comprehension and composition. Many aspects of Spanish culture, literature, and history are analyzed in readings by Latin American and Spanish authors. Students strengthen their communication and writing skills by analyzing these stories in Spanish. In addition to classroom discussion, students are required to complete at least 27 hours of intensive individualized oral-aural practice in the Language Laboratory via interactive websites, audio CDs, video programs, and films. The Language Laboratory work focuses on vocabulary, grammar, and cultural practices. This class is designed for those students who wish to broaden their knowledge in Spanish as well as for those interested in pursuing a degree in the Spanish language.

Total Semester Units:4.5 
Total Units for Spanish COA program 18.0 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
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M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
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