Join the Spanish-speaking community on the UO campus and in the Eugene/Springfield area. You will form relationships with other freshmen as you get to know our campus and our local community, all while developing and enriching your skills in Spanish. We will celebrate Día de los Muertos festivities, attend talks and presentations together, dine out at a local Mexican restaurant and much more. The sessions will be conducted in English, Spanglish and Spanish.
Students explore the intersection of topics by taking the following course package:
UGST 109 First-Year Experience Seminar - 1-credit
SPAN 101 First-Year Spanish - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 5-credits
Spanish 101 is the first in a series of Spanish Courses and is designed for students who have no previous Spanish instruction. The course emphasizes oral communication and listening comprehension in a culturally authentic context. Students will be exposed to simple Spanish texts in order to develop strong reading skills. Students will also work on writing skills, starting with short compositions and building up to longer ones. The course will be conducted mostly in Spanish, and all students will be expected to participate actively using the language skills they are acquiring.
LING 144 How to Learn Language - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits
In this course we will discover how to be more successful language learners (in particular), but also better learners in general. The skills taught in this class will be transferable to any learning endeavor you might take on. We will explore how to establish personal learning goals, how to learn collaboratively as a community, how to discover individual weaknesses and strengths as learners, and how to think critically and creatively about how we draw upon strengths and address weaknesses when faced with any new learning challenge. We will set individual language-learning goals and explore empirically validated learning strategies that will help reach those goals.