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Course Placement

Which Spanish Language Course should I take?

One of the most frequently asked questions from students is “Which language course is right for me?” Students come to the University of Saskatchewan with a wide range of differences in previous study and background in languages. Many factors can impact a student’s language background and preparedness such as:

  • diversities in language high school programs
  • differences in language course levels and offerings in other universities world-wide
  • ongoing language program renewals in pre-university and post-secondary language departments
  • percentage of pre-university education taken in immersion schools or in an immersion setting
  • exposure to the language via family background and travel
  • results achieved in the last language course taken
  • number of years since last course taken in the language

All of the above factors can create atypical situations for students who register for their first language course at the University of Saskatchewan. The following table can serve as a guideline in determining appropriate course placement for most students and provides answers to the most frequently asked questions. Online self-testing language placement tests may also provide some guidance. Please consult our home page for links to these. Students who feel that the recommended course may not be appropriate for them due to their particular circumstances or who do not fall into any of the following typical situations due to unique language backgrounds resulting from any of the above or other special circumstances should contact the Spanish undergraduate advisor. Their situation may need to be evaluated on a case by case basis. 

N.B. Students with some Spanish background who are unsure of which Spanish course is appropriate for them may wish to take the self-testing Spanish placement tests available on our website.

 

Typical Placement and Entry Course Points for Spanish Students

Level Obtained

Course

Description

Notes

 

 

For students with no previous study of Spanish

 

 

 

SPAN 114.3
Elementary Spanish
Level 1

 

Introduction to the study of the Spanish language, both oral and written, vocabulary building, essential structures, and basic grammar. The course also provides insight into Hispanic culture through a variety of activities such as readings, music, and videos.

 

Students who have completed Spanish 20 (Grade 11 Spanish) or have completed Spanish 30 (Grade 12 Spanish), may not take this course for credit. Students who have some background in Spanish or who have taken any other courses in Spanish and native speakers of Spanish are not allowed to register in this course. Students with credit for SPAN 115 may not take this course for credit.

 

For students who have completed SPAN 114.3 or equivalent (3 cu of university German) or Grade 11 High School SPANISH (SPAN 20)
or who have some limited background in Spanish

Dept. Consultation & placement test required for students with non-academic Spanish background

 

 

SPAN 117.3
Elementary Spanish
Level 2

 

A Spanish language course that builds on skills acquired in SPAN 114, completing the study of basic Spanish grammar, with emphasis on oral and written communication. The course aims to develop an appreciation of Hispanic culture.

 

Students who have completed Spanish 30 may not take this course for credit. Students who have taken high school Spanish courses or any other Spanish courses and native speakers of Spanish are not allowed to register in this course. Students with credit for SPAN 115 may not take this course for credit.

 

For students who have completed SPAN 117.3 or equivalent (6 cu of university Spanish) or Grade 12 High School SPANISH (SPAN 30) or who have some limited background in Spanish

Dept. Consultation & placement test required for students with non-academic Spanish background

 

SPAN 214.3
Intermediate Spanish I Grammar Writing Literary Readings

 

An intensive study of Spanish grammar, with emphasis on writing skills. Short reading passages will be used to allow students to expand vocabulary and develop oral proficiency.

 

Students with credit for SPAN 215 may not take this course for credit. Students are encouraged to take SPAN 202 and 214 concurrently. Native speakers of Spanish are allowed to take this course, but will need a prerequisite waver in order to register, which can be obtained from the Department.

 

For students who have completed SPAN 214.3 or equivalent (9 cu of university Spanish) or who have some background in Spanish

Dept. Consultation & placement test required for students with non-academic Spanish background

 

SPAN 217.3
Intermediate Spanish II Grammar Writing Literary Skills

 

A Spanish language course that builds on skills acquired in SPAN 214. This course continues with the study of intermediate-advanced Spanish grammar, with a focus on written composition and the study of short literary passages. This course will continue giving the opportunity for oral practice.

 

Students with credit for SPAN 215 may not take this course for credit. Students are encouraged to take SPAN 204 and 217 concurrently. Native speakers of Spanish are allowed to take this course, but will need a prerequisite waver in order to register, which can be obtained from the Department