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Spanish Language & Culture

The Spanish Language & Culture Program at Notre Dame recognizes a growing Latino population, capitalizes on the strengths of the University and supports the work of the Church.

Dedicated to meeting the educational needs of the community and the Church, Notre Dame of Maryland is pleased to offer a Spanish Language & Culture program through its Office of International Programs.

Meet some of our students!

Program features

  • exploration of the culture and history of the diverse Latino population
  • teaching of conversational Spanish and language skills appropriate for healthcare industries, social services and pastoral care
  • discussion of the complexities of serving Hispanic communities

Latinos in the U.S.

  • Latinos are the largest ethnic group in the United States.
  • Baltimore City has more than 26,000 and Baltimore County has nearly 33,700 residents of Latino origin (2010 Census).
  • Recent sources estimate that 40 percent of U.S. Catholics are Latino, and this number is expected to increase significantly in the next 20 years (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops).

Spring 2017 Classes

Download the application form here

Spanish Language and Culture (Part 1)

No prior experience in Spanish is necessary.

This course is designed for professionals or volunteers who currently work with or will work with Hispanic communities in schools, hospitals, parishes, community-based organizations or other nonprofits, or other settings where you are interacting with Latinos. There is a language and a cultural component to the course. The language component enables one to learn basic conversational skills and elemental phrases to better communicate with Spanish-speaking persons. Good pronunciation, listening and speaking skills are emphasized. The cultural component emphasizes the spirituality, customs and traditions of Hispanics.

Afternoon Class:
February 15 – April 26, 2017
Wednesdays, 3–5 p.m.

Evening Class:
February 14 – April 25, 2017
Tuesdays, 5-7 p.m.

Spanish Language and Culture (Part 2)

Prerequisite: Part 1 of the course, or equivalent.

This follow-up course to Spanish Language and Culture (Part 1) continues to emphasize good pronunciation and speaking skills. It provides greater emphasis on grammar, especially the past tense, in order to increase conversational skills. There will be a continued cultural component to deepen understanding of the Hispanic community.

Afternoon Class:
February 13 – May 1, 2017
Mondays, 4–6 p.m.

Spanish Language and Culture (Part 3)

Prerequisite: Part 2 of the course or equivalent.

In Part 3, the emphasis is on listening and speaking skills. It stresses using the language in practical, conversational ways, drawing on the needs and experiences of the participants. There will be a continued grammar and cultural component

Afternoon Class:
February 16 – May 4, 2017
Thursdays, 3-5 p.m.

Fee for all courses

$400 per person or $1,050 for three participants if registered by January 30, 2017.

$425 per person or $1,125 for three participants if registered after January 30, 2017.

Senior discount available!

For application information, contact:
Linda Stilling, SSND
Spanish Language & Culture Program Coordinator