Central Arizona College will begin offering intensive eight-week Spanish classes in spring 2022.
The college’s beginning Spanish class, which normally runs 16 weeks, will be taught in only eight weeks from Jan. 18 to March 10, 2022. Students will then have the option to move immediately into the second class, which will run from March 14 to May 12, 2022.
“We implemented this intensive format as a response to the heavy fall 2021 enrollment in Spanish classes,” stated Karen Hindhede, Literary Arts and Languages Division chair in a press release.
CAC will continue to waive in-state tuition for the spring 2022 semester for Pinal County residents. Additionally, out-of-county residents are eligible for six free credits this spring. The college has seen an overwhelming community response to these incentives, and Spanish class enrollment has reached a six-year high.
“Many people have always wanted to learn Spanish, and the free tuition has been just the motivation for them to register,” Hindhede said. “We expect the demand for Spanish to continue in the spring. The intensive format enables more students to be eligible to begin second-year Spanish in fall 2022 and move closer to fluency.”
The intensive Spanish classes will be offered online, a format the division initiated in 2017. Pronunciation is checked using periodic synchronous online meetings with the instructor.
“After four semesters of Spanish at CAC, a student can expect to be able to successfully handle a variety of communicative tasks in straightforward social situations, as well as converse and respond to a variety of topics,” stated Michael Owens, Spanish faculty member. “The speaker can participate and manage predictable and concrete exchanges necessary for survival in Spanish-speaking cultures such as personal information related to self, family, home, daily activities, interests and personal preferences, as well as physical and social needs.”
Spring registration will begin Monday Oct. 11. To enroll or register for classes visit www.centralaz.edu.