Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO's) for Spanish are aligned with national and state standards on language teaching, development of language skills, and cultural understanding as reflected in the Proficiency Guidelines by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL):

  • Demonstrate an Intermediate High or higher proficiency level in reading, writing, listening and speaking in the language studied according to the ACTFL guidelines.
  • Accurately compare and contrast social, cultural, economic and political phenomena in different cultures and apply their intercultural competence when engaging in community activities and study abroad experiences
  • Critically analyze a range of linguistic, sociocultural and historical issues across the globe and connect them to other disciplines.
  • Spanish Proficiency guidelines available at

Mission Statement of the Spanish Program

The Spanish Program at Aquinas College promotes an understanding of and exchange with Hispanic cultures both within and outside the United States. Our integrated program of language learning incorporates all of the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students learn to use the Spanish language in a communicative, interactive environment within the classroom. The Spanish Program offers a variety of upper-division courses for study in culture, linguistics, translation and interpretation, literature, and community involvement through service learning. These courses are designed to enhance an understanding of the richness of the human experience across times and cultures and integrate the Dominican charisms of study, community and service.