Le gustan las lenguas?: Students needed for Spanish IV

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Students wishing to take intermediate Spanish classes will have the opportunity to take more advanced classes beginning in fall quarter 2014.

Pierce College professor Victoria Mayorga hopes to teach Spanish 221 for the first time since winter quarter 2009, but in order to offer the class, Mayorga needs enough student interest in taking what’s considered to be a second-year, or intermediate, class.

Mayorga has discussed the possibility with deans and believes that there will be enough students who have taken the beginning courses in the past year that will choose to continue studying Spanish. The college currently offers the beginning Spanish 121-123 sequence.

She said she wants to offer the class from 1-2:05 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. That 65-minute class time gives students extra time daily in class.

“I love having the extra 15 minutes,” Mayorga said. “The 50-minute classes are just too short.”

Mayorga also emphasized the importance of having on-campus classes. She enjoys interacting with her students and believes that it’s an ideal environment for learning a foreign language.

“The fun part, for me, is being in class with students face-to-face,” Mayorga said. “I love the face-to-face (conversations).”

The intermediate class is a great opportunity and should be a smooth transition for students who have taken classes through Spanish 123 at Pierce College Puyallup, Mayorga said.

The class includes more reading and more time spent with the language than the beginning classes. Spanish will be exclusively used in the class.

Though this timeslot is generally conducive to schedules of many of the adult students at Pierce College Puyallup, Mayorga hopes students know she is able to be flexible with attendance if necessary.

“People are not penalized if they work, get sick or have children,” Mayorga said.

This policy applies to all of her classes. If students are worried about their ability to attend class, she hopes that they’ll feel comfortable contacting her.

As for the class, Mayorga is excited to teach a group of intermediate Spanish students who have as much fun with language as she does.

“I want to make it fun and interactive, of course,” Mayorga said. “The class is fun because students want to learn.”

Prospective and current students can contact Mayorga with questions at vmayorga@pierce.ctc.edu or see her during her office hours in C290L.

Su puerta está siempre abierta: her door is always open.

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Le gustan las lenguas?: Students needed for Spanish IV

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