Bienvenidos a la Seccion de Espanol


Welcome to the Spanish Web pages. SFCC offers two full years (six quarters) of Spanish: Elementary Spanish (SPAN 121, 122, 123) and Intermediate Spanish (SPAN 221, 222, 223). Students need not begin with Spanish I; students who have previous experience with Spanish can contact Gabriel Valenzuela for more advanced placement. For more information on any of the following please click on the links to the left.

Summer Study Abroad in Spain: SFCC students have the opportunity to spend two, three or four weeks in Salamanca, Spain and earn up to 7 credits in Spanish.

Spanish Club: An active Spanish club meets every Wednesday at 11:30 AM to play games and practice Spanish together, as well as plan events that promote the cultures of Spanish-speaking groups of people.

International Language Center: Students can enhance their language skills by utilizing the software available in the International Language Center (Bldg. 5, Room 105). Programs in Spanish include Atajo, Before You Know It, EduOle, Spanish Workshop and Grammar Tutor by Idiom Software.

Contact information is listed below. Select the email link to send an email. For general program information, contact the administrative assistant. The globe icon Globe Icon identifies faculty web sites. Click the globe to visit the site.

Estrada, Hadda; Assistant Dean for Global Education and Strategic Partnerships

Estrada, Hadda; Assistant Dean for Global Education and Strategic Partnerships Office: SFCC 17-106 SCC 15-114

Phone: (509) 533-3844/7033

Email: Hadda.Estrada@sfcc.spokane.edu

My name is Hadda Estrada, and I was born and grew up in Paris, France. I spent most of my life in France where I got the opportunity to travel throughout Europe. After I graduated from the University of Marne-la-Valle in Business Administration, I decided to pursue my interest in communication and languages.

I moved to Monroe, Louisiana and went to the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) where I furthered my education in Business Administration. In 2001, I graduated with my BA in Economics. Soon after, I enrolled in the Master of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Mass Communication. I received my MA from ULM and began teaching Communication courses for over 7 years. As a Speech Instructor, I taught students from diverse academic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds to combat fears associated with public speaking and to help them realize speaking attributes.

In 2006, I began working as a Retention Advisor and Communication Studies Instructor and was strongly committed to academic advising, retention and graduation efforts. I was involved in all aspects of the Student Success Center's functions, to include advising, teaching, program development and management. I also taught multiple sections of University Seminar each semester. This class was part of ULM's First Year Experience and the Learning Communities program, a very critical component that impacted every incoming freshman at the institution. I worked very closely with students each semester to help them transition both socially and academically to the university.

In 2010, my family and I moved to Spokane. We enjoy being outdoors, going on hikes, and riding our bikes. Our love and passion for traveling and discovering other cultures is never-ending. All my family lives in Europe, so we try to visit them as much as possible.

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Valenzuela, Gabriel; Instructor

Valenzuela, Gabriel; Instructor Office: 24-124

Phone: (509) 533-3472

Email: Gabriel.Valenzuela@sfcc.spokane.edu

Spanish 121 Spanish 221 SPANISH CLUB Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain Spanish 122-123 Spanish 222-223
Gabriel Valenzuela hails from Portland, Oregon. Gabriel earned his B.A. in Spanish and Italian from the University of Oregon and later earned his M.A. in Spanish and Italian Literature from the University of Oregon in Eugene. Gabriel's thesis focused on the principal motifs present in the genre Naturalism in the late 19th century novel by Manuel Zeno Gandía. Other interests of study and research include the Spanish Golden Age through the 16th and 17th century poets (Góngora, Lope de Vega, Garcilaso de la Vega, among others), Cervantes and also the masterpieces of 16th and 17th century theatre (Calderon de la Barca, Tirso de Molina, among others). Gabriel, like most Spanish students at one point or another, has followed Don Quijote on all of his journeys and the quixotic nature of Don Alonso has indeed rubbed off! Having studied Italian, Gabriel has also descended into the deepest circles with Dante Alighieri and Virgil in La Divina Commedia. His primary focus and interest in Italian is found in Boccaccio's Decamerone, and on quite the opposite end of the spectrum, the genre "Gialli", which is the Detective Novel series.

Teaching language and culture is a deeply rooted passion. His first experience was in a classroom very similar to the one found on the SFCC campus: In his 3rd year at the UO, Gabriel was assigned a position whereby he gained valuable experience teacher assisting in Spanish classrooms at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. It was through these months of tutoring and teacher assisting that Gabriel began to hone his skills and learn many lessons by watching the teachers in their classes, and two years later he earned a fellowship to teach Italian at the University of Oregon while contemporaneously pursuing coursework toward an M.A.

An Oregonian through and through, Gabriel has learned that not all roads lead to NE Portland and is now discovering the jewel which is Spokane. He is very excited to learn what "snow" really means, and at the same time escape from the land of the incessant rain cloud. He is proud to represent SFCC and work with such remarkable colleagues and bright students.

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SFCC has a long partnership with the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia. UniValle sends us recent graduates in Modern Languages to team-teach in our Spanish program and assist with other international programs around campus. This program is currently on hiatus.

Previous Language Assistants ~ Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia

Eliud Acevedo Gutiérrez Sandra Vargas
Eliud Acevedo Gutiérrez
Fall 2011
Sandra Vargas
2010 - 2011
Lilibeydy Manrique Ramírez Luis H. Benavidez Paz
Lilibeydy Manrique Ramírez
2008 - 2010
Luis H. Benavidez Pas
2007 - 2008
Sandra Mina Herrera Carolina Pelaez
Sandra Mina Herrera
2006 - 2007
Carolina Pelaez
2005 - 2006
Marlon Valencia Miguel Angel Rincón Pérez
Marlon Valencia
2004 - 2005
Miguel Angel Rincón Pérez
2003 - 2004
Francía Eliana Martínez Valencia Lucero Flórez Páez
Francia Eliana Martínez Valencia
2002 - 2003
Lucero Flórez Páez
2001 - 2002
Julián Andrés Vásquez Ocoró Sandra Patricia Cruz Martínez
Julián Andrés Vásquez Ocoró
2000 - 2001
Sandra Patricia Cruz Martínez
1998 - 2000
María Eugenia Lozano Lenis Juan Pablo Jiménez Caicedo
María Eugenia Lozano Lenis
Juan Pablo Jiménez Caicedo
All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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Class Credits

SFCC offers two full years (six quarters) of Spanish: Elementary Spanish (SPAN 121, 122, 123) and Intermediate Spanish (SPAN 221, 222, 223).

  • Students need not begin with Spanish I; students who have previous experience with Spanish can contact Gabriel Valenzuela for more advanced placement.

  • Classes are offered in sequence, so students who want to take the entire first-year sequence need to take Spanish I during fall quarter, Spanish II during winter quarter, and Spanish III during spring quarter.

  • The second-year sequence is only available during the daytime and is offered in sequence: Spanish IV during fall quarter, Spanish V during winter quarter, and Spanish VI during spring quarter.

  • All of our Spanish courses are offered in August through our Study Abroad in Spain.

Elem Spanish 121

Inter Spanish 223

Elem Spanish 122

Inter Spanish 223

Elem Spanish 123

Inter Spanish 223
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