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Minor in Spanish Teaching
(21–37 hours*)


This minor is designed to prepare students to teach in public schools. A teaching minor may only be received by students graduating with a teaching major. In order to graduate with this minor, students are required to complete Utah State Office of Education licensing requirements. To view these requirements go to http://education.byu.edu/ess/licensing.html or contact Education Student Services, 350 MCKB, (801) 422-3426.

Program Requirements

  1. Grades below C- in professional education courses or content courses will not be accepted in the teaching major or teaching minor. Teacher candidates must have a cumulative 2.85 GPA in teaching major and teaching minor courses to qualify for student teaching.
  2. Complete the following prerequisite courses (or equivalent experience):
      SPAN 101 : Foundational Spanish 1. (4:5:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SPAN 101 : Foundational Spanish 1. (4:5:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: Fundamentals of Spanish, emphasizing communication. (Accelerated sections available.) Pass/fail only.
      NOTE: For students with no previous Spanish.

      Course Outcomes


      SPAN 102 : Foundational Spanish 2. (4:5:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SPAN 102 : Foundational Spanish 2. (4:5:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Span 101.
      DESCRIPTION: Continuation of Span 101. Fundamentals of Spanish, emphasizing communication. (Accelerated sections available.) Pass/fail only.

      Course Outcomes


      SPAN 105 : University Spanish 1. (4:5:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SPAN 105 : University Spanish 1. (4:5:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Two years of high school Spanish or Span 101/102 or placement by diagnostic test.
      DESCRIPTION: Continued development of grammar, cultural understanding, reading, writing, and conversation skills as introduced in foundational courses. Students are expected to attain an Intermediate-Mid proficiency level.

      Course Outcomes


      SPAN 106 : University Spanish 2. (4:5:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SPAN 106 : University Spanish 2. (4:5:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Span 105.
      DESCRIPTION: Expanded development of grammar, cultural understanding, reading, writing, and conversation skills as introduced in foundational and intermediate courses. Students are expected to attain an Intermediate-Mid to Intermediate-High proficiency level.

      Course Outcomes


      SPAN 205 : University Spanish 3. (4:5:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SPAN 205 : University Spanish 3. (4:5:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Four years of high school Spanish, Span 106, or placement by test.
      DESCRIPTION: Continued development of grammar, cultural understanding, conversation skills, writing, and reading through the study of literature. Students are expected to attain an Intermediate-High proficiency level.
      NOTE: Fulfills the University Core Languages of Learning requirement. This course is part of a GE Mosaic. See ge.byu.edu/mosaic-list for more information.

      Course Outcomes


      SPAN 206 : University Spanish 4. (4:5:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SPAN 206 : University Spanish 4. (4:5:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Spanish 205 or placement by test.
      DESCRIPTION: Expanded development of grammar, cultural understanding, conversation skills, writing, and reading through the study of literature. Students are expected to attain a strong Intermediate-High or Advanced-Low proficiency level.

      Course Outcomes


  3. Complete the following:
      SPAN 321 : Third-Year Spanish Reading, Grammar, and Culture. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SPAN 321 : Third-Year Spanish Reading, Grammar, and Culture. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Placement by test.
      DESCRIPTION: Intensive study and practice with Spanish grammar, vocabulary, and writings incorporating cultural and literary readings.
      NOTE: First class for returned Spanish-speaking missionaries. Fullfills the University Core Languages of Learning requirement. Required for Spanish major and minor.

      Course Outcomes


      SPAN 322 : Third-Year Spanish Composition. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SPAN 322 : Third-Year Spanish Composition. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer Contact Department
      PREREQUISITE: SPAN 321
      DESCRIPTION: Study and practice of different writing styles, developing research skills.
      NOTE: Strongly recommended for students continuing on to a graduate program.

      Course Outcomes


      SPAN 326 : Spanish Phonetics and Pronunciation. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SPAN 326 : Spanish Phonetics and Pronunciation. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      PREREQUISITE: SPAN 321
      DESCRIPTION: Spanish sound system; underlying concepts of Spanish speech production and applications to pronunciation.

      Course Outcomes


      SPAN 339 : Introduction to Spanish Literature. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SPAN 339 : Introduction to Spanish Literature. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Span 321 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Readings in modern Hispanic literatures, focusing on formal literary analysis.
      NOTE: Course is prerequisite to 400-level literature courses.

      Course Outcomes


      SPAN 377 : Spanish Teaching Methods 1. (3:3:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SPAN 377 : Spanish Teaching Methods 1. (3:3:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: SPAN 321 & SPAN 326 & SPAN 345; or SPAN 321 & SPAN 326 & SPAN 355; Spanish Teaching major or minor status.
      DESCRIPTION: History of language teaching methods; standards-based unit and lesson planning; strategies for teaching speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary.

      Course Outcomes


      SPAN 378 : Spanish Teaching Methods 2. (3:3:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SPAN 378 : Spanish Teaching Methods 2. (3:3:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: SPAN 377
      DESCRIPTION: Strategies for teaching culture; use of instructional media and technology; assessment of learner performance; foreign language program models; planning for continuing professional development.

      Course Outcomes



    Note 2: Span 377 and 378 must be taken before student teaching. Span 377 will be waived for students majoring in another language who have had the course in that language. Students who waive the class will need to take 3 additional elective hours from the 300-, 400-, or 500-level courses in Spanish.
  4. Complete one course from the following:
  5. Complete one course from the following:
  6. Complete the following:
    Note: The Senior Proficiency Evaluation is taken in connection with Span 491. Before applying to student teach in the major, achieve a minimum OPI rating of advanced-low to obtain Utah state licensure and to graduate.

*Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.



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