Lawrence offers Spanish sequence during the summer

Rebecca Carvalho

Provost and Dean of the Faculty David Burrows announced Monday, May 3 that Lawrence will offer a six-week Spanish language sequence this summer. The class will run from June 21 to July 30.
The Spanish language sequence is listed as Spanish 200, will count as an 18-credit class and will be the equivalent of Spanish 101, 102 and 201. It was created due to the increased demand for these courses.
The Spanish language sequence course is open only to Lawrence degree-seeking students, and its completion will satisfy the foreign language requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree and the international diversity requirement for the Bachelor of Music degree.
“We are aiming at students who would normally take the Spanish language sequence during the academic year to satisfy these requirements,” explained Professor of Spanish Gustavo Fares.
“The syllabus covers what now we cover in the 101-201 sequence. We use the same book and resources,” said Fares. A student enrolled in the course will receive full academic credit only if the whole course is completed. “If the student withdraws without completion, he or she will receive a withdraw passing and no academic credits.”
Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will utilize Lawrence facilities such as the Humanities Lab and the Seeley G. Mudd Library.
Instructors of Spanish Cecilia Herrera, Madera Allan and Esther Palomino will be teaching the course this summer.
Herrera explained, “Since the summer course is the only class that students will be taking, they will be able to immerse themselves in the Spanish language and learn about its cultures without worrying about other academic commitments.”
The registration period for the class is from May 12 to May 25 and will not be available on Voyager. Students should instead go to the Registrar’s Office in Brokaw Hall, first floor. Students’ advisors must release their holds prior to the registration process. The summer class has a limit of 20 students.
While students enrolled in the course are allowed to live on campus, they are not required to live at Lawrence. Students planning on staying on campus should contact the Campus Life Office on the fourth floor of the Warch Campus Center and indicate that they will be enrolled during the summer term.
Tuition for the summer class is $7,208 and on-campus housing costs approximately $600. Some meals will be available in the campus center on a pay-as-you-go basis, and federal financial aid should be available to qualified students.
Reflecting on whether or not Lawrence will choose to continue the summer program, Dean Burrows said, “We are committed to trying out the summer program for two years. We will then try to evaluate whether it is working for us.”
At this time there are no plans to offer other language courses this summer, but “it is something to consider, if there is perceived need,” explained Burrows.
Herrera looks forward to the summer course offering. She explained, “There will be a variety of communicative – and hopefully fun – activities that will provide intensive practice. We hope it will be an enriching and enjoyable experience for everyone.