Spanish for Professionals

The course is concerned with the introduction of a European language into the mainstream conversation of academic professionals, in line with the trends in globalization and international linkages (being) forged between among institutions of higher learning across the globe.

While Spanish was the official language of the Philippines from the beginning of Spanish rule in the late 16th century, until the late 19th century, it was removed in 1973 by a constitutional change. After a few months it was re-designated an official language by presidential decree and remained official until 1987, when the present Constitution removed its official status, designating it instead as an optional language. The Philippine Constitution states: “For purposes of communication and instruction, the official languages of the Philippines are Filipino and, until otherwise provided by law, English. The regional languages are the auxiliary official languages in the regions and shall serve as auxiliary media of instruction therein. Spanish and Arabic shall be promoted on a voluntary and optional basis.” (Article XIV, Sec 7)

The course covers not only grammatical and conversational Spanish, but also includes lectures on Spanish culture, arts, gastronomy, and geography.