Courses within the Modern Languages Division are designed to assist students toward a better understanding of the languages and interrelationships of people, institutions, and the complex world of cultures in which we live.

An Associate in Arts (AA) degree in Spanish prepares students for transfer to a university with a major in Spanish or a closely related major of which Spanish is an integral part. Spanish majors should consult the transfer guides and bachelor’s degree requirements of the university they plan to attend to determine the inclusion of 100 and 200 level courses as part of the major.

An English-Language Proficiency Certificate for Non-Native English Speakers is also available to help students enhance their academic English skills in reading, listening, speaking, and writing. This certificate program will also prepare students to take the TOEFL iBT test.

Additionally, Arizona Western College also offers courses in the subjects of: Arabic (ARB), American Sign Language (ASL), English as a Second Language (ESL), French (FRE), German (GER), Structure English Immersion (SEI), and Second Language Teaching (SLT).

Graduates of the Spanish program will successfully complete the following learning outcomes:

  • Engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions
  • Interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics
  • State information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied
  • Express an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied
  • Integrate learned knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language
  • Collect information and identify the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures
  • Compare the nature of the Spanish language with English
  • Demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own
  • Use the language both within and beyond the school setting
  • Illustrate evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.

Programs

Click on a program to get more information.

AA in Spanish

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

English-Language Proficiency for Non-Native English Speakers

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

Career Overview & Job Outlook

Successful completion of this program may lead to a variety of employment opportunities, most of which require continued higher education at the university level. Below are examples of related occupations and annual mean wages in Arizona according to a May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Teaching Assistants
Perform duties that are instructional in nature or deliver direct services to students or parents. Serve in a position for which a teacher has ultimate responsibility for the design and implementation of educational programs and services.
$26,590
Tutors
Instruct individual students or small groups of students in academic subjects to support formal class instruction or to prepare students for standardized or admissions tests. 
$32,130
Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and English as a Second Language Instructors 
Teach or instruct out-of-school youths and adults in basic education, literacy, or English as a Second Language classes, or in classes for earning a high school equivalency credential.
$50,020
Interpreters and Translators 
Interpret oral or sign language or translate written text from one language into another.
$51,870
Postsecondary Foreign Language and Literature Teachers
Teach languages and literature courses in languages other than English. Includes teachers of American Sign Language (ASL). Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
$66,890
Postsecondary Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers 
Teach courses pertaining to the culture and development of an area, an ethnic group, or any other group, such as Latin American studies, women's studies, or urban affairs. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
$78,210

Contact Information

Modern Languages Division Staff

Martha Martinez
Division Chair, Modern Languages
928.344.7607
Office: LA 112
Victoria Willoughby 
Administrative Secretary
928.344.7708
Office: LR 067

Modern Languages Division Faculty

*Full-time Faculty only. Associate Faculty can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@azwestern.edu (example: john.doe@azwestern.edu)

Earl Smith
Professor of English as a Second Language
928.344.7523
Office: ES 125
Valeriia Bogorevich
Professor of English as a Second Language
928.314.9442
Office: San Luis Learning Center 101E
Brian Beeles
Professor of Spanish
928.317.7523
Office: LA 10
Steven Lund
Professor of English as a Second Language
928.317.6055
Office: ES 122
Liza Martinez
Professor of English as a Second Language
928.314.9423
Office: San Luis Learning Center
Susan Salminen
Professor of English as a Second Language
928.314.9443
Office: LA-103
Jennie Buoy
Professor of English as a Second Language
928.314.9445
Office: San Luis Learning Center