“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’ “ Matthew 20:18-20
As the Spanish department, we believe in the importance of being able to communicate with other countries, especially focusing on witnessing and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. In order to effectively communicate with other cultures and peoples, our students are presented with the material to learn the Spanish language in a safe environment. Students are encouraged to speak, write, and read Spanish in order to reach an understanding of a sound linguistic base for further study, work, and leisure. This is done by creating a stimulating environment where students engage in situational dialogues, as well as formal and informal writing and readings. Our goal is to have students gain an increased understanding of basic cultural differences through exposure to the history, art, music, and food of the target culture and discussions of the same. We strive to provide and offer insights into the Spanish and Latin American cultures and literature while providing effective ways to integrate comprehension and productive skills with the teaching of the language, culture, and literature. We want our students to pass through the Spanish department with a broader perspective of the world we live in and to attain the skills necessary to communicate with Spanish and Latin American people effectively. Above all, we encourage them to use this knowledge to disciple other nations in the path to salvation through Jesus Christ.