Reaching out through language

Learning Spanish can prove to be a valuable skill for almost anyone. Do you see yourself ministering to Spanish-speaking people in your neighborhood or around the world? How about closing a business deal in a Latin American country? What about teaching Hispanic students in a kindergarten? Becoming bilingual can open doors for both Christian service and economic success.

Spanish and English are two of the most spoken languages in the world. More than 358 million people speak Spanish. As of 2009, the United States had the second-largest Hispanic population in the world, with more than 48 million speakers. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts there will be 132.8 million Hispanics living in America by 2050, 30 percent of the population.

In the real world

Maranatha graduate Aaron Yokers ('07) began teaching English as a Second Language at Tirana International School in Tirana, Albania, during the fall of 2009. He and his wife, Fjori, live in Tirana. “I am enjoying teaching here,” Yokers said. “The students are always a special group.” Yokers said a special moment during the summer of 2010 came when two youngsters in his group at Vacation Bible School trusted in Christ. “It was an encouraging week for me just to see so many kids hear the truths about our great God,” Yokers said.

Your potential career

  • Interpreter
  • Translator
  • International studies coordinator
  • English language instructor
  • International training instructor
  • Student exchange coordinator
  • Educational administrator
  • Human resources administrator
  • Textbook translator

Required courses

Elementary Spanish 13
Elementary Spanish 23
Intermediate Spanish 13
Intermediate Spanish 23
Second Language Acquisition Theories3
Culture and Civilization of Spanish Speaking People3
Language Immersion Practicum3
Teaching Spanish (Education Majors only)2
Electives (as needed)0
Grammatical Analysis Literary Texts
Spanish for Professionals
Current Events
Spanish Literature
Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
Spanish Interpretation and Translation
Advanced Spanish Writing
Advanced Spanish Conversation