Language Placement

The Department offers a variety of regular and accelerated courses leading to proficiency in Spanish and Portuguese. Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced undergraduate courses in grammar, composition, conversation, literature and culture are offered every semester on campus and in summer study abroad programs in Costa Rica, Argentina, Spain and Brazil. Advanced placement for work completed in high school may be granted; consult with Admissions and the Department for current information. For information on retroactive credit, please contact the main office of the Department. 

What courses are offered in basic Spanish?

First Year: Elementary Spanish

SPAN 104 Only for students with no previous study of Spanish and for students with one year in freshman or sophomore year of high school (5 credit hours)
SPAN 105 This course covers the same material as 104 and has the same tests, but meets three days a week instead of five. For students with 1 - 2 years of recent high school Spanish, or 2 - 3 years in junior and early senior high school. (3)
SPAN 108 A continuation of Elementary Spanish I; primarily for students coming from SPAN 104 or SPAN 105 at KU. This course may also be appropriate for students with 2 - 3 years of high school Spanish (5)
SPAN 109 The Honors version of SPAN 108; students who are not in the Honors program must earn a grade of A in SPAN 104 or 105 and be recommended by their instructor, in order to enroll in 109.
SPAN 111 Covers a year's elementary curriculum in one semester. For students with 2 - 3 years of high school Spanish who want an intensive course that goes rapidly through the whole first-year curriculum. Advantage: Completes one year of work in one semester. Students go on to SPAN 212 after 111. (5)

Second Year: Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 212 For students with 2 - 4 years of recent high school Spanish with a minimum grade of C. SPAN 213 is the Honors section; students must earn an A in the prerequisite course in SPAN 108 or 111 to enroll. (3) Students are eligible to apply for 3 retroactive credits upon completion of 212 or 213 with minimum grade of C.
SPAN 216 Emphasis on practice of spoken and written Spanish in discussion and commentary on selected readings. Some sections offer a particular thematic approach to these skills. For students with 3 - 4 years of recent high school Spanish with a minimum grade of C. SPAN 217 is the Honors section; students must earn an A in the prerequisite course (SPAN 212 or 213) to enroll. (3) Students interested in going beyond the language requirement may enroll concurrently in SPAN 328 Intermediate Conversation (1). Students are eligible to apply for 6 retroactive credits upon completion of 216 or 217 with minimum grade of C.
SPAN 220 SPAN 220 For students with 2 - 4 years of recent high school Spanish with minimum grade of B who want an intensive, demanding course that combines 212 and 216 in one semester. (6) Students are eligible to apply for 6 retroactive credits upon completion of 220 with a minimum grade of C.

Third Year: Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 324 For students with 4 - 5 years of high school Spanish with a minimum grade of B. (3). Students must enroll concurrently in SPAN 328 Intermediate Conversation (1).
What courses are offered in basic Portuguese?

First Year: Elementary Portuguese

PORT 104 Elementary Brazilian Portuguese I (5) U. Five hours of class per week, plus supplementary work in language laboratory. Essentials of grammar, elementary syntax and composition, easy reading. Emphasis on conversation.
PORT 106 Elementary Brazilian Portuguese, Accelerated I (3) U. Three meetings weekly, plus supplementary work in language laboratory. Designed for students proficient in Spanish (or with previous work in Portuguese) to acquire proficiency in Portuguese more rapidly. Covers the same material as PORT 104. Prerequisite: SPAN 216 or equivalent.
PORT 108 Elementary Brazilian Portuguese II (5) U. Five hours of class per week plus supplementary work in language laboratory. A continuation of PORT 104. Prerequisite: PORT 104.
PORT 110 Elementary Brazilian Portuguese, Accelerated II (3) U. A continuation of PORT 106. Prerequisite: PORT 106.

Second Year: Intermediate Portuguese

PORT 212 Intermediate Brazilian Portuguese I (3) U A review of Brazilian Portuguese grammar, with practice in reading, composition, and conversation through the study and discussion of Brazilian prose selections. Prerequisite: PORT 108 or PORT 110.
PORT 216 Intermediate Brazilian Portuguese II (3) U. A continuation of PORT 212. Prerequisite: PORT 212.
How do I know what class to take?
If you want to take Spanish, and have had no previous experience with the language, you should sign up for SPAN 104. In order to register for 104, you will need to make an appointment with the Advising Specialist for the Department of Spanish & Portuguese by calling (785) 864-3500, and bring a copy of your high school transcript to your meeting. If you do have previous experience with Spanish, you will need to take a placement exam to determine which class would be appropriate. The placement exam can be taken online by clicking here (password: gojayhawks). After finishing the exam, you will receive a score accompanied by the name of the course into which you should enroll. Should you receive a score of 700 or better and wish to test out of the language proficiency requirement, you should make an appointment with the advising specialist. If you want to take Portuguese and have had no previous experience with either Portuguese or Spanish, you should sign up for PORT 104. Otherwise, please consult with the department to determine which class would be appropriate.
What if the class I need is not available?
If you are trying to enroll in a basic language course and there isn't a spot open, you may be able to put yourself on a waitlist in Enroll & Pay. To see classes with available spots on the waitlist, uncheck the box that says “Show open classes only”. Classes with a yellow triangle have waitlists available. Select that class. At the next screen that shows, check the box that says “Waitlist if full”. Continue the enrollment process as normal. The course will show up on your schedule as waitlisted. To determine whether you have been moved into the class from the waitlist, check your schedule. Enroll & Pay is updated once a day, and the system will enroll you automatically if a space becomes available. If a class shows as open (with green circle) but the system will not allow you to enroll, a space has become open in the class but the system has yet to move someone from the waitlist into that open spot. Please remember NOT to enroll in another class at the same time as the class you waitlisted. If you are enrolled in a class at the same time as the waitlisted class, the system will skip over you and put the next person on the waitlist into the class.

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