Spanish courses are divided into three levels: Intermediate, Advanced I and Advanced II. Each level has the following series of required courses: grammar, composition, conversation and religion. Without additional costs one can take up to 18 credits (the minimum is 12 credits to be full time) of classes. This may be accomplished by taking, in addition to the required courses of each level, such electives as Latin American Civilization (History, Folklore, Geography). Literature and Translation is also offered for students in Advanced I and II. Following this, there is a broad variety of elective courses that students will be able to take during the third quarter (March-May). These courses are part of the regular class schedule of the university and students need to be fluent in Spanish in order to take any of them. Permission must be obtained before enrolling in them and will be granted to those with advanced language skills.
Universidad Adventista del Plata (UAP) is able to give a 'Diploma de Castellano como Lengua Extranjera' (Diploma of Spanish as a second language) certifying linguistic competence in language and culture. This certificate is important when applying for a job which requires language skills.
At the end of the academic year, students will have to take an examination to demonstrate that they have the knowledge required for each level. These exams have a written and an oral section.
- Intermediate Level: Certifies that students are able to express themselves in daily life situations, and that they can conduct a simple conversation and understand native speakers when expressing themselves orally or in written form.
- Advanced I Level: Certifies that students are able to communicate in-depth and express themselves more completely as well as understand authentic text and write an essay.
- Advanced II Level: Certifies that students are able to communicate fluently and be aware of the syntax of the language.
Certificates and Diplomas of Spanish:
Together with the State Universities of Buenos Aires-Cordoba - UBA and UNC- the UNL (Universidad Nacional del Litoral) is the headquarters of the CELU (Certificado de Español: Lengua y Uso) delivered by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Argentina. The CELU evaluates the student’s linguistic level in its written and oral form in daily, family and socio-academic situations. There are two language levels: Intermediate and Advanced.
ACA students who are interested in acquiring a diploma in Spanish totally accredited and recognized all over the world, will be prepared at the UAP for these examinations free of any extra charge.
All students must participate in the outings designed as ACA cultural tours. These tours are an integral part of the instructional program. Record will be taken and specific assignments given. Students' completion of these assignments and positive participation on these tours will affect their overall grades in the courses with which they are connected.