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Why Study Spanish?

First and foremost, learning Spanish is much more than learning a second language. Languages cannot be separated from their cultural, historical and artistic contexts. All of our Spanish classes, from elementary to graduate level, focus on both communicative language skills and the diversity of Hispanic culture.

These two elements, language ability and multi-cultural sensitivity, are highly marketable skills in today's world. A brief look at some statistics shows this importance:

  • Spanish is spoken as the official language of approximately 460 million people in 20 independent countries.
  • An estimated 50 million Hispanics live in the United States.
  •  PA Hispanic population is 5% or 600,000 in 2010.
  • Some reports indicate that the need for foreign language teachers will increase 20% over the next 10 years in the US.
  • Berks County's Hispanic population saw a significant jump - 44.5%, from 24,820 in 2000 to 60,000 in 2010.

Based on the growth of the Hispanic population and the increase of Spanish-speakers world-wide, bilingual English/Spanish ability and cross-cultural understanding are valued assets within all fields, but especially so within the business world, health care fields, government, education, social work, and law enforcement.