|1||Mrs. Neeraj Saxena||Associate Professor||Profile|
Spanish is the official language of twenty countries namely Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela. Spanish is also extensively used in the USA. It is the second language of international communication as also one of the official languages of the United Nations.
Spanish is also a language in which great literature has been written. “Don Quixote” of Cervantes, novels of Gabriel García Marquez and Isabel Allende, poetry of Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral and essays of Octavio Paz, amongst others, are a fundamental part of universal literature.
Here, at DCAC, Spanish is part of the B.A. Programme Course and can be learnt starting right from the very beginning, wherein no previous knowledge of the language is required up to advanced study of the language, study of short stories, poems and translation. Students can also opt for Skill Enhancement Courses in various fields as also to improve spoken skills in the language from Semester 3 onwards. After completion of the B.A Programme course students are eligible for a Master’s programme in Spanish subject to qualifying in the Entrance Test for the same.
B.A. Programme students of other disciplines can also opt to study Spanish in their 5th and 6th Semesters as their Generic Elective subject.
Spanish is also offered to students of B.A. (Hons.) courses of all disciplines and they can opt to study the language from the 1st to the 4th Semester as their Generic Elective subject. DCAC also offers part-time Add-on courses in Spanish. Students can begin with the study of the Certificate course, wherein no previous knowledge of the language is required. After completion of the Certificate course, they can go on to do the Diploma course and then the Advanced Diploma course. Thus, a student can attain knowledge of Spanish right from the elementary level to the advanced level. Each level is of the duration of one academic year and thus students can complete all the three levels along with their graduation in any subject.
Since Spanish is widely spoken, knowledge of Spanish offers job opportunities in the Embassies of the various Spanish speaking countries in India. Also, since it is the second language of the USA, many students join companies such as “American Express” as also various multinational companies. The growing Travel and Tourism Industry also has many jobs to offer. Students have also got offers to teach English in many parts of Spain. One can also work as a Trade Representative for companies from Spain and Latin America. In fact, whatever one’s profession, Spanish can give one a winning edge.
Interactive sessions are held regularly with alumni of B.A. (Prog.) Spanish course who are now working as professionals in various fields so as to guide the students studying Spanish at present.
Spanish songs and films related activities are held regularly. Poster making activities related to various aspects of culture and literature of Spanish-speaking countries take place with regular effect.