Spanish Outreach

Spanish Outreach was developed by Dr. Michael Schnepf and is offered by the Spanish program within the Department of Modern Languages and Classics. With the rapidly growing Hispanic population in Tuscaloosa County and Alabama in general, there is a growing need for bilingual speakers (Spanish & English) who can help in the Latino community in a wide spectrum of areas such as schools, health care, law enforcement, fire prevention, and other social services.Outreach group 2021

The Spanish Outreach Program places the most accomplished Spanish majors and minors as interns in local schools, where they can assist students with individual tutoring, comprehension of lessons, personal dialogue, interpretation, and other language-based tasks. In addition to providing a valuable community service, these students-interns receive three hours of college credit (SP 389, applicable to major or minor) as they hone their own linguistic skills.

Participants are required to spend six hours a week during the entire semester at their assigned school. Each participant will arrange their schedules in consultation with the on‐site ELL supervisor and Dr. Posner.

Eligibility

Students must have completed SP353: Spanish Conversation and SP356: Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition. This is not a general course; students must have Dr. Posner’s written permission to enroll. Start by setting up an appointment with Dr. Posner. Interviews will be conducted after the midterm of the semester. Students will be notified the month prior to the end of the semester.

Is Spanish Outreach Right for You?

  • Are you a Spanish major or minor with a 3.0 GPA?
  • Do you feel it is time to give back to the community?
  • Are you interested in helping Latino kids in local schools?
  • Do you need 3 hours of credit to apply toward your major or minor?
  • Have you taken SP 353 & 356?

If you answered yes to these questions, Spanish Outreach may be a good course for you.

More Information

For additional information about the program and the availability of students/interns, contact Dr. Shirin Posner at skposner@ua.edu.