Spanish Department

¡Bienvenido! Welcome to the Spanish Department Website!

We are a team of friendly professionals committed to help you succeed! We love teaching Spanish! We share a passion for the Spanish language and cultures. Spanish speakers have a passion for life that is contagious.

Catch the passion! This website will answer questions you may have about Spanish at Coastal.










Spanish Department Faculty (from left to right) Alex Sandoval, Alyssa Downs, Sandra Fernandez Mula, and Jeremy Robinson

Why Study Spanish?

  • Transfer Foreign Language Credits – Presently, nearly all major universities require students to study a foreign language. Get the credits you need while you are here at Coastal!
  • Spanish is the 3rd most widely spoken language in the world! Spanish is the official language of 21 countries. Did you know that over 35 million people speak Spanish at home in the United States?

Get a Job!

Make yourself more marketable. Employers are constantly seeking applicants with Spanish language skills in nearly every profession.  Some companies offer incentives to bilingual employees. You can put your Spanish skills to work in many fields such as: medical, government, legal, journalism, law enforcement, finance, education, sales, etc.

Travel the World!


Spanish speaking sites are some of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.  Get the most out of your trip by being able to ¡hablar con la gente! (speak with the locals!)

Become a Citizen of the World!

Learning a language is a rewarding experience that promotes cultural awareness. It will make you a successful global citizen!

Spanish Is Fun!

Learning Spanish allows you to participate and appreciate music, dance, foods and celebrations unique to the Spanish speaking world.

La Tertulia Café con Leche

Students and faculty meet every other week at a local coffee shop to converse in Spanish. This is an extracurricular activity for intermediate, or close to intermediate, students who would like to hone their Spanish speaking and listening skills. If you would like to be in our mailing list join the Café con Leche Spanish club on Blackboard. ¡Bienvenidos! ¡Conversemos y aprendamos más! Native and heritage speakers are welcome!

Placement Testing

It is highly recommended that you take the placement test before enrolling in a class. This test is not for credit. It is intended to determine the appropriate level of Spanish for you. Early and correct placement will save you the trouble of having to make class changes during the hectic first week of school. Some students think that enrolling into a lower level class is a way to get easy language credits. However, according to the Center for Language Studies at Yale University “students who needlessly sit through low-level courses fail to develop proper study habits and actually end up doing worse in language courses later on.” Being in the appropriate course level is the beginning to successful language learning.