Globally, Spanish is the second most widely spoken language by first language speakers. In Australia alone, there are over 80,000 native speakers. It originated in Spain and it is now spoken by 500 million people in more than 20 different countries in four continents.It originated in Spain and it is now spoken by 400 million people in more than 20 different countries in four continents. Spanish is the official language in Argentina, Bolivia , Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica , Cuba , Dominican Republic , Ecuador, El Salvador , Guatemala , Honduras , Mexico , Nicaragua , Panama , Paraguay , Peru , Puerto Rico , Spain , Uruguay and Venezuela. It is also widely spoken in Brazil, Israel, Morocco, the Philippines and the United States of America, where 40 million people are native speakers. Not surprisingly, it is one of the six official languages of the United Nations and is also an important trading language in the Asia Pacific region. Should you decide to study the language, you will be joining a community of 18 million people learning Spanish worldwide.
Beyond the language, the cultural richness of the Spanish-speaking world is breath-taking. Spain and Latin America contain some 100 World Heritage Sites that are conserved for their natural and/or cultural values, including the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, Mayan and Inca archeological treasures in Mexico and Peru and the Alhambra in Spain. Spain and Latin America have produced 22 Nobel Prize winners in a range of fields, including Medicine, Peace and Literature; writers such as M. de Cervantes, F. García Lorca, G. García Márquez and J. L. Borges; painters like Frida Kahlo and Pablo Picasso; musicians of the quality of Plácido Domingo, Pitbull and Astor Piazzola; sportspeople such as Rafael Nadal, Lionel Messi and Fernando Alonso; and Oscar winning film directors such as Pedro Almodóvar and Alejandro González Iñárritu.
Spanish is offered as a major within the BA , BIB , BIS , BEd and the Diploma in Languages at Flinders University. Spanish is also offered as a major and as an extended major to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Languages and can also be studied as an elective in many other degrees. Students who have already finished their degree can enrol in a Graduate Diploma in Language . Registered teachers wishing to acquire or upgrade language skills can enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Language Teaching or the Graduate Diploma in Language Teaching .
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For further information contact the Head of Spanish Dr Olga Sanchez Castro , or the School of Humanities Undergraduate Student Services Office