Department of Spanish Studies
The Department of Spanish Studies at the University of Adelaide: We study the world from a different perspective.
Spanish is the mother tongue of 516 million people, including 50 million in the USA. About 100 million people all over the world also speak it as a second language.
Countries in which Spanish is spoken as a mother tongue include Spain, 20 countries in Latin America, the USA, and Equatorial Guinea. The language is also widely spoken in Canada, Belize, Andorra and Gibraltar. The Spanish Language is one of the official languages of the United Nations and many other international organisations.
Learning the Spanish language can expand your listening, reading, speaking, writing and communication skills allowing you to travel and work confidently overseas. It also introduces you to various aspects of societies and cultures that speak Spanish as a first language. As well, our program also builds up your intercultural skills so necessary in the globalised world of today.
Our program specialises in teaching Spanish to pure beginners. We offer language courses at first, second and third-year level. We also offer culture courses at second, and third-year level, and translation course at third-year level.
We offer an Honours Program that students may complete over one academic year (on a full-time basis) or two years (on a part-time basis).
We offer supervision at the PhD level on various topics related to Latin American and Spanish literatures and cultures.
Dr Jorge Alcides Paredes
Head of Department
Dr Sergio Holas
Mr. Fernando Rodriguez
Mrs Sonia Daehn
Mr. Jose Lezama
The Department of Spanish Studies is active in research in the fields of literature and culture. Our academics participate in a number of different research topics.
The following are some of the research topics active in the Department:
- Ecological literature in Latin America
- Indigenism in Latin America
- The marvellous real
- Popol Vuh and Mayan culture
- Chilean poetry
- Cultural translation
- The Latin American novel of dictatorship