Spanish In The Community - US Citizenship Course

Spanish 4350, Spanish in the Community was developed as a service-learning course to promote and develop the relationship between the University of North Texas at Dallas and the surrounding Spanish-speaking community. Spanish 4350 promotes social justice by providing a pathway for UNT Dallas students studying Spanish to apply their communication skills in order to assist members of the Spanish-speaking community to achieve their educational, economic, and/or social aspirations. 

In Spring 2018, Spanish in the Community is a citizenship preparation course geared toward helping Spanish-speaking U.S. residents achieve their dream.

* All instruction and materials are free of charge for community participants.

For more information:

Dr. Sheryl Santos-Hatchett

Dr. Mara J. Queiroz Vaughn

History of the Class

Spanish 4350, Spanish in the Community was piloted as a service-learning in the Spring of 2017 by Dr. Mara Queiroz Vaughn and Dr. Sheryl Santos-Hatchett in partnership with Rey de los Santos, Executive Director of the Dallas League of United Latin American Citizens National Education Service Center (LULAC – LNESC) at their Edgefield location. The objective of Spanish in the Community - US Citizenship Course was to help adult Spanish -speakers to learn the history, geography, culture and government system of the United States. The purpose of the developed partnership was to help the members of the community with limited-English proficiency prepare for the citizenship exam, administered by the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services).

Spanish in the Community has a unique structure. Each class meeting offers  whole class instruction by a professor followed by break- out groups led by teams of UNT Dallas enrolled students.

Due to the overwhelming success of the pilot semester, the course was moved to campus  in Fall, 2017 to provide space for more participants.

In the Spring Semester, 2018 the course will continue to be held free of charge to aspiring Spanish-speaking U.S. resident community members at the UNT Dallas Campus.

Benefits of Participation in the Citizenship Course

For UNT Dallas students

  • Authentic interaction with native speakers of Spanish
  • Practice of formal oral and written communication
  • Active community involvement
  • Service hours going toward graduation with honors
  • Extensive knowledge of the Social Studies components for the EC-6 Core for teacher candidates
  • Immigration process awareness
  • Bilingual experience teaching adults

For Community Participants

  • Free of charge semester course and materials
  • Learning with experienced professionals
  • Help with review of forms
  • One-to-one tutorials
  • Pre-testing
  • Mock interviews
  • Improvement of oral and written communication in English and Spanish

Why study Spanish at UNT Dallas?

Education & Professional Development

  • Experiential Learning in Applied Spanish
    • All of our courses have applied components, offering real world experiences.
  • Smaller classes
    • Our program is designed to cater the needs of each student in their future / concurrent careers.
    • We believe that students can better exercise their abilities in smaller classroom settings.
  • College Credit for knowledge of Spanish
  • Best Value
    • UNT Dallas has the most affordable tuition plans in the Dallas region.
  • Community Involvement
    • We connect our students with the surrounding community in various ways.
  • Career Opportunities
    • There are many opportunities in such as internships, practicums and  professional development activities available through Career Services.

When does the Spring 2018 Citizenship Course start?

For UNT Dallas Students

  • The course will start at the beginning of the semester, January 16, 2018

For Community Participants

  • Orientation Sessions: January 23rd  or February 1st, 7pm
  • Classes start: February 6th, 7:00pm - 8:20pm
  • Place: On the campus of UNT Dallas, Building DAL 1, room #102, 7300 University Hills Blvd., Dallas, TX 75241
  • Free Parking: DART Station (beside UNT Dallas), Free Shuttle to campus every 5-10 minutes

Calendario tentativo para los candidatos a la ciudadanía

UNT DALLAS Clase de Ciudadanía - Primavera de 2018

  Martes Jueves
Semana de orientación   Febrero 01 Orientación
Primera Semana Febrero 06
Introducción al curso
Febrero 08
Unidad I
Segunda Semana Febrero 13
Unidad I
Febrero 15
Unidad I
Tercera Semana Febrero 20
Unidad I
Febrero 22
Unidad I
Febrero 27
Unidad I
Marzo 01
Repaso de la Unidad I
Quinta semana Marzo 06
Unidad II
Marzo 08
Unidad II
SEMANA DE VACACIONES DE PRIMAVERA Marzo 13 ¡No hay clases! Marzo 15 ¡No hay clases!
Sexta semana Marzo 20
Unidad II
Marzo 20
Unidad II
Séptima semana Marzo 27
Unidad II
Marzo 27
Unidad II
Octava Semana Abril 03
Repaso de la Unidad II
Abril 05
Unidad III
Novena semana Abril 10
Unidad III
Abril 12
Unidad III
Décima semana Abril 17
Unidad III
Abril 19
Unidad III
Undécima semana Abril 24
Unidad III
Abril 26
Repaso de la Unidad III
Duodécima semana Mayo 01
de entrevista
Mayo 03