No habla espanol? No fear! Students can immerse themselves in the Spanish language and increase their levels of fluency with Jacksonville State University’s Spanish Club.
The club meets every Mon. at 5:00 p.m. at Java Jolt on the Square. “We sit here at a table and speak in Spanish for about an hour, just to practice our conversational Spanish,” said club member Ashley Harris.
The club, under the advisement of Spanish instructor Dr. Eduardo Pacheco, is not just for Spanish majors. In fact, members of the club represent a variety of majors and minors.
Kesa Ford is a Marketing major who decided to choose Spanish as her minor after a life-altering experience over the summer. “I studied abroad in Costa Rica this summer, and I did volunteer work at an orphanage and at a soup kitchen, and I loved it,” she said. “In the future, I want to adopt two Hispanic children. I want to work with Hispanics and have a non-profit for them as far as creating jobs, and a non-profit for kids.”
Allen Laney did not speak Spanish before coming to JSU, but now he is studying as a Spanish Education major. “I took German my first semester here and found out that I enjoyed learning foreign languages,” he said. “Since there is no German major here, I opted for Spanish.”
For English major James McKinnon, the club presents an opportunity to expand his horizon beyond the classroom. “I’m just here to get exposure to Spanish, because most people say that immersion is the way to go,” he explained. “I barely understand a word being said here, but every couple of words I do understand is a bigger advantage than just learning the conjugation chart.”