New Course for Spring: SPA 115 (SPA 101+102 in 1 semester)

New Spanish Course for Spring 2018!

SPA 115-335A
Intensive Beginning Spanish I
Course # 32944 (5 Credits)
Mondays & Wednesdays
9:30 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

14-week course begins January 24

An intensive review of Spanish 101 and 102, this course is designed for students who have had some Spanish instruction or exposure to the language or speak another Romance language (French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Catalán). Upon successful completion of the course students may take Intermediate Spanish I (SPA 201).

Contact Prof. Martha Davis

Spring Course Registration

Priority course registration for Spring 2018 begins November 6. Open registration for all students starts November 13. Have you chosen your next Spanish class? The Spring 2018 course schedule is available here:

Possible course sequences at NOVA are:

SPA 101, 102, 201, 202

SPA 115, 201, 202

SPA 205, 206 (206 may be taken prior to 205)

New to Spanish at NOVA? Not sure where to begin? A free placement test is available in the testing center in  AA 156 to help you find the right course for you. Click here for testing center hours of operation: testing center hours

¡Felicidades, Daniel Ruff!

It is always a treat to have former NOVA students return to campus for a visit. Today Daniel Ruff, who studied Spanish at NOVA Alexandria and has a passion for language learning, stopped by to talk about his work as an ESL instructor. Over the summer he earned a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Cambridge English Language Assessment.

The world is your oyster, Daniel. ¡Te deseamos lo mejor!

Spanish Language Resources at NOVA AL Library

Looking for Spanish-language resources at NOVA? The Alexandria Library has a wide assortment of books and films to choose from. Here are some ways to access them:

  1. Browse the bookshelves for books. PQ6001-PQ8897, PC 4117 and PC4127 are where you will find literary works. PC4000-PC4961 is where you will find books about grammar and language.
  2. Browse the library catalog for books. Visit and type “fiction” or “poetry” or “literature” or “short stories” or “drama” or “anthology” in the search box. Limit your results to books, by campus, by language (Spanish).
  3. Browse the library catalog for films. Visit Type “feature films” in the search box. Limit your results to multimedia, by campus and by language (Spanish).
  4. Watch streaming videos. Visit and type “kanopy” in the catalog search box. Limit your results by language.

For more information about NOVA’s libraries, visit 

Critical Languages Scholarship (Deadline Nov. 15)

The U.S. State Department funds summer scholarships for degree-seeking students who are U.S. citizens and want to study a language they deem “critical” to national security. These include Hindi, Swahili, Urdu and others. No prior experience with these languages is needed. They are looking for students who demonstrate a passion for learning about the language and its culture and are willing to travel overseas to do so.  (Please note: Students who wish to study Arabic and Persian need one prior year of language study and those who want to study Chinese, Japanese and Russian must have completed two years.)

These scholarships fully fund your summer study abroad.

There will be an information session about the scholarship on Monday, October 16 at 2 p.m. at the Alexandria Campus in Bisdorf Room 260. The deadline for Summer 2018 applications is November 15.

For more information visit Questions? Send an email to or call 202.833.7522.

Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA) 2017 Conference

For many professors, the next best thing to working with students is interacting with colleagues at professional conferences. This weekend at the Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA) annual conference in Williamsburg, professors from NOVA, Central Virginia, Thomas Nelson Community College and others are presenting and attending workshops and presentations. We are learning how to guide students in a mural art project, support (bi)literacy, learn about the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca and much more. There’s even karaoke…

A Night at GALA Theatre

Prof. Martha Davis, NOVA Spanish students and friends enjoyed a night at the historic Tivoli Theatre in Columbia Heights, home to GALA Hispanic Theatre on Saturday, September 30th. They attended GALA’s production of Don Juan, The Infamous Seducer of All Times, adapted from the 19th-century work by Spanish playwright José Zorrilla. The play featured an abundance of verbs in the “vosotros” form as well as timeless themes about love, betrayal, loss and redemption.

To access the text of the original play, Don Juan Tenorio, visit 

For more information about GALA Theatre and their 42nd season, visit 

Discounted tickets are available for students, military, seniors and patrons under 30 years of age. All performances include English surtitles projected above the stage.

Support for NOVA’s Dreamers

More than 700 students attend NOVA under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. They are our “Dreamers” and are hardworking scholars and leaders who enrich our classrooms, clubs and communities. There is no doubt that if anyone can overcome a challenge such as the phasing out of DACA, it is our Dreamers, whose resilience, strength and commitment to furthering their education are matched by few.

Following are a few quotes from allies of NOVA’s Dreamers:

“Virginia’s Community Colleges exist to give everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. Our faculty, staff, and students should never question if that mission includes them because it always does.”

–Dr. Glenn Dubois, Virginia Community College System Chancellor

“I also have tremendous empathy for our Dreamer students because as a child I moved four times before I graduated from high school because of my father’s career. Dreamers on average came to the United States at the age of six, the same age that I once moved with my family. I know from personal experience that the natural instinct of children is to be with their parents, even if they do not want to leave behind their friends and the homes that they know. In that respect, I do not believe individuals should be denied the transformative opportunity of education for following the natural instincts of children.”

–Dr. Scott Falls, NOVA President

“A number of my best students have been beneficiaries of DACA or have had friends, family members or loved ones who have benefitted from this reasonable and humane executive action.  It saddens me enormously then that DACA is being ended, thus putting the hopes and dreams of thousands of young people on hold, and forcing many of them to go underground.  These Dreamers are American in every sense of the word that matters.  They have worked, paid taxes, established families, begun businesses, gone to school, volunteered in their communities and, overall, contributed enormously to the well-being of this nation.  We are all impoverished when they are threatened.

If you, or anyone you know and love is a DACA recipient, please know that I and other faculty and staff at NOVA support the cause of immigrants, and will do everything we can to assist those at risk. Although our power to help is small, what we can do, we will do.”

–Dr. Michael Amey, English Professor, NOVA

Hodge Language Center Open House

World Languages faculty hosted an Open House on Thursday, August 24 in the Hodge Language Center (HLC) to showcase the department’s language partners program and course offerings. Thank you for all who came to enjoy international food and drinks and meet professors and fellow students.

Please be sure to visit the HLC in AA160 during open lab hours for a quiet study space or a place to meet your study group. 

Students and faculty enjoy pupusas and Jarritos soda.

Pictured left to right: Profs. Martha Davis and Bob Olson (Spanish), student and Prof. Yuriko Miller (Japanese)