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The Spanish House is an academic Theme House, located in Newport House, on the Amherst College campus, which can accommodate about fifteen students plus three Spanish Language Assistants. It is governed by the faculty of the Spanish Department, and administered by the Dean of Students through the Residential Life Department. In addition to the Spanish House, Newport House also hosts the French House.
The primary purpose of the House is to provide its residents with a supportive and enthusiastic environment that encourages and facilitates the exchange of the Spanish language, and promotes the Hispanic culture. The House also seeks to enrich the life of the campus by serving as a forum in which all Spanish-speakers at Amherst can engage in activities that are conducted in Spanish, and are related to the Spanish language and Hispanic culture.
Residence in the House is open to full-time Amherst College students in their second, third and fourth year who are actively engaged in Spanish Department courses at Amherst College, speak the language fluently or are native speakers. Because the primary aim of the House is to create more opportunities for its residents to practice Spanish, and because residents need to be able to function at a certain level of competency in order to be able to carry on conversations with each other, proficiency in Spanish must be at least equal to two semesters of college-level (Spanish I & Spanish II). Students who do not have an intermediate level in Spanish are not eligible for residence in the House.
Residents of the Spanish House are expected to speak Spanish among themselves as much as possible according to their level of proficiency in the language. TAs, native speakers, and advanced language students should take the initiative to uphold the purpose of the house and encourage residents who are less confident about their Spanish language skills. Residents also are expected to take a leading role in organizing events related to the Hispanic culture, such as celebrations of the Spanish-speaking countries, movies, board games, cooking workshops, dance workshops, karaoke, readings, conversations, etc.
Students interested in learning more about Spanish House, are encouraged to read the Spanish House Constitution (posted below), and to attend our annual spring Open House. This academic year (2015-2016) Open House will take place on Friday February 20th, from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, in the Common Room of Newport House. The application deadline is Friday February 27th. The application is available at: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/reslife/housing/theme/spanish/application
For any questions concerning the Spanish House, please contact the House President (Zoe Kayton '18) or the House Advisor (Mónica Bel, Lecturer of Spanish).