Community Spanish Interpreter

The Community Spanish Interpreter curriculum prepares individuals to work as entry-level bilingual professionals who will provide communication access in interview and interactive settings. In addition, this curriculum provides educational training for working professionals, who want to acquire advanced Spanish language skills.

Course work includes the acquisition of Spanish: grammar, structure, and sociolinguistic properties; cognitive processes associated with interpretation between Spanish and English; the structure and character of the Hispanic community, and acquisition of communication skills.

Graduates should qualify for entry-level jobs as paraprofessional bilingual employees in education systems or a variety of community settings. Individuals may choose from part-time, full-time or self-employment /free-lance positions, or apply language skills to other human service related areas.

Students can take the CLEP Exam in order to proof proficiency in the Spanish language and they might receive credit for SPA 111, SPA 112, SPA 211, and SPA 212. (See CFCC Catalog for more information). Students will have to demonstrate proficiency in the language at an intermediate level (SPA 212) in order to take courses related to the interpreting field. Students are always encouraged to take any intermediate Spanish course despite of the results of the CLEP Exam. This is advisable for students who had taken Spanish many years ago or for those students who might be native speakers of the language but they have not had a strong grammar foundation in the language.

Also, Spanish native speakers will have to demonstrate proficiency in the English language at the level of ENG 111 or higher. Students can take the English Proficiency test at CFCC.

We are pleased to announce that there is a Community Spanish Interpreter Club and meets on a regular basis.


Semester Hour Credits

General Education Courses Credit Hours
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3
ENG 114 Professional Research and Reporting 3
Natural Science Elective or MAT 110 or MAT 143 3
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3


Major Courses Credit Hours
 SPA 111 Elementary Spanish I  3
 SPA 112 Elementary Spanish II  3
 SPA 120 Spanish for the Workplace  3
 SPA 141 Culture and Civilization  3
 SPA 161 Cultural Immersion  3
 SPA 181 Spanish Lab I  1
 SPA 182 Spanish Lab II  1
 SPA 211 Intermediate Spanish I  3
 SPA 212 Intermediate Spanish II  3
 SPA 215 Spanish Phonetics/Structure  3
 SPA 221 Spanish Conversation  3
 SPA 231 Reading and Comprehension  3
 SPA 281 Spanish Lab III  1
 SPA 282 Spanish Lab IV  1
 SPI 113 Intro to Spanish Interpretation  3
 SPI 114 Analytical Skills Spanish Interp  3
 SPI 213 Review of Grammar  3
 SPI 214 Intro to Translation  3
WBL 111(CS) Work-Based Learning I 1
 WBL 115(CS) Work-Based Learning Seminar I  1


Other Major Courses Credit Hours
 CIS 111 Basic PC Literacy  2
 SPI 221 Consecutive Interpreting  3
 SPI 241 Legal Interpreting I  3
 SPI 243 Medical Interpreting I  3
 SPI 245 Community Interpreting I  3

Total Credits 73

In the Associate Program, students will learn about the Legal and Medical Interpretation fields taking SPI 241 Legal Interpreting I and SPI 243 Medical Interpreting I in conjunction with SPI Consecutive interpreting I. These are new courses that have been adapted into the program.

Also upon completion of the Associate Program, students will be better prepared to take the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters Exam. As of 2014, Cape Fear Community College has become the site for the oral exam of such national exam in the Eastern Coast of North Carolina.