Spanish at the CLRC
Spanish is a natural choice when adding a modern language to a classical curriculum. About 75 percent of the vocabulary is derived from Latin and many of the grammar structures will be familiar to students who know Latin.
The ability to read, write, and speak Spanish not only facilitates travel to many parts of the world but also expands job opportunities in an increasingly global economy. Today, Spanish is the official language of 20 countries and the third most spoken language with more than 400 million speakers worldwide.
Learning Spanish also provides students with access to a variety of cultures, both past and present. Early Spanish authors, like Miguel Cervantes, helped shape the modern novel; contemporary Latin American authors, like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, influence the modern literary scene with new techniques and genres like magical realism.
"Mrs. Kerrigan is fantastic! She is extremely organized and has picked great curriculum. She doesn’t just teach dialogue, but teaches the patterns and the grammar behind the Spanish as well. She also has lots of Spanish readings so the children practice reading in front of the class. She has perfect control of the classes and keeps things moving along well. My son is speaking Spanish around the house because of her. She couldn’t be better."
— Shelly C, California
Marcella Kerrigan, B.A.
Marcella Kerrigan received her B.A. from Hillsdale College, graduating from the Honors Program with a double major in Spanish and English. While at college, she was part of the Spanish Department’s tutoring program. Following graduation, she spent a year teaching English Literature at a bilingual school in Mexico and then worked at an elementary school as a reading aide for struggling students. After her daughter was born she took a break from formal employment but was able to spend a year living in Spain when her husband received a Fulbright Grant to do research in Madrid.
She currently lives in Wayne, Nebraska, where she homeschools her two children and volunteers with a program that provides instruction for community members who are learning English. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking sourdough bread, reading about theology and novels in Spanish and English.