El Centro

The Newly Revised  El Centro Conversation Classes are for you!


El Centro is now providing once a week classes offered at more times to better suit your busy schedules.

El Centro de Español is a key player in Elon’s unprecedented university commitment to diversity, inclusion and global engagement as second language acquisition must be a major goal of a university that emphasizes its global nature and programs.  El Centro provides a space to exercise cultural humility and dialogue while exploring questions like: what is race, racial heritage, social identities and inter-sectionalities, breaking stereotypes and prejudices about Latinx/Hispanic cultures, all while understanding why these topics are important to our work in higher education.



Sign up for a class by sending an email to Diana dprietovinas@elon.edu  or by calling us at x6518.  If you are not sure which level you should sign up for, give us a call and we will help you.

Classes start on September 11th and will end on November 30th, 2017


Learning Spanish will change your life!

Diversity and Inclusivity in and out the classroom
Campus communities are now comprised of students from many backgrounds as well as multiple and intersecting identities. Latinx/Hispanic students currently represent the second largest ethnic group at Elon (6.1%). Learning the language and about the cultures can transform classroom and student interactions.

It will completely transform your travel endeavors
With more than 300 million Spanish speakers in the world who reside in some of the most beautiful countries, knowing the language will allow you to immerse yourself in the true culture, outside a tourist’s comfort zone. Even simple things, such as reading signs and menus, asking directions or telling a cab driver where you want to go requires some knowledge of the language. Knowing the language will allow you to move from the role of observer to that of an active participant.

Get to know your community and neighbors better
If you like to help others, learning Spanish will put you in a position where you can help both Spanish speakers who don’t speak English and English speakers who don’t speak Spanish. North Carolina has the fastest growing Latinx/Hispanic population in the country. The Latinx/Hispanic community is derived from many different geographic backgrounds, united as an ethnic group by a common heritage derived from Spanish language and/or culture with cultural heritages specific to their countries of origin.

It’s beneficial to your health
Studies have shown that knowing more than one language is beneficial to your health. Bilingual people are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s. Scientists have shown that bilingualism enhances mental abilities in both children and older adults. Other studies show that studying languages can improve your memory and slow age-related decline in mental acuity and stimulates creativity and critical thinking skills as you learn to view things through a different lens.

These classes are FREE for Elon students, faculty and staff.

If you are having trouble finding a time to join the classes, El Centro also offers individual/group work and conversation sessions.

Stop by El Centro for more information.