El Centro Conversation Classes

El Centro de Español is a unique co-curricular program in Higher Education institutions in the United Estates. El Centro is a key player in Elon’s unprecedented university commitment to diversity and global engagement as second language acquisition is a major goal of a university that emphasizes its global nature and programs.

El Centro provides a space to learn Spanish, exercise cultural humility and dialogue while exploring questions on race, racial heritage, social identities and inter-sectionalities, breaking stereotypes and prejudices about Latinx/Hispanic cultures, all while understanding why these topics are so important to our work in higher education.

El Centro offers free Spanish conversation classes for Elon students, faculty and staff. They are held in El Centro, Carlton 114.These classes are also a great way to connect with campus partners, creating long-lasting meaningful relationships with students, faculty and staff from all over the campus and beyond.

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.




Here’s a few remarks from participants:

“I loved how the teacher was willing to work with us and correct us to help us better our Spanish skills. The other people in the class were supportive and it was never intimidating”.

“I liked that there was a combination of faculty, staff, and students to engage with so that connections can be made across the university”.

“I like working on conversations as that is most likely how I will use the language”.

“Friendly, welcoming environment that provides patient learning for all”.

“The classes are intimate, casual, and tailored to the students’ skill levels”.

“El Centro’s Spanish conversation classes are an absolute treasure, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to participate in this incredible resource at no cost”.

“Thank you for making this resource available to the Elon community”.


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.