On this site you’ll find information on Spanish courses at Eastern Connecticut State University, some handouts, tips on grammar and verb tenses, links to the outside world, and two virtual tours, one to Mexico, and the other to the ancient city of Machu Picchu in Peru. 


Education:      M.A., Ph.D.   Romance Languages, University of Pennsylvania


Professor Kin Chan

Chair, Department of Modern & Classical Languages
Webb Hall, Room 226
Eastern Connecticut State University
Willimantic , CT 06226
Main Office Phone:  (860) 465-4571

Phone : (860) 465-5328
Fax : (860) 465-0193
Email : chank # easternct.edu   (please remove spaces and replace the # with an "@" sign)

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Spanish Honor Society  Spanias Didagei Proagomen

Eastern has the privilege of having a chapter, Nu Chi, of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi, which was founded in 1919.  As Eastern’s advisor to the chapter of the Society, I have set up information packages that include membership information, awards and scholarships news, and the contact information for Nu Chi alumni.  Feel free to drop by my office.


Student Organization

If you are interested in participating in events for, by or about the Spanish-speaking/-feeling community, visit the Organization of Latin-American Students (OLAS), and their Facebook page


Advanced Placement

Are you an advanced student who would like to get credit for all the work you’ve already done?  Would you like to skip ahead to 200-, 300- or 400- level courses? If so, you might try taking the Advanced Placement Test, which is given several times a year.


Your summer    No hay tiempo que perder.

Visit Spain with our Summer Study Program in Alicante!  Did you ever wonder what Europe is like?  How does it feel to be immersed in a foreign language, to have to use Spanish language and gestures to get your point across?  Eastern’s program in Alicante allows you to combine work and pleasure in 5 intensive weeks, in which you’ll take classes and sight-see in Alicante and its surroundings, and take weekend trips to Barcelona, Granada, and other historic cities of Spain.  Don’t miss the chance!  Don’t wait till after graduation; there is so much less time then, alas!  Carpe diem!  (loosely translated:  Seize the summer!)



SPA 110-111  Textbook:  Mosaicos

For extra help with grammar points, links and language activities, click on the chapters below:

    Capítulo preliminar

    Capítulo 1                    Capítulo 6                        Capítulo 11

    Capítulo 2                    Capítulo 7                        Capítulo 12

    Capítulo 3                    Capítulo 8                        Capítulo 13

    Capítulo 4                    Capítulo 9                        Capítulo 14

    Capítulo 5                    Capítulo 10                      Capítulo 15   


    • Study guides for Mosaicos


SPA 211 Textbook, Fuentes, click on the chapters to take sample tests, or to follow other links:

    Capítulo preliminar

    Capítulo 1                    Capítulo 6                        Capítulo 11

    Capítulo 2                    Capítulo 7                        Capítulo 12

    Capítulo 3                    Capítulo 8                       

    Capítulo 4                    Capítulo 9                       

    Capítulo 5                    Capítulo 10                     



    • Study guides for Fuentes

    • Chart of all the tenses in Spanish


SPA 311.  Advanced Spanish II


by María Canteli Dominicis, Wiley, 5thd. edition



SPA 312.  Textbook:  ˇA QUE SI!, click on the links below for Internet activities or handouts

             Captulos 1-12



SPA 320.  Spanish Literature I

                 Textbook:  Aproximaciones ala estudio de la Literatura Hispanica (6th edition)      Author: Carmel Virgillo




            I went to Mexico in 1991, hoping to visit a number of ruins of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations.  I first stayed four days with a family of a friend in the Distrito Federal (D.F.).  A two-hour bus ride took me to the Teotihuacán complex where the two large pyramids of the Sol and Luna tower over smaller pyramids that line an ancient avenue.  I then went on an overnight bus ride Southwest to Oaxaca, with stops at San Andrés del Valle and the ruins of Monte Albán and Mitla.  Another bus ride and I found myself at the ruins of  Palenque.  They are surrounded by dense forest, and like many other ruins of Central America, were engulfed by the forest and lay undiscovered until only a hundred years ago.

            Yet another overnight bus ride, and we arrive in Chichen Itzá, a large Mayan ruin, only three hours from Cancún, in the Yucatan Peninsula.  Later, on the way back to the Distrito Federal, we pass by Veracruz, a large coastal city.

            Mexico is only hours away by plane, and travel and accommodations are very affordable.  You’ll find that Mexicans are very friendly and always willing to help the curious or lost tourist.  Even a little Spanish will take you a long way.  You owe it to yourself to go!  Take the tour

Machu Picchu is an ancient city built by the Incas around the middle of the 15th century.  It is believed that it was a royal residence for the Inca ruler Pachacuti.  It is located about 50 miles Northwest of Cuzco, Peru, the capital of the Inca empire.  Machu Picchu lies on the saddle between two mountain peaks, high above the Urubamba river, and commands a breadth view of the valley below.  The existence of the city was unknown to the Spanish conquistadors who occupied Cuzco itself.  After the fall of the Inca empire in the 16th century, Machu Picchu was abandoned and lay hidden for more than four centuries until a Yale archeologist, Hiram Bingham, who was looking for a different ancient city, was told about this magnificent and untouched citadel by a local boy who lived in the valley of the Urubamba river.

            If you are planning a hike abroad, this is it.  Machu Picchu is known as the ultimate hiking destination.  Nothing can prepare you for the view of the city that you are about to “discover.”  Most hikers take a two-hour bus ride from Cuzco to the beginning of the Inca Trail.  The first half of the Inca Trail is a reconstruction, since it is not known where exactly the real trail began.  The second half is the real thing:  the steps are carved from the mountain.  The trek takes four days and is quite grueling.  There are about three or four campsites along the way, and one can hikers from all over the world on this trail.  Unfortunately, not many animals will betray their presence.  The flies can be terrible, but the flora is a botanist’s dream.  Unless you go during the rainy season, you’ll find the weather pleasant, the night temperature sometimes going down to 35°. 

If you prefer, you can hire porters—any travel agent will arrange group hikes—who will take food and other provisions up the trail before your group, set up the tents, sleeping bags, the campfire, and cook all the meals.  All you need to do is go up and down the mountains, with no load on your back.   The other, less glamorous, alternative is to take a train from Cuzco to the Urubamba river, where a 20-minute bus ride will take you to the entrance to Machu Picchu. 

ˇVamos!  Take the tour


NEWSPAPERS that give a different perspective from the sensationalist daily news:

LA NACION,  Argentina

PAGINA12, Argentina

EL PAIS,  Espańa


THE NATION,  Estados Unidos




Spanish courses offered by the MCL DepARTMENT include: 

SPA 110, 111    Introductory Spanish I / II

SPA 113, 114    Career Spanish I / II

SPA 210, 211    Intermediate Spanish I / II

SPA 213, 214    Continuing Spanish for Careers I / II

SPA 310, 311    Advanced Spanish I / II

SPA 312 /, 313    Spanish Composition & Conversation I / II

SPA 315            Spanish for Spanish-Speaking Students

SPA 316            Spanish Civilization

SPA 318            Latin-American Civilization

SPA 319            Spanish Culture Through Film

SPA 320 / 321    Spanish Literature I / II

SPA 323            Readings in Latin-American Literature

SPA 365            Hispanic Studies:  Selected Topics

SPA 401            Phonetics

SPA 402            Syntax

SPA 403            Spanish-English Translation

SPA 430            Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages

SPA 480            Independent Studies

SPA 490            Internships

SPA 492            Directed Study

SPA 495            Field Experience

Major requirements:  36 credits. 

The required courses for the major include:  310, 311, 312/313, 316, 318, 320, 403, one other course in literature at the 300 level, and 4 electives above the 200 level.

Minors:  French, Latin American Studies, Modern Languages and Spanish.

Individualized major:  You can design your own major, in consultation with an advisor in the MCL department.

For a complete listing and descriptions of all courses offered by our Department:  click here

Other professors AT the MCL Department:

            Spanish:  Language,  Literature & Culture: 

        Professor Agustín Bernal and Professor Sonia-Cintrón Marrero

            Instructors:  Robert Jendrewski , Georgianna Rivard-Bravo,

          French:   Language, Literature & Culture: 

           Professor Michele Boskovic


Part-time faculty

Professor Sonia-Cintrón Marrero
John Brodeur
Robert Jendrewski

Georgianna Rivard-Bravo
Cynthia Kao 
Mary Gallucci
Chikaomi Takahashi


Department Secretary:


Tammy Baum, 223 Webb Hall

(860) 465-4571


 Suggestions for this web site or otherwise, email me at: chank @ easternct.edu  (please remove spaces before and after the "@" sign)


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