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Spanish Language/Culture for
Agriculture and Horticulture

Hybrid Program That Combines In Person and Online
Learning Experiences

Course Code: AB0102CA20

Spanish Language and Culture Course for Agriculture and Horticulture Professionals

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Last Held: March 10, 2020 through May 4, 2020
See schedule below for details on this hybrid in-person and online course

Next offering TBD.


As the number of Spanish-speaking individuals seeking employment in the fields of agriculture and horticulture continues to grow, it is not surprising that language and/or cultural differences are seen as significant workplace challenges for employers working to hire Hispanic labor. One strategy for addressing this issue is an investment in "occupational language and cultural training." Possessing the skill to connect with their workforce at basic linguistic and cultural levels is an important tool for today's agricultural or horticultural professionals.

This course has been designed to respond to these needs. During a seven week "hybrid" program that combines in-person experiences (two three-hour classroom sessions) with interactive on-line meetings, exercises, and projects, students will be introduced to basic conversational Spanish and a technical vocabulary designed specifically for those who supervise or work closely with an agricultural/horticultural workforce. In addition, presentations and materials will include information on the importance of cultural conventions of the Spanish-speaking world that, if not understood, may negatively impact workplace dynamics.

The first and last day of class will meet in person at the Rutgers University Martin Hall on the New Brunswick campus. In between there are five online, instructor-facilitated learning modules. Each module will be available for seven days, which gives you the flexibility to complete assignments whenever is most convenient to you within that week.

Websites presenting the fundamentals of Spanish grammar, coupled with recorded instructor lectures, will provide instruction and support during the online portion of the course. Learning a language is an active process and participants are strongly encouraged to engage with the material through the multiple assignments presented during the course and to practice vocabulary terms, etc.


Week 1: 

March 10 - 23

In-person class, Rutgers campus, March 10, 2:15pm-5:15pm
Online self-paced module on basic vocabulary

Week 2: 

March 24 - 30

Online self-paced module on basic Spanish

Week 3: 

March 31 - April 6

Online self-paced module on Spanish in the field

Week 4: 

April 7 - 13

Online self-paced module on time, weather, and more

Week 5:

April 14 - 20

Online self-paced module on communication scenarios

Week 6: 

April 21 - 27

Online self-paced module on human resources (health/safety)

Week 7: 

April 28 - May 4

In-person class, Rutgers campus, May 4, 2:15pm-5:15pm
Online self-paced module on using your new language skills

Week 1: Introduction
During this first face-to-face meeting, the class will discuss participant expectations and curriculum; assess Spanish language speaking ability of the class members; provide a review of the basics of the Spanish language; identify key vocabulary terms and phrases in order to plan the day's work; and compare and contrast American and Hispanic culture.

Week 2: Basic Spanish

Learn to identify and use key Spanish vocabulary terms (verbs and useful phrases; to understand and use the verbs Ser and Estar in the present tense; to meet and greet in Spanish both socially and professionally; and vocabulary of management/leadership).

Week 3: Spanish in the Field
Learn how to discuss the farm/agricultural workplace; identify farm tools; give commands (and the culture of commands); conjugate –AR, -ER and –IR verbs in the present tense; and compare and contrast methods/styles of communication in the Latino culture vs U.S. culture.

Week 4: Time, Weather, and Other Basic Concepts
Learn how to describe clock time, calendar, climate, and quantity in Spanish; express likes and dislikes; and understand the significance of the traditional family relationship in the Hispanic world.

Week 5: Communication Scenarios
Identify a set of problems in an agricultural scenario, develop a management/solutions plan, and communicate using formal commands.

Week 6: Human Resources (Health and Safety)
Identify health and safety issues, understand the dangers inherent in an agricultural workplace, and discuss significant cultural aspects of the Hispanic world.

Week 7: Course Summary and Practice
At the final class meeting, the goal is to: wrap up the course learning experience by conversing in basic Spanish as a group and to show mastery of the basics of the Spanish language, culture, and agricultural terminology.

Required Textbook

Please note that the course text is required to get the most out of the course. It was chosen for its numerous activities, practice situations, workplace scenarios, and cultural comparisons that are presented in a manner that is welcoming and friendly to the novice Spanish speaker.

Putting Spanish to Work: Spanish for Agriculture, Cynthia W. Barnett, ISBN #978-1-5249-9200-2/ Kendall Hunt Publishing

Registration Fee TBD  
Cancellation Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


No meals will be provided at this course.


Weeks 1 & 7 - In Person Class Meetings:

GPS systems may not recognize campus addresses. Even if they take you to the correct building, they will not take you to the assigned parking lot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Martin Hall, Room 311
88 Lipman Drive, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Directions & Parking Information

Campus Parking Policy:

  • All visitors must register their vehicles online with the Rutgers Department of Transportation Services. A link will be provided in your course registration confirmation email. Be sure to complete this important step prior to traveling to campus.
  • All Rutgers faculty/staff/students must use their regular Rutgers permit and park in the nearest lot assigned for their permit type.
  • Citations/fines will be issued for failure to comply with these policies.

Weeks 2-6 - Online Class Meetings:

Access the course from any computer or device with high speed internet access

Note: Pre-registration with payment is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat or materials for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


Sorry, registration is not currently available for this course.

Would you like to be notified when the next offering is scheduled? 
Here are 3 convenient ways to be added to our mailing list:
1. Click here to join our mailing list (please reference "Spanish Language/Culture for Agriculture and Horticulture" or Course Code AB0102) 
2. Call us at 848-932-9271, select option 3
3. E-mail us at ocpe@njaes.rutgers.edu

Program Questions? Contact Us!

Assistant Director: Carol Broccoli, 848-932-7207
Administrative Assistant: Claudine Oleskin, 848-932-7204