Spanish & Portuguese School of Languages and Cultures

  Spanish Courses Spring 2018

SPAN 101 Spanish Level I
This course is reserved exclusively for students who have had less than 2 years of Spanish at the ninth-grade level or above. Departmental permission is required. After this course you will have acquired a Hispanic cultural perspective and basic survival skills in Spanish for most everyday situations.    

SPAN 102 Spanish Level II
Continuation of SPAN 101. After this course you will have acquired functional skills in Spanish for most common situations, as well as a better understanding of Hispanic culture.

SPAN 112 Elementary Spanish Conversation
Development of oral skills for self-expression. Guided practice in conversation to enhance communicative competence. Small group; discussions in Spanish on various topics.  Not open to students enrolled in or having credit for SPAN 20100 or above.

SPAN 201 Spanish Level III
SPAN 201 is the first-semester course at the intermediate level. The objective of this course is to provide students with a broader working knowledge of the skills learned in the beginning levels of Spanish. Students will practice and develop their speaking, listening, reading, writing, and cultural literacy skills through continual interaction in the target language. Upon completing this course, students should be able to: 1) express themselves in Spanish both orally and in written work on a wide variety of everyday topics; 2) understand enough native conversation in Spanish to comprehend the main ideas and extract some details; 3) read and understand basic authentic texts; and 4) be familiar with a variety of cultural topics from the Spanish-speaking world.

SPAN 202 Spanish Level IV
SPAN 202 is the second-semester course at the intermediate level. The objective of this course is to reinforce and expand upon the skills learned in SPAN 201. Students will further practice and develop their speaking, listening, reading, writing, and cultural literacy skills through continual interaction in the target language. Upon completing this course, students should be able to: 1) more fluently and accurately express themselves in Spanish both orally and in written work on a wide variety of everyday topics; 2) more easily understand the main ideas and details of native conversation in Spanish; 3) more easily read and understand authentic texts; and 4) be familiar with a variety of cultural topics from the Spanish-speaking world.

SPAN 212 Intermediate Spanish Conversation
Development of oral skills for self-expression.  Guided practice in Spanish conversation to enhance communicative competence.  Small group discussions is Spanish on various topics.

SPAN 301 Spanish Level V
This is an advanced Spanish course for students who have already developed basic and intermediate language skills. The goals of this course are to develop the formal knowledge of Spanish grammar, reading and writing skills. The course will be conducted entirely in Spanish.    

SPAN 302 Spanish Level VI
This course is a continuation of SPAN 301. The goals are to further develop the formal knowledge of Spanish grammar, reading and writing skills. The course will be conducted entirely in Spanish.

SPAN 401 Spanish Level VII
Advanced work on development of Spanish speaking, listening, reading, and writing abilities, focusing on materials dealing primarily with culture and the arts in the Spanish-speaking countries. Conducted primarily in Spanish.     

SPAN 402 Spanish Level VIII
Further advanced work on development of Spanish speaking, listening, reading, and writing abilities. Course materials will cover a variety of topic illustrated by film and other media, both print and non-print. Conducted primarily in Spanish.  

SPANISH COURSES FOR SPRING 2018

In addition to the Spanish 101-102, 201-202, 301-302, and 401-402 language series, we are offering the following courses:

SPAN 112, 212, 312 Conversation Courses

These one-credit courses are designed to help students become more comfortable with their Spanish conversation skills through practice in a smaller group than in the classroom setting.

SPAN 235 Sapanish american Literature in Translation
This course will provide an introduction to major Latin American literary movements and masterpieces in Latin American and U.S. Latino/a literature (all in English translation), while also exposing students to the literary and cultural context in which these works were written. We will examine selected “great works” by Latin American and U.S. Latino/a writers, including world-famous writers such as Isabel Allende, Jorge Luis Borges, Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez, and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz, whose novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, is one of the most highly acclaimed novels of the twenty-first century. Knowledge of Spanish is not required. Class will be conducted in English. SPAN 235 counts towards University Core in “Human Cultures” and towards the CLA Core in “Other Cultures.” It also counts towards the Minor in Latin American and Latino/a Studies.
Instructor: Prof. Kinnally, Cara

SPAN 241 Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literature
Reading and discussion of selected poetry, prose, and theater from Spain and Spanish-speaking America;introduction to critical discourse and basic concepts of literary theory. Text, discussion, and written assignments in Spanish.

SPAN 308  Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers 
This course is intended for the student whose home language is Spanish, but whose education has been exclusively in English. The students will first learn to read and write their native dialects and then the standard language using the orthographic norms of the standard language.

SPAN 321 Introduction to Spanish for the Professions 
The course will focus on engaging students in real-world scenarios (such as role play, individualized vocabulary and projects, presentations, etc.) and relevant contexts that will be useful for success in careers in all professional fields. Topics include health & wellness, consumerism & marketing, information technology, education & experience, human resources, and others. 
Instructor: Ligia Scott

SPAN 322 Spanish for the Health Professions
This course will prepare students to communicate effectively in their professional field through the study of specialized vocabulary from the health sciences. They will have the opportunity to apply their skills in a practical classroom setting as well as discuss cultural, legal and ethical considerations about the use of Spanish in their interaction with Spanish speakers.
Instructor: Cecilia Tenorio

SPAN 342 Hispanic Literature II: Prose
Reading of selected novels and short fiction from Spain and Spanish-speaking America in their historical and cultural context. Readings, discussions, and papers in Spanish.
Instructor: Prof. Stephenson, Marcia

SPAN 362 The Structure of Spanish II: Morphology, Lexicology, and Syntax
Linguistic analysis of Spanish phonology, focusing on morphology, lexicology, and syntax. This course will present the grammatical structure of Spanish dealing with word-level phenomena (derivational and inflectional morphology, the lexican) and phrase- and sentence-level phenomena (constituents, word order, sentence structure, etc.) 
Instructor: Prof. Hamad Zahonero, Nuur

SPAN 398 Spanish for Agriculture and Animal Sciences
Students will apply their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, while learning cultural conventions related to the field of Agriculture and Animal Sciences.
Instructor: Ligia Scott

SPAN 419 (CRN 52979) Service Learning
SPAN 419 is a Spanish Service-learning based course and is an extension of the program entitled Ayuda y Aprende.  It is worth one credit and hours must be arranged with the coordinator no later than the first or second week of classes during the semester.  Students must have at least one semester of SPAN 301 or 302 and must have participated in Service-learning (Ayuda y Aprende) for at least one semester prior.  A successful completion of the course includes carrying out the service-learning commitment of 2-hour visits to an assigned partnership for 10 weeks (20 hours per semester).  In addition to the 20 hours of volunteer time, students must choose an independent study project to be completed during the 10 weeks of service-learning and turn it in to the coordinator at the assigned time.   SPAN 419 is an independent-study course worth 1 credit, which does not count toward the Spanish major/minor and is graded P/NP.
Instructor: Kely Páez Urbano

SPAN 419 (CRN 10287) Directed Tutoring
It is a guided practicum in tutoring peers in Spanish.  As an independent-study course (worth 1 or 2 credits), it does not count towards a major or a minor in Spanish.  The hours (two per credit) must be arranged with the course coordinator no later than the second week of classes.  The program runs from week 3 through Dead Week.  Students may not enroll for more than 2 credits or more than twice.  Prospective candidates must have completed Spanish 301 or 302 and are selected based on an interview in Spanish with the coordinator.
Instructor: Nicole Roger-Hogan

SPAN 424 Business Spanish
The objective of the course is to better prepare the students to meet the challenge of a future global economy and international cooperation. After this course the students will have acquired a functional use of Spanish into the world of business from a Hispanic cultural perspective, and will have developed conceptual and perceptual knowledge about certain areas of international business. Course also offered distance learning.
Instructor: Blanca Cabrera

SPAN 483 Latin American Culture 
This course will examine the diverse experiences of Latino/a immigrants and migrant workers in the United States through the study of literature, art, film, journalism, social media, and history. We will study the long history of Latino/a immigration to the United States, as well as very current debates about Latino/a immigration, including topics such as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the DREAM Act, the proposed Mexican border wall, and the experiences of youth migrants and immigrants. We will also compare the many different experiences of migration and immigration of Latinos/as from different parts of Latin America, with special focus on Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. Course readings will include texts in both English & Spanish. Class will be conducted in Spanish. This course also counts towards the minor in Latin American and Latino/a Studies.
Instructor: Prof. Kinnally, Cara

SPAN 550 Spanish American Literature of the Colonial Period 
A survey of Spanish American literature of the Colonial Period. Reading and discussion of a number of representative works as well as excerpts from several others.
Instructor: Prof. No, Song

SPAN 575
Instructor: Prof. Cuza, Alejandro

SPAN 603/605 Reading Knowledge

SPAN 659 19th Century Imperial Iberian Literature
This course will examine the literatures of the geographically diminished nineteenth-century Iberian empires from a transnational and transatlantic perspective in order to reassess the cultural and political relevance of empire following the losses of the Atlantic revolutions of the 1820s. Readings will include both canonical and lesser-known works of romanticism, costumbrismo, and realism/naturalism, and cover themes including slavery and abolitionism, imperialist/pan-Hispanic/Luso-Tropicalist discourse, mobile/hybrid imperial subjects (authors, slaves, negreros, indianos, exiles, Iberian and non-Iberian migrants, etc.), as well as touch on the legacy of these imperial practices and ideologies after decolonization. Tentative readings include selections from Los hombres españoles, americanos y lusitanos pintados por sí mismos, Juan Francisco Manzano, el Duque de Rivas, Faustina Sáez de Melgar, Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, Clarín, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Fernando Ortiz, Galdós, Eça de Queirós, and Fernando Pessoa, among others. Portuguese and Afro-Portuguese texts to be included will depend on enrollment and, if necessary, availability of translations.
Instructor: Prof. Soric, Kristina

SPAN 659 Female Forerunners: Lispector and Bombal
Instructor: Prof. Dixon, Paul

SPAN 679 Language Variation And Change
This graduate seminar will focus on language variation and change from a historical, social, and geographical perspective.
Firstly, it will concentrate on the principles, causes, and processes of change and discuss the variation factors and consequences. Secondly, the course will deal with the methodology of study. Secondly, seminal and current works on selected topics will be read.
The seminar involves reading and discussing articles from a critical point of view and conducting a small original research study.
Instructor: Prof. Hamad Zahonero, Nuur

 

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