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Spanish Courses Fall 2021

Spanish Courses that are prerequisites to the courses shown on this page:

  • Spanish 101Designed for students with no prior Spanish experience.  Develops basic language skills and cultural awareness to function in everyday situations in Spanish-speaking communities.  Conducted in Spanish with practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
  • Spanish 102Continuation of Spanish 1.  Develops basic language skills and cultural awareness to function in everyday situations in Spanish-speaking communities.  Conducted in Spanish with practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
  • Spanish 300Enhances skills in reading and analysis to develop intermediate proficiency in Spanish.  Grammatical structures presented in context through literary and informational texts, media, to promote cultural awareness.
  • Spanish 301Bridges to more advanced language, culture, and literature courses.  Grammatical structures studied in context through literary and informational materials.  Conducted in Spanish.  Practice in researching and presenting the history and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries.


Spring 2022 Spanish 400 & 500 Courses:

SPAN 410 Spanish Composition And Grammar Section A- 12024 MWF 9:30 - 10:20, Section B- 12023 MWF 10:30-11:20, Section C- 12022 11:30-12:20   Students in this class will keep developing their language skills to communicate efficiently in the written form by a) engaging in intensive and frequent practice in writing to develop reading comprehension and academic writing skills; b) exploring,  reflecting  and  discussing  cultural  similarities  and  differences  between a  variety  of  Spanish-speaking countries; c) reading, reflecting, and discussing past and current historical events that have shaped Latin America (e.g., the colonization, the sociocultural features of various indigenous populations nowadays, cultural traditions, etc.); d) reviewing diverse grammatical structures in context. SPAN411- Spanish for Heritage Speakers: Composition and Grammar. 14881, TU 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. with Dr. Laura Valentin-Rivera. This course is for heritage speakers of Spanish (individuals who have been exposed to the language at an early age at home) to further their reading and writing skills while exploring the diverse and linguistic and cultural repertoire of Latinx in the United States.   SPAN 420 - Spanish Conversation Section A, 12026 MWF 12:30-1:20, Section B, 12025 1:30-2:20 with Kelsey Welliver   The students in this class will keep developing their language skills to efficiently orally communicate with others by a) engaging in intensive and frequent practice in conversation to develop listening and speaking skills; b) exploring, reflecting and discussing cultural similarities and differences between the U.S. and a variety of Spanish-speaking countries through debates and cultural presentations; c) reading, reflecting, and discussing a wide variety of topics ranging from family relationships, to traditions, use and impact of technology, the environment, etc.; d) reviewing a wide range of grammatical structures in context.    SPAN531- Professional Spanish: Healthand Human Services 12695, TU 8:05-8:55 (Distance) with Dr. Maria Teresa DePaoli This class develops culturally appropriate writing, listening, and oral communication language skills inthe fields of health and human services. It is designed to provide students with cultural knowledge of diverse Spanish-speaking communities living inside and/oroutside the United States. SPAN531 has a service-learning component in the areas of health and human services, providing a hands-on experience. The course emphasizes specialized content and vocabulary, as well as some experience in translation.  


  SPAN 550. Introduction to Hispanic Readings and Media Section A- 12027 TU 11:30-12:10, DISTANCE Section B- 12930 MWF 12:30 - 1:20, Section C- 14682 MWF 10:30 - 11:20 Telling stories is at the core of how humans experi-ence the world. By reading and discussing texts, film, and art from the Spanish-speaking world, you develop your vocabulary, cultural awareness, and ability to express yourself. This class gives you tools for comprehending and responding to stories, poet-ry/song lyrics, drama and film.    

SPAN560: Cultures of the Spanish-speaking World: U.S. Latinx 16282,TU 1:05 - 1:55 p.m. (Distance) with Dr. Maria Teresa DePaoli Analysis of Latinx texts and cultural production, written or produced in Spanish or English by His-panics of Latinxs in the Unites States. Develops critical understanding of the Spanish Language in the United States.   SPAN 575- Introduction to Spanish Translation. 16611, MWF 12:30-1:20 with Dr. Angélique Courbou   People who are bilingual are often asked to translate or interpret in their jobs or communities. This course is designed to begin developing those skills and instill an awareness of the ethical responsibilities of translators and interpreters. Focusing on the linguistic and cultural differences specific to Spanish <> English translation, you will gain practice translating texts in a variety of genres. Special attention is paid to the role of the sociocultural context in the reception of both the original text and translation.   SPAN 580- Introduction to Spanish Linguistics 16612, TU 11:30-12:45 with Dr. Alison Posey This class is an introduction to the fundamentals of linguistic analysis. We will employ hands-on, application-based perspectives through our study of the sound system, word and sentence formation, and semantic and pragmatic meaning. Above all, our class will emphasize the application of linguistics to language acquisition theory and pedagogy.   SPAN 565: Cultures of the Spanish-Speaking World, SPAIN 12028 TU 11:30-12:45 Dr. Rebecca Bender This course develops critical understanding of the historical, political, social, and cultural forces that have shaped Spain from Roman times to the present, with particular attention paid to art and literature. Final projects based on regional identities and geographical diversity through a “tour” of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions (and 2 cities). (preq: Span 550) NOTE: This course is offered during Dr. Bender’s faculty-led summer program in Spain (May 29-June 29, 2022). Advanced students planning to enroll in Spanish 772 in Spain are highly encouraged to take this course in preparation. Intermediate students will take this course (565) as part of the summer program, so should NOT take it in Spring as it cannot be repeated.

Spring 2022 Spanish 700 Level Courses

SPAN670- Advanced Spanish Grammar 14308, MW 3:55-5:10 with Dr. Andrea Faber Grammar is like a puzzle - you put pieces together to create the desired image. But unlike a puzzle, grammar doesn’t have one single solution, but rather infinite. This does not mean that you can just slap together words willy-nilly. Every speaker has their own linguistic system, and it is through this system that they determine whether a phrase is well-formed or not. In this course, we will examine this system and the structures that compose. The knowledge acquired in this class provides an excellent base for students interested in language teaching, translation, or who are looking to develop their Spanish for other professional contexts.  SPAN 771. Advanced Spanish Translation 13317, MWF 1:30-2:20 with Dr. Laura Kanost This class builds skill in translation techniques through practice with texts from various fields (business, legal, medical, technical, literary, etc.) We apply a variety of resources and technologies to research and collaboratively revise our translations (both Spanish to English and English to Spanish).You will develop abilities in a chosen field of specialization related to career interests, creating an individual portfolio that includes a substantial translation.    

SPAN 768: Hispanic Cinema: All About Almodóvar 16280, TU 2:30-3:45 PM Dr. Rebecca Bender This course will center on a variety of films by celebrated Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, with particular attention paid to the representation of Spanish women and gender roles. Note: Required films are all rated R and include irreverent humor and often explicit content related to gender, sexuality, violence, abuse, and generational trauma.     SPAN777 Hispanic Cultures and Literatures: Teaching Strategies 16281 TU 1:05-2:20 Dr. Laura Valentín Rivera This 3 credit course aims to assist students, and future L2 Spanish teachers, to develop strategies that are con-ducive to the effective teaching of writing skills inter-linked with the Hispanic culture through realia, such as TV shows, readings, songs, comic strips.

SPAN779- Selected Topics in Span - Top/Lang Spain Nationalism. 14445, TU 3:55 - 5:10 p.m., with Dr. Alison Posey. Why, despite years of protests, conflict and violence, have Basque and Catalan efforts to gain independence from Spain been so unsuccessful? Since the mid-19th century, separatists from these two autonomous communities have fought for the right to form their own nations independent of Spain. However, throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, the Basque and Catalan separatist movements have only created divisions within the very communities they seek to unite. In this class, we will explore the history, development, and consequences of nationalist, separatist, and regionalist narratives in 20th and 21st- century Spain and how, despite their perceived power, these narratives have achieved more violence than independence.