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This course presents specific linguistic and soci-historial aspects of the teaching of Spanish at the college level in the US. Some of the topics covered are: explaining the minimizing linguistic errors due to the transfer from English, accommodating the needs of learners who are heritage speakers, or integrating culture in an inclusive and relevant way. Through the observation of language insturctors, the discussion of course readings, and the development of a teaching portfolio, among other assessments, students will gain a working knowledge of adult second language acquisiting theory, become familiar with a variety of instructional approaches, and the particular socio-historical context of the Spanish language in the U.S. This course is especially beneficial for College In the Schools (CIS) teachers of Spanish, as it will be taught in the target language.
This course is a survey of the literatures and arts in the Iberian Peninsula from the Eighth Century until today. Students will be reading different types of texts: from the first marginalia containing early signs of Castilian and Basque, to some of the most recent examples of interdisciplinary writing in Spanish. These readings, together with the discussions and the analysis of selected iconic buildings, paintings, sculptures, and movies will provide students with a broad understanding of Spanish cultural production, as well as of Spanish history over the years.
This course focuses on the theory and development of the field of Spanish second language acquisition and pedagogy. Special attention will be dedicated to the most common grammatical, linguistic, and methodological issues related to teaching Spanish to English native speakers. Topics covered will also include the role of technology in language teaching and methods for evaluating the linguistic competence of learners of Spanish. Prerequisites: Successful completion of SPAN 300, 301, 305, and 315 or their equivalents with a C- or better in each course.
This course is a survey of the literature and arts in the Spanish-speaking World from the Medieval Ages until today. Students will read different types of texts produced in Iberian and Latin American cultures. These readings, together with discussions and analysis of selected iconic buildings, paintings, sculptures, maps, photographs, comics, and movies, will provide students with a broad understanding of Hispanic cultural, literary and artistic production, as well as the transatlantic movements, encounters, and connections between cultures over the years.
Prerequisites: SPAN300, 301, and 305 or concurrent enrollment in 301 or 305.