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Spanish and Portuguese, Deparment of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Courses

Upcoming Graduate Course Descriptions

For a complete list of graduate courses:
Hispanic Literature and Culture
Hispanic Linguistics
Lusophone Literature and Culture

Spring 2015 Courses

Portuguese 597A - Lusophone African Literature
Francisco Fagundes

This course, open to both undergraduate and graduate students, focuses on some of the most representative authors and works of colonial and post-colonial Lusophone African literature (the literatures of Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, and So Tom and Prncipe). Authors studied include Luandino Vieira, Agostinho Neto, Pepetela, and Ondjaki (Angola); Jorge Barbosa, Manuel Lopes, Baltasar Lopes, Corsino Fortes, and Germano Almeida (Cape Verde); Amlcar Cabral, Hlder Proena, Eunice Borges (Guinea-Bissau); Lus Bernardo Honwana, Jos Craveirinha, Lus Carlos Patraquim, and Mia Couto (Mozambique); Costa Alegre, Francisco Jos Tenreiro, Alda Esprito Santo (So Tom and Prncipe). Theoretically, the course privileges a postcolonialist approach, although more traditional approaches will be utilized as well. Graduate students are expected to write a paper between 15 and 20 pages and a series or brief fichas or reviews. Undergraduate students will have two take-home exams. Prerequisite for the course is native or near native proficiency in Portuguese. Students who have taken at least one literature course before are most likely to do well in this course.

Portuguese 697R - Machado de Asis
Daphne Patai

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Spanish 597EC - Escritura Creativa
Margara Russotto

Curso/Taller/Laboratorio de escritura creativa en español. Dirigido a estudiantes con dominio del idioma, pasión literaria, e interés en desarrollar su propia escritura y capacidades creativas. Es un lugar de encuentro donde se practica la constante ejercitación con las palabras mediante la escritura y la reescritura, entendiendo la creación como un camino de conocimiento estético y a la vez de autoconocimiento y autodeterminación. Abierto a estudiantes de los Five Colleges, de cualquier otra institución, y provenientes de cualquier disciplina. Contenido latinoamericano: 55% DICTADO EN ESPAÑOL.

Spanish 597J - Foreign Language Teaching Methodology
Carole Cloutier

This course is an introduction to different methods and approaches to foreign language teaching. During the course students learn how to prepare a foreign language lesson, and develop the necessary abilities to become language instructors. This course is required for all new TAs.

Spanish 597LF - Latin American Film Festival
Jose Ornelas

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Spanish 597PR - Introduction to Spanish Pragmatics
Meghan Armstrong

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Spanish 697A - Second Language Acquisition & Linguistics Theory
Luiz Amaral

In this course, we study the contribution of specific linguistic theories to the description of first and second language representation and development, including Principles and Parameters, the Minimalist Program, and constraint-based non-transformational theories. We look at some examples of SLA research in Spanish and other languages, and discuss how theories shape the way researchers design their experiments and interpret their data. By the end of the course students are expected to prepare a research proposal that could be used for individual projects. Pre-requisites: although this course has no pre-requisites, it is recommended that students take a syntax course before enrolling. Some of the options are: Spanish 579, Ling 401, Ling 601.

Spanish 797V - Espacio y Alteridad: Novelas del imaginario ecuatorial
Margara Russotto

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