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Spanish and Portuguese, Deparment of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Courses

Upcoming Undergraduate Course Descriptions

For a complete list of undergraduate courses:
SpanPort Undergraduate Courses

Fall 2015 Courses

Catalan 110 - Elementary Catalan I
Dolores Juan Moreno

This course is conceived to enable students to acquire the basic notions of the Catalan language through task-based daily communicative situations. The teacher will provide the necessary tools to guarantee an autonomous learning process focused on the student’s individuality. The course’s practical nature will promote both the apprentice’s participation and interaction in order to facilitate communication in different socio-cultural contexts. This course will develop the student’s capacity in order to achieve a progressive mastery of the four main skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Catalan 246 - Intensive Intermediate Catalan
Guillem Molla

This course is conceived to enable students to acquire an intermediate command of the Catalan language through task-based daily communicative situations. The instructor will provide the necessary tools to guarantee an autonomous learning process focused on the student’s individuality. The course’s practical nature will promote both the apprentice’s participation and interaction in order to facilitate communication in different socio-cultural contexts. This course will develop the student’s capacity in order to achieve a progressive mastery of the four main skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Portuguese Language Program
Francisco Cota Fagundes

Developing communicative abilities in Portuguese and understanding the rich culture of the Portuguese-speaking world are the two primary objectives of the course. Consequently, the program combines content-based language instruction with an interactive task-based approach. This means that the material will be presented to you thematically and that the activities used to reinforce your language development will focus on real-life language situations. You will be expected to actively participate in a variety of interactive small and large-group activities. This course is not based on lectures, but rather on active learner participation in different tasks that require students to use Portuguese in various situations that reflect normal use of different varieties of Portuguese. The class will be conducted in Portuguese in order to provide you with maximum exposure to the language.

Portuguese 110 - Elementary Portuguese II
Portuguese 110 is the first course in a four-course sequence (110, 120, 230, 240) that leads to the fulfillment of the foreign language requirement.

Portuguese 230 - Intermediate Portuguese II
Portuguese 230 is the third course in a four-course sequence (110, 120, 230, 240) which leads to the fulfillment of the foreign language requirement.

Portuguese 301 - Conversation
Staff

Open to students who have completed Portuguese 240 or equivalent, and to heritage speakers with permission of instructor, this course’s main objective is to have students lose their fear of speaking Portuguese. No textbook is required. Students provide a list of topics, from which the instructor prepares a Temário which serves as the ‘textbook’ for the course. Each student has a chance to present one of his/her topics at least three times during the semester, although all students are expected to participate actively in all discussions in class. Topics range from student experiences on campus, travel abroad, Brazilian soap operas, racism and perhaps even to the legalization of marijuana. All topics are fair game – so long as the students come to class prepared to discuss them. Topics are announced ahead of time so that all students have a chance to prepare for the discussions. The Internet is our main source of topics as well as new vocabulary to go along with them. There are two exams: one midterm and one final on topics of the student’s own choosing.

Portuguese 311 - Advanced Grammar
Luiz Amaral

Portuguese 311 is an advanced course in Portuguese grammar and writing for students minoring or majoring in Portuguese. Portuguese 311 is designed to give the student a thorough review of some of the major grammatical properties of the Portuguese language. This course is designed to help students develop their writing proficiency, while providing them with tools to think critically about how to write in Portuguese.

Portuguese 320 - Introduction to Portuguese Literature I
Francisco Cota
Fagundes
Introduction to the literature of Portugal from the Middle Ages to 1700. The main literary currents and techniques of the period and their relation to history and culture. Selections from representative poetry, drama, and narrative. Taught in Portuguese. Prerequisite: PORTUG 240 or consent of instructor. (Gen.Ed. AL)

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.


Spanish Language Program
Carole Cloutier

The overall goal of these courses is developing proficiency in the four language skills —listening, reading, speaking, and writing—, as well as gaining cultural understanding and emphasizing diversity in the various regions of the Spanish-speaking world, essential to culturally-based interactive language learning. Our first-year program uses an input-to-output and task-based approach that engages students in working cooperatively as they complete a wide range of activities that are interactive in nature. One of the benefits of interactive instruction is that students are required to make active use of Spanish in the classroom as they negotiate meaning in contexts that resemble those they will encounter outside the classroom. Our approach to grammar instruction is to allow students to master essential structures while ensuring that valuable class time is devoted to meaningful, communicative use of the target language. Explanations provided in the textbook allow students to gain important information about the grammar, practice with these forms in the preparation manual, and get immediate feedback on their work. Consequently, the instructor’s in-class explanations of the grammar will be kept to a minimum and will be centered around specific questions and areas that may cause students problems.

Spanish 110 - Elementary Spanish I
This is the first in a four-course sequence of basic Spanish.

Spanish 120 - Elementary Spanish II
This is the second in a four-course sequence of basic Spanish, it is designed for students who have completed SPAN-110.

Spanish 230 - Intermediate Spanish I
This is the third in a four-course sequence of basic Spanish, it is designed for students who have completed SPAN-120 (or the equivalent).

Spanish 240 - Intermediate II
This is the last in a four-course sequence of basic Spanish, it is designed for students who have completed SPAN-230 (or the equivalent).

Spanish 285 - Thatcher Spanish Program
Jayne Reino

This two-credit conversational seminar explores the diverse cultures and societies of the Spanish-speaking world. Rather than focusing on language instruction itself (participants must have conversational fluency) the goal of the course is to increase social and cultural awareness and develop critical perspective through class discussions. The course accompanies the Thatcher Residential Academic Program (RAP) experience. Participants live in Thatcher Residence Hall with students engaged in one of our six living-learning language communities. The emphasis of the program is on building our Spanish language community; students can expect to gain confidence and comfort with social interactions in Spanish. Native speakers, heritage speakers, and students who plan to study-abroad, or who are returning from study-abroad programs are encouraged to apply. Honors Colloquium (SPANISH H285-01) available for an additional credit. Enrollment in the course requires prior acceptance to the program. Applications can be downloaded here.

Spanish 311 - Advanced Grammar
Patricia Gubitosi

Spanish 311 is an advanced course in Spanish grammar and writing for students minoring or majoring in Spanish. Spanish 311 is designed to give the student a thorough review of some of the major grammatical properties of the Spanish language. This course is designed to help students develop their writing proficiency, while providing them with tools to think critically about how to write in Spanish.

Spanish 312 - Oral and Written Expression
TBA

This course introduces basic techniques and stylistics to enable students to communicate (both oral and written) in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 311.

Spanish 313 - Spanish Composition II/Junior Year Writing
Christina Beaubien

This course introduces the elements of effective college-level composition, in Spanish and in English. Prerequisite: Spanish 311.

Spanish 320 - Literary Currents in Spain I
TBA

Introduction to the literature of Spain from the Middle Ages to 1700. Emphasis on literary currents and their relation to history and culture of the period. Representative poetry, narrative, drama. Prerequisite: Spanish 311 or consent of instructor. Taught in Spanish (Gen.Ed. AL).

Spanish 321 - Literary Currents in Spain II
Guillem Molla

Introduction to Spanish literature from 1700 to the present; emphasis on literary currents and their relation to culture and history of the period. Representative drama, poetry, and narrative. Prerequisite: Spanish 311 or consent of instructor. Taught in Spanish (Gen.Ed. AL).

Spanish 322 - Introduction to Spanish American Literature
Emma Rivera-Rábago

Introduction to the literature of Spanish America from the beginnings to the end of the Romantic period. Emphasis on literary currents and their relation to history and culture of the period. Representative poetry, narrative, drama. The class is taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 311 or consent of instructor.

Spanish 323 - Spanish American Literature II
Emma Rivera-Rábago

Introduction to the literature of Spanish America from the end of the Romantic period to the present. Emphasis on literary currents and their relation to history and culture of the period. Representative poetry, narrative, drama. The class is taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 311 or consent of instructor.

Spanish 354 - Spanish for Native Speakers
Gloria Bernabe-Ramos

This course reviews Spanish grammar with an emphasis on the particular necessities of native Spanish speakers who have not studied the language extensively in an academic setting. Particular attention is given to writing and reading. Open only to native speakers of Spanish..

Spanish 378 - Spanish Phonetics
Meghan Armstrong

Spanish 378 is designed to provide students with a linguistic perspective of the sound system of Spanish, as well as basic phonological concepts such as phonemes and allophones. The main goals of the course are to improve students’ pronunciation and prepare them to become future teachers. We also explore the basic differences in the pronunciation of Spanish dialects from different regions of the Spanish-speaking world.

Spanish 394PI - Preparation for Programs in the Spanish-Speaking World
Luis Marentes

This is the first of a three part sequence that should help you reflect upon the way in which your education as Spanish and Portuguese majors relates to your life experiences and aspirations. The sequence’s second part will require you to either study abroad or engage in service learning or an internship in a Spanish or Portuguese- speaking context. The sequence’s third part will give you an opportunity to reflect upon the way in which your overall education prepares you to life after the University. Throughout this semester we will explore your personal and education experiences and examine opportunities in study abroad, service learning and internships, considering how these programs fit in with your other studies. By the time you finish this course you should be able to think critically about these and to make an informed decision about the type of program you would like to join as part of your Integrative Experience.

Spanish 397MA - Madness in Literature
Giseli Tordin

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Spanish 397PP - Spanish Cinema
Jose Ornelas

Analysis of several films by some of the most important Spanish directors from the sixties to the early XXI Century, in the context of Spanish history, society, culture and politics. Special attention will be given to films by Buñuel, Saura and Almodóvar. The following topics will be analyzed: representation of gender; history; filmic narrative; role of religion; sexual and sociopolitical repression; violence and transgression; and other topics. Course may be used for Certificate in Film Studies.

Spanish 397QCH - Introduction to Quechua Language & Culture
Carlos Raúl Molina (Visiting Professor)

This course introduces students to the study of Southern Quechua language, the most widely spoken variety of the Quechua language family. Our focus will be on the grammatical structure of the Cuzco-Collao (including Bolivian Quechua) and the Ayacucho-Chanca dialects. Despite some differences, these two varieties are fairly compatible, which makes them suitable for study together. At the same time, an overview of different cultural topics related to contemporary Andean culture will be covered. Among them we will pay especial attention to high-altitude agriculture and stockbreeding, religious syncretism, social-organization, current challenges faced by indigenous people, and different artistic expressions. Thus, the main goal of this course is to allow students to understand the Quechua world through the study of basic Southern Quechua grammar while examining current Andean cultural products and the context in which they are produced. The methodology used in this course will be a combination of direct instruction based on grammatical analysis, drills and other similar exercises, guided analysis and translation of accessible Southern Quechua texts. Also, students will provide written reports based on the cultural topics presented throughout the semester. In addition to this, listening and oral expression will be continuously practiced by taking advantage of different activities used in audiolingual Quechua methods. Every effort will be made during the course to access authentic language through song, video, and, when possible, video conference with native speakers. It is strongly recommended that students taking this course have an intermediate Spanish level (Span 240).

Spanish 415 - Culture and Civilization of Spain
TBA

In this class we will examine the historical, political, social and cultural development of Spain from the Second Republic to the present. Through the study of several films we will tackle topics such as the role of women, censorship, immigration and terrorism, among others. The course is taught in Spanish.

Spanish 470 - General View of Hispanic Linguistics
Luiz Amaral

General View of Linguistics is an introduction to the principles and methods of linguistics, with a focus on Phonetics, Phonology, Dialectology, Historical Linguistics, and Syntax as they apply to Spanish. At the end of the course, students be able to use the fundamental terminology and concepts of these subfield of Spanish linguistics surveyed in this course and demonstrate the ability to analyze linguistic data.

Spanish 471 - Linguistic Variety & Pluralism
Patricia Gubitosi

This course intends to offer the students an introduction to regional and social varieties of Spanish in Spain, Latin America and the U.S., and an overview of situations of language contact and multilingualism affecting Spanish in those areas.

Spanish 494RI - Reflection/Experience Abroad
Luis Marentes

The purpose of this course is to help students reconsider their experience abroad, in an internship or in community service learning, understanding this experience to include their preparation, travel, return and future possibilities. We will consider the relationship between these experiences and students daily lives, academic preparation and future professional plans. This course will be run as a seminar in which student participation is crucial. Students are expected to approach the readings and class discussions from a critical, yet self-reflexive perspective. By the end of the semester students will write two blog posts reflecting upon their major, their general education, their service, and/or study abroad, and the way this has prepared them to move on into the professional world. Students will also make a public presentation reflecting upon their experiences as Spanish and Portuguese majors.

Spanish 497SX - Spanish Syntax
Carole Cloutier

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Spanish 497TC - Spanish Translation for Community Health Services
Luis Marentes

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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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