Although not required, it is recommended that students register for eight credits. The courses offered are:
SPAN 1230 Continuing Spanish (4 credits)
Prerequisite: SPAN 1120, 1220, or LPS 45-55, or SAT II 460-580.
The goal of this low-intermediate course is to achieve a higher level of comprehension as well as to advance oral and written expression in a cultural context. Classes are in Spanish, and the language is actively used in communicative and creative activities. Students engage in linguistic and literary analysis of texts to acquire new vocabulary, complete analytical exercises, and develop reading strategies. Students continue developing writing skills through composition, give oral presentations, and review grammatical structures independently with some clarification by the instructor as needed. After this course, students may take SPAN 2000, 2070, or 2090.
SPAN 2090 Spanish Intermediate Composition and Conversation I
Satisfies Option 1 of language requirement. Prerequisite: SPAN 1230, or LPS 56-64, or SAT II 590-680, or CASE Q.
This intermediate course develops accurate and idiomatic oral and written expression in a cultural context. Students achieve a higher level of syntactical and lexical competence through reading and discussing essays and literary texts and viewing films. Particular emphasis is on writing and editing academic essays with peer/instructor feedback. Classes are in Spanish, and the language is actively used in oral presentations and communicative, creative, and critical-thinking activities. Students review grammar structures on their own with clarification and support of the instructor. After this course, students may take SPAN 2140, 2150, 2170, or 2190.
SPAN 2095 Spanish Intermediate Composition and Conversation II
Satisfies Option 1 of language requirement. Prerequisite: SPAN 2070, or SPAN 2090, or CASE Q+.
This advanced-intermediate course is designed to prepare students for study abroad, entry into the major, and advanced-level courses. Students study stylistics, analyze and discuss texts, view films, and acquire advanced reading strategies. Continued emphasis is on writing and editing academic essays with peer and instructor feedback. Classes are in Spanish, and the language is actively used in oral presentations and communicative, creative, and critical-thinking activities. Students review grammar structures on their own, although the instructor may clarify as needed. The course is required for the major and may be taken concurrently with SPAN 2140, 2150, or 2170.
SPAN 2180 Advanced Spanish Writing Workshop (4 credits)
Prerequisite: SPAN 2095 or CASE Q++ or equivalent.
This course, which is required for the major, is designed to help the learner develop increased accuracy and sophistication in writing in Spanish for academic purposes and continued oral practice in Spanish. To this end, there will be ample writing and revising practice, with a focus on specific grammatical and lexical areas, customized to the needs of the students enrolled in the course. May be taken concurrently with SPAN 2140, SPAN 2150, or SPAN 2170.
SPAN 2230 Perspectives on Spain (4 credits)
Open to all language levels.
This course offers a broad introduction to Iberian cultures from the Middle Ages to the present. Focusing on three main themes—space, culture, and everyday life—our main objective throughout the term will be to explore different perspectives unique to the ever-evolving place we now call Spain. The first half of the term will concentrate on aspects of space, culture, and everyday life in the medieval and early modern context, while the second half of the term will examine the same themes, questions, and concepts but from a modern and contemporary point of view.
The structure of the class will be the following:
- Mondays: Discussion based on assigned theoretical reading
- Tuesdays: Discussion based on assigned historical reading
- Wednesdays: Group excursion
- Thursdays: Discussion based on a case study; reaction papers will be due every Thursday.
LATA 3010 Hispanic Theater Production (variable credits)
Students develop a specific dramatic text for full-scale performance. The course involves acting, sound, set production, close analysis of the literary aspects of the play, and group evaluation of its representational value and effectiveness. All students in the course are involved in some aspects of production of the play and write a final paper as a course requirement. Credit is variable depending upon the student's role in play production. Lots of exposure to actual Spanish theater during the six weeks in Madrid.
Classes will be taught at the Instituto Internacional Americano. Other American programs use this facility for their year-long programs. It is also used to teach English courses, thus ensuring a mix of American and Spanish students on the premises.