SPAN 261 The Film Traditions of Spain
This advanced-level course is a study of Spanish culture through film and the way in which film and the images presented in this medium reflect cultural themes. Topics such as war and violence, women's role in contemporary society, and a range of social issues will be covered. Students will acquire an overview of the development of the film industry in Spain. The class will be conducted entirely in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 202 Spanish Composition and four hours from SPAN 201 Spanish Conversation, SPAN 203 Reading Strategies, SPAN 210 Spanish Advanced Grammar Review and SPAN 251 Introduction to Spanish Phonetics, or permission of the department chair.
Spanish 202 is a third-year course designed to provide guided practice in writing Spanish in the context of a formal, academic setting. The course includes annotated readings and advanced language study (vocabulary, grammar, spelling, and punctuation) to provide the tools to master written Spanish. Writing "workships" provide the framework to be a successful writer and are based on a process approach to writing, involving, brainstorming, free-writing, models, organizing, drafting, and revising. Prerequisite: Spanish Stage 4 or equivalent or permission of the department.
Spanish 201 is a third-year course designed to provide guided practice in speaking Spanish. Class will be conducted entirely in Spanish. In this course we will build vocabulary and cultural understanding while we focus on the fundamental communicative skills necessary to natural, everyday conversation. Empahsis will be on realistic conversation and oral presentaiton of opinions and facts that closely resemble interaction required of studens living in a Spanish-speaking country or cultivating realationships with native Spanish speakers. Grammatical structures will be discussed as a support for oral communication. Prerequisite: Spanish Stage 4 or equivalent, or permission of Department. May not be taken after semester of study abroad.
Spanish 203 is a third-year course designed to provide guided practice in Spanish reading. Students will read a variety of texts, including short stories, essays, poetry and media texts, and will be introduced to strategies for interpreting and analyzing those texts. Prerequisite: Spanish Stage 4 or equivalent, or permission of Department.
This course provides a sequenced review of the grammar of the Spanish language, with an emphasis on areas of particular difficulty for persons whose first language is English. Prerequisite: Spanish Stage 4 or equivalent, or permission of Department.
Spanish 251 is a third-year course designed to provide an introduction to the study and practice of the sounds of Spanish with an emphasis on practical exercises for improving students' pronunciation of Spanish. In it students will study the major phonetic characteristics of regional varieties of the Spanish of Spain and Latin America. Topics to be covered in the course include the articulatory system, trascription and phonetic alphabets, and the similarities and differences between the sounds and pronunciation patterns of Spanish and English. Prerequisite: Spanish Stage 4 or equivalent, or permission of Department.