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Spanish Course Offerings Fall 2020

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SPAN 200: Spanish Composition and Grammar  

An intensive study of selected grammatical topics (ser-estar, preterit and imperfect, present subjunctive and commands); vocabulary; grammatical exercises and short compositions. In this course you will acquire new vocabulary, broaden and improve your knowledge of grammatical structures (agreement, verb tenses, pronouns, and much more). You will learn strategies for developing and refining your written communication skills.

Offered with an Honors section (080).

Prerequisite: SPAN 107

SPAN 201: Spanish Reading & Composition 

This course places major emphasis on the development of reading, writing and analytical skills while studying literary selections from Spain and Latin America. In this course the student has the opportunity to read a wide variety of Spanish and Latin American literature in up to four genres: poetry, narrative, drama, and essay. The student will develop reading skills as well as a solid knowledge of the literary terms and movements which will be encountered in more advanced literature classes. Compositions will be based on interpretation of the readings and will be directed towards reinforcing the use of literary terminology. This class may contain a section with an Honors component. Honors students may be asked to participate in weekly discussion threads through Canvas, memorization of poems, and/or a short drama performance.

Prerequisite: SPAN 200

Fulfills Group "A" requirement

SPAN 201: Spanish Reading & Composition (HONORS)

This course, for HONORS students, places major emphasis on the development of reading, writing and analytical skills while studying literary works from Spain and Latin America in three genres: poetry, narrative and drama. In-class discussion and compositions will be based on interpretation of the readings and will be directed towards reinforcing the use of literary terminology.  Other highlights included in this course are weekly discussion threads through Canvas, memorization of poems, and a short drama performance.

Prerequisite: SPAN 200

Fulfills Group "A" requirement

SPAN 205:  Spanish Conversation: A Cultural Approach 

This course builds mastery of practical spoken Spanish in its cultural context. Spanish will be used strategically in situations that relate to everyday life, with topics such as health, education, relationships, travel, sports, food, housing, security, family life, entertainment and media. The ultimate objective of this course is for students to be able to fulfill individual goals using Spanish. The Honors section features additional proficiency activities inside and outside the classroom including one-on-one conversations with native speakers and third-party assessment for proficiency feedback.

Prerequisite:  Spanish 107 with a grade of B. 

Restrictions: Not intended for native speakers. May not be taken if the student has reached the 400 level in Spanish.

SPAN 300: Advanced Spanish Composition and Grammar I

This course is primarily designed to consolidate the fundamentals of Spanish grammar and introduce advanced structures through intense targeted practice. Writing communication skills are developed and refined towards an elaborate syntactic production. Cultural and historical topics are explored through short readings that raise awareness of the Spanish-speaking world while building up vocabulary to express abstract ideas. The emphasis on grammar will be linked to the exploration of historical and cultural facts. At this stage, emphasis is given to accuracy of grammar, active use of vocabulary, sentence structure (moving from simple to compound sentences), and cohesiveness at the paragraph level. 

Prerequisites: SPAN 200

SPAN 303: Survey of Spanish-American Literature

This course is a survey of Latin American literature and culture from Christopher Columbus to the beginning of the 20th century. It offers an overview of the most salient moments in Latin American cultural history, placing emphasis on the ways in which specific works and movements relate to the social and political developments that have shaped the region.

The course will stress the development of reading, writing and speaking skills in Spanish through film, text analysis, and the study of Latin American history from the Spanish Conquest to the end of the 19th century. 

Prerequisite: SPAN 201

Fulfills Group B Arts & Science requirement

SPAN 305:  Oral Communication  

For individuals with a comprehensive knowledge of Spanish grammar and vocabulary. Emphasis on refinement of expression of abstract ideas as well as mastery of practical communication.

You love Spanish. You would love to travel to Spanish-speaking countries. You can read Spanish and you can communicate but you want to be able to have meaningful Spanish conversation. This course is designed to help you speak Spanish more fluently and expand your vocabulary while learning current issues and customs in the Hispanic world. The goal is to enable you to sustain conversations and express your opinions on diverse topics. The course draws from a variety of resources, including short stories and essays, articles from the Spanish press, slides, videos, and satellite newscasts. Interactive formats such as class discussions, debates, oral presentations and scenarios will be used.

Prerequisite: SPAN 200 

Restrictions: Not intended for native speakers

SPAN 314: Spanish Phonetics and Phonology

This course is mandatory for prospective Spanish teachers and highly recommended to students who want to improve and practice their pronunciation and intonation in Spanish. The course will help you to understand how the Spanish phonetic system evolved, and is organized, compared to the system in English. This, together with a wealth of practical exercises will enable you to lose the typical “American accent”, and attain a more native-like pronunciation. You will learn how to divide Spanish words into syllables, where and when to put written accents, how to pronounce vowels and consonants, as well as learn about Spanish rhythm, intonation, linguistic variation, the evolution of the language, and phonetic transcription. You will also learn the anatomy of the mouth and the movements that take place in articulation in order to be able to explain to your future students how to successfully produce the sounds of Spanish. 

Prerequisite: SPAN 200  

SPAN 326: Latin American Civilizations and Cultures

This course is a survey of the history and culture of Latin America from the time of the region’s indigenous empires to the present. Students will analyze fundamental aspects of the region’s history, geography, politics and cultural production, focusing on issues including human rights, colonialism, nationalism, military intervention, globalization and migration. This course is designed to prepare students for the advanced study of Latin American cultural production by providing them with the historical and social context necessary for studying the cultures of this region. Students will gain an appreciation for the historical roots of present-day social and political issues in Latin America, improve their research and analysis skills, develop their capacity for independent learning and critically examine crucial issues related to Latin American culture.

Prerequisite: SPAN 200

Fulfills Arts & Sciences ‘Group B’ requirement

Fulfills DLE Requirement

SPAN352: Introduction to Business Spanish

This course is an introduction of essential business/commercial terminology in common business context, reinforcing strategies for understanding, interpreting, and responding to new information, and providing opportunities for interactive practice. It familiarizes students with basic policies and practices of the Hispanic business community. It includes writing, conversation, grammar and culture.

Prerequisite: SPAN200 and SPAN201 

SPAN 401: Advanced Composition & Grammar II

SPAN401 is not a systematic study of Spanish grammar (that is the purpose of the SPAN 200 and 300 prerequisites for this course). In SPAN401 students will practice and apply what they have learned in previous courses, as well as broaden their vocabulary through different kinds of writings (i.e.: summaries, opinion papers, narrations, feature articles, descriptions, poems, short stories, etc.), projects and class participation. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to study and practice more in-depth those structures that traditionally cause the most problems: subjunctive vs. indicative, past tenses, prepositions and pronouns, reflexivity, active vs. passive, text progression, determination, word order, direct vs. indirect speech, sequence of tenses, use of complex tenses, etc. The SPAN 401 textbook contains an array of authentic readings about the culture, history, and politics of Spain and Latin America. The overall goal of SPAN 401 is to help students reach the ACTFL Language Testing Advanced-Low Level. 

Prerequisite: This course is the last in a series of Spanish language courses. Students must have taken SPAN 200 and SPAN 300 before enrolling for this course. The course is conducted in Spanish.

SPAN 439: Postwar Spanish Narrative

What effect did the Spanish Civil War have on prose fiction in Spain? In this course we will trace the lingering effects of the conflict that shaped the country we know today, while exploring literary movements of the postwar era. From a young woman’s college experience in Barcelona to the adventures of boxers and bullfighters in Madrid to the saga of a young hero in rural Aragón, we will read unforgettable stories from modern Spain. The goal of the course is to read intensively, concentrating on a few works in depth. By using Spanish in a seminar setting, each student will build his or her critical and linguistic skills (including speaking, reading and writing). Section meets with an MA-level graduate section, SP 639-10. 

Prerequisite: One SPAN 300-level survey of literature course

SPAN 455: Bodies, Blood, and Beauty: Health and Disease in Early Modern Spain

The expansion of the Spanish Empire fostered new ways of imagining health and beauty within its realms. During the early modern period, health was not only determined by visible signs of physiological well-being, but also on more hidden markers, such as the purity of one’s blood. The view of disease as an imbalance or impurity of one’s complexion was easily appropriated by political discourse to justify the creation of “difference” between the various members of the Spanish body politic. Through medical, political, and literary readings, we will explore the relationship between the changing medical theories on health and disease and the marginalization of the supposedly “diseased” members of the Spanish body politic such as conversos, moriscos, and Native Americans. Some of the authors we will read include Fernando de Rojas, Francisco Delicado, Cervantes, Calderón, Huarte de San Juan, and Enriquez. 

Prerequisite: One SPAN 300-level survey of literature course

SPAN 472: Sugar, Salsa, & Santaría: Hispanic Carribean 

Explores Caribbean cultures through music, film, religion and other forms of expression. Focus on diaspora, slavery, colonialism, and the formation of present-day postcolonial cultures, and examine the articulation of Caribbean identities through such concepts as contrapunteo, calibanismo, zombiismo, negrismo, aplatanamiento, and insularismo. Taught in Spanish, with some Francophone and Anglophone texts in English. Students will prepare one presentation, weekly short writing assignments, midterm and final. 

Prerequisites: SPAN301, SPAN302, SPAN303, SPAN304, SPAN307, SPAN308, SPAN325, or SPAN326.

SPAN 479: Resurrecting Mexico’s Dead

Death and resurrection have been major concerns throughout the history of Mexican culture, and these themes are as prevalent in Mexico today as ever before.  In a range of manifestations from festive Day of the Dead celebrations to the grim reality of a violent drug war, many in Mexico contemplate the concept of death on a regular basis.  This course will look at how authors (Octavio Paz, Juan Rulfo, Élmer Mendoza, Elena Poniatowska), filmmakers (Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Alfonso Cuarón, Alejandro Jodorowsky), artists (José Guadalupe Posada, José Clemente Orozco, Teresa Margolles), musicians (Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Brujería) and other cultural producers have brought the topic of death to life in their works. 

Prerequisites: Any of the following: SPAN307, SPAN308, SPAN325, SPAN326

SPAN491: Capstone (Historical Fictions)

The novels chosen for this course explore the cultural, literary, and historical past that students should recognize from their previous years of study.  Students are expected to use the linguistic and analytical skills developed throughout their four years of study in this class. This class stresses the daily use of literary analysis in oral and written production. 

PREREQ: One 400-level literature or culture course. 

RESTRICTIONS: Senior-level Spanish Studies and Latin American & Iberian Studies majors only.

PORT 216: Intensive Brazilian Portuguese for Spanish Students and Speakers

Study the language of Brazil and unlock the door to this exciting giant of South America.  Learning Brazilian Portuguese may not change your life, but then again, maybe it will.  Why take a chance? Due to their similarities in structure and vocabulary, your knowledge of Spanish will put you on the fast track to learning Portuguese. In this intensive course you can expect to gain a good functional knowledge of this language, which is spoken by 230 million people. You will also learn about Brazilian culture, and Brazilian popular music will be incorporated into our lessons to reinforce language learning. Come prepared to groove to Bossa Nova and other Brazilian rhythms, and to have fun learning a really cool language!

Prerequisite:  One 300-level Spanish course or equivalent, or being a native or heritage speaker of Spanish. 

Note: As a beginning language course, PORT 216 is not intended for native or heritage speakers of Portuguese.

PORT 216 is part of Option II of the Spanish major and can count toward the Latin American and Iberian Studies major and minor. It is also part of the Foreign Language Certificate in Brazilian Portuguese. Portuguese can be used as Language Three for the Three Language Major. Additionally, this course helps students prepare for the winter session in Brazil where they can continue studying Portuguese.

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  • Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
  • Jastak-Burgess Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • 30 East Main St.
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2591