Spanish & Portuguese Courses

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0003 Intermediate Spanish 3 - 3 cr.

Builds on the skills acquired during the elementary sequence. It includes a functional review of the basic language structures and introduces ever more complex structures. The course has a strong cultural component. Pre- or Co-requisite(s): SPAN 0002 with a grade of C- or better. Offered every term.

0004 Intermediate Spanish 4 - 3 cr.

A continuation of Spanish 0003. Students continue to refine their language abilities and enhance their vocabulary. The course has a strong cultural component. Offered every term.

0015 Intensive Elementary Spanish - 5 cr.

This is a condensed version of the first two courses of the Spanish language program, and it has been designed for students who have taken least two years of high school Spanish or its equivalent. Spanish 0015 follows a communicative approach: from the first day of class you will interact in Spanish in a meaningful context with your instructor and classmates. By the end of this course you will have a general knowledge of the grammar of the Spanish language and you will be able to communicate effectively in Spanish according to this level. This course satisfies the foreign language requirement. Offered every fall and spring.

0020 Conversation - 3 cr.

The goal of this fifth-semester course is to enhance fluency and the development of oral proficiency in Spanish. Although the emphasis is on speaking and listening skills, reading and writing assignments are an important part of the syllabus. Certain grammar points are reviews (ser/estar, preterite/imperfect, etc.), but communicative competence is not measured by grammatical competence alone. This course helps students to improve their fluency, pronunciation, and strategic competence such as paraphrasing skills, and increase their vocabulary through readings, films, digital recordings and other authentic materials. Offered every term.

0025 Grammar And Composition - 3 cr.

This course reviews Spanish grammar, and in addition, is designed to aid the students in vocabulary building, improving their knowledge of idiomatic usage, and their ability to translate from English to Spanish. Offered every term.

1250 Spanish Civilization - 3 cr.

This course introduces students to the cultural history of the Hispanic World. Starting with the study of Pre-Colombian civilizations and the controversial politics of the Spanish Conquest we will discuss the conflicts involved in the transformation of Latin America. Through a broad variety of texts; chronicles, documentaries, films, fiction and novels, students will learn about the Spanish-speaking world and also explore the complex interactions implied in the process of Colonization, in the foundation of National identities, and in the creation of Cultural traditions. We will stress the importance that these social and political tensions have in order to understand the past but also we will analyze its impact in the present. Offered every fall and spring.

0055 Intro Hispanic Literature 1 (W) - 3 cr.

What is literature? What does the literary do? This course, conducted in Spanish, is designed to introduce students to the study of Hispanic literature, while the same time dealing with concepts which can be applied to all literature. We will analyze Hispanic literature understood in its broadest sense, touching upon the genres of narrative, poetry, short story, essay, music, theater, and film. In addition, we will read several examples of literary theory, or writing about literature, in order to investigate the role or function of the literary within the Hispanic world. Spanish 0055 counts as a departmental W course for the writing requirement. Offered every fall and spring.

0082 Latin America Today (IFN REG) - 3 cr.

This courses is an overview of contemporary Latin America and its people and is designed to be an introduction for students who have no previous knowledge of the area. Students will be exposed to several aspects of Latin America. A special attempt will be made to show contemporary social reality as interpreted by some of the region's most gifted filmmakers, artists, writers and intellectuals. Readings, lectures, and class discussions will be conducted in English.  Offered every fall and spring.

1260 Survey Of Spanish Literature - 3 cr.

This course is designed for Spanish majors who have completed SPAN 0020 and/or SPAN 0025 or can demonstrate an equivalent level of proficiency. The course will provide a broad overview of Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to the present, covering Spanish achievements in the arts as well. Texts, works of art, and films, will be studied particularly in relation to how we can read "Spain" through Spanish art and literature, and to what extent the "idea of Spain" emerges from its own literary culture. Offered only in the Fall term..

1280 Survey Latin American Literature - 3 cr.

This course offers a survey of Afro-Hispanic writing in the twentieth century (poetry, short stories, novel) in its national and historical contexts. Note that in addition to studying writers from the Hispanic Caribbean and South America, we will also be studying writers from Equatorial Guinea, the only location on continental Africa where the official language is Spanish. One of the foci of the course lies in deciding what constitutes the specificity or specificities of writing by Hispanic writers of African descent. Offered only in the Spring term.

1302 Adv Composition And Stylistics - 3 cr.

The primary goal of this course is to help students develop their writing skills in Spanish. Attention will be given to creating a more sophisticated discourse that goes beyond the simple subject-verb-object structure. Students will be exposed to a variety of authentic texts of different genres and will be encouraged to explore the different formats and stylistic choices in their own writing. Students will be provided with many opportunities to practice their newly acquired skills and writing strategies. The secondary goal is to help students expand their knowledge of the Spanish language by giving them the opportunity to learn about and practice new vocabulary as well as advanced aspects of Spanish grammar such as prepositions, por/para, the formation and placement of adjectives, the passive voice, etc.  Offered infrequently.

1303 Seminar In Language & Culture - 3 cr.

The theme of the Capstone Seminar this semester will be "Torture and Confession in Latin American and Peninsular Literature." Taking as its point of departure Elaine Scarry's contention that "what masquerades as the motive for torture is a fiction," this course will explore the intimate yet uncomfortable rapport between torture and truth, or between pain and representation. We will explore the idea of torture as fiction, as well as the fictions that take torture as its theme, unpacking the interrelated, unavoidably discursive practices of interrogation, torture and confession. This seminar, conducted in Spanish, is a requirement for all majors in Hispanic Languages and Literatures. Spanish 1303 is offered every term, but with a different theme. Offered every fall and spring.

1306 Spec Topics Applied Linguistics - 3 cr.

The goal of this course is to further develop the oral proficiency of students through authentic materials including but not limited to interviews, movies, music, newspaper articles and role-playing. Emphasis on fluency and speaking skills, although reading and writing skills will not be ignored. We will review certain grammar points but communicative competence is not measured by grammatical competence alone. Pronunciation, comprehension skills, strategic competence such as paraphrasing skills, and an extensive active vocabulary are all equally important when it comes to becoming proficient in a foreign language. Students will often work in groups and pairs so it is imperative that they be willing to interact with one another and be tolerant of one another's opinions. The instructor will rate students' oral proficiency the beginning and end of the semester based on the ACTFL speaking proficiency guidelines. These guidelines are used nation-wide as an assessment tool to identify an individual's level of speaking competence in a foreign language.  Offered at least once a year.

1315 Business Spanish - 3 cr.

This course provides an introduction to the language skills required in Spanish business correspondence and related commercial activities. The course is designed, in addition to provide a solid basis for communication in commercial interactions and to develop students' abilities to read professional texts. Practical application will be through role-play, dialogues, letter, summary and resume writing. The course will also familiarize students with the customs and the cultural and behavioral differences which are important to know in dealing with the Hispanic business world. Students are expected to have a good knowledge of Spanish.  Offered every two years. Enrollment Limit: 20  Offered once a year.

1403 Latin American Narrative - 3 cr.

This course will look a variety of Latin American avant garde movements (creacionismo, ultrasmo, Brazilian modernismo, estridentismo, etc.) and the Latin American wings of some of the European avant garde movements (most notably surrealism). Particular attention will be given to the avant garde manifesto (especially those collected in Jorge Schwartzs anthology Las vanguardias latinoamericanas, the main text for the course). We will read examples of poetic production, by such writers as Vicente Huidobro, César Vallejo, Jorge Luis Borges and Magda Portal, will be examined (using Mihai Grünfelds anthology of Latin American avant garde poetry), and some examples of avant garde narrative and theater also; oral reports on representative magazines of the period will be required. Course will be taught in Spanish, with some readings in Portuguese (also available in Spanish translation). Offered infrequently.

1404 Latin American Topics - 3 cr.

This course is about the Sixties in (mainly) the United States and Latin America. It has its core a group of films from, or about that era, including Easy Rider, The Battle of Algiers, Apocalypse Now, Woodstock, Memories of Underdevelopment, The Hour of the Furnaces (part 1), Zabriskie Point, Weekend, Weathermen, and Blue Velvet. In connection with the screening and discussion of those films, we will also consider representative written texts, including selections from the work of the Beat writers (Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Diane Di Prima), essays by Herbert Marcuse, political manifestos from Che Guevara, Frantz Fanon, Mao, SDS (the Port Huron statement), Malcolm X , Martin Luther King, and the women's movement, examples of the New Journalism (e.g. from Tom Wolfe's book on California acid culture), personal testimonies and documentary materials, and the like. Some attention will be given to Sixties music, especially Free Jazz and psychedelic rock. Requirements: short mid-term paper and longer final paper. This course number is offered every year, however with different content each time. Offered at least once a year.

1405 Sem: Latin Amer Lit & Culture - 3 cr.

The impact of the literature on cinema and vice versa could be traced from the earliest Latin America productions. Canonic writers such as Gabriel García Márquez for instance, have played an important and active role in the development of different national cinemas. From Borges, Cortázar, Amado, Vargas Llosa, and Carpentier, and more recently Antonio Skármeta and Isabel Allende have seen many of their works in the screen, produced by numbers of filmmakers, including internationally renowned directors as Jean-Luc Godard, Antonio Bertolucci, and Michelangelo Antonioni. In this interdisciplinary course, students will be introduced to a selection of Latin American writers and to film analysis, emphasizing social and political issues. We will find connections and tensions between texts and films that will lead us to think film as a peculiar interpretation of texts. Students will participate in discussions and group activities, write analytical and critical essays, and give oral presentations. This course will be taught in Spanish. Offered at least once a year.

1707 African Presence in Lat American Lit/Cult (IFN COM) - 3 cr.

This course seeks to apprehend some of the facets of black agency in the social, cultural, and political constitution of the colonial and post-colonial Hispanic world, within the current context of change and challenge to received epistemologies constitutive of "Latin" America. Its working corpus will be literary, anthropological, filmic, and historicist. The seminar will be conducted in Spanish and English. This course is offered as needed. Offered infrequently.

1806 Seminar In Language & Culture - 3 cr.

Hispanics are now the largest minority population in the United States and are growing rapidly. It is estimated that by 2076, the three hundredth anniversary of the American revolution, 1 out of 4 residents of the United States will be Hispanic. This course examines the consequences of this demographic shift for the present and future of the United States. In particular, we will look closely a group of narrative texts (novels and memoirs) that deal with the question of Hispanic or Latino identity in the US, and related issues (bilingualism and biculturalism, multi-national citizenship, illegal immigration, the border and border culture, etc.). The focus will be not only on how Latino residents and new immigrants adapt to the US, but also how the US is changing as it becomes more "latinized." Students will be expected to make presentations to the class and write their course paper in Spanish. Offered only in the Fall term.

PORT 0001 Elementary Portuguese 1 (Fall and Spring)

Basic elements of Brazilian Portuguese emphasizing a development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Grammatical structures, vocabulary and readings are presented as tools for developing good communication skills. Students will also be exposed to Brazilian culture. Audiovisual materials such as slides, music, and film, when possible, will be utilized in this course. Sometimes offered in the evening.

PORT 0002 Elementary Portuguese 2 (Fall and Spring)

The second half of this introductory course continues to develop skills in the speaking, listening, reading, and writing of Portuguese 0001, and pertinent aspects of Brazilian culture will also be presented. Audiovisual materials such as slides, music, and film, when possible, will also be utilized in this course.

PORT 0003 Intermediate Portuguese 3 (Fall)

A continuation of the development of conversational as well as reading and writing skills. There will be an emphasis on vocabulary expansion, correction of problematic structures, and introduction to some texts of Brazilian literature.

PORT 0020 Conversation (Fall)

A course designed to enhance fluency and the development of oral proficiency in Portuguese. Although the emphasis is on speaking and listening skills, reading and writing assignments are an important part of this class. Audiovisual materials such as newspaper articles, music, film, and other authentic materials will be utilized in this course in order to promote ample opportunities for conversation.

PORT 0025 Grammar and Composition (Spring)

(Graduate students should register for Port 1004 if they want to take this course.) This course is a continuation of Portuguese 0003, a consolidation of speaking, reading and writing skills. There will be a review of troublesome or difficult structures and an emphasis on the reading of short stories and articles. Audiovisual materials such as slides, music, and film, when possible, will also be utilized in this course. Students are required to write short compositions.

PORT 1010 Portuguese for Spanish Speakers (Spring)

Portuguese for Spanish Speakers is designed as an accelerated introductory course for native speakers of Spanish or English speakers with fluency in Spanish. It will be the equivalent of Port 0001/1001 and Port 0002/1002. This course concentrates on aspects of the Portuguese language that are most difficult for Spanish speakers, such as pronunciation, vocabulary, idioms, and grammatical structures particular to Portuguese. (Please check with the department for requirements, and on how often this course is offered.)