Spanish & Portuguese Courses

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SPAN 0101 Elementary Spanish 1- 3 cr.

This course is designed to develop communicative proficiency through an integrated approach to the teaching of all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Grammatical structures, vocabulary, and readings are presented as tools for developing good communication skills. The course also aims to foster cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world.

SPAN 0102 Elementary Spanish 2- 5 cr.

A continuation of Spanish 0001, the course builds on the skills acquired in the first course as students continue to develop their communicative language skills in Spanish. Note: Before registering for this course, students must have completed SPAN 0001 with a grade of C- or better.

0103 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.

0104 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.

0115 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.

0120 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.

0125 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 Hispanic 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 Overview 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 Overview of 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.

1305 Spanish Applied Linguistics - 3 cr.

This course is for students who have already taken Spanish 0025 or the equivalent and wish to deepen their understanding of Spanish grammar. While the emphasis is on practical usage, theoretical aspects of the finer points of syntax will also be considered, including preterite/imperfect, ser/estar, indicative/subjunctive, etc. It is the intention of the instructor to run the class in a workshop type format rather than in a formal lecture style. In other words, students should complete their assignments before coming to class so that class time can be spent not only reviewing homework but also analyzing the concepts and applying them to translations, short writing tasks and other assignments. Because the text is written in Spanish, it may take a short period of adjustment to get used to understanding and using linguistic terms in Spanish. Students are expected to be able to conjugate verbs accurately in all tenses. The course will be taught entirely in Spanish.

1315 Business Spanish - 3 cr.

Spanish for Business was created especially for business students, MBA candidates, and young professionals studying at University of Pittsburgh and looking to build their resumes and enhance their Spanish with specific, fundamental, and relevant Spanish for the Business world. This is a customized Spanish Course focusing on Peninsular and Latin American Business practices. In addition, it will introduce advanced business terminology and usage. This class will be conducted in a seminar form throughout the semester, with a strong focus on speaking, listening, writing, and reading practice at the advanced level.

1323 Medical Spanish  - 3 cr.

This course provides a thorough analysis of the linguistic problems in teaching Spanish to speakers of English with particular emphasis on problems of interference by transfer from the native to the target language. Contrastive analysis will be used as a method of problem solving. Study of grammar (morphology and syntax), with attention to certain techniques in foreign language teaching, will be covered. Several workshops will focus on specific areas of Spanish Applied Linguistics useful for teachers as well as for learners of Spanish. Prerequisite(s): PREQ: [SPAN 0020 and 0025 (MIN GRADE 'C' for Listed Courses) PLAN: Spanish (BA, BPH)] or [SPAN 0020 or 0025 (MIN GRADE 'C' for Listed Courses) PLAN: Spanish Check with the department on how often this course is offered. Prerequisite(s): PREQ: SPAN 0020 or 0025 (MIN GRADE C for Listed Courses) Check with the department on how often this course is offered. Prerequisite(s): PREQ: SPAN 0020 or 0025 (MIN GRADE C for Listed Courses) Check with the department on how often this course is offered.

1403 Latin American Narrative - 3 cr.

1404 Latin American Topics - 3 cr.

See courses.as.pitt.edu for description of each section of this course being that it is different with every section.

1806 Seminar In Language & Culture - 3 cr.

PORT 0101 Elementary Portuguese 1 - 3 cr.

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 0102 Elementary Portuguese 2 - 3 cr.

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 - 3 cr.

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 0004 Intermediate Portuguese 4 - 3 cr.

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. Audio-visual materials such as slides, music and film, when possible, will also be utilized in this course. Students are required to write short compositions.

PORT 0020 Conversation - 3 cr.

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 - 3 cr.

(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 - 3 cr.

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.