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SPAN 1013: Beginning Spanish I

Training in the elements of Spanish communication {speaking and writing) and comprehension (listening and reading) within a variety of cultural contexts.

Three hours of applied class work and one hour of foreign language lab per week is required.

Note: Advanced placement and credit by examination are available to students who have previously studied Spanish.

SPAN 1023: Beginning Spanish II

Continued training in basic Spanish communication (speaking and writing) and comprehension (listening and reading) skills to increase proficiency in the language within a variety of cultural contexts.

Three hours of applied class work and one hour of foreign language lab per week is required.

Note: Advanced placement and credit by examination are available to students who have previously studied Spanish.

SPAN 1063: Basic Spanish for Medical and Social Services

Prerequisites: SPAN 1014 and 1024

Useful terminology and expressions for the medical and social service situation, with an emphasis on intercultural and professional issues. Students will also be able to demonstrate awareness of basic grammatical concepts.

SPAN 2013: Intermediate Span I

Prerequisite: SPAN 1023 or equivalent

Development of the language skills necessary for communication (speaking and writing) and comprehension (listening and reading) skills to increase proficiency in the language at the intermediate level within a variety of cultural contexts.

Three hours of applied course work and one hour of foreign language lab per week is required.

Note: Advanced placement and credit by examination are available to students who have previously studied Spanish.

SPAN 2023: Intermediate Span II

Prerequisite: SPAN 2013 or equivalent

Further development of the language skills necessary for communication (speaking and writing) and comprehension (listening and reading) skills to provide mastery of the fundamental tools in a variety of cultural contexts.

Three hours of applied class work and one hour of foreign language lab per week is required.

Note: Advanced placement and credit by examination are available to students who have previously studied Spanish.

SPAN 3003: Conversation and Composition I

Prerequisite: SPAN 2024 or permission of instructor

Development of advanced control of Spanish communication and comprehension through conversation and composition based on analysis of authentic short texts and media.

Three hours of applied course work.

Note: Advanced placement and credit by examination are available to students who have previously studied or are proficient in Spanish.

SPAN 3013: Conversation and Composition II

Prerequisite: SPAN 3003 or permission of instructor

Continuation of SPAN 3003. Further development of advanced proficiency of Spanish communication and comprehension through conversation and composition based on analysis of authentic short texts and media.

Three hours of applied course work.

Note: Advanced placement and credit by examination are available to students who have previously studied or are proficient in Spanish.

SPAN 3023: Introduction to Linguistics

Cross-listed: ENGL 3023, FR 3023, GER 3023, SPH 3023

Prerequisites: ENGL 1023 or equivalent and SPAN 2024 or equivalent.

A study of basic concepts in language, comparative characteristics of different languages, and the principles of linguistic investigation.

SPAN 3113: Business Spanish

Prerequisite: SPAN 3003 or permission of instructor.

The study of business culture, terminology, presentations and cases in the Hispanic world. This course will present a detailed examination of business practices in Latin America and other Spanish speaking countries. Emphasis will be given to business protocols when conducting business correspondence, personal interviews, and appointments, among others. Attention will also be given to the use of technology in business.

SPAN 3123: Spanish Civilization and Culture

Prerequisite: SPAN 3013 or permission of instructor.

Study of the geography, history, arts, institutions, customs and contemporary life of the Spanish people.

SPAN 3133: Spanish-American Civilization and Culture

Prerequisite: SPAN 3013 or permission of instructor.

Study of the geography, history, arts, institutions, customs, and contemporary life of the peoples of Spanish America, with some attention to the major pre-Colombian civilizations.

SPAN 3143: Study Abroad

Prerequisites: Enrollment in a Tech-sanctioned study program in a Spanish-speaking country, completion of SPAN 2024 or equivalent, and permission of the Study Abroad supervisor.

Study of the contemporary language and culture in a Spanish speaking country.

Note: May substitute for SPAN 3003 or SPAN 3013, depending on the student's proficiency level.

SPAN 3163: Community Internship Experience

Prerequisite: Completion of SPAN 2024 or equivalent.

Study of contemporary language and culture in a Spanish- speaking community or setting.

Note: May be taken instead of SPAN 3143 to meet degree requirements.

SPAN 3213: Advanced Grammar and Usage

Prerequisite: SPAN 3013 or permission of instructor.

The course is designed to build writing competence and strengthen grammatical competence. Grammar will be studied within the context of writing assignments. The course will deepen the knowledge of the language through the usage of applied linguistics, syntax, grammar, and semantics.

SPAN 3382: Principles of Interpretation

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in SPAN 3003.

Theory and practice based course on English-Spanish interpretation for health care and court settings.

SPAN 4003: Oral Communication

Prerequisite: SPAN 3013 or permission of instructor.

This course is designed to strengthen students' oral communication skills by enabling them to converse easily with native speakers on everyday topics in preparation for the oral proficiency interview (OPI).

$134 interview fee.

SPAN 4023: Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

Prerequisites: SPAN 3013, 3023, 3213

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the fundamental knowledge of Spanish linguistics as the basis for future application of linguistic principles. This course explores Spanish phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics.

SPAN 4203: Short Story

Prerequisite: SPAN 3013 or permission of instructor.

An analysis of Spanish-language short stories.

SPAN 4213: Spanish Literature

Prerequisite: SPAN 4203 or permission of instructor.

A survey of the literature of Spain with readings from representative works.

SPAN 4223: Spanish-American Literature

Prerequisite: SPAN 4203 or permission of instructor.

A survey of Spanish American literature with readings from representative works.

SPAN 4283: Seminar in Spanish

Prerequisite: SPAN 3013 or equivalent.

Course content will vary. May be repeated for credit if course content varies.

SPAN 4701: Foreign Language Pedagogy

Cross-listed: FR 4701, GER 4701

Prerequisite: Admission to student teaching phase of the teacher education program.

Co-requisite: SEED 4909

Intensive on-campus exploration of the principles of curriculum construction, applied methods, professional collaboration, and evaluation as related to teaching French, German, or Spanish, followed by professional internship application of these principles under the supervision of a qualified departmental instructor.

SPAN 4703: Foreign Language Teaching Methods

Cross-listed: FR 4703, GER 4703

Prerequisite: SPAN 3013 and SPAN 3123 or SPAN 3133 or equivalent; admission to Stage II of the Secondary Education sequence or equivalent.

Survey of instructional methods and discussions and demonstration of practical techniques for the teaching of a foreign language.

SPAN 4803: Spanish-Language Film

Prerequisites: SPAN 3123 or SPAN 3133 or equivalent.

An introduction to Spanish-language film theory and major films.

SPAN 4813: U.S. Latino/a Literature and Culture

Prerequisite: SPAN 1024

This survey course offers an overview of the history of U.S. Latino/a literature, introducing the major trends and placing them into a historical framework stretching from the nineteenth century to today. Topics to be discussed include the construction of identity in terms of race, gender, sexuality, and class; bilingualism and code-switching; the experiences of exile, the immigrant, the marketing of the Latino/a identity; and the relationship of the artist to his or her community.

SPAN 4951,4952,4953,4954: Undergraduate Research in Spanish

Offered: On demand

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

Advanced students carry out independent research activity relating to a significant problem in a major field of study. Supervised by faculty member. Formal report and presentation required. One to four credits depending on problem selected and effort made.

SPAN 4991,4992,4993: Special Problems in Spanish

Prerequisites: SPAN 2024 and consent of the instructor and the department head.

Designed to provide advanced students with a course of study in an area not covered by departmental course offerings.