Spanish and the Other America

Spring 2018 (3 credits)

Co-ordinator: Dr. Ana Alías Martínez
Dr. Ana Alías Martínez

Course Description

This is a one-semester course for learners with no previous knowledge of Spanish. It provides learners with situations in which they can begin to express themselves at an elementary level in Spanish, both oral and written. The course also presents aspects of Spanish and Latin American cultures, from Flamenco to Salsa and from the architecture of Gaudi to the temples of the Incas.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the semester, students should be able to:

  • gain an introductory insight into Spanish language and Spanish culture;
  • develop basic intuitions about Spanish morphology and syntax and learn basic grammar patterns;
  • understand and produce simple messages in Spanish;
  • interact in a social situation with awareness of the pragmatic rules involved;
  • acquire a sufficiently accurate pronunciation and intonation of Spanish to be understood by native speakers of the language;
  • understand and appreciate aspects of the cultures of Spain and Latin America.