Course objectives this semester will be:

1. To improve one's understanding of more complex aspects of Spanish grammar.
2. To improve one's ability to use complex structures of Spanish grammar in contextualized exercises with consistency and in ways that are generally comprehensible to native speakers of Spanish unaccustomed to dealing with non-native speakers.

Course materials are designed for students working toward Advanced-High and Superior levels of Spanish proficiency. Students will select the units to be completed according to the needs of the entire class.
DESCRIPCIÓN DEL CURSO

Este curso se enfoca en la vida histórica, política, intelectual, artística, y social de la cultura hispanoamericana para que el estudiante se familiarice con las corrientes principales en el desarrollo de la región. Tras un repaso de los principales acontecimientos históricos, exploraremos patrones y diferencias. El estudio de la región se enfoca en lecturas, pero también examinaremos unos ejemplos representativos de la producción cultural en los campos del arte, la literatura, la música y el cine.

Objetivos del curso:
Después de este curso, se espera que los estudiante:
tengan conocimiento del vocabulario necesario para hablar de Latinoamérica
entiendan y puedan escribir y hablar mejor de la historia socio-cultural de la región.
puedan identificar patrones en la historia y desarrollo de América Latina.
tengan un conocimiento de la situación actual en varios países de Latinoamérica
Latin American testimonio developed during the 1960s to offer a narrative voice for the voiceless--oftentimes illiterate women, workers, revolutionaries, and indigenous people--to bear witness to the world of the marginalized and oppressed. A representative sample of testimonial narratives from Cuba, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras will be studied to examine processes of mediation and textual production, the testimonial pact established with readers, the social and cultural realities represented, the varied narrative forms appropriated and created by this hybrid genre, and the critical reception of these texts.
OBJETIVOS DEL CURSO
• exponer al estudiante a textos literarios que representan el desarrollo, la evolución y la riqueza de las literaturas hispánicas.
• presentar al estudiante diferentes orientaciones teóricas y técnicas de análisis textual.
• capacitar al estudiante para leer, interpretar y criticar textos literarios en español.
• demostrar al estudiante que la lectura de obras literarias en español puede ser divertida y útil.

This course is designed to give students opportunities to develop and practice their Spanish at the intermediate-high and advanced levels of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines (2012 - Speaking & Writing). At the advanced level, speakers can:

  • Narrate and describe in all major time frames (present, past and future)
  • Handle a situation with a complication
  • Use connective devices and a variety of subordinate clauses
  • Use circumlocution
  • Address topics of personal and general interest

That is, at the advanced level, one sounds like a reporter (...anecdotal, personal, concrete) with good consistent control of all major time frames. At the advanced level, one may also demonstrate conceptual awareness or even partial control of superior level functions from the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines (e.g., support opinion, hypothesize, discuss topics concretely and abstractly, and handle a linguistically unfamiliar situation).

Technologies and authentic materials will be used to foment interaction in Spanish with other speakers. Course objectives include:

  • To develop more precise listening, speaking and writing skills in Spanish across a range of tasks and functions.
  • To better understand your strengths and weaknesses with regard to speaking and writing in Spanish
  • To broaden your Spanish vocabulary