Description of Spanish Courses

Spanish 101

Course description
SPAN-101 is the first of three sequential courses designed to study the Spanish language. Emphasis is given to developing rudimentary oral proficiency in Spanish. Other skills, such as listening, reading and writing will also receive serious attention. Another component of the course is the study of Hispanic culture and civilization. The course consists of lectures, videos, language drills, and conversational exercises.

Spanish 102

Course description
SPAN-102 is the second of three sequential courses designed to study the Spanish language. Emphasis is given to developing rudimentary oral proficiency in Spanish. Other skills, such as listening, reading and writing will also receive serious attention. Another component of the course is the study of Hispanic culture and civilization. The course consists of lectures, videos, language drills, and conversational exercises.

Spanish 201

Course description
SPAN-201 is the third of three sequential courses designed to study the Spanish language. Emphasis is given to developing rudimentary oral proficiency in Spanish. Other skills, such as listening, reading and writing will also receive serious attention. Another component of the course is the study of Hispanic culture and civilization. The course consists of lectures, videos, language drills, and conversational exercises.

Materials
Plazas, Lugar de encuentros,
Hershberger, Navey-Davis, Borrás A. Thomson heinle 3rd edition.


SPAN 310 Spanish Conversation I
Course description

The objective of this course is to increase and improve the conversational techniques, expand the vocabulary and improve fluency. The main emphasis will be oral practice but we will also pay attention to grammar, written production and presentation as well as discussion of various topics of general interest in Spanish.

SPAN 311 Spanish Conversation II

Course Description
This course is intended to perfect your conversational skills in Spanish using Spanish and Latin-American cinema as well as current events. While speaking is the main focus, we will use the films and current events to further develop and refine skills in certain grammar areas. Through our conversations about film and the news, this course will also help you continue to improve your understanding of Spanish and Latin-American culture. This course will also help you to build your vocabulary, as each film will have its own specific vocabulary set.

Objectives:

  • To increase the quality and richness of the Spanish conversation.
  • To improve grammar and vocabulary, which are the main tools to create discussions and to acquire better conversational skills.
  • Discussion, research and presentation of various topics of interest in Spanish.

Span 321 Spanish Translation I

This course introduces the basic skills in the area of written translation. The emphasis is on Spanish to English translation of a variety of different texts from the fields of business, law, literature, tourism, and science.

Span 322 Spanish Translation II

This course, which is the second in a sequence of two translation courses (SPAN 321 and SPAN 322), aims to help students acquire the basic skills in the area of written translation. The emphasis of this course is on English to Spanish translation of a variety of texts from the fields of business, law, literature, tourism and science. The students will also learn some basic theory principles and translation procedures considered a vital component in the formal training of a professional translator.

Span 345 Spanish writing and composition I

Course Description
Spanish 345 is the first sequence of an advanced course in Spanish grammar designed as a systematic study of Spanish vocabulary, morphology, sentence structure, and expository usage applied to various kinds of composition such as
description, narration, and different types of argumentation.

Span 346 Spanish writing and composition II

Course description
Spanish 346 is the second sequence an advanced course in Spanish grammar designed as a systematic study of Spanish vocabulary, morphology, sentence structure, and expository usage applied to various kinds of composition such as
description, narration, and different types of argumentation. In this sequence we will go deeper into the concept of the composition, such as literary analysis and criticism and the essay.


Objectives:

  • To increase the quality and richness of the Spanish composition.
  • To improve grammar and vocabulary, which are the main tools to create discussions and to acquire better compositional skills.
  • Discussion, research and writing of essays about various topics of interest in Spanish.

Span 317 Contemporary Hispanic Nations

Course description
This course is a study of the culture, society, economy, politics and history of contemporary hispanic nations. The class will consist of lectures, videos, readings and discussions about the current events and contemporary issues.

Span 318
Course description

In depth overview of particular aspects of the culture and life in the Hispanic nations. Commerce, influence of the media, banking and administrative issues, medical and educational systems will be some of the main topics to be covered and discussed.

Objectives:

• Identifying and describing the Hispanic nations in detail.

• Learn about the culture, economy, politics and history within the different Hispanic nations.

• Understand about the issues and concerns that are affecting these regions of the world.

• Discuss the most current events in Latin America.

Spanish 415: Introduction to Spanish Literature I – Middle Ages to 18th Century

Course description
This class is a survey of the major Spanish works of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Golden Age and the 18th century. Through the study of these periods and genres, the student will gain a broad understanding of the most important literary movements in Spain, but also an understanding of the historical and social contexts that surrounded and shaped these works.

Special attention will be given to the analysis of the most representative authors and their works. We will put into practice critical thinking skills through the “comentario de texto”. Therefore, our goals for this course will be:

  • Familiarization with major works and authors from Middle Ages through the 18th century.
  • Analyzing main themes of literary and historical movements of each period.
  • Practicing the “comentario de texto” and discussion of the readings in Spanish.
  • Familiarization with the historical, philosophical and social contexts of each period and how these periods relate to each other.

Spanish 425 Introduction TO Spanish Literature II (19th Century To Present)

Course description
This class is a survey of the major Spanish works from 19th century through present. Through the study of these periods and genres, the student will gain a broad understanding of the most important literary movements in Spain, but also an understanding of the historical and social contexts that surrounded and shaped these works.

Special attention will be given to the analysis of the most representative authors and their works. We will put into practice critical thinking skills through the “comentario de texto”. Therefore, our goals for this course will be:

  • Familiarization with major works and authors from 19th century through present.
  • Analyzing main themes of literary and historical movements of each period.
  • Practicing the “comentario de texto” and discussion of the readings in Spanish.
  • Familiarization with the historical, philosophical and social contexts of each period and how these periods relate to each other.


SPAN 435 Introduction to Spanish Literatures of the World

Course description
This class is designed to offer an overview of the most important literary figures of the Spanish-speaking nations from the colonial period through the most contemporary authors. It emphasizes the historical circumstances and events that influenced and shaped the works of these authors. Through the study of these periods and genres, the student will gain a broad understanding of the most important literary movements in Latin America, but also an understanding of the historical and social contexts in which these works were created.

Special attention will be given to the analysis of the most representative authors and their works. We will put into practice critical thinking skills through the “comentario de texto”. Therefore, our goals for this course will be:

  • Familiarization with major Latin American works and authors from the colonial period through the 20th century and present.
  • Analyzing main themes of literary and historical movements of each period.
  • Practicing the “comentario de texto” and discussion of the readings in Spanish.
  • Familiarization with the historical, philosophical and social contexts of each period and how these periods relate to each other.


SPAN 461 Introduction to Business Spanish I

Course description
The growing Hispanic community in Indianapolis is a reality and each day more and more business people have the need to trade with Spanish-speaking countries and communicate effectively in Spanish.

This course in a series of three (461,462 and 463) is designed to engage students in a business environment and communicate effectively in real life situations. It responds to the increasing need to prepare students in the growing business world.

This class will introduce realistic situations and specialized vocabulary that business and finance professionals need to use with Hispanic members of the community in the course of their daily work and will also teach the students the cultural background that they will use in the business field. Business negotiations, styles and strategies differ from one culture to another. We will discuss the differences and learn how to conduct business with Spanish-speaking countries.

SPAN 462 Introduction to Business Spanish II (LEGAL, TECHNICAL AND MEDICAL PRESENTING)
Course description

This course is designed to engage students in a business environment and communicate effectively in real life situations. It responds to the increasing need to prepare students in making legal, medical and technical presentations.

This class will also introduce realistic situations and specialized vocabulary that business and finance professionals need to use with Hispanic members of the community in the course of their daily work and will also teach the students the cultural background that they will use in the business field. Business negotiations, styles and strategies differ from one culture to another. We will discuss the differences and learn how to conduct business with Spanish-speaking countries.

Spanish 463: Business Spanish III: Pre-departure and cross-cultural training (3 cr.)

This advance language course focuses on current economic, political and cross-cultural issues relevant to conducting business in the Spanish-speaking world. Spanish language news media, video and Internet resources will help us to stay informed about contemporary development in the business scenes of the Spanish-speaking countries and Europe. Language skills practice will include writing, interviewing, debating and negotiating. Taught in Spanish.

Course Objectives:

  • Study the grammatical structures that are used in business negotiations, presentations, formal documents and daily tasks.
  • Learn the specialized vocabulary related to the business world and the different types of businesses.
  • Develop intercultural sensitivity and appreciation for cultural differences among Hispanic countries in the business field.
  • Master the mechanics of technical, medical and legal presenting in Spanish.
  • Understand the economic geography of Spain and Latin American countries.