W80 Spanish in Yucatan . Students in this course spend three weeks immersed in Mexican culture and Spanish language in Merida , the capital of the state of Yucatan . Merida is a city of a million people with a colonial past, strong Mayan influence into the present, and intensive globalization as it faces the future. It is the site of two universities, as well as a center for several mission organizations. Students live with Mexican families and attend daily lecture and discussion classes, which focus on various aspects of Mexican culture such as Mexican and Mayan history, the history of Catholicism and Protestantism in Mexico , and the current political and economic context. Students also participate in excursions to Mayan ruins and attend religious and cultural events. They keep a detailed journal consisting of notes from lectures and discussions as well as personal observations on Mexican culture and their experiences during their stay. Evaluation is based on satisfactory achievement of course goals, including participation in course activities, increased understanding of various cultural and religious phenomena of Mexico in general and Yucatan in particular, and growth in personal awareness and maturity—as measured by journal entries, a language journal, two reflection papers, three cultural reports based on interviews, and a final oral presentation. This course will fulfill an elective requirement for the International Development Studies (IDS) major. Prerequisites: Spanish 201 and permission of Spanish program advisor. Fee: $1,800. M. Bierling. Off campus.
W81 Argentina : Language, Landscape, Legacy. This four-week course is designed to offer multiple perspectives on Argentina . Students and professors spend 23 days in and around Buenos Aires in addition to excursions to Córdoba and Salta or Mendoza and to Misiones ( Iguazú Falls ). While many of the experiences will be common to all participants, students may choose to focus on one of three areas: History, Language, or Missions; and some readings and programming will be restricted to individual areas. All areas will seek an increased understanding of the worldview and existential challenges of Latin Americans as exemplified in Argentine culture. Students will visit points of cultural interest such as musical events, tango shows, natural and historical landmarks, museums, art exhibits, and churches. Speakers will include well known theologians, historians, social activists and churchmen. Students will keep a journal of their readings and experiences, make an on-site report to the class, and write a final comprehensive essay. Those students desiring language credit will read and write in Spanish, and all will be lodged with Argentine families. Housing and guest speakers will be facilitated by the Kairos Christian Community. Students may upon advisor approval count this course both as an interim and as three semester hours of elective credit toward a program in History, in Spanish, or in Missions. This course will fulfill an elective requirement for the International Development Studies (IDS) major. Prerequisite: Spanish 202 or its equivalent. NOTE: DATES FOR THIS INTERIM ARE MAY 22-JUNE 20. Fee: $3,750. D. Zandstra . Off campus.
W82 Spanish for Healthcare Professions. This course is an introduction to the terminology and cultural rhetoric of oral and written communication in Spanish relating to the fields of medicine and social work. The course is designed for advanced students of Spanish as it is conducted in Spanish. The course helps students develop language skills and increase cultural awareness of healthcare practices and needs for the patient or client of Hispanic background. Spanish grammar is reviewed while discussing medical and cultural issues, body language, and intercultural communications. Students are evaluated by means of in-class presentations/projects, vocabulary quizzes, unit tests, and a final paper or examination. This course will fulfill an advanced level Spanish elective. Prerequisites: Spanish 202 or 203 and higher or permission of instructor. O. Leder. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
122 Intermediate Spanish (core). This course is the second part of the closely integrated 121-122-202 sequence, which fulfills the requirements for foreign language. Students attend large-group sessions in the morning and small-group sessions in the afternoon to acquire skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in Spanish and participate in discussion of cultural topics related to the Hispanic World. Chapter tests, vocabulary, grammar quizzes, compositions, oral presentations, and a final exam are required. Staff. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
358 Aiding in the Spanish Classroom. The goal of this course is to give advanced students of Spanish the opportunity to experience first hand the teaching of foreign language and to develop their oral skills by leading small-group practice sessions completely in Spanish. Students enrolled in this class are an essential part of the successful teaching of Spanish 122. Morning activities include meeting with other aides and program director, observing master teachers, and preparing class plans, materials, and activities. During the afternoon aides lead their own practice groups and tutor students with problems. A daily journal, an activity card file, lesson plans, prepared material and quizzes, and classroom techniques are used to evaluate a student's competency in oral and written Spanish and in pedagogical skills. In addition, students are evaluated twice by the students in their small groups, and they are regularly observed by the instructor of Spanish 358. Prerequisites: Spanish 301 with a grade of B or better and permission of the instructor . L. Rodríguez . 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:40 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.
IDIS W24 Mediterranean Crossings . L. Mathews, C. Slagter.
IDIS W37 Theory and Practice of Quilting. S. Clevenger.
IDIS 356 World Language Education in the Elementary School. M. Pyper.