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Interim 2008


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 may fulfill an elective requirement in the Spanish major. This course will fulfill the CCE core requirement. Prerequisites: Spanish 201 and permission of Spanish program advisor. Fee: $1,800. O. Leder, D. Zandstra . Off campus.

W81 Spanish Grammar Through Translation. Translation is an activity that combines the intellectual with the practical. As advanced students acquire more language skills they often are able to avoid difficult vocabulary and grammar structures, leading to gaps in knowledge and accuracy. This course asks students to observe and then translate characteristic Spanish words and structures. Through observation students will become aware of details in what they hear and read, and through translation they will practice manipulating what they have observed. The goal of this course is to use translation to provide advanced Spanish students with hands-on manipulation of grammatical, lexical, and cultural detail. Using a wide variety of texts and exercises, we will focus on lexical and grammatical detail in order to produce acceptable translations. This course will not produce professional translators but will make students aware of grammar details they did not know and it will provide them with interesting opportunities to improve their Spanish. The focus will be on written translation. Evaluation is based on daily written translations and a final exam. This course may fulfill an elective requirement in the Spanish major. Prerequisite: Spanish 301. C. Slagter. 8:30 a.m. to noon.

122 Intermediate Spanish. 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. E. Miller, K. Miller, J. Polonowski, A. Tigchelaar. 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

320 Business Spanish. An introduction to the terminology and standard forms of oral and written communication in Spanish relating to the fields of business and economics. This course also considers the cultural and economic context of business practices in the Hispanic world. Designed for advanced students of Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 301. S. Clevenger. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

356 Language Education in the Elementary School. Theory and practice of world language teaching in the elementary school. Study of language skill development, second language acquisition, methodologies, curricula, and programs. Off-campus school observations and aiding experience required. Should be taken in junior or senior year, prior to student teaching. Required for elementary certification or K-12 endorsement in world languages, including ESL, and the K-12 secondary major. Prerequisite: completion of Education 302/303. M. Rodriquez. 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

358 Aiding in the Foreign Language 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. Rodriguez. 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.