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Interim 2009


SPAN W80 Spanish in Yucatan.  Students spend three weeks immersed in Mexican culture and Spanish language in Merida, the capital of the state of Yucatan.  Merida has a population of one million and offers a colonial past, strong Mayan influence into the present, and intensive globalization as it faces the future.  It is the site of two universities and several mission organizations.  Students live with Mexican families and attend daily lecture and discussion classes focusing on 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 journal with notes from lectures and discussions as well as personal observations on Mexican culture and on their own experiences.  Evaluation is based on satisfactory achievements 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 measu red by journal entries, a language journal, reflection papers, cultural reports based on interviews, and a final oral presentation.  This course may fulfill an elective in the Spanish major or minor. Prerequisites:  Spanish 201 and permission of Spanish program advisor.  Course dates: January 7-27. Fee:  $1955. D. Zandstra. Off campus.

SPAN W81 Language and Culture in Granada. Students spend three weeks immersed in Spanish language and culture by participating in this course. After an initial visit to Barcelona including visits to cultural monuments and a Christian welcome center for recent North African immigrants to Spain, students spend two weeks in Granada, a city of a quarter million people with a rich history, from Roman days through seven centuries of Moorish rule to the Christian reconquest.  Students live with Spanish families and attend daily classes that focus on various aspects of Spanish language and culture.  Students also visit mosques and churches and participate in excursions to Cordoba and Seville.  Our course concludes with visits to Toledo and Madrid, enabling students to explore the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian cultures that form Spain’s heritage. Students keep a detailed journal in Spanish consisting of notes from lectures and discussions as well as personal observations on Spanish culture and experiences during their stay.  Evaluation is based on participation in course activities, increased understanding of Spanish language and culture, as measured by journal entries, reflection papers, and cultural reports based on interviews, and a final oral presentation.  This course may fulfill an elective in the Spanish major or minor. Prerequisites:  Spanish 201 and permission of Spanish program advisor. Course dates: January 7-27.  Fee: $3,700.  C. Slagter.  Off campus.

CANCELLED SPAN W82 Spanish Convent Literature. This course introduces the student to the place of the Spanish nun in the Catholic Reform movement of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries through the study of their literary output and histories.  Students review the historical moment of the Catholic Reform and study important Carmelite and Trinitarian nuns as María de san José Salazar, María de san Alberto, Cecilia de Nacimiento and Marcela de san Félix.  The literature reviewed includes output in all genres: poetry, theater, and fictional and non-fictional prose.  Of particular interest is the way in which these literatures provided an identity for the women that they instructed.  The second half of the course comprehends how the “Spanish nun” has been reabsorbed into Spanish literature of other periods and the further dialogue that this figure provides on issues of identity, in particular what it means to be a (Spanish) woman.  Course discussion will include how different constructs in our own Reformed community have defined our own identities, both male and female. The course includes at least one field trip to visit Grand-Rapids-area nun artists. Evaluation is based on demonstration of daily reading through regular journal assignments and a final paper. This course may fulfill an elective in the Spanish major or minor. Prerequisite: 308 or permission of the instructor. A. Tigchelaar. 8:30 to noon.

SPAN W83 Spanish for Health Care Workers/Professionals.  This course is an introduction to the terminology and cultural context of oral and written communication in Spanish relating to the fields of medicine and social work.  The course is conducted in Spanish and is designed for advanced students of Spanish.  The course helps students develop language skills and increases their cultural awareness of health care practices and needs for the patient or client of Hispanic background.  Skills in Spanish are increased through the learning of health-related vocabulary, situational role play, and discussion of medical and cultural issues, body language, and intercultural communication.  The course includes various trips to health clinics and other health-related sites in Grand Rapids.  Students are evaluated by means of in-class presentations/projects, vocabulary quizzes, unit tests, and a final paper or examination. This course may fulfill an elective in the Spanish major or minor. Prerequisites:  Spanish 202 or 203 (or higher) or permission of instructor. D. Zandstra . 8:30 to noon.

SPAN 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. C. McGrath, E. Miller, D. Tenhuisen, A. Tigchelaar, P. Villalta. 9:00 to noon and 1:30 to 3:00.

SPAN 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. M. Rodriguez. 8:00 to 5:00.

IDIS W26 Theory and Practice of Quilting. S. Clevenger.

IDIS 356 World Language Pedagogy - Elementary Education. M. Pyper.