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Interim 2012

Spanish

SPAN W80 Interim 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 in 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.  Student learning objectives are to improve comprehension and fluency in the Spanish language, increase understanding of various cultural and religious phenomena of Mexico and particularly of Yucatan, and grow in personal maturity and awareness of cultural differences.  Students 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 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, reflection papers, cultural reports based on interviews, and a final oral presentation. This course may fulfill an elective in the Spanish major and minor. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisites:  SPAN 201 and permission of instructor.  Course dates: January 3-24. Fee:  $2200. M. Bierling, E. Miller.  Off campus.

CANCELED SPAN W81 Spanish Language and Service Learning in Nicaragua. Students spend three weeks immersed in Nicaraguan culture and Spanish language in Leon, north of the capital of Nicaragua.   It is the site of two universities and several mission organizations.  Students live with Nica families and attend daily lecture and discussion classes focusing on aspects of Nicaraguan culture such as Somoza, the Sandinistas, the history of Catholicism and Protestantism in Nicaragua, and the current political and economic context.  Students also participate in excursions to historical sites  and attend religious and cultural events.  They keep a journal with notes from lectures and discussions as well as personal observations on Nicaraguan 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 Nicaraguan and growth in personal awareness and maturity—as measured 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.  This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisites:  SPAN 201 and permission of Spanish program advisor.  Course dates: January 4-24. Fee:  $2700.  O. Leder.  Off campus.

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. D. Zandstra.  9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

SPAN 358 Aiding in the Spanish Classroom.  The goal of this course is to give advanced students of Spanish the opportunity to experience firsthand 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. 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IDIS W32 Theory and Practice of Quilting. S. Clevenger.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.