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Interim 2013


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 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 1) improve comprehension and fluency in the Spanish language, 2) increase understanding of various cultural and religious phenomena of Mexico and particularly of Yucatan, and 3) 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 for Spanish majors and minors and IDS majors and minors. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisites: Spanish 201 and permission of instructor. Course dates: January 2 -23. Fee: $2200. M. Bierling, S. Lamanna. Off campus.

SPAN 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, students 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 will provide them with interesting opportunities to improve their Spanish. The focus will be on written translation. Evaluation will be based on daily written translations and a final exam. This course may fulfill an elective in the Spanish major and minor. Prerequisite:  Spanish 301. C. Slagter. 8:30 a.m. to noon.

SPAN W82 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 a.m. to noon.

SPAN122 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. Prerequisite: Spanish 121. M. Pyper, D. Ten Huisen. 9:00 a.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 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 the 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 302 with a grade of B+ or better and approval of the instructor through an application process. M. Rodriguez. 8:30 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.