**SPAN W80 Spanish in Yucatan. In this course Students spend three weeks (January 7-28, 2015) 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 hosts two universities and several mission organizations. Students live with Mexican families and attend 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. This course may fulfill an elective in the Spanish and IDS programs. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisites: Spanish 201 and permission of instructor. This course has a CCE integral component. Course dates: January 7-28. Fee: $2191. S. Lamanna, M. Pyper. Off campus.
SPAN W81 Biblical Themes in Spanish . In spite of the preponderance of secularism in the modern world, biblical themes and characters have continually inspired writers, directors and artists – whether religious or otherwise – in their restless search for the meaning of the universe and our own existence. Their creative appropriations of biblical themes and characters take different forms: a commentary, a critique, a questioning, an expression of awe and wonder, a dialogue or a re-writing. This course will introduce students to a variety of cultural artifacts which deal with familiar (although at times estranged) biblical themes and characters in the works of 19th-21st-century Spanish, Spanish American and U.S. Hispanic writers, directors and artists in order to consider the relationship between biblical principles and cultural values which these creators advance. Among the questions with which we will grapple are the following: Why to appropriate biblical themes and characters for cultural production in the first place? Is it a good idea to use biblical stories in order to present one’s own view of the world? What is our role as Christian consumers of such cultural artifacts? We will analyze the work of Carlos Saura, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Jorge Luis Borges, Rubén Darío, Miguel Mihura, Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, and Fernando Botero, among others. This course may fulfill an elective in the Spanish major and minor. Prerequisites: Spanish 301 or consent of the professor. O. Shkatulo. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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 trips to health clinics and other health-related sites in Grand Rapids. 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.
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 and grammar quizzes, compositions, possible oral presentations, and a final exam are required. M. Bierling, S. Clevenger, A. Zandstra. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
SPAN 358 Aiding in the Spanish Classroom. Students plan and facilitate small group sessions for Spanish 122. Morning activities include meeting with other aides and the professor, observing master teachers, and aiding master teachers in teaching. Afternoon activities include leading sessions with Spanish 122 students and planning lessons, materials, and activities under the supervision of the professor. Students will be evaluated based on their competency in the Spanish language, professional evaluations of teaching sessions and lesson plans/materials, participation in class discussions, daily journals, and an oral presentation. Prerequisite: Spanish 302 with a grade of B+ or better. P. Villalta. 8:30 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.