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Spanish courses

Core Language Courses

SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I (4)
Fall.
An introductory course in oral and written Spanish.

SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II (4)
Spring.
A continuation of Spanish 101.

SPAN 121/122 Introductory/Intermediate Spanish (4, 3)
Fall and Interim.
A two-course sequence during the fall semester and January interim designed for students who have had at least two years of Spanish in high school, but who, on the basis of a placement test, are not adequately prepared for 201. Students in this sequence finish the foreign language core requirement by taking Spanish 202 in the spring.

SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I (4)
Fall and Summer.
Review of essential grammatical structures and further training in spoken and written Spanish. Cultural and literary readings. Prerequisites: Spanish 102 or placement by examination.

SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II (4)
Spring and Summer.
This final core class is a continuation of Spanish 201 or 121/122.

SPAN 203 Advanced Intermediate Spanish (4)
Fall.
This is a final core course in Spanish, offered in the fall and intended specifically for students who have successfully completed at least three years of high school Spanish. The course includes an accelerated review of essential grammar topics, as well as a study of literary and culture readings.

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Language and Linguistics Courses

SPAN 301 Advanced Grammar, Composition and
Conversation I
(3)
Fall and Spring.
This introduction and gateway to the major or minor sequences focuses on the improvement of speaking and writing skills through vocabulary acquisition and the honing of grammatical accuracy. Extensive practice in oral and written communication.
Prerequisite: Spanish 202 or 203 or equivalent.

SPAN 302 Advanced Grammar, Composition and
Conversation II
(3)
Fall and Spring.
A continuation of Spanish 301.

SPAN 340 Spanish Phonology and Dialectology (3)
Fall.
An introduction to Spanish linguistics, concentrating on the sounds of Spanish (phonetics and phonology), with appropriate pronunciation practice and contrasts with English pronunciation. Included are units on the history of the Spanish language and the major dialects spoken today.
Prerequisite: Spanish 301.

SPAN 341 Advanced Spanish Syntax and Sociolinguistics (3)
Spring.
An examination of the differences and similarities between English and Spanish morphology, syntax, and semantics, in order to improve students’ communication skills and to generate a deeper understanding of the complex nature of the human language system. Specific connections will be made to first and second language acquisition, bilingualism, Spanish/English dialects, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and language disorders.
Prerequisite: Spanish 302.

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Culture and Literature Courses

SPAN 308 Introduction to the Hispanic World I (4)
Fall and Spring.
This course introduces students to major developments of the Hispanic World from antiquity to the independence of the Spanish American colonies in the early 19th century. Discussions center on the relationship of major literary and artistic works to economic, political, religious, and social developments in the Iberian Peninsula and the Castilian colonies in the Americas. This course is normally the first in a sequence of two and is designed to prepare students for advanced-level culture and literature courses in the Spanish Department. Oral presentations and research paper are required.
Prerequisite: Spanish 301.

SPAN 309 Introduction to the Hispanic World II (4)
Fall and Spring.
This course introduces students to major developments of the Hispanic World from the independence of the Spanish American colonies to the present day. Discussions center on the relationship of major literary and artistic works to economic, political, religious, and social developments in Spain and Spanish America. In addition, students develop their skills in reading and evaluating literature in a second language through representative texts, and they sharpen their skills in critical writing and analysis. This course is normally the second course in a sequence of two and is designed to prepare students for advanced-level culture and literature courses in the Spanish Department. Oral presentations and research paper are required.
Prerequisites: Spanish 301and 308, or permission of the instructor.

SPAN 310 Hispanic Culture in the United States (3).
Spring.
A study of the history and culture of Hispanic groups in the United States, their political, social, and religious institutions, and their value systems. The course is designed to assist students in understanding the cultural contributions of each Hispanic group within the broader U.S. culture. Reading materials include literary and non-literary sources.
Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or permission of the instructor.

SPAN 361 Colonial Latin American Literature (3).
Fall.
The blending of indigenous, European, and African cultures during the colonial period formed and created Latin America. This course focuses on the literature of colonial Latin America (1492-ca. 1820), as well as the historical and cultural context that produced it. While many different genres and authors are examined, special emphasis is placed on the transatlantic and hybrid nature of colonial texts. An oral presentation and a research paper are required. Aside from the history text on colonial Latin America, all readings will be in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Spanish 308 and 309, or permission of the instructor. Not offered this year.

SPAN 362 Latin American Literature from Pre-Modernism
to 1945
(3)
Fall.
This course focuses on the literature of Latin America from Pre-Modernism to 1945. The following genres are analyzed: Pre-Modernist poetry, short story, and essay; Modernist poetry, short story, and essay; poetry and short story of the Vanguardia. Oral presentations and/or research papers are required.
Prerequisite: Spanish 308 and 309, or permission of the instructor. Not offered this year.

SPAN 363 Contemporary Latin American Literature (3)
Fall.
This course focuses on the recent literature of Latin America. The following genres are analyzed: contemporary novels, poetry, and short stories. Oral presentations and/or research papers are required.
Prerequisite: Spanish 308 and 309, or permission of the instructor. Not offered this year.

SPAN 366 Spanish Literature from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance (3)
Spring.
The course introduces students to the world of Medieval Spain through its literature. It will explore the ways in which this literature both reflects and impacts the culture from which it comes. Through a close reading of a few works, the values and morals that shaped medieval society are compared and contrasted to the values held today. Daily homework, an oral presentation and a final research paper are required.
Prerequisite: Spanish 308 and 309, or permission of the instructor. Not offered this year.

SPAN 367 Spanish Literature of the Golden Age (3)
Spring.
This course focuses on the literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The following genres are analyzed: Renaissance and Baroque poetry; drama of the Lope and Calderon cycles; the origins of the modern Spanish novel, and the literature of the Counter-Reformation. Oral presentations and research papers are required.
Prerequisite: Spanish 308 and 309, or permission of the instructor. Not offered this year.

SPAN 368 Spanish Literature from the Eighteenth Century to the Present (3)
Spring.
This course focuses on the Spanish literature of the eighteenth century to the present. The following genres are analyzed: Neoclassic drama, Romantic drama and poetry, essays and poetry of the Generation of '98, twentieth century poetry, drama and novel. Oral presentations and research papers are required.
Prerequisite: Spanish 308 and 309, or permission of the instructor. Not offered this year.

SPAN 370 Advanced Cultural Topics (3)
Fall and Spring.
Through film, music, art, culture, journalistic interviews, history, and literature, this elective course fosters a deeper understanding of a specific theme or issue in Hispanic culture. Taught in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Spanish 308 or 309. Students may repeat this course if the topic is different.

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SPAN 390 Independent Study
Fall, Interim, Spring, and Summer.
Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair.

SPAN 395 Palabra y mundo (3).
Fall and Spring.
As the capstone in the Spanish departmental major, this integrative studies course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to revisit, at a more advanced level, the literature, culture, history, and language studied during their time at Calvin and to explore ways in which their education has prepared them to engage with contemporary international culture. Students examine and critically reflect on the ethical, religious, and vocational implications of what they have learned. Prerequisites: DCM, Philosophical Foundations, Biblical or Theological Foundations I, Spanish 308 and 309, and at least junior standing.

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Vocational Emphasis

320 Business Spanish (3)
Interim, alternate years.
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.

W82 Spanish for Healthcare Workers/Professionals (3)
Interim, alternate years.
An introduction to the terminology and cultural context of oral and written communication in Spanish relating to the field of medicine.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. Designed for advanced students of Spanish.
Prerequisites: Spanish 202/203, or permission of instructor.

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Education Courses

IDIS 301 Introduction to Bilingual and ESL Education (3)
Fall.
This course prepares students to teach in classrooms where English is the second language, helping them bring their knowledge of second language acquisition to elementary classroom settings. In this course students learn to recognize linguistic, cognitive, affective, and social factors that influence the acquisition of a second language. Course topics include teaching in content areas, classroom methods, curriculum design, and assessment. For students in the education program, concurrent registration in Education 302/303 is required. Field experience also required for non-education students.

IDIS 356 Introduction to Elementary World-Languages Pedagogy (3)
Fall.
Theory and practice of teaching world languages in the elementary school. Study of language skill development, second language acquisition, methodologies, curricula, and programs. Off-campus school visits for observation and aiding experience. Should be taken in the junior or senior year, prior to student teaching. Required for elementary certification in world languages, including ESL and the K-12 secondary major.
Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent registration in Education 302/303.

IDIS 357 Introduction to Secondary World-Languages Pedagogy (3)
Fall.
An introduction to the major principles and practices of teaching world languages, offering a study of various methodologies and the major controversies associated with them. The course explores how a Christian approach to education affects second-language pedagogy and how this pedagogy interacts with the language learner’s personal growth. It also introduces the prospective educator to the teaching of the basic skills, to issues in evaluation and assessment, and to the use of technologies in the language classroom. This course should be taken in the junior or senior year, prior to student teaching. Required for secondary certification in world languages, including the ESL secondary minor.
Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent registration in Education 302/303.

SPAN 358 Aiding in the World-Language Classroom (3)
Interim.
Students participating in this seminar 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, participating in class discussions, daily journals, and an oral presentation.
Prerequisite: Spanish 301 with grade of "B" or better.

IDIS 359 Seminar in Secondary World-Languages Pedagogy (3)
Spring.
A seminar reinforcing the major principles and practices of world-languages pedagogy on the secondary level for students during their semester of directed teaching, to be taken concurrently with Education 346. The course provides opportunities for collaborative work on putting theoretical and pedagogical matters of immediate concern into a practical framework.
Prerequisites: Education 302/303 and successful completion of the department proficiency exams.

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Spanish department attendance policy

  • You are allowed the equivalent of one week of absences without penalty (for example, 3 classes for a class that meets 3 days a week).
  • For each subsequent absence your grade will be lowered by 1%.
  • Excused absences (an absence for which you have a legitimate excuse and of which you have informed the professor beforehand) count as one of your allowed absences, and you will be able to make up any tests or quizzes given on that day.
  • Unexcused absences also count as one of your allowed absences, but you will not be allowed to make up any tests or quizzes.