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Previous Years' Courses

Spring 2014

 

ARABIC

 

ARAB 10200-all sections Elementary Arabic II HU LA 3a, g

4 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Faten Houissa, Rothchild 114, 4-3056

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: ARAB 10100 or equivalent.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course is a continuation of Arabic 101. It will continue to provide a thorough grounding in the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The student who successfully completes this course will be able to: 1) understand and actively participate in simple conversations involving basic practical and social situations (introductions, greetings, school, home and family, work, simple instructions, etc.); 2) read Arabic material of limited complexity and variety (simple narrative and descriptive texts, directions, etc.); 3) write simple compositions describing a place, an event, or a personal experience. An important objective of the course is familiarizing students with basic facts about the geography, history, and culture of the Arab world.

 

ARAB 20200-01 Intermediate Arabic II HU LA

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Faten Houissa, Rothchild 114, 4-3056

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: ARAB 20100 with a grade of C- or better, or permission of instructor.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is a continuation of Arabic 20100.

 

CHINESE

 

CHIN 10200-all sections Elementary Chinese II HU LA 3a, g

4 credits

INSTRUCTORS:

01: Adam Gerritsen, Rothchild 108, 4-5816

02: Hong Li, Rothchild 108, 4-3687, hli@ithaca.edu

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: CHIN 10100, or equivalent, with a grade of C- or better.

STUDENTS: Open to students from any discipline of the College who qualify.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: A continuation of CHIN 10100. Continue to develop students‘ basic language skills to understand, speak, read and write Chinese, to introduce students to Chinese cultures.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Classes meet 5 times a week with an instructor who lectures on grammar, culture and vocabulary, and who leads intensive practices of speaking and listening skills.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Liu, Y., Yao, T., (2009) Integrated Chinese (simplified Characters), Level 1, Part 2, which includes Textbook, workbook, Character workbook, and Audio CDs to accompany the textbook and workbook. Attendance, daily homework, active participation in class, quizzes and tests. Based upon unit tests, quizzes, homework, participation and attendance.

 

CHIN 20200-01 Intermediate Chinese II HU LA

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Hong Li, Rothchild 113, 4-3687, hli@ithaca.edu

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: CHIN 20100 with a grade of C- or better, or permission of instructor.

STUDENTS: Open to students from any discipline of the College who qualify.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Continuation of CHIN 20100. To further develop speaking, listening, reading and writing proficiency. Special emphasis will be given to writing skills and the understanding of Chinese culture.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Classes meet 3 times a week with an instructor and 1 time a week with a TA. Class consists of grammar, discussion of reading selections, presentations, writing exercises and in-class quizzes.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Liu, Y., Yao, T (2010) Integrated Chinese: Textbook: Level 2, Part 1; Workbook: Level 2, Part 1; Character Workbook: Level 2, Part 1; Level 2, Part 1 Audio CDs to accompany textbook and workbook. Class attendance, meaningful participation; daily homework; presentation; journal entries; tests. Based upon class participation, tests, quizzes, journal entries and homework.

 

FRENCH

 

FREN 10100-all sections Elementary French I HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTORS:

Section 01 & 04: TBA

Section 07: Elizabeth Hall, Muller 404, 4-5768

ENROLLMENT: 26 per section

PREREQUISITES: None. Open to students with no previous French or by placement exam.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: An introduction to French languages and culture through a variety of listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Students attend class 3 hours per week (MWF) with the instructor and 1 hour per week (Thursday) for oral practice with a teaching assistant.

 

FREN 10200 all sections Elementary French II HU LA 3A G

3 credits

Instructor: Mark Andrew Hall, Muller 433, 4-7069

Enrollment: 25 per section

Prerequisite: FREN 10100 or equivalent based on placement exam score.

Course description: A continuation of Elementary French I’s introduction to French language and culture through a variety of listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities

COURSE Format and Style: Students attend class 3 hours per week (MWF) with the instructor and 1 hour per week (Thursday) for oral practice with a teaching assistant.

 

FREN-20100 Intermediate French i HU LA 3A G

3 credits          

Instructor: Anne Theobald, Muller 402, 4-3121

Enrollment: 25 per section

Prerequisite: FREN 10200 with a grade of C- or better, or equivalent based on placement exam score.

Course description: This course develops intermediate-level proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing as well as an appreciation of francophone cultures.

Format and Style: Classes meet three times per week and consist of vocabulary, grammar, conversation, discussion of reading selections, and oral and written activities.

Course Requirements and Grading: Classes Textbook Pause Café w/Quia access card.  Author: Megharbi et al.  ISBN: 9780078157646.  Grading based on participation and preparation, homework assignments, and speaking and writing activities.

 

FREN-20200 Intermediate French Ii HU LA 3A G

3 credits   

Instructor: Anne Theobald, Muller 402, 4-3121

Enrollment: 25 per section

Pre-requisite: FREN 20100 with a grade of C- or better, or equivalent based on placement exam score.

Course description: This course is a continuation of FREN 201 and further develops intermediate-level proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, as well as an appreciation of francophone cultures.

Format and Style: Classes meet three times per week and consist of vocabulary, grammar, conversation, discussion of reading selections, and oral and written activities.

Course Requirements and Grading: Textbook Pause Café w/Quia access card.  Author: Megharbi et al.  ISBN: 9780078157646.  Grading based on participation and preparation, homework assignments, and speaking and writing activities.

 

FREN 30100-01 Spoken and Written Communication HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth B. Hall, Muller 404, 4-5768

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: FREN 20200 with a grade of C- or better, equivalent based on placement exam score.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students will further develop spoken and written communication in French and introduction to cultural and literary analysis. Grammar will be reviewed contextually through cultural documents (French and Francophone film, literature, songs).

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Classes conducted in French. Emphasis will be placed on active discussion of grammar as well as culture. In addition to readings, course work will include grammar exercises, weekly informal writing, formal compositions, an oral exam, a midterm, and a final exam

 

FREN 34200-01 Conversational French HU LA

3 credits
Instructor:  Anne Theobald, Muller 402, 4-3121
Enrollment: 15
Pre-requisite: FREN 30100 or equivalent with permission of instructor, or assignment by French placement exam.
Course description: Students will improve their conversational skills and fluidity in French through conversations, presentations, and various activities.  The course will review grammar and vocabulary as well as use of idiomatic expressions.

Format and Style: This class is conducted entirely in French.  Students will participate actively in classroom conversation and discussions that will focus on assigned short readings, films, presentations, and topics ranging from everyday activities to current events and popular culture.

Course Requirements and Grading: Regular attendance and active class participation, presentations, homework, quizzes.

 

FREN 377 Hic et Nunc: The Humanist Spirit in 16th-Century Literature HU LA

3 credits

Instructor: Mark Andrew Hall, Muller 433, 4-7069

Enrollment: 15
Prerequisite: FREN 301 or equivalent with permission of the instructor

Course description: In this course, we will explore the literature of 16th-century France from the humanist perspective.  Our readings will focus on literature’s role in defining, defending, and developing the revival of the moral and aesthetic philosophies of classical antiquity as a means to remaking the hic et nunc (the here and now).  Reading will include whole and selected works from writers and poets such as Marguerite de Navarre, François Rabelais, Pierre de Ronsard, Joachim du Bellay, and Michel de Montaigne, among others. 

 

GERMAN

 

GERM 10200-all sections Elementary German II HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTORS:

Section 01: James Pfrehm, Muller 301, 4-5139

Section 04: Victor Symonette, Rothchild 105, 4-3932

ENROLLMENT: 26 students in each main class (MWF); 13 in each TA drill session (T)

STUDENTS: Those who fulfill the prerequisites.

PREREQUISITES: GERM 10100 with a grade of C- or better, or by placement examination.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is a continuation of Elementary German I. Its objectives are to enable students to understand, speak, read, and write simple German and to develop an appreciation of German culture.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Students will attend classes 4 hours a week: 3 hours (MWF) with their main instructor and 1 hour (T) with a TA. Classes consist of intensive oral use of the language. In order to accustom the students to a new language environment, classes will be conducted in German as much as possible. The TAs will lead the drill sessions designed to reinforce grammatical, lexical, and cultural material introduced by the instructor during class.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Regular attendance, preparation, active participation in class and drill sessions, written homework assignments, and on-line listening exercises. Based on total performance. Class participation, completion of homework and drill sessions, chapter tests, quizzes, and final exam.

 

GERM 20200-01 Intermediate German II HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: James Pfrehm, Muller 301, 4-5139

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: GERM 20100 with a grade of C- or better.

STUDENTS: Anyone who fulfills the prerequisites.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Continuation of work begun in GERM 20100. To develop intermediate-level proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing German and cultural literacy.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Classes consist of conversational practice, discussion of reading selections, work with A/V material, and review of grammar. In order to enhance the language environment for the students, classes are conducted entirely in German. Use of German and improvement in comprehension is expected of all students.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Regular attendance, preparation, active participation in class, cultural presentation, homework, written assignments, and language laboratory exercises. Based on total performance. Class participation, completion of homework, written and language laboratory assignments, cultural presentation, quizzes, chapter tests, and final exam.

 

GERM 30300 Introduction to German Civilization and Culture HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: TBA

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: GERM-20200 with a C- grade or better, or equivalent.

OBJECTIVES: Readings and discussions of texts presenting central cultural and historical aspects of the German-speaking world.

STUDENTS: Open to anyone who wishes to work with primary sources in the target language and who has the prerequisites.

FORMAT AND STYLE: Classes consist of conversational practice, discussion of reading selections and some review of grammar. Class presentations, short writing assignments, and multi-media projects in the target language will aid in refining both passive (reading, comprehension) and active (speaking, reading) language skills.

REQUIREMENTS: Individual term project, regular written assignments, occasional quizzes in class.  Regular attendance and meaningful participation in class.

GRADING: Total performance.

 

HEBREW

 

HEBR 10200-01 Elementary Hebrew II HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Mirit Hadar, Rothchild 108

ENROLLMENT: 25

PREREQUISITES: Limited to students who have completed HEBR-10100 with a grade of C- or better, or equivalent.

STUDENTS: Students interested in learning the language correctly and thoroughly.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Continuation of HEBR 10100; verbs in present past and future tenses; basic understanding of grammar such as possessives, particles, objects. etc.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Class meets four days per week (MWF with the faculty member; Thursday in a smaller group with a student teaching assistant). There will be grammar explanations and drills, dialogue memorization and recitation, role-playing activities and other opportunities for self-expression. Limited English will be used to explain grammar. Students will learn to talk about families, time, seasons, and clothing. The geography and culture of Israel will also be incorporated into the coursework.

 

ITALIAN

 

ITAL 10100-all sections Elementary Italian I HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTORS:

Section 01: TBA

Section 04: Marella Feltrin-Morris, Muller 409, 4-3644

Section 07: Rachel Cullenen, International Programs

ENROLLMENT: 26

PREREQUISITES: None.

STUDENTS: Open to students from any discipline of the college; students whose disciplines require the study of a foreign language. Can be taken by language majors as a second language.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To teach students to understand, speak, read, and write simple idiomatic Italian. Extensive oral practice in class and assignments in all skill areas.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Class meets four days per week (MWF with the faculty member; Thursday in a smaller group with a student assistant). There will be grammar explanations and exercises, videos, dialogue recitation, role-playing activities and other opportunities for self-expression. Limited English may be used to explain grammar.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Student must purchase textbook, student activities manual and supersite passcode. Homework, including workbook, lab manual, and website activities, attendance, class and drill session participation, presentations, quizzes and exams.

 

ITAL 10200-all sections Elementary Italian II HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTORS:

Section 01 & 04: Silvia Abbiati, Muller 417A, 4-3467

ENROLLMENT: 26

PREREQUISITES: ITAL 10100 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better.

STUDENTS: Open to students from any discipline of the college; students whose disciplines require the study of a foreign language. Can be taken by language majors as a second language.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is a continuation of ITAL 10100. To teach students to understand, speak, read, and write simple idiomatic Italian. Extensive oral practice in class and assignments in all skill areas.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Class meets four days per week (MWF with the faculty member; Thursday in a smaller group with a student assistant). There will be grammar explanations and exercises, videos, dialogue recitation, role-playing activities and other opportunities for self-expression. Limited English may be used to explain grammar.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Student must purchase textbook, student activities manual and supersite passcode. Homework, including workbook, lab manual, and website activities, attendance, class and drill session participation, presentations, quizzes and exams.

 

 

ITAL 20100-01 Intermediate Italian I HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Julia Cozzarelli, Muller 428, 4-3513

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: ITAL 10200 with a grade of C- or better.

STUDENTS: Open to students from all disciplines of the college; it can be taken by language majors as a second language. An informal style of teaching will serve to create a natural atmosphere encouraging students' ability and willingness to use Italian. Class sessions are designed to integrate grammatical, lexical, and cultural material with that already undertaken in Elementary Italian.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To develop intermediate proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing Italian. Special emphasis will be given to Italian culture. Homework, workbook and laboratory assignments supplement and reinforce class work.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Students need to purchase the textbook and student activities manual. Regular class attendance is required; presentations and homework. Grade based on exams, homework, presentations and class participation.

 

ITAL 20200-01 Intermediate Italian II HU 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Marella Feltrin-Morris, Muller 409, 4-3644

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: ITAL 20100 with a grade of C- or better.

STUDENTS: Open to students from all disciplines of the college; it can be taken by language majors as a second language.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Continuation of ITAL 20100. To develop intermediate level proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing Italian. Special emphasis will be given to Italian culture.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Class meets three times a week and consists of grammar, discussion of reading selections, and conversational practice. Language laboratory assignments supplement and reinforce class work. An informal style of teaching will serve to create a natural atmosphere encouraging students' ability and willingness to use Italian. The weekly sessions are designed to integrate grammatical, lexical, and cultural material with that already undertaken in Elementary Italian.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Regular class attendance is required; presentations and lab work. Based on exams, lab work, class participation, homework, and presentations.

 

ITAL-32400-01 PARLIAMO! ITALIAN CONVERSATION II HU LA 3ag

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Silvia Abbiati, Muller 417A, 4-3467

ENROLLMENT: 15.

PREREQUISITES: 334-32300 or permission of instructor.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Extensive oral practice with a focus on Italian culture for conversation, discussion, and presentation of short talks.

COURSE FORMAT/ STYLE:   Students will give oral summaries of the assigned readings which will then be followed by class discussion.  Practice and discussion of grammatical and idiomatic aspects of the Italian language as well as Italian culture.  Oral presentation and/or reports (both planned and spontaneous).  Oral presentation may be performed by one or more students.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Tests and/or materials supplied by instructor. Participation, oral presentations and written assignments; students will engage in presentations and discussions of selected cultural material; films, short stories, newspaper articles, poetry, critical essays, excerpts from major literary works will be read and discussed.

 

ITAL-37500-01 IMAGES OF HELL: DANTE’S INFERNO HU LA

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Julia Cozzarelli, Muller 414, 4-3513.

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: One level 3 Italian course (except ITAL-33000), or equivalent..

STUDENTS: The course is open to Italian Studies majors, Italian minors, and other interested students.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To study Dante Alighieri's Divina Commedia: Inferno in the original Italian and to explore its lasting and profound influence on Italian literature and culture.  Students will read the Inferno and other related works from various periods.  There will also be discussions of artwork, film and other media linked to the course topic.  The themes of each canto of the Inferno will be explored in depth.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: This is a discussion-based course, conducted in Italian.  Student participation in all activities is essential.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Attendance and participation, quizzes and papers.  Students will also lead one class discussion. Based on quizzes, papers, presentation and participation.

 

 

LATIN

 

LATN 10200-01 Elementary Latin II HU LA 3a, g, h

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Robert Ziomkowski, Rothchild 105, 4-3803.

ENROLLMENT: Flexible

PREREQUISITES: LATN 10100 with a grade of C- or better, or by placement exam.

STUDENTS: Open to all.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will advance students‘ knowledge of basic Latin grammar using the Latin Via Ovid textbook. Readings are adapted from Ovid‘s Metamorphoses, which present a variety of stories from classical mythology.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: The class will meet twice a week with the instructor for lectures and testing.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Weekly meetings, homework and exams. A-F; based on exam average, homework, and participation in class.

 

LATN 25000-01 Classical Mythology LA

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Robert Ziomkowski, Rothchild 105, 4-3803

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: One course in the humanities. STUDENTS: Open to all.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will study myths such as Jason and the Argonauts, Orpheus and Eurydice, Cupid and Psyche, and many others, as depicted by Latin and Greek authors (such as Ovid, Apollodorus, Apuleius, and Apollonius of Rhodes). It will also examine the later retelling of the myths they describe, as seen in medieval and modern works.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture and discussion.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Regular attendance, preparation, active participation in class, written assignments. A-F.

 

LINGUISTICS

 

LNGS 19402-01 Intro to the Art of Translation Humanities, Liberal Arts, Theme: Power and Justice

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Marella Feltrin-Morris, Muller 409, 4-3644

ENROLLMENT: 20.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduction to the world of translation from a theoretical and practical perspective. Texts will include translators' prefaces and notes, subtitling, and literary translations, focusing on issues of translatability, fidelity, purpose and ethics. This course is intended for students with basic reading proficiency in a language other than English.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lectures, reading, class discussion, presentations, viewing of short clips on translation and interpretation.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grades will be based on regular class attendance and participation, pop-quizzes, research samples, bi-weekly essays, one Midterm Exam, one oral report and one final project.

 

LNGS 19403-01 Latin American Literature on Film

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Enrique Gonzalez-Conty, Muller 406, 4-7044

ENROLLMENT: 20

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Exploration of film adaptations of novels from five Latin American countries: Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, and Brazil. Analyzes the symbiotic relationship between literature and film, with focus on how race, ethnicity, social class, gender and sexuality are represented in each country, and how individual and collective identities evolve over time.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Conducted in English. Brief lectures, small group discussions, oral presentations.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Readings from Latin American literature; films to be watched in class or outside of class. Grading: Participation; Oral Presentation; Short Papers; Final Exam.

 

LNGS19404-01 Transgressions in French and Francophone Literature in Translation (ICC) – Humanities, Liberal Arts, Theme: Power and Justice

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Hall, Muller 404, 4-5768

ENROLLMENT: 20.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course addresses the question of what constitutes a transgression and how this notion changes in different time periods, aesthetic movements, and regions by examining social, legal, moral, and sexual transgressions in French and Francophone literature from various time periods in English translation.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Course work includes weekly readings, class discussion, group research presentation, midterm and final papers. Readings and all class activities are in English.

 

LNGS 23200-all sections Introduction to Linguistics LA SS 3a

3 credits

INSTRUCTORS:

Section 01: James Pfrehm, Muller 301, 4-5139

Section 02 & 03: Sergio Pedro, Muller 434, 4-1421

ENROLLMENT: 25

PREREQUISITES: One course in the humanities or social sciences. Open to all students.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: An introduction to the fundamental areas and concepts of the science of language. Study of sounds and sound patterns, word and sentence structure, and language change. Other topics include semantics, language acquisition and dialects.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture and discussion based on textbook and supplemental readings. COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Text: An Introduction to Language, 9th ed., by Fromkin, Rodman & Hyams (Thomson).  Chapter tests ,presentation or paper, and final exam.

 

 

SPANISH

 

SPAN 10100-all sections Elementary Spanish I HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTORS:

Section 01: Gladys Varona-Lacey, Muller 431, 4-1346

Section 04 & 07: Bernardo Torres, Muller 417A, 4-3515

ENROLLMENT: 26

PREREQUISITES: No previous Spanish, or appropriate placement exam score. Students with more than two years of prior Spanish may not take this course.

STUDENTS: Prospective Spanish majors and minors; students with language and/or general education requirements; students who recognize the growing importance of Spanish in the United States and the rest of the world.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To enable students to communicate in Hispanic linguistic and cultural contexts. By the end of the semester students should be able to express themselves in simple, idiomatic Spanish, orally and in writing, in the present and past tenses. They should also be able to understand basic spoken and written Spanish. Students will acquire vocabulary that should help them manage in a variety of situations, and they will become familiar with various aspects of the cultures of Spain and Spanish America.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Class meets four days per week (MWF with a faculty member, Tuesday in a smaller group with a student assistant). There will be grammar explanations and drills, videos, dialogue memorization and recitation, role-playing and other opportunities for self-expression. Limited English may be used to explain grammar.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Text: TBA. Assignments: Regular homework, and language laboratory work most weeks. Attendance: Regular class attendance and meaningful participation are essential to the improvement of language skills, and to passing the course. Grades are based on quizzes and tests, homework and labwork, and in-class performance.

 

SPAN 10200-all sections Elementary Spanish II HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTORS:

Sections 01 & 04: John Storm, Muller 415, 4-1190

Section 07: Paula Twomey, Rothchild 104, 4-3612

ENROLLMENT: 26

PREREQUISITES: SPAN 10100 with a grade of C- or better, or by placement examination.

STUDENTS: Students from Humanities and Sciences and the professional schools; prospective Spanish majors and minors; students with language and/or general education requirements; students who recognize the growing importance of Spanish in the United States and the rest of the world.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students will be taught the remaining Spanish grammar points not covered in Elementary Spanish I, and increasing emphasis will be placed on the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Vocabulary-building and cultural awareness will also play an integral role.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Class meets four days per week (MWF with the faculty member; Tuesday in a smaller group with a student assistant). There will be grammar explanations and drills, videos, dialogue memorization and recitation, role-playing activities and other opportunities for self-expression. Limited English will be used to explain grammar.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Text: Plazas, Lugar de Encuentros, 4th edition, Thomson & Heinle. Assignments: Regular homework, and language laboratory work most weeks. Attendance: Regular class attendance and meaningful participation are essential to the improvement of language skills, and to passing the course. Grades are based on quizzes and tests, homework and labwork, and in-class performance.

 

SPAN 20100-all sections Intermediate Spanish I HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTORS:

Sections 01: Jorge Garcia, Muller 407, 4-3243

Section 02 &03, Bernardo Torres, Muller 417A, 4-3515

ENROLLMENT: 20 per section

PREREQUISITES: SPAN 10200 or SPAN 10400 with a grade of C- or better.

STUDENTS: Current and prospective Spanish majors and minors, as well as students seeking to satisfy their language and/or general education requirements. Because of the growing importance of Spanish, and its applicability to a wide range of professions, students from all five schools will likely enroll in this course.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To review some of the salient points of Spanish grammatical structures, in particular, the present, past, and future tenses, the present subjunctive, reflexive verbs, and commands. Vocabulary building will also be an important part of this course, and students will acquire words needed to express themselves in a variety of contexts: social life, family, gender issues, university settings, and travel. Students‘ reading skills will improve through the reading of journalistic pieces and short literary works written by authors from Spain and Spanish America, and considerable importance will be given to the improvement of speaking and writing skills. Emphasis is also placed on the different aspects of the cultures, histories, and geographies of the Spanish-speaking world.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Brief explanation and review of grammatical structures, based on students‘ questions. The bulk of class time will be dedicated to giving students opportunities for self-expression, and to discussion of assigned readings.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Assignments: Students should expect homework most days, in order to practice the language on a regular basis. Attendance: Regular class attendance and meaningful participation are essential to the improvement of language skills, and to passing the course. Grades are based on quizzes, tests, textbook assignments, compositions, and in-class performance.

 

SPAN 20200-all sections Intermediate Spanish II HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTORS: Annette Levine, Muller 414, 4-3252

ENROLLMENT: 20 per section.

PREREQUISITES: SPAN 20100 with a grade of C- or better.

STUDENTS: Current and prospective Spanish majors and minors; majors in other languages and literatures; students with language and/or Humanities and Sciences general education requirements; students interested in studying in a Spanish-speaking country; students aware of the growing importance of Spanish both in and outside of the United States, and who recognize the language's potential importance to their careers.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Continuation of SPAN 20100. To review the salient points of Spanish grammar, and develop intermediate proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The course emphasizes different aspects of Spanish and Latin American cultures. Aside from text exercises, students will learn practical, day-to-day vocabulary by reading and discussing literary and newspaper selections, listening to music, viewing videos, exploring the web, and preparing oral presentations.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: It is expected that students will be active, not passive learners – students will take part in much cooperative and collaborative learning. There will be discussions of readings and frequent oral presentations, and other activities designed to practice vocabulary and grammatical structures.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Based on exams, assignments and classroom participation and preparation.

 

SPAN-20300-01 Spanish Intermediate Conversation

1 credit

INSTRUCTOR: Bernardo Torres, Muller 434, 4-3515.

ENROLMENT: 25

PREREQUISITES: Co-requisites: SPAN 20100 or SPAN 20200. Credits do not count towards major or minor. Students must be enrolled in either SPAN 20100 or SPAN 20200 in order to enroll in this course.

STUDENTS: Students wishing to develop speaking abilities and to have fun while they do it. Course may re repeated once.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To develop proficiency in speaking and understanding, while broadening knowledge of Spanish culture.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Class will meet once a week. There will be brief reading assignments to prepare for discussion, and speaking activities. Students will present for class discussion interesting articles they find on-line or in Spanish newspapers and journals.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Attendance and participation are the necessary elements for learning and development in this course. Since the class meets once a week, only one cut will be allowed. Pass/Fail only.

 

SPAN 27000-01 Experiencing Teatro LA

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Annette Levine, Muller 414, 4-3252

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: None.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The object of the course is to stage a chosen play from the Spanish, Latin American, or US Latino Spanglish traditions, with the highest possible production values given limited time and budget. All students registered in the course will be expected to participate in some aspect of the staging of the performance. Students do not need to have previous theater or theater production experience. The course is open to students of all levels of Spanish proficiency. The course will be conducted in English and the amount of Spanish used will be determined by the play that is selected.

 

SPAN 30100-01 Service Learning: Teaching Spanish to Children HU

1 credit

INSTRUCTOR: Annette Levine, Muller 414, 4-3252

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: Permission of the instructor

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This service learning class will give students an opportunity to teach Spanish language to children through cultural content. Students will collaborate with local elementary school teachers.

 

SPAN 32100-all sections Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition HU LA

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Maria DiFrancesco, Muller 411, 4-3547

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: SPAN 20200 with a grade of C- or better, or equivalent.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To address aspects of Spanish that English speakers find problematic. Examples include: gender, number and agreement, clitics, semantics, verb aspect & mood & idiomatic expressions. The purpose of the course is to eliminate errors from student’s speech and writing.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Conducted in Spanish. Presentation of grammar themes, exercises, quizzes, & essay workshops (peer editing).

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Daily preparation, regular (daily and weekly) writing assignments, two exams, active participation. Based on requirements.

 

SPAN 32200-01 Experiencing Hispanic Literature HU LA

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Jorge Garcia, Muller 407, 4-3243

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: SPAN 32100.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Provides students with essential vocabulary for critical literary analysis and introduces them to four literary genres (poetry, drama, fiction, essay) through representative readings from both Spanish and Latin American literatures. Teaches students to read literature and write about it from an analytical perspective.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Class conducted in Spanish. Oral discussions and written essays interpreting our readings.

 

SPAN 32300-01 Conversation I: Contemporary Issues HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Gladys Varona-Lacey, Muller 431, 4-3146

ENROLLMENT: 15 each section

PREREQUISITES: SPAN 20200 with a grade of C- or better.

STUDENTS: Spanish majors and minors; students who qualify and would like to improve their conversational skills.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To improve students' fluency in conversational Spanish. By the end of the semester students should be able to speak and express their opinions with confidence on a wide range of topics (cultural, social, political, economic, moral, etc.). Frequent cross-cultural comparisons will be made. Oral, aural, and reading proficiency will be developed through the reading of newspaper articles and literary selections. Students will also view TV shows and films. Discussions and textbook exercises will further the above mentioned skills.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Classes will be conducted entirely in Spanish and students are expected to do most of the speaking. Class participation is essential. Everyday communication will be enhanced through conversational activities, oral presentations, discussions of the assigned readings, newscasts or films.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Class participation, oral reports and skits, vocabulary quizzes, oral exams.

 

SPAN 32400-01 Conversation II: The Spanish Speaking World HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Jorge Garcia, Muller 407, 4-3243

ENROLLMENT: 15 per section

PREREQUISITES: SPAN 32300.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To improve communication skills through presentations, debates and discussions of written materials. This course will also acquaint students with ―Hispanic‖ issues (from a Hispanic perspective). Constant comparisons between Hispanic and Anglo cultures will be made. In a cooperative learning setting, students are repeatedly exposed to public speaking. This will help them to overcome any discomfort they may have about speaking in public and in Spanish.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: We will cover the readings provided by the processor. Every student will present an analytical and critical report of the readings (in small groups and to class). Every student selects and presents a reading. At the end of the semester, students have to present all their readings with the vocabulary list of the words they learned with their English equivalents. Students are evaluated on their class presentation (performance) and their presentations.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Text: Reading materials in Spanish. Participation [performance] 60%; presentations and exams (40%).

 

SPAN 33500-01 Spanish Civilization and Culture HU LA 1g, h

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Maria DiFrancesco, Muller 411, 4-3547

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: SPAN 32100 and SPAN 32300. STUDENTS: Current and prospective Spanish majors and minors and Latin American Studies minors. COURSE DESCRIPTION: Taught entirely in Spanish, this course is an exploration of the people and cultures of Spain. Traces human development and culture in each of the regions of Spain. Focus on contemporary issues of globalization and immigration while addressing ethnicity, gender, religion, class, and the arts. COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture and discussion-based. Grading based on assignments, class preparation, exams, presentations, and written assignments.

 

SPAN 33800-01 Introduction to Latin American Literature HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Gladys Varona-Lacey, Muller 4321, 4-1346

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: SPAN 32200 and SPAN 32300, or by placement examination.

STUDENTS: Open to Spanish majors and minors and students whose command of the language is adequate for reading, writing, and discussing literary selections in Spanish.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will examine the work of representative Latin American writers. Emphasis will be placed on Latin America‘s cultural and literary development as well as its search for identity.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Representative readings from contemporary Latin American literature. Class participation, exams, presentation, papers.

 

SPAN 45500 01 Golden Age Drama HU LA

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Annette Levine, Muller 414, 4-3252

ENROLLMENT: 20.

PREREQUISITE: SPAN 33700 or SPAN 33800.

STUDENTS: Spanish majors and minors, and students interested in taking this course.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course we will read, discuss, and analyze some of the most beautiful, easy to read plays and love poetry ever written in the Spanish language.  Before reading each play, we will view a film of the actual presentation of the play on the stage.  We will then read the play focusing on the plot, character analysis, themes, and the social, cultural and political ambiance of the time in which each play was written.  Special emphasis will be placed on the role of women, the character of Don Juan, machismo, morality, honor, justice, love, art vs. nature, the role of imitation, nobility, and the role of the artist.  In our analysis of poetry we will focus on the rhetoric and poetic language used by poets of the time and on courtly love, platonic love, sensual love, and mysticism.  This course will provide students extensive practice in speaking, reading, comprehension, and writing in Spanish.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING: Homework, attendance, presentations, and class participation. Class participation 25%, presentations 25%, and exams 50%.

 

 

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