More than 400 million speak Spanish. Why don’t you? Learning to speak Spanish opens the door to a broad and exciting world. Spanish 1030 is an elementary course for students who have never studied Spanish. You will learn basic vocabulary and grammar that will allow you to communicate with Spanish speakers about everyday matters.
Spoken worldwide, Spanish is the official language of 21 countries. Intermediate Spanish, taught by native-speaking instructors, will prepare you and will broaden your linguistic scope so you can make connections with local residents and deepen your experiences in Spanish-speaking countries. The primary emphasis in this course is on effective oral and written expression, so as to permit students who have completed this course to communicate their ideas and opinions with clarity in a variety of academic and social settings.
What are the main similarities and differences between English and Spanish grammar? Explore the difficult areas of Spanish for an English speaker and use your knowledge of English to improve your Spanish grammar.
In this course the instructor and the students will explore the cultural expressions of the Hispanic World since before America until the 21 Century. Student will do research on the diverse origins and forms, for instance, of music from Argentinean tango (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUAPf_ccobc) and Latin-jazz (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy87C4EQnMc) or the Baroque painting of Diego de Velázquez (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Meninas) and the modernist painting of Frida Khalo. The course also aims to improve the Spanish languages oral and written skills of all students.
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Explore Hispanic Culture through diverse case studies in literature, film, popular culture, and digital Spanish. Study with a core faculty member in Hispanic Studies, supported by an interesting line-up of Guest Speakers, experts in their field. Connect what you learn to your London, Ontario community through Community Service-Learning (CSL).
Do you use Spanish in real-life situations? No doubt you will after taking this course. Improve your Spanish conversation skills. We will immerse you in Hispanic language and culture through a variety of guided conversations in Spanish, dealing with a selection of issues in contemporary Hispanic World (Spain, North America, Mexico and the Caribbean, Central and South America)
Are you interested in improving your oral and written abilities in Spanish? Whether you’re working, traveling, or re-connecting with your family and heritage in an Spanish speaking country this course, taught by native speakers, will help you to achieve your objective.Can express yourself fluently and read newspapers, editorials, professional interviews and literary articles as well as listen to radio and watch television and movies? You will. Although grammar is not the major emphasis at this level, you will improve your grammar and vocabulary through interesting activities such us: debates, cultural discussions, presentations, etc.
Discover what are the sounds of Spanish, how Spanish forms and creates new words, and how these words are combined in a sentence. Through an exploration of the structure of the language, you will gain a deep understanding of how Spanish language works.
Why are phrases such as the tall rose grower ambiguous? Why can you say there is a wocket in my pocket but not *there is the wocket in my pocket? Engage in the puzzle of how phrases and sentences are built and how structure relates to meaning, develop your intuitions about grammar, and learn how they have always been a part of you.
This course invites you to learn about the Spanish sound system, variation in the Hispanic world and Spain, and accent recognition. You will become familiarized with current topics in Hispanic phonetics and phonology via readings, music and movies. You will also have the opportunity to design and carry out an experiment.
One of the great mysteries is why learning a second language is so similar and yet so different from learning a first language. Why does it seem so difficult for some of us? Why do adult learners know so much and yet have such difficulty speaking? This is the problem that will engage us, and we will use Community Service Learning, oral presentations, and the development of a group research project to investigate it.
Have you ever stand in a Museum standing in front a painting, not knowing exactly what to look for? This course is an introduction to visual arts through case studies, from the pre-Columbian civilizations up to actual artistic expressions in the Hispanic world.
What is popular culture? How does is manifest in the Hispanic World? What are the connections between popular and elite cultures, individual and community expressions, transgression and religion, and every day life and national identity? We will explore these questions and more through the study of language and material culture, pop culture icons and the media, popular arts, crafts, and festivals, performance, social movements and politics, travel and tourism.
This course will study some of the principal literary works written throughout the Hispanic world within a socio-cultural context from the fifteenth century to the present. Special attention will be given to how these works were adapted to film and television and received by a variety of audiences over time.
This course examines the artistic and literary representation of trauma. We will study how artists, filmmakers, poets and writers have attempted to represent suffering and the violations for human rights. We will study also the complex relationship between memory and fiction, and the role of forgiveness. The course will examine works from both sides of the Atlantic, from Spain and Latin America, from such traumatic historical events as the Spanish Civil War to the different dictatorial regimes in Latin America.
This interdisciplinary course provides an introduction to Ibero-American culture through a journey across the written cities, which include: Mexico City, Havana, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Lima, Panama, Guatemala, San Jose, Bogota and Santiago de Chile. Close attention will be paid to the connections between contemporary culture and cultural diversity with the cities' origins and foundations, which will be explored through the analysis of architectural and literary production.
Did you know that Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese are closely related languages? Use your Spanish skills to explore the differences and similarities of the Romance languages. This course will introduce some historical aspects of the major Romance languages and how they developed from Latin. you will also acquire knowledge of linguistic concepts, comparative analyses, sound change, and language patterns by working with a variety of data sets and examples.
Are you interested in knowing how languages change when they are in contact with other languages? How identity, bilingualism, language policies, and education may affect the development of a language? Explore how Spanish varies in multilingual contexts.
In this course students will study the rich literary tradition of fantastic stories. We will examine the works of authors such as Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Julio Cortázar, Elena Garro, Martín Gaite, Luisa Valenzuela, Carlos Fuentes and many others. The course will deal not only with the question of what are the characteristics of a fantastic short story, but also the often complex relationship of these stories with reality or the philosophical representations of reality.