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Spanish Graduate Courses

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Summer I

CMLL 5301 Fundamentals: Research & Scholar: "Academic Communication in Language Studies" MTWRF 2-3:50 ENGLPHL 264  McChesney, Anita
  This course helps graduate students in language studies develop the skills essential to becoming more effective communicators in the academic world. The course consists of two parts. In the first half of the semester, the students will analyze texts in their respective disciplines, perform small writing tasks and discuss different aspects of the texts. Activities will be based on the course book Academic writing for graduate students: Essential tasks and skills (Swales & Feak) and on published articles the students bring from their respective fields. These assignments will help students better understand, identify, and analyze the rhetorical situations of academic texts in their disciplines, and also become familiar with the conventions of specific genres in language studies, such as commentaries, abstracts, summaries, critiques and annotated bibliographies. Additional topics will include practical strategies for organizing and developing thoughts, writing concisely in an academic style, proofreading, and avoiding plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty. In the second half of the course, the students will use these techniques to draft a project proposal with feedback from other class members and the instructor. Students will be able to tailor the opportunities provided by the course to their own area of language studies.
SPAN 5355 Seminar in Hispanic Literature: Crime Fiction MTWRF 2-3:50 EDUC 303 Zamora, Jorge
  El curso cubrirá las obras de cuatro autores de narrativa criminal hispana. La idea será cubrir autores de diferentes regiones y antecedente. Asimismo, se hará un análisis de las tendencias recientes de dicho género. Se hará un análisis crítico y comparativo del los siguientes autores y obras: Arturo Pérez-Reverte, (Spain) La reina del sur; Bernardo Esquinca, Toda la sangre (Mexico); Manuel Ramos, (USA) Desperado; Dolores Redondo, (Spain) El guardián invisible  


Summer II

SPAN 5385 Seminar: Hispanic Linguistics: Sociolinguistics & 2nd Language Acquisition MTWRF 2-3:50 EDUC 317 Long, Avizia
  This seminar will explore the intersection between sociolinguistics and second language acquisition—specifically, the ways in which social context influences second language learning. In addition to offering a review of basic principles of sociolinguistics, multiple theoretical approaches that afford a role for social factors in the acquisition of second languages will be reviewed, along with the associated, growing body of empirical research and applications to the second language classroom. Students will be evaluated by means of critical summaries of published studies, oral presentations, and comprehensive written assessments.



LING 5322 Theoretical and Research Foundations of Sec Lang Teaching  M 3:30-6:30    TBD
SPAN 5352/CMLL 5302 Methods of Literary Criticism W 3:30-6:30   Barta, Peter
SPAN 5361 Medieval Literature  T 3:30-6:30    Scarborough, Connie
  Students will read significant sections of the following works: Poema de Mio Cid, Libro de buen amor, and Celestina. In addition we will read selections from other works of narrative and lyrical poetry as well as didactic prose (these will be taken from the MA reading list as it is presently configured). PhD students enrolling in the course will also be required to read secondary critical materials for the three major works to be studied. There will be a final exam, closely resembling a MA exam format (the final exam for PhD students will have additional questions comparable to ones asked on PhD exams). PhD students will write analyses of the secondary materials assigned. MA students will write a descriptive final paper on a short work not read as part of the class.
SPAN 5374 19th Century Latin American Literature MW 2-3:20   Miklos, Alicia
  Este curso explora el tema de la identidad (raza, etnicidad y género) en las obras canónicas de la literatura latinoamericana del siglo diecinueve. Estudiaremos las maneras en que las jerarquías identitarias de la colonia se preservaron en la 'comunidad imaginada' concebida por los autores para las nuevas naciones hispanoamericanas. Las obras principales que estudiaremos incluyen: "La carta de Jamaica" de Simón Bolívar, Sab de Gertrudis G. de Avellaneda, "El matadero," de Esteban Echeverría, Aves sin nido de Clorinda Matto de Turner, Martín Rivas de Alberto Blest Gana y Tradiciones peruanas de Ricardo Palma. Además, revisitaremos las teorías más citadas para analizar esta época literaria: "la comunidad imaginada" de Benedict Anderson, "los romances nacionales" de Doris Sommer y "la ciudad letrada" de Ángel Rama. Nos preocupa examinar cómo la narrativa intentaba situar a las clases subalternas (negras, indígenas, mujeres) dentro de una ciudadanía limitada y de segunda clase, mediante la representación de los personajes en unas familias y unas relaciones amorosas dificultosas o fracasadas. Veremos cómo la literatura a veces justificaba la continuada posición inferior de estos grupos como ciudadanos de las nuevas naciones y como mano de obra barata dentro de las nuevas economías globalizadas.
SPAN 5381 Hispanic Lit of the Southwest  Th 3:30-6:30   Pérez, Genaro
  The Chicano/Latino literature class will acquaint students with the origin and development of Hispanic literature in the Southwest including Pre-Columbian literature, Spanish literature (1539-1820), Mexican literature (1821-1848), and Mexican American, Chicano and Latino literature (1849-present).
SPAN 5385 Sem. Hispanic Linguistics: Language Ideologies  Th 3:30-6:30    Regan, Brendan
  Language ideologies are "beliefs, or feelings, about languages as used in their social worlds" (Kroskrity 2004: 498). That is, language ideologies are the "common sense" notions that speakers use and believe when referring to language use and variation. However, in examining many of these "common sense" notions, we find that many ideologies are not based on linguistic fact, but rather on social assumptions of or biases toward particular social groups. Thus, by examining language ideologies we will be focusing on the intersections of language, culture, society, politics, and power. While "thoughts about language" has been ignored by linguistics for quite some time, linguistic anthropologists have been analyzing language ideologies in the last few decades, which has recently begun a productive dialogue with other language related fields such as variationist sociolinguistics, educational linguistics, SLA, curriculum instruction design, among many others. The seminar will review different approaches to analyzing and understanding language ideologies, but a particular preference will be given to qualitative methodologies such as discourse analysis. While the course will cover language ideologies in general, a focus will be given to ideologies surrounding Spanish in the U.S. context. Students are expected to propose original research projects to examine language ideologies in a particular community, societal, or context.  
SPAN 5386 Sem Acq of Span as a Sec Lang: SLA Seminar  MW 2-3:15    Pascual, Diego
SPAN 5343 Studies in Spanish
Acquisition and Dev of Skills
 T 3:30-6:30    Elola, Idoia
  The purpose of this course is three-fold: (1) to provide an overview of issues in second language acquisition related to Spanish; (2) to strengthen the students' foundation and understanding of the Spanish language (syntax, semantics, phonetics, phonology, etc.); and (3) to raise students' awareness of how second language learners of Spanish acquire the target language. In addition, students will be able to design la research proposal and conduct research, the results of which can be applied in their language classes and future graduate work.
PORT 5342 Intensive Portuguese II  TR 2-3:20   Regan, Brendan
  Portuguese 5342 is the second part of a beginning intensive course of Portuguese for Graduate students proficient in Spanish. The course will include, in one semester, the materials taught in Portuguese 2301 and 2302 in addition to comparative approaches to Portuguese and Spanish relevant to graduate students. The course will cover basic vocabulary, fundamentals of grammar and will provide a brief introduction to the cultures of the Portuguese-speaking countries. Practice in speaking, reading and writing will be attained through communicative activities. Graduate students will also engage in discussions of scholarly materials relevant to their particular field of interest. The course includes the analysis of common and contrasting aspects of Portuguese and Spanish.