Span 1010: ( 4 credits) This is an introductory Spanish course. Students learn basic vocabulary in order to interact with basic spoken and written information to express feelings, emotions and opinions. Students understand and contribute to basic target language discussion of various topics and gain a basic understanding of Hispanic cultural practices and perspectives.
Span 1020: (4 credits) In this course, students continue learning basic vocabulary and elementary grammar which will enable them to communicate in present and past tense. At the end of the course student should be able to communicate a variety of topics such as daily routine, free time activities, health and cultural activities. Students gain a basic understanding of Hispanic cultural practices and perspectives.
Span 1040: ( 4 credits) An accelerated beginner course that accomplishes the objectives of Span 102 and Span 202 in half the time. The same grammatical, linguistic and cultural objectives are achieved as listed above.
Span 2010: ( 3 credits) While this course continues its focus on vocabulary building and grammar development, there is an emphasis on learning vocabulary and grammar and applying them to the reading of authentic texts and the writing of longer pieces of discourse. By the end of this course, students should be able to narrate a story in the past, express wishes and advice, give instructions, make requests, etc. as well as be able to describe and compare differences between U.S. and Hispanic cultures.
Span 2020: (3 credits) Although this course continues to focus on vocabulary building and grammar development, an important shift occurs in that the emphasis moves from learning vocabulary and grammar to applying them to the reading of authentic texts, writing of longer pieces of discourse and speaking about a variety of topics. By the end of this course, students should be able to have conversations about topics related to their life, write on the same topics described above, be able to narrate a story in the present and past, understand conversations between native speakers on familiar topics, and at the same time describe and compare Hispanic communities, customs, traditions cultural products and artistic expressions with those of the US.
SPAN 2210: (6 credits) An accelerated intemediate course that accomplishes the objectives of 2010 and 2020 (see above). This completes the General Education sequence for Spanish.
Span 3980: ( 3 credits ) By the end of this course students will be able to understand major historical and social developments of Ecuador from pre-colonial to contemporary times as well as an overview of its societies and culture. This course is meant to develop your cultural as well as your linguistic competency. The intellectual experience of learning in two languages will help you to develop mental flexibility and therefore, linguistic flexibility. You are required to use only spanish during class, workshops and field trips.
IS 2100 (3 credits ) International Studies: this course fulfills the GE Cross-Cultural Awareness requirement): Taught in English, topics in cross-cultural awareness and intercultural communication studied in a specific study abroad environment address the impact of culture on behavior in intercultural contact in professional and personal contexts. May be repeated for up to 6 credits in different study abroad programs. Specific objectives: to be able to identify, define, compare and contrast major cultural differences and develop the ability to positively interact with people from a different culture by acquiring an attitude that would value diversity and equity.