Coursework

Note: CONEXIONES is a primarily undergraduate program. Graduate credit is available through Independent Study arrangements. Contact the program directors for more information.

PREREQUISITES

Applicants must have taken course work in Spanish at any level or possess minimal knowledge of Spanish. Heritage speakers who lack formal training should contact CONEXIONES language staff. Directors will post assigned prerequisite readings on the CONEXIONES Nicaragua 2012 wiki. Students must answer essay questions based on the readings. Answer sheets will be due May 15.

CULTURE STUDY

All students must register for the following TWO seminars:

UHON 301-031 CONEXIONES:  A Field Course in Nicaraguan Culture (3 hrs): This seminar, an in-depth examination of Nicaraguan culture, is experientially based. It features investigative assignments to be completed in Granada and on field trips to other Nicaraguan locales. Study of will culminate in research documentation of a traditional festival (Fiesta de San Juan) on June 24. All students must register for this course, which should not be confused with the Spanish 301 course described below.

UHON 399 Lab: Experiential Explorations of Nicaraguan Culture Via the CONEXIONES Cuaderno (1 hr): A self-guided program of Nicaraguan Culture Study. To be taken concurrently with UHON 301 as a “laboratory" for that Seminar.

Note: Students willing to do enhanced work in Spanish while examining Nicaraguan culture via UHON 301 and 399 can petition to have these credits recognized as language credits.

LANGUAGE (SPANISH) STUDY

CONEXIONES uses the language institute approach in Spanish instruction. UNM faculty and instructors teach all classes. Students attend intensive classes (3-4 hours daily). The student-teacher ratio is no more than six to one (except in literature classes). Experiential assignments in Spanish dovetail with work in the Honors culture study course and culminate in the research documentation of a traditional village fiesta.

All students MUST register for ONE of the following courses:

SPAN 200-031: Intermediate Spanish Abroad (3 hrs): Grammar and conversation with emphasis on Nicaraguan Culture (for students with minimal Spanish, see prerequisite section above). This course is taught with a communicative-based methodology and is based on two components. On one hand, the textbook emphasizes grammatical or lexical knowledge and engages students in the practice of the four language skills (listening, reading, writing, speaking). On the other hand, the rich context of the local environment within Nicaragua provides topics for our communicative activities and the opportunity for daily practice in the target language.

SPAN 301-031: CONEXIONES Fiesta Documentation 3 (hrs): Students will attain the perspectives (cultural, historical, literary) and the skills (participant-observation, interview, photography, audio documentation, etc.) that will enable them to complete research on a traditonal village fiesta.

SPAN 439-031: Contemporary Nicaraguan Literature (3 hrs): Explores the complexities of modern Nicaraguan expressive culture in historical and cultural context focusing on literature. This course will include works that provide literary context for the research documentation of a traditional village fiesta.  

Students MAY register for this course as well: 

SPAN 203-031: Spanish Conversation (3 hrs): While in Nicaragua, students are in an environment that requires continual use of the language: in the classroom, with their families, in the streets under the guidance of CONEXIONES faculty.  This course is optional. Students who register for this course will gain credit for their guided immersion experience in the Spanish-speaking Nicaraguan setting. Faculty will monitor student progress through a series of oral examinations.

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