Prerequisite: B+ average in Spanish III and instructor approval
By employing new technologies as applied to (second) language/culture acquisition, this course covers a variety of linguistic, literary, and cultural topics. In the light of postmodern language teaching and learning theories and methodologies (for example, communicative, functional, and natural approaches), the linguistic area focus is on a revisit of the main grammatical structures and vocabularies covered in previous courses, as well as a more in-depth study, practice, and use of more complex discursive constructions. This will enable the students to expand on their spoken and written repertoires at different levels of both academic/formal and informal/conversational registers. This component is a central part of the course since students are guided through the process of writing both descriptive and analytical essays. With regard to the literary and cultural topics, students will have the opportunity to see, read, discuss, and analyze literature and cultural production (e.g. films) from both Latin America and Spain. A significant approach to the cultural analysis takes into account the comparisons and contrasts of the five C’s (i.e. Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities) and the three P’s (i.e. Practices, Products, and Perspectives) between the first language and culture and the target ones. Even though speaking and writing are the two most stressed modes, the other two (listening and reading) continue to be equally emphasized and further developed.
Upon the completion of this course, students may elect to take the corresponding College Board standardized test.