Prerequisite: Spanish III

Why do Mexicans say frijoles, Venezuelans say caraotas, and Puerto Ricans say habichuelas? Why is it easy for me to understand the Spanish spoken in México, but not the Spanish spoken in Argentina? This course will strengthen students’ listening and communication skills through the study and analysis of the different dialects of Spain, the Caribbean, and South America. Students will learn about the many historical, social, and cultural influences that have shaped Spanish language today, its many variations, and how these dialects and their speakers are depicted in literature, film, television, and music.