SPN 367K • Syntax and Stylistics
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
The objective of this course is to advance in your ability to express yourself in Spanish at the Advanced level or higher, with different types of discourse genres. Included among them are the functions of describing, narrating, paraphrasing, instructing, reporting, convincing, presenting a point of view, and hypothesizing.
Most of these functions are those that are expected of a speaker at the Advanced level on the ACTFL scale, which is the level required to pass the Texas Oral Proficiency Exam.
Each student is expected to participate to the maximum in the daily class activities, with a solid preparation beforehand. The final grade is based on the following categories: Discussion and preparation 15% Presentations in class 15% Tapes 25% Half and last exams 25% Interview and analysis 10% Panel discussion 5% Self-analysis 5%
Textbook: Biron, C. and D. Koike, Puntos de vista: Conversaciñn (course packet). There are recordings that accompany the text, which can be obtained online. You should be prepared to buy 2 CDs and 1 audiocassette tape, 60 minutes each, to use in the course.