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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Spring 2006

SPN 327G • Advanced Grammar and Composition I - Bilingual / Biculture

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47002 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
BEN 1.124
CABELLO DE MARTINEZ

Course Description

The course is designed primarily-but not exclusively, for Hispanic bilingual/bicultural students whose home language is Spanish but whose dominant and school language is English. This course is understood as twofold. This first part, 327G is a grammar intensive course with particular attention to the needs of the bilingual student who speaks the target language with relative ease yet, slightly apprehensive about the correct use of the Spanish language , i.e., verb usage, diction and orthography. In this grammar intensive part, the student will learn to identify the differences between English and Spanish grammars with the intent to avoid code switching blurs that inhibit effective communication. The second semester is an intermediate to advanced writing course in which the heritage speaker is expected to read and reflect on historical essays of Carlos Fuentes, El espejo enterrado and a series of short stories and articles from both Latin America and Spain. Geography of Latin America and Spain is studied as well as current events via periodicals and the Internet. These readings vary each session and are pertinent to the understanding of the richness of the Latin American cultures. In this second part of the course, the student will learn and adapt distinct writing techniques that are necessary as a bilingual professional in the United States.

The principal objective of this two part course is comprehension and praxis of modern Spanish Grammar and its application to the real world. We will focus primarily on composing discourses in Spanish using basic writing styles such as Description, Narration, and Exposition. In tandem, important elements of Spanish orthography and grammar will be reviewed continually. A keen awareness of grammatical blurs that inhibit the bilingual speaker from developing a natural ease and respect for the language is one of the unique elements of this course. Regional dialects are respected, nevertheless in this course comprehension and usage of standard Spanish is the goal. Acquisition and proper usage of select vocabulary, fixed phrases, idiomatic expressions, reading, and creative writing are all facets of daily work.

Grading Policy

Trabajo de investigaciñn (grabaciñn-audio/vëdeo) 25% Pruebas (6) 60% Cuaderno de Tareas 15%

Texts

González, Alfonso. González Mirta. ESPA ÑOL PARA EL HISPANOHABLANTE EN LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS. University Press of America, 2001. ORTOGRAFIA LENGUA ESPA ÑOLA. REGLAS Y EJERCICIOS. LAROUSSE 501 SPANISH VERBS OR EQUIVALENT CONJUGATION MANUAL

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