SPN 327G • Advanced Grammar and Composition I-Taught in Spain
Our main objective will be the study and practice of Spanish grammar using writing. Our approach is designed to give students an intensive practice at the advanced level in the interrelated skills of reading and writing Spanish. Thus, the other two main skills in the acquisition of a foreign language -speaking and listening- will be secondary to the main concerns of this course. Spanish will be the only language of interaction in the classroom.
This course offers an in depth review and study of the more problematic aspects of Spanish grammar for English speakers: ser vs. estar, preterite and imperfect, subjunctive mood, etc. The material we will be covering this semester is not new to any student of Spanish; the difference lies in the required knowledge and awareness of the differences between students' mother language and Spanish. We encourage students to try not to translate directly from English into Spanish, because, although both languages share as much as 65 % of vocabulary, direct translation rarely works and, more often than not, is completely misleading.
2 Exams (Mid-term: 15%, Final: 20%) 35% 4 Compositions: 40% 5 Quizzes 15% Participation 5% Attendance 5%
Dominicus, Maria C. and John Reynolds. Repase y Escriba. 4th ed., New York: John Wiley and Sons, 2003.