SPN 327G • Advanced Grammar and Composition I Bilingual/Bicultural
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
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The course is designed primarily for bilingual Hispanic students whose home language is Spanish but whose dominant and school language is English. The initial and principal objective of this course is a comprehensive understanding of Spanish Grammar and Orthography with the aim to facilitate accuracy and sophistication in speech and writing skills. As the student primordially develops strength in verb conjugation and recognizes the patterns that govern verb formation and usage, s/he will attain a more formal communication in the target language. Aside from studying the material in the textbooks, the student is expected to read daily from a selection of sources, that will be made available on the initial class day, in order to appreciate implementation of correct grammar, orthography, punctuation, style and syntax.
The course will focus on the differences and similarities that exist between Spanish and English in order to avoid "automatic" translations that at times blur the communicative process for the bilingual speaker. The student will identify initial errors that hinder bilingual speakers from developing natural ease and respect for the language. In so doing, the student will gradually perfect his/her mastery of the Spanish language. Acquisition and proper use of verb tenses, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, as well as reading and writing skills are all components of daily coursework.
3 Exams: 60% Homework / Notebook Assignments: 20% Final Exam: 20%
Frances and Benitez. Manual de gramatica y ortografia para hispanos, 1st edition. Febles and Pearson. Por escrito, 1st edition.