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

Spring 2007

SPN 367K.8 • Syntax and Stylistics

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47920 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
BEN 1.102

Course Description

This course is designed primarilybut not exclusively, for the Hispanic bilingual/bicultural student whose home language is Spanish but dominant and school language is English or the Native Speaker who has received academic instruction in Latin America. SPN 327G is an absolute requirement for this course. SPN 367K.8 (MAS 374.31) is an Advanced level writing course (SUBSTANTIAL WRITING COMPONENT) in which the Heritage Speaker/Native Speaker will acquire writing and verbal proficiency in Spanish with the objective of using effective communication skills in the professional workforce in the United States and Latin America. The principal objective of this course is comprehension and praxis of modern Spanish Grammar and its application to "writing" for the professional world. A daily Writing Journal is kept and is routinely turned in for spot checks. Academic Essays vary in length (3-5 pages each) but should be consistent with the writing techniques that are studied in class for a grade.

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.

Grading Policy

3 Exams (2 written 1 oral) 30% 3 essays @20% 45% Journal 10% Research or Creative Project 15%


- Colombi, Pellettieri, Rodrëguez. Palabra abierta Houghton Mifflin, 2001. -501 SPANISH VERBS OR EQUIVALENT CONJUGATION MANUAL -Carlos Fuentes, El espejo enterrado.


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