SPN 318 • Conversation and Composition
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
This class is designed to develop skills in the four areas involved in learning and acquiring a foreign language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This course will foster the ability to communicate in and comprehend Spanish while, at the same time, expand and deepen the knowledge of the cultural history of the Hispanic world. Methodology: Our main text will serve as the point of departure for the study of both Spanish and Hispanic culture. In addition, we will be watching several movies with a strong cultural and historical component in order to complement class readings. We will devote time to the discussion of specific subjects for special emphasis: literature, arts, and society (role of women, social classes, imperial interests in Latin America and Spain, etc.). Students will present their research individually and be responsible for the respective subject as well as for their own progress in Spanish. Exams: Exams will consist of 2 essay questions (120 words each). Topics will be given in advance so students can write their answers in class on the day of the exam. We will have 2 exams during the semester.
Compositions (7 pts each x 5) 35% Oral Presentations (7 points each x 5) 35% Exams (7.5 pts each x 2) 15% Informal conversations & class participation 15% Grades are kept in numerical form until the end of the semester and at that time they will calculated to determine a final letter grade. NOTES: It is very important to come to class every day. Do not expect extra credit. You should concentrate your efforts on consistent class work throughout the semester and not expect to earn extra points at the end of the semester.
Textbooks and Class Materials: Ponce de Leon, Jose Luis S. El arte de la conversacion, el arte de la composicion. ^ ed. Bston: Heinle & Heinle, 2000.