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

Spring 2004

SPN 393T • TEACHING SPANISH FOR SPECIAL PURPOSES: CURRICULUM DESIGN, INSTRUCTOR PREPARATION, AND TEACHING

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
44015 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
UTC 4.120
Kelm

Course Description

Increasingly learners of Spanish need to speak Spanish because of instrumental needs, e.g., Medical Spanish, Spanish for Emergency Responders, Business Spanish, Legal Spanish, etc. Given the need for Spanish for Special Purposes, one of the major obstacles is to identify how much of that “special purpose" a language instructor should know, in order to be effective in teaching a course in that area. It is important to separate the two fields. Language teachers have an expertise in language teaching and methodology, and this is their main focus. However, they also need some content knowledge in order to identify how to best structure appropriate LSP courses. The objective of this course is to provide graduate students with an understanding of the issues related to the teaching of Spanish for special purposes. Students will conduct a review of existing textbooks and syllabi in the field of their choice, create and teach sample lesson plans, receive guest lectures from professionals in various fields, identify learner needs, and observe existing programs in Spanish for professional purposes.

Grading Policy

The final grade is determined by a percentage of points earned for the semester (A=90+, B=80+, C=70+, D=60+): Attendance 20 % Vocabulary Quizzes 20 % Materials Review 20 % Content Foundations Projects 20% Curriculum Design Project 20 % TOTAL 100 %

Texts

Doyle, Michael Scott, T. Bruce Fryer, Ronald Cere. Exito Comercial: Prácticas administrativas y contextos culturales. Third Edition. Forth Worth: Harcourt College Publishers. (2001). Chase, Robert O. & Clarisa Chase. 2002. Introduction to Spanish for Health Care Workers. Yale University Press: New Haven. (Required) Kelm, Orlando R. Cultural Interviews with Latin American Executives and Interviews with Executives from Spain: Negotiating with North Americans, . Course Packet Available at Speedway Copy, Dobie Mall. (Required).

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