Middlebury Language Schools

 

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Courses

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SPAN 3101 - Beginning Spanish in Context      

This course is designed to introduce students to the grammatical structures and vocabulary necessary to express personal meaning on basic topics (e.g. family, daily routines, and leisure time) and negotiate basic survival situations (making travel arrangements, ordering meals, and making purchases, etc.). Language topics and functions are integrated into contextualized activities that emphasize all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), with special attention given to speaking and listening. Cultural knowledge that will build a deeper understanding of how Spanish-speaking peoples communicate will be integrated into the course content. This course meets two hours a day. (1 unit)

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3103 - Beginning Writing      

This course is designed to develop writing skills through a process approach that includes strategies and techniques such as composing, revising, paraphrasing, editing, and using a bilingual dictionary. In connection with the cultural contents provided in other courses at the same level, students will produce writing of various kinds, such as messages, descriptions, comparisons, and brief narratives that integrate the content areas, tasks, and structures from the other courses in the program. (1 unit)

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3104 - Beginning Reading & Culture      

This course is designed to develop reading strategies by providing abundant opportunities to read a variety of authentic text types, such as newspapers and magazine articles, realia, and brief literary selections. In addition to expanding the vocabulary base, the topics presented will serve as a springboard for listening, speaking, and writing activities. The information presented in the readings will offer a broad foundation in Hispanic cultural knowledge. (1 unit)

Required text for Level 1: Ramos & Davis, Portafolio (McGraw Hill, 2008). This is a special package created for Middlebury College's Spanish School.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3151 - High Beginning Span in Context      

High Beginning Spanish in Context

Designed for students with some previous study of Spanish, experience in a Spanish-speaking country, or study of another Romance language, this course builds on and rapidly expands control of basic grammatical structures and vocabulary. Students consolidate their ability to negotiate basic survival situations in the target-language cultures, and prepare themselves for continued study of the language. New language functions will be presented in meaningful activities that emphasize speaking and listening, and that prepare the student for the reading and writing activities of the other High Beginner courses. Cultural knowledge that will build a deeper understanding of how Spanish-speaking peoples communicate is a crucial component of the course content. This course meets two hours a day. (1 unit)

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3153 - High Beginner Writing      

This course is designed to develop existing writing skills through a process approach that includes the techniques of composing, revising, paraphrasing, editing, and using a bilingual dictionary. In connection with the cultural contents provided in other courses at the same level, students will integrate previous knowledge and the content areas, tasks, and structures from the other courses in the program to produce descriptions, comparisons, narratives, and other types of written texts. (1 unit)

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3154 - High Beginner Reading & Cult      

High Beginning Reading and Culture

This course is designed to develop and consolidate reading strategies by providing abundant opportunities to read a variety of authentic text types, such as newspapers and magazine articles, realia, and brief literary selections. The topics presented will integrate vocabulary and functions from other courses in the program, in addition to increasing cultural proficiency and knowledge. (1 unit)

Required text for Level 1.5: Marinelli & Mujica Laughlin, Puentes: Spanish for Intensive and High Beginner Courses 5th edition (Cengage, 2011). This is a special package created for Middlebury College's Spanish School.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3201 - Intermed Spanish in Context      

Intermediate Spanish in Context

This course continues students' development of proficiency in Spanish by expanding vocabulary and grammar. All four skills are integrated, with special attention to speaking and listening. Target language functions include past and future narration, extensive description, and comparisons, all on topics of current and personal interest. Cultural knowledge that will build a deeper understanding of how Spanish-speaking peoples communicate will be integrated into the course content. After successfully completing this course, students should find themselves well prepared for advanced coursework in Spanish language, literature, and linguistics. This course meets two hours a day. (1 unit)

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3203 - Inter Writing & Composition      

Intermediate Writing and Composition

In this class, students improve their written expression in Spanish by studying models of good writing in Spanish and producing a variety of text types; the course also serves as an introduction to academic writing. The language functions covered include past and future narration, extensive descriptions, comparisons, expressing opinions, and hypotheses. Students will expand on previous knowledge of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and integrate other content areas into their work. (1 unit)

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3204 - Inter Culture & Civilization      

Intermediate Culture and Civilization

Students expand on existing knowledge of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world to arrive at a deeper understanding of the concepts of cultural identity and nation. Topics include traditions, customs, and artistic manifestations of culture from Spain and Latin America, as well as a basic outline of the history of these regions. Materials include extensive readings (literary and journalistic texts) and audiovisual sources (film). Class activities include in-class discussion, interviews with native speakers, and compositions. (1 unit)

Required texts for Level 2: Foerster, Lambright, & Alonso-Pino, Punto y Aparte, 4th edition (McGraw-Hill, 2011).

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3301 - Adv Intermed SP in Context      

Advanced Intermediate Spanish in Context

This course will stress the expansion of the student's active vocabulary and language skills at the third-year level. Classroom activities will center on a thorough review of the most important aspects of Spanish grammar, as well as active oral use of the language. The oral exercises will expose students to extended discourse and will develop content and context as appropriate for students moving from the intermediate to the advanced proficiency levels. The grammar explanations will be complemented by extensive oral and written exercises in contextualized and communication-based activities. This approach, together with the other courses taught at the third-year level as well as the linguistic experiences the student has outside of the classroom, will provide immediate reinforcement of new structures and are intended to maximize the student's linguistic competence. This course meets for two hours each day. (1 unit)

Required text: García-Serrano, De la Torre and Grant-Cash, ¡A que sí/! (4th edition, text + SAM + audio) (Cengage, 2013).

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3401 - Adv Spanish in Context      

Advanced Spanish in Context

The course is based on a teaching philosophy that considers language as an oral/aural means of communication. The study of grammar is not an end in itself, but rather a means to accelerate language learning and make it a more effective process. The dynamic use of language will be the basis of this approach. Through significant grammar practice that combines both formal and communicative approaches, students will develop and integrate the four language skills: listening comprehension, reading comprehension, oral expression and written expression. The course’s content will include five main areas that will be integrated in the proposed activities: 1) Functional content: the communicative elements, enumerating the functions which students should know in order to make effective use of the language; 2) Grammatical content: the grammatical elements, and the communicative functions associated with them, which will allow students to effectively express the communicative functions; 3) Subject content: lexical content, subjects and situations that facilitate the social use of language and transmit a real and current image of Spanish society and of the Spanish-speaking world; 4) Phonetic content: activities which will enable students to practice reading and writing in Spanish, as well as improve pronunciation by listening to differentiation exercises, by repeating sounds, words, and sentences, and by reading targeted texts; 5) Lexical content: exposure to texts representing different registers. (1 unit)

Required texts: Manual de gramática: En español (2nd ed.) by Iguina and Dozier (Cengage, 2014)

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3405 - Creative Writing      

In this course we will focus on creative writing as a way to develop a deeper understanding of the Spanish language. We will achieve this goal by using the language and our imagination to tell stories. This course will also provide the opportunity to read and discuss present literary works of important Hispano-Americans authors (Onneti, Borges, Rulfo, Cortázar, Méndez,etc) We will also read theoretical texts by Francisco Guzmán Burgos, Pablo Fernández, Alex Grijelmo, Ricardo Piglia, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Juan Bosch, Mempo Giardinelli, Rosario Ferré, Guillermo Samperio, Hernán Lara Zavala, Enrique Anderson Imbert, Anibal Ponce, Alberto Manuel, etc. (1 unit)

Required Text: Material in electronic format will be made available upon arrival at Middlebury.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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SPAN 3407 - Writing to Persuade      

This course focuses on the development of skills for the writing of comments, perspectives, and critiques through a variety of grammatical and rhetorical tools needed for effective persuasion. Students will work on several types of writing, and analyze texts from both formal and informal sources: letters, applications, film reviews, blogs, etc. dealing with current issues in politics and culture. At the end of the course, students will have a chance to analyze indirect forms of persuasion in literary materials. (1 unit)

Summer 2011, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3409 - Academic Writing      

This course is designed for those students who plan to continue their education at the graduate level in Spanish (or other disciplines), or any student who wishes to develop his or her writing skills at a more advanced and sophisticated level. It is intended to give the students the practice they need to be able to write at a formal, academic level. We will focus on activities that provide students with strategies to formulate their thesis, to choose an appropriate organization to develop their thesis, and to introduce and conclude their essay in an interesting and appropriate manner. Writing assignments will include, among others, literary analysis and research topics.

Required Text: Material in electronic format will be made available upon arrival at Middlebury.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3411 - Stylistics      

This course is designed for those students who need to develop their writing production skills, and who are making the transition from fourth-semester (Intermediate) to Advanced coursework in Spanish. Throughout the course, students shall analyze different discursive genres (text types), establish the base from which to improve their syntax, learn orthographical rules, refine their use of discursive connectors, and expand their vocabulary. The main goal is for the students to create their own texts intended for different communicative objectives, and acquire the necessary tools to develop their own style in Spanish writing. (1 unit)

Required text: Material in electronic format will be made available upon arrival at Middlebury.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3412 - Childhood Through Culture      

The objective of this course is to analyze childhood as a social construction, as a period of psychological development, as a horror story, as a time when lessons about human nature become formative tests, and as a stage when myths, for example as created by children’s literature, trigger certain imaginary beliefs. Through theoretical and literary texts, students will reflect on these aspects and their pedagogical possibilities. (1 unit)

Required Text: Material in electronic format will be made available upon arrival at Middlebury.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012

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SPAN 3430 - Hispanic Culture Through Film      

Hispanic Culture Through Literature and Film

This course will serve as an introduction to various key cultural moments in 20th-century Hispanic societies: the Mexican Revolution; the Cuban Revolution; and dictatorship and post-dictatorship periods in Chile and Spain. We will study and analyze the historical-cultural backgrounds of each of these moments, as well as interpret key literary and filmic texts associated with them. Students will learn the tools of cultural, literary and filmic analysis in the reading and discussion of the literary and cinematic works.

Writers will include Ramón López Velarde, Nellie Campobello, Eliseo Alberto, Pedro Lemebel, Adelaida García Morales and Carme Riera. Films will include “Ensayo de un crimen,” “Memorias del subdesarrollo,” “Machuca,” and “Cría cuervos.”

Required Text: Course readings will be provided online.

Summer 2011

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SPAN 3431 - Hispanic Cult through Theater      

Hispanic Culture through Theater /Performance

The course combines the study of theatrical Spanish texts with the practice of some acting and performing skills. The class explores various theatrical styles and schools, analyzing their chronological development and examining how they relate to Hispanic culture, history and traditions. The students will also put into practice some of the creative techniques that integrate the theatrical panorama of Ibero-American theater. Taking the “performer's place” should provide the students with self-confidence and independence in the use of the language, considering that they have to perform and even improvise theatrical scenes. (1 unit)

Required text: Materials in electronic or photocopy form to be made available upon arrival at Middlebury.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3433 - Hispanic Culture Thru Music      

Hispanic Culture through Music

This class will allow the student to approach the historic and musical panoramas of Spain and the Latin American countries by digging into the origins of today’s Hispanic music. We will explore how artistic and musical currents were developed generally in Spain and South America, by analyzing the musical history of different periods from an aesthetic point of view and placing them in the social and cultural contexts. Listening will be the central line of this course that will cover the fields of popular music as well as classical. songs, dances, and the rhythms of Flamenco and Caribbean, among others. In addition, folk material treated by the classic composers will be analyzed in class. We will see how important music and tradition have been, and still are, in today’s Hispanic cultures. (1 unit)

Required text: Material in course pack form to be purchased at Middlebury.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3471 - Lat Amer Voices Short Stories      

Latin American Voices through Short Stories

Most Latin American countries gained their independence from Spain between 1810 and 1824, though they soon all fell in the hands of despotic governments, even in 20th century. Few times allied with these governments but mostly against them, writers have attempted to give their people a space to breath and dream, to raise their ‘voices’. This course aims to study the works of these writers as a common cultural heritage through which they poetize, humorize, protest, depict reality, or dream magically of a sociopolitical utopia that would transform the world that we see into the world that we want. From Argentine Esteban Echeverría (The Slaughterhouse, 1838), to Cuban Reinaldo Arenas (With Eyes Closed, 1972), and Mexican Elena Poniatowska (Tlapaleria, 2003), we will follow voices across Latin American geography and history, seeking to apprehend the elusive ‘voice of the voiceless’.

Required text: Materials for this course will be accessible online.

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3473 - Hisp Culture:Lit Film Painting      

Hispanic Culture through Literature, Film, and Painting

This course is an introduction to the culture of Spanish-speaking Latin America through the study of literature, film and painting. We will discuss Latin American historical and cultural development as well as major features and issues of its social, artistic, and intellectual life today. Through the analysis of different arts and media from the Spanish-speaking world, students will be introduced to the different cultures of Latin America. They will also consider how these cultural productions reflect and contribute to questions of identity and power.

Required Text: Materials for this course will be accessible online.

Summer 2013

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