Jorge Jiménez Ramírez, from Madrid, graduated in Spanish Language and Literature (1998) and completed an M.A. in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (2000). His interest areas are teaching and the learning process, focused on Culture and Writing, and the application of Technology in these process. As a researcher in these topics, he has written some articles and he has participated in training and research programs in several Spanish and European universities. He has also been involved in different courses as didactic designer, consultant, and teacher, such as AVE (Aula Virtual de Español) by Instituto Cervantes, ALLES Program (Advance Long Distance Language Education System) with funding from the V Framework Programme of the European Comission or OTT (Observatorio de Tecnologías de la Traducción). He was also invited as lecturer in some international universities and graduate programs (such as Master in Sport Journalism of Real Madrid) and lecturer of Spanish teachers. He is currently working on his PhD, while teaching Spanish, Intercultural Studies and Technology, to translators, journalists, and publicists at the Universidad Europea de Madrid in the Department of Translation and Applied Linguistics.
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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 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools