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7-week Spanish Courses at Mills

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SPAN 3101S - Beginning Spanish in Context      

THIS COURSE TAUGHT AT MILLS CAMPUS

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 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)

Required Text: Alicia Ramos & Robert L. Davis, Portafolio (McGraw Hill, 2009). This is a special package created for Middlebury College's Spanish School.

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3103S - Beginning Writing      

THIS COURSE TAUGHT AT MILLS CAMPUS

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. 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)

Required Text: Alicia Ramos & Robert L. Davis, Portafolio (McGraw Hill, 2009). This is a special package created for Middlebury College's Spanish School.

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3104S - Beginning Reading & Culture      

THIS COURSE TAUGHT AT MILLS CAMPUS

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: Alicia Ramos & Robert L. Davis, Portafolio (McGraw Hill, 2009). This is a special package created for Middlebury College's Spanish School.

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3151S - High Beginning Span in Context      

THIS COURSE TAUGHT AT MILLS CAMPUS

Communicating in Spanish (High Beginner)

Designed for students with some previous study of Spanish or 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 all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. 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)

Required Text: Alicia Ramos & Robert L. Davis, Portafolio (McGraw Hill, 2009). 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 3153S - High Beginner Writing      

THIS COURSE TAUGHT AT MILLS CAMPUS

Communicating in Spanish (High Beginner)

Designed for students with some previous study of Spanish or 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 all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. 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)

Required Text: Alicia Ramos & Robert L. Davis, Portafolio (McGraw Hill, 2009). 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 3154S - High Beginner Reading & Cult      

THIS COURSE TAUGHT AT MILLS CAMPUS

Communicating in Spanish (High Beginner)

Designed for students with some previous study of Spanish or 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 all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. 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)

Required Text: Alicia Ramos & Robert L. Davis, Portafolio (McGraw Hill, 2009). 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 3201S - Intermed Spanish in Context      

THIS COURSE TAUGHT AT MILLS CAMPUS

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)

Foerster, Lambright, & Alonso-Pino, Punto y Aparte, 4th ed. Text: ISBN 978-0-07-338530-3 (McGraw-Hill); Foerster, Lambright, & Alonso-Pino, Punto y Aparte, 4th ed. Workbook / Lab Manual: ISBN 978-0-07-735022-2 (McGraw-Hill).

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3203S - Inter Writing & Composition      

THIS COURSE TAUGHT AT MILLS CAMPUS

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)

Foerster, Lambright, & Alonso-Pino, Punto y Aparte, 4th ed. Text: ISBN 978-0-07-338530-3 (McGraw-Hill); Foerster, Lambright, & Alonso-Pino, Punto y Aparte, 4th ed. Workbook / Lab Manual: ISBN 978-0-07-735022-2 (McGraw-Hill).

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3204S - Inter Culture & Civilization      

THIS COURSE TAUGHT AT MILLS CAMPUS

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)

Foerster, Lambright, & Alonso-Pino, Punto y Aparte, 4th ed. Text: ISBN 978-0-07-338530-3 (McGraw-Hill); Foerster, Lambright, & Alonso-Pino, Punto y Aparte, 4th ed. Workbook / Lab Manual: ISBN 978-0-07-735022-2 (McGraw-Hill).

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3301S - Adv Intermed SP in Context      

THIS COURSE TAUGHT AT MILLS CAMPUS

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. (l unit)

Required Text: A que sí
Serrano, Cash, de la Torre
ISBN-13: 978-1-4130-0390-1
(2) Workbook:
ISBN-13: 978-1-4130-0386-4

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3401S - Adv Spanish in Context      

THIS COURSE TAUGHT AT MILLS CAMPUS

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 socio-linguistic and stylistic registers. (l unit)

Required Text: Espanol Langua Viva 3: Libro del Alumno, ISBN 9788497130448
Espanol Langua Viva 3: Cuaderno de Actividades, ISBN 9788497130424
Grammatica: Avanzado B2 Anaya Ele En 9788466764339

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3409S - Academic Writing      

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT AT MILLS CAMPUS

This course is designed for students who wish to develop their writing skills at a formal, academic level. We will focus on strategies to formulate a strong thesis, develop and cite supporting arguments, summarize and counter opposing arguments, transition between arguments, and introduce and conclude essays in an interesting and appropriate manner. Writing assignments will involve research topics dealing with a wide range of social issues.

Required Text: Mejia et al. Miradas. NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008.
ISBN-13: 978-0-13-194412-1

Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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SPAN 3410S - Spanish Phonetics      

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT AT MILLS CAMPUS

In this class, the students will learn basic linguistic tools to analyze the phonetic and phonological systems of Spanish. Topics include the phonetic alphabet, syllabification, and thorough review of Spanish spelling system and accent marks. Students will use these linguistic tools to diagnose and correct possible deficiencies in the pronunciation of Spanish that give the student a non-normative accent. We will also study the range of regional and social accents and dialects of Spanish. This contextualization of phonetics within the geographical and social realities of the Spanish-speaking world make this class a perfect complement to the study of the cultures and literatures that are the core of the humanities-oriented curriculum.

Required Text: Morgan, Terrell (2010) Sonidos en contexto. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300149593

Summer 2010, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3411S - Stylistics      

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT AT MILLS CAMPUS

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 and to produce their own text in an academic writing level (1 unit)

Required Text: Valdés, Guadalupe, Trisha, Dvorak, and Hannum, Thomasina. Composición: Proceso y síntesis Text and Workbook, 5th ed. McGraw Hill, 2008.

ISBN 9780073513140 (texto)
ISBN 9780073288048 (libro de ejercicios)

Summer 2010, Summer 2011

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SPAN 3430S - Hispanic Culture Through Film      

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT AT MILLS CAMPUS

This course expands our understanding and appreciation for Spanish-speaking cultures and communities through the study of popular films. It explores language and culture through the analysis of themes steeped in cultural, historical and political significance. Students will have the opportunity to experience an integrative learning experience with readings, activities, films, and a writing content. Students will use language in a meaningful way to discuss the different cultural aspects portrayed in the films, while further developing their historical and cultural knowledge.

Required Text: Sacchi et al. Más allá de la pantalla. Boston: Thomson Higher Education. ISBN 9781413010107

Summer 2010, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3435S - Spanish in the US      

Spanish in the United States

This course explores issues about Spanish in the United States, the fifth largest Spanish-speaking country in the world. What are the major Spanish-speaking groups in the U.S., where do they live, and how did they arrive here? What are the linguistic traits of their Spanish? With whom do they use Spanish, under what circumstances, and for what purposes? What is the role of Spanish in public services, the media, and schools? And how likely is it that Spanish will be spoken by future generations in the U.S.? Students will carry out original analyses with an authentic corpus of Spanish interviews. (1 unit)

Summer 2012

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SPAN 3436S - Dialects of Spanish      

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT AT MILLS CAMPUS

Spanish is the official language of Spain and over twenty American countries, and it is the de facto second language of the United States. But even those with a superficial knowledge of Spanish know that there are vast geographical and social differences in the language. In this class we will explore variation in the Spanish language, focusing on the historical sources of modern-day dialects, the lexical and grammatical features that distinguish them, the social factors that determine current usage, and the future of the language in the different contexts where it is used.

Required Text: Alvar, Manuel (2007). Introducción al español americano. Madrid: Arco Libros. ISBN 978-84-7635-696-8

Summer 2011, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3470S - Latin American Short Story      

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT AT MILLS CAMPUS

This course is a survey of the most influential 20th-century writers of short fiction from Spanish America (e.g., Borges, Cortázar, García Márquez, Rulfo). The short stories read will serve as a basis for both textual analysis and the consideration of the historical and social context in which the cuentos were produced.

In addition to the required texts, other material will be supplied in electronic format.

Required Text: Juan Rulfo. El llano en llamas. Madrid: Cátedra. ISBN 8437605121

Jorge Luis Borges. Ficciones (Esenciales). New York. Harper Collins. ISBN 9780061565373.

Julio Cortázar. Los relatos I: Ritos. Madrid: Alianza. ISBN 9788420634739

Gabriel García Márquez. Los funerales de la Mamá Grande. Buenos Aires: Sudamericana. ISBN 9500700913

Summer 2010, Summer 2011

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