Spanish Language, Culture, and Civilization
- 6-week program: 12-15 credits
- 10-week option: up to 18-21 credits
Spanish Musical Folklore: cantos, bailes y romanceros castellanos – OSU equivalent = SPAN 333 (3 cr.)
This course explores Castilian regional musical folklore in the form of songs, dances and musical plays. Music and dance are an integral part of Spanish culture and identity as it reflects the rich variety and traditions specific to each region. Students will explore the origins, multicultural influences, evolution and the transmission of these popular traditions. This course will analyze the role folklore plays in society, politics and religion. Our study will focus on the timing and context in which these traditions occur as well as the dress, instrumentation and purpose of each one. Students will experiment first hand the regional folklore by visiting instrumentalist workshops, participating in dance workshops and attending productions of traditional musical events.
Peninsular Culture and Society: 6 credits –OSU equivalent = SPAN 331 (3cr) & SPAN 332 (3cr.)
The course integrates aspects of literature, art, architecture and language to explore the politics, culture and civilization of Spain. Specifically, we will examine the varied peoples that invaded and populated the Iberian Peninsula, leaving their still present cultural mark on contemporary Spanish society. Students will identify, explore and ponder the immergence of specific art movements and architectural structures and how they contributed to Spanish culture and society. Our studies will be centered in the Castile region of Spain, also know as the heart of Spain, where we will explore first hand artifacts, architecture and culture. We will delve into the past by exploring Spanish cities and towns that host art and architectural treasures that are proof of the history studied in the classroom. In addition we will survey authentic peninsular writings that reveals Spanish society, politics and developments within specific time periods.
Third Year Spanish Language, Grammar & Conversation:
The third year language series is designed to enable students to further develop their listening, communication, comprehension and writing skills in the Spanish language. The student will display in both written work and spoken language use of advanced grammatical patterns.
Third Year Spanish: 3 credits (students may opt to take 1 or more of the following with prior approval from Danielle Batson)
OSU equivalent = SPAN 311 Grammar 3 credits
OSU equivalent = SPAN 312 Writing 3 credits
OSU equivalent = SPAN 320 Conversation 3 credits
– SPAN 311- required
– And 312, or 320 (320 can be taken if 311 was already completed)
SPAN 311 GRAMMAR
This course will review grammar structures from first and second year expanding to a more advanced level. Students will further develop writing skills utilizing these grammatical concepts. The communicative nature of this class will encourage and enable students to continue to develop their communication skills.
SPAN 312 WRITING
Students will develop advanced writing skills through listening, readings, partner communication and written work. The student will write several compositions that develop different genres: Descriptive, narrative, argumentative and journalism.
SPAN 320 CONVERSATION (3 credits)
Extensive listening and speaking practice in Spanish, with direct contact with Spanish culture. Emphasis will be on vocabulary, pronunciation, intonation, and comprehension. In addition students will be paired with a native speaker in order to practice assignments and strengthen conversation skills.
6 week total 12-15 credits
Optional Four Week Service Immersion Add On:
Add-on 4 weeks- 6 credits (Total 10 weeks)
40 hrs service at partner site- SPAN 410 (3 internship credits)
Coursework and Project- SPAN 399- Special Topics (3 credits)
Service learning: Society and culture: 6 credits (SPAN 410 3 cr. & SPAN 399 3 cr.)
This service-learning course is designed to provide an opportunity to learn about Spanish culture and society by means of immersion with a partner social service based organization (also non-profit) in Zamora. All instruction and communication will be 100% in Spanish. Students will apply what they have learned about Spanish culture as they work in teams to help lead organized and established activities. By doing so, they will also gain awareness of the special needs of marginalized citizens, specifically the young adult learner with limited resources and education. They will acquire the knowledge and the skills necessary to engage fully with the participants and collaborate with the service site in order to better existing programs and help create new activities as directed by the community partner.
This service-learning course will coincide with the 6-week traditional program with an additional 4 weeks for a total of 10 weeks in Zamora. Students will contribute 40 hours of service at our community partner site. Students will apply what they have learned in the Peninsular Culture and Society as they work as volunteers in the established program at El Centro Menesianos. In addition there will be an additional class meeting (1) each week that will be a mix of lecture and group discussion. The last 4 weeks of this program students will meet 3 times a week in order to prepare a 4-hour workshop (2 days) for the students at Menesianos.
Students will participate as mentors in the program called “Educación de Calle”. This program is run by our community partner “El Centro Menesianos” a nonprofit organization that provides advocacy and support, organized workshops, activities, classes, recreational clubs and educational outings specifically for youths that are at risk between the ages of 13-17 years. These students have either dropped out of school or have only finished the obligatory education, which is equivalent to the ninth grade in the USA. Most are of immigrant families (Latin American), gypsy community and/or of lower economic status. The current economic crisis and subsequent political discord have widened the gap from mainstream society for this population and is threatening these much-needed public services. The purpose of this program is to help the participants integrate and participate more fully in their community, acquire new skills and to encourage them to plan for their future.
The website link of our community partner:
Potential classes that students could assist or lead at the service site include:
- Structured educational workshops: pre-labor skills, interviewing skills, English classes, grammar classes and other formative classes.
- Team building and other collaborative types of workshops.
- Art and Craft classes that produce products that the participant can sell in the community.
- Recreational events for health promotion, stress relief and team building.
- Cultural outings in order to learn more about history and culture.
Course learning outcomes:
By the end of this course students will be able to
- Explain the differences between Spanish and US Culture as a result of reflection,
examination and comparison.
- Discuss the effect of the current political and economic state of affairs on Spanish society as a result of readings, reflections, organized classroom discussions and service at community partner.
- Possess the skills to develop, prepare and implement teaching or activity plans for young adult learners in Spanish.
- Use Spanish vocabulary and grammar related to the work environment and technology through didactic instruction and conversation groups in
- Strengthen and expand your knowledge and fluency of the Spanish language through communication during service hours with community partner.
- Collaborate with staff, peers and participants at the service centers to identify, understand and implement strategies for communication and teaching in specialized population groups.
- Articulate, express and write at the Advanced Low-Mid level in the four language skills in Spanish, as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). For more information, click here.”
10 week total: 18-21 credits