Spanish Graduate Courses

Some courses may not be offered every year. Check with the college or department office for current information about when specific courses are offered.  

 

For course syllabi, see the departmental website.

 

SPA  511 METHODS OF SPANISH INSTRUCTION      (3)

Exploration of learning theories and instructional strategies for promoting students' speaking, writing, listening, reading abilities as well as cultural knowledge of the Hispanic experience.  

 

SPA  512 MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY IN SPANISH LANGUAGE  INSTRUCTION       (3)

How effectively to create, utilize, and assess video, technology and other media for L2 classroom use.

 

SPA  513 CURRICULUM DESIGN      (3)

Formulation and attainment of objectives in programs devoted to Spanish as a second language.  Attention given to individual courses, program curricula.  Includes materials design.  

 

SPA  514 TESTING AND CLASSROOM ASSESSMENT       (3)

Best development and analysis for the assessment of students' overall proficiency (i.e., speaking, writing, listening, reading), cultural knowledge, and literacy.  To include guidelines such as state and national Language Standards and ACTFL Proficiency guidelines.

 

SPA  515 USING SPANISH AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION      (3)

Focuses on the functions of Spanish in the classroom.  Students examine classroom discourse and Spanish teacher language use during delivery of instruction and classroom management.  Students will be able to use Spanish for all formal and informal classroom-related purposes.

 

SPA  531 HISPANIC WRITERS IN THE UNITED STATES      (3)

Provides a panoramic vision of the development of the literature of Hispanics residing in the United States, with a focuses on the period from 1960 to the present.  Emphasizes the literacy production of the largest Hispanic ethnic group in our country.

 

SPA  532 HISPANIC THEATER      (3)

Spanish American plays as well as important drama theory (by Artaud, Brecht, Boal etc.)  Towards the end of the course students will produce, direct and perform one of the plays studied earlier.  In addition to learning about drama as a literary tenure, students will learn how drama can be effectively utilized as a pedagogical tool in the Spanish classroom.

 

SPA  533 TOPICS IN SPANISH LITERATURE       (3)

This course provides the student with an in depth view of a particular genres, time periods, religions and/or author(s) of Spanish literature.  Students study the material both by reading the material and assessing relevant criticism.  Letter grade only.

 

SPA  534 TOPICS IN LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE       (3)

This course provides the student with an in depth view of a particular genres, time periods, regions/countries and/or author(s) of Latin American literature.  Students study the material both by reading the material and assessing relevant criticism.

 

SPA  551 STRUCTURES OF MODERN SPANISH       (3)

Introduction to the theories of the organization of Spanish morphological and syntactic systems as well as the study of Spanish lexicography.  The course will survey and critique formalist and functional explanations of the organizations of the Spanish grammatical and lexical systems.  Particular attention is paid to the application of these theories to Spanish instruction.

 

SPA  552 PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY OF SPANISH       (3)

Analysis of sound systems, rhythms, and intonation of American and Peninsular Spanish.  Emphasis on diagnosing and assessing second language pronunciation and implementing corrective strategies.

 

SPA  553 SOCIOLINGUISTICS AND DIALECTOLOGY AND THE SPANISH CLASSROOM      (3)

Focus on regional and social dialects and registers of Spanish.  It will enable teachers to understand and explain their own dialect in relationship to others and will seek to examine and eliminate negative attitudes toward specific dialect/register characteristics.  

 

SPA  554 THE ACQUISITION OF SPANISH      (3-6)

Theories of the cognitive, psycholinguistic and social variables that affect the process of acquiring Spanish as a first as well as a second language.

 

SPA  593 PUBLIC SCHOOL IN-SERVICE WORKSHOP      (1-3)

Topical instruction involving exchange of ideas, practical methods, skills, and principles. Normally you may count up to 6 hours of 593 toward your graduate program. Pass-fail only.  

 

SPA  599 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS      (1-3)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area of a particular field of study.  May be offered no more than three times before being submitted for a permanent course number.  May be repeated for credit.  Letter grade only.

 

SPA  601 SPANISH TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIP PRACTICUM      (1)

Employing principles of second language acquisition theory, prepares Spanish graduate students to:  create lesson plans, teaching activities, develop teaching materials, develop assessment instruments, incorporate technology, and conduct action-based research.  Pass-fail only.  May be repeated for a maximum of 4 units.  Department consent required.

 

SPA  608 FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE      (1-12)

Supervised field experience in an appropriate agency, organization, or situation.  May not exceed 12 hours of credit.  Pass-fail only.

 

SPA  685 GRADUATE RESEARCH      (1-6)

Graduate research that is not part of a thesis, dissertation, or professional paper. Letter grade or pass-fail.  

 

SPA  689 SPANISH MAT CAPSTONE PROJECT      (3)

The course will be a semester-long individual project selected and designed in consultation with an MAT student's faculty adviser.  The focus of the project will represent a combination of the students' academic and professional interests.  The project may respond either to interests developed studying within the MAT Program or respond to curricular or teaching needs at the student's home institution/district. Prerequisite:  30 hours of graduate courses

 

SPA  697 INDEPENDENT STUDY      (1-3)

Individualized directed study on selected topics.  Pass-fail or letter grade, depending on departmental policy.  No more than 3 hours may be included on a master's program in education.

 

SPA  698 GRADUATE SEMINAR      (1-3)

May be repeated for up to 3 hours of credit.

 

SPA  699 THESIS      (1-9)

Individualized directed research, writing, and oral defense of selected thesis topic.  May be repeated as needed.  Prerequisite:  Admission to master's program.