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  • SPAN 501  Theories, Methods, and Practices in the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language

    Description:
    This course is specifically designed for pre-service and in-service teachers. It will provide an overview of second-language acquisition theory as well as an in-depth study of current foreign language methodology as it applies to the teaching of Spanish in middle school and high school environments. The philosophy of this methodology centers on the use of language in meaningful contexts for real-world communicative purposes. It is firmly grounded in the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Foreign Languages. Students will gain practice in evaluating textbooks, writing lesson plans, and designing instructional units, as well as in classroom management procedures.   More Info

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  • SPAN 502  Technology for the Spanish-Language Classroom

    Description:
    This course is specifically designed for pre-service and in-service teachers of Spanish as a foreign language. The primary goal of the course is to explore the pedagogical implications of using a wide array of technological resources in the Spanish language and culture classroom. This class will also explore how Internet technology can be used as a springboard for cultural analysis and comparison. Students will examine current pedagogical theories related to language teaching and learning and will design a curricular unit that includes samples of all technologies examined. All coursework will be based on the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Foreign Languages and the National Educational Technology Standards for Students.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • SPAN 503  Perspectives on the Spanish-Speaking Worlds

    Description:
    This course, taught entirely in Spanish with occasional reading in English, is specifically designed for pre-service and in-service teachers of Spanish. It will examine the various geographic and cultural traditions that make up today's Spanish-speaking worlds. In so doing, the course will prepare teachers to develop connections between course content and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Foreign Languages and the National Standards for Foreign Language Teaching. The course is interdisciplinary. Topics to be studied in depth include issues of national and cultural identity, social life, and cultural production.   More Info

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  • SPAN 512  Assessing Foreign-Language Learners (Spanish)

    Description:
    Designed for pre-service and in-service teachers, this course will provide an in-depth study of different types of assessment, emphasizing performance assessment and the achievement of standards. Explicit connections to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Foreign Languages and the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning will be made. The format of the course will be interactive discussion sessions with topics drawn from reading assignments. Students will gain practice in designing assessments and accompanying rubrics, projects, and portfolios, as well as self-assessment tools.   More Info

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  • SPAN 515  Latin American Film for the Spanish-Language Classroom

    Description:
    This course is specifically designed for pre-service and in-service teachers of Spanish. By using film and readings in the literatures of Spanish America, it will develop historical, social, and cultural context for language instruction. Explicit connections to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Foreign Languages and the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning will be made. Class meetings will be conducted entirely in Spanish. The course is organized as a series of film-viewing and discussion sessions based on the films and the reading assignments. Students will gain experience researching film background, drawing critical connections to history, society, and culture, and designing units integrating film into language curriculum.   More Info

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  • SPAN 516  Cities of Lights and Shadows: Urban Experiences in Latin America

    Description:
    This course, taught entirely in Spanish with occasional readings in English, is specifically designed for pre-service and in-service teachers of Spanish. It will examine various representations of the city in Spanish-American literature. In so doing, the course will prepare teachers to develop connections between course content and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Foreign Languages and the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning. This class will provoke a comparison between urban experiences in Latin America and similar experiences in the United States. It will also include an overview of the main moments in Spanish American Literature when cities came to represent social, economic, and demographic tensions that redefined national and regional identities. The class also includes a unit on the literature of Hispanic people in the US, since the urban experience is a central theme to this literature.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • SPAN 520  Ling Pers Span Lang

    Description:
    This course, taught in Spanish with occasional readings in English, is specifically designed for pre-service and in-service teachers of Spanish. It will examine the main Spanish-language variants of today's Spanish-speaking worlds and the grammatical traditions of Spanish. The course presents accessible research on fundamental problems of Spanish grammar that teachers deal with on a daily basis. Topics include the origin of differences among variants of Spanish, and how various historical times answered this question, with far-reaching implications for language teaching and specifically for the teaching of Spanish.   More Info

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  • SPAN 530  Cervantes and His World

    Description:
    This course, designed for pre-service and in-service teachers, provides an in-depth analysis of Cervantes' Don Quixote (original Spanish version). The course will examine the cultural production as well as the social conditions of 16th- and 17th-century Spain as expressed in the life and work of Miguel de Cervantes.   More Info

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  • SPAN 532  Latin American Popular Culture

    Description:
    The course introduces students to concepts, contexts, and case studies of Latin American popular culture and prepares them to develop connections between course content and the Massachusetts Foreign Languages Curriculum Framework and National Standards for Foreign Language Learning. Classes are conducted in English but assignments require advanced mastery of Spanish.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • SPAN 540  Caribbean Borders:Literature & Identity in the Hispanic Caribbean

    Description:
    Designed for pre- and in-service teachers of Spanish, this course examines cultural production and social development in the Hispanic Caribbean. We begin with the cultural dilemma and social implications posed by the "narrative" of Western colonization in the Caribbean, to then survey the major consequences, processes, and repetitive patterns impacting the region. Out main goal will be to historicize and interrogate the creation of a Caribbean cultural discourse. This course will prepare teachers to develop connections between course content and the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for Foreign Languages and the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • SPAN 550  Spain: Past & Future

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  • SPAN 597  Special Topics

    Description:
    This course offers intensive study of a selected topic in Spanish language, literature, and/or culture. Course content varies according to the topic, which will be announced prior to the registration period.   More Info

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    • TBA