Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Speakers

Semester: Spring 2020 

Course number: SPAN 203 


Description: This is a course meant for heritage learners, that is, students who acquired Spanish naturally from a very early age, from their families and communities, or from living in Spanish-speaking countries, but have received little formal instruction in the language. The course is specifically designed for students who have generally good command of the spoken language but are not familiarized with written Spanish. The first objective of the course is to expand students' knowledge of structures and vocabulary, so that they can express themselves with confidence about any topic and in any situation, both informal and formal. Another important goal is to help students develop knowledge of standard writing conventions (spelling, stress marks, punctuation, and textual organization). The course will involve a strong service-learning component, which will give everyone an opportunity to learn through interactions with the Hispanic community of Bryan/College Station.  If you would like to know more about this and other courses meant for heritage learners, check out this flier.


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Bilingualism in the Spanish-speaking world

Semester: Spring 2020 

Course number: HISP 671/SPAN 462 (stacked, taught in Spanish) 


Description: The use of more than one linguistic code by one speaker and/or language community is much more widespread than one might think: it is in fact the norm, rather than the exception. Linguists have always been interested in the phenomenon of bilingualism for what it has to tell us about the mental organization of language and about the relations among social groups. This course presents the general features of bilingualism, focusing on Spanish and the languages it comes in contact with, in all the contexts in which it is spoken, including Spain, the Americas, and other places around the globe. Emphasis will be given to Spanish-English contact in the United States, given its importance for the history, present, and future of Texas. We will study the attitudes and response of institutions and schools to bilingualism, as well as the manifestations of the phenomenon in the media and the arts (oral and written press, popular music, literature). All students will be engaged in a research project appropriate to their level and related to their interests.