Fall 2021 Courses

Spanish Phonetics and Phonology

Semester: Fall 2021

Course number: SPAN 350-500 (taught in Spanish) 

Description: If we compare languages we know, such as Spanish and English, it is immediately obvious that there are sounds in one language with no equivalent in the other. It can also happen that a distinction in one language doesn't exist in the other. Learning to make and distinguish sounds in a foreign language is no mean feat. This course will familiarize students with the study of Spanish sounds, help improve pronunciation, and increase understanding of dialectal varieties. If you are planning to become a teacher, it will help you become more aware of the difficulties your students face, and improve your teaching effectiveness. We will study how each sound of Spanish is produced, as well as related notions of prosody and intonation. We will also see how they integrate into the sound system of Spanish. Finally, we will analyze how sounds vary between different areas of the Spanish-speaking world. This class includes a final group podcast.

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Advanced Translation

Semester: Fall 2021

Course number: SPAN 417 (taught in Spanish) 

Description:  The main objective of this course is to develop your competencies as a translator and to introduce you to the different modalities of this profession, including interpreting. Students will becme familiar with translating different registers and types of text, including business and financial, legal and political, medical, scientific, and technical. We will also consider the main differences between literary and non-literary texts. We will practice translating individually and in teams, coordinating our work as professionals do. Students will be in charge of a pro bono translation for a local non-profit agency.

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