This course offers an introduction to key terms, concepts and issues in the fields of second-language acquisition and language-teaching pedagogy as it relates to the teaching of Spanish and Portuguese. Students acquire knowledge, as well as develop and practice skills that prepare them to teach foreign languages, select content and create materials, assess student performance, and reflect upon their own teaching practice. The course's theoretical principles are applied to the teaching of the four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The teaching of culture and use of new technologies are also addressed.
Spanish Graduate Courses
Methodology of Spanish Language Teaching: Seminar and Practicum
Instructors: Alberto Bruzos Moro
The Spanish Pacific, 1521-1815: A Survey of Primary Sources
The "Spanish Pacific" designates the geographical space Spain colonized or aspired to rule in Asia between 1521, the year Ferdinand Magellan reached the East by sailing West, and 1815, the year when the yearly galleon that linked Mexico to the Philippines stopped operating. It includes the Philippines and the Marianas - territories ruled by the Spanish Crown - but also parts of China, Japan, and other parts of Asia that Spanish officials and missionaries imagined as extensions of their American colonies. This course introduces the Spanish Pacific through the examination of a varied selection of primary sources written mainly in Spanish.
Instructors: Christina H. Lee
Seminar in Modern Spanish-American Literature: The Body Under Suspicion: On the Materiality of Sex
Can the body disobey the limits imposed by the materiality of sex? Is it possible to disorganize the binary opposition masculine/feminine without reinforcing its normativity? Can gender have a decisive bearing on bodily matter? The seminar answers these questions exploring the work of Latin American artists and writers, who aim to defy the norms imposed by the heterosexual imperative. Their own bodies generate a material response that transcends the limits of gender binary.
Instructors: Javier Enrique Guerrero
Portuguese Graduate Courses
Luso-Brazilian Seminar: Clarice Lispector: 100 years
This seminar focuses on Clarice Lispector, arguably one of the most important fictionists of the 20th Century Brazilian Literature. In the year of her centenary, students are asked to respond to Lispector's oeuvre both critically and creatively, inspired by a close reading of her fiction. Taught in English.
Instructors: Marilia Librandi