“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.” Flora Lewis
In this globalized world, learning a second language is more important than ever. Not just as a way of beefing up your resume, but also because finding new ways of expression reshapes your experience and broadens your perceptions. Experiencing a new language and a different culture allows learners to look at themselves and the world around them through new eyes.
Although learning a different language is never easy, it is a beautiful and rewarding task. “But that doesn’t make sense!” is one of the first things that springs to mind when you’re faced with alternative ways of expressing ideas or different rules of grammar, but the way you grapple with this apparent nonsensicality is your first step on the road to restructuring and revaluing the world around you. With a little practice and right kind of teaching, learners soon begin to use and enjoy their new language.
*These courses are included in the MSSG tuition cost. And are offered during both the Fall & Spring Semesters.
This set of three courses—Spanish 1, Spanish 2, and Spanish 3—focuses on the development of students’ communicative skills so that they attain a working knowledge of everyday Spanish. Classroom activities and tasks are designed to improve your ability to communicate in the real world while you seamlessly build up your knowledge of its rules, its refinements, and its quirks. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll start to see everyday situations through new eyes, as your awareness of how the language and the culture interact grows and you learn what is okay to say and what is definitely not!. The classes in this course are intrinsically intertwined with how to move in a different culture, and will help you navigate the cultures of various Latin American countries, especially their literature and visual arts.
In the classes, the three communication modes—interpretative, interpersonal, and presentational—are active. Through the interpretative mode, learners will encounter new vocabulary and grammar rules in listening and reading activities; through the interpersonal mode, learners interact with each other and negotiate meaning; and through the presentational mode, students present and explain information in an appropriate way. Through the semester, students will also be encouraged to compare and contrast their own language and culture, reflecting about themselves and the world around them.
Classroom time is devoted to using the language in conversation and activities, and the classes are conducted mostly in Spanish. The learning activities are student-centered and students are expected to work in pairs, groups and interact with each other.
|Spanish 1 is a course designed for students with little or no background in Spanish. You belong in this course if you have never taken Spanish language courses before or if you have studied one year of Spanish at high school level.
|Spanish 2 is a course designed for students who have already taken two years of Spanish at high school level. You also belong in this course if you have successfully passed Spanish 1 or obtained the required grades in the Proficiency Exam. If you have taken one or two semesters of Spanish at university level, you need to take the placement test to assess which course is right for you.
|Spanish 3 is a course designed for students who have already taken three or more years of Spanish at high school level. You also belong in this course if you have successfully passed Spanish 1 or obtained the required grades in the Proficiency Exam. If you have taken one or two semesters of Spanish at university level, you need to take the placement test to assess which course is right for you.
By the end of the semester, students are expected to develop the skills detailed in the table below.
Alonso, R., Castañeda, A., Martínez P., Miquel, L., Ortega, J., Plácido, J. Students’ Basic Grammar of Spanish Barcelona: Difusión ISBN: 9788484434375
|Ariza, E., Corpas, J., García, E., Garmendia, A., Nieto, G.V., Molina, G. (2018) Aula América 1. Barcelona: Difusión. ISBN: 9788416943616
|Arévalo, M.E., Bautista, E., Corpas, J., Garmendia, A., Jiménez, H., Soriano, C. (2005) Aula latina 2. Barcelona: Difusión. ISBN: 9788484432630
|Arévalo, M.E., Bautista, E., Corpas, J., Garmendia, A., Jiménez, H., Soriano, C. (2005) Aula latina 3. Barcelona: Difusión. ISBN: 9788484432654
2 hours a week or per student request