RLSP 107
Advanced Grammar and Conversation Fall 2021
Division I

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How is Spanish language relevant to my academic field? What linguistic and cultural resources should I acquire to effectively communicate my academic interests in this language? How do I prepare for a professional presentation in Spanish? What are the limitations of the academic language at the moment of interacting with people in the community? The Advanced Grammar course 107 will provide cultural and linguistic resources to address the questions above and other common concerns that students have around their proficiency and skills to communicate effectively. This course focuses on helping students to advance their cultural and communicative skills in Spanish, as they share their professional interests with other students. The class will discuss four general topics -medicine, history and human rights, art, and environmental issues-, which will create the context for students to conduct oral presentations and activities around their own academic fields. Another important emphasis of the course will be to connect students’ professional interests to current issues of social justice in USA, Latino America and other world countries. To expand their cultural and linguistic knowledge, participants will prepare two different types of oral activities for the class: formal-academic presentations and non-formal activities that use colloquial registers. The RLSP 107 course will require a constant and committed collaboration between participants.
The Class: Format: lecture; Students should expect to meet with the professor three times per week during the scheduled class hours. One hour of practice with the TA will be added at agreed-upon times once the enrollment is fully established.
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 1722
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Regular grammar and composition assignments, a mid-term exam and a final project; intense reading, active participation and regular attendance required.
Prerequisites: RLSP 104, placement exam results, permission of instructor or Department Chair
Enrollment Preferences: Spanish majors and certificate students, current and potential.
Distributions: Division I

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