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SPN-2004-01  IND  Survey of Hispanic Literature:
                           Latin American Short Story

Semester hours: 3

Prerequisites: SPN-2002 or three years of high school Spanish or consent  of instructor

Delivery method: Lecture -3 credit hours

Offered: Summer 2005

IAI Equivalent: go to: http://www.itransfer.org HI 900 3 semester credits

Catalog description: An advanced level composition and conversation course based upon a survey of historical Hispanic literature. Grammar is reviewed extensively. Advanced selections from Hispanic literature will be read and analyzed. The course titles include both SPN-2004 and HFA-1007-09 Special Topic so that two semesters - each with a different topic can be taken for 3 semester credit hours per course, or a total of 6 semester hours. Fall semester covers Iberian Spanish Literature and Spring semester covers Latin American Literature.
General description - Study of representative Hispanic authors and their work.

Course-specific description -  A survey of Spanish literature


General Educational Goals Addressed:
Upon completion student will be able...

  1. To apply analytical and problem-solving skills to personal, social and professional issues and situations.

  2. To communicate orally and in writing, socially and interpersonally.

  3. To develop an awareness of the contributions made to civilization by the diverse cultures of the world.

  4. To understand and use contemporary technology effectively and to understand its impact on the individual and society.

  5. To work and study effectively both individually and in collaboration with others.

  6. To understand what it means to act ethically and responsibly as an individual in one's career and as a member of society.

  7. To develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle, mentally, physically and spiritually.

  8. To appreciate the ongoing values of learning, self-improvement and career planning.

Expected learning outcomes and related competencies:
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to...

1.     Demonstrate speaking ability in the TL.

2.     Demonstrate listening skill in the TL.

3.     Demonstrate reading ability in the TL.

4.     Demonstrate writing ability in the TL.

5.     Demonstrate intermediate knowledge of the global Hispanic culture.

6.     Demonstrate awareness of cultural diversity.

7.     Demonstrate analytical skills in oral and written reviews of literature.

Outcome 1 - Student will demonstrate speaking ability in the TL.

Competency 1.1 Begin, sustain and close a  conversation.

Competency 1.2 Ask and answer questions.

Competency 1.3 Speak in complete sentences.

Outcome 2 - Student will demonstrate listening skill in the TL.

Competency 2.1 Understand classroom instructions.

Competency 2.2 Understand classmates when they speak in TL during class activities.

Competency 2.3 Understand the main ideas in native speaker conversations during class activities.

Outcome 3 - Student will demonstrate reading ability in the TL.

Competency 3.1 Guess the meaning of unknown words through cognate recognition, prefixes and suffixes and context clues.

Competency 3.2 Comprehend authentic materials containing basic vocabulary for thematic units studied.

Competency 3.3 Comprehend the main ideas in literary readings studied both inand outside of class.

Outcome 4 - Student will demonstrate writing ability in the TL.

Competency 4.1 Write same information as content of class discussions.

Competency 4.2 Write intermediate paragraphs and narratives that could be understood by a native speaker..

Outcome 5 - Student will demonstrate intermediate knowledge of global Hispanic culture.

Competency 5.1 Recognize, discuss and write about cultural differences in material studied in class.

Competency 5.2 Understand origins of customs and traditions in other cultures.

Competency 5.3 Understand origins of customs and traditions in student's own culture.

Outcome 6 - Student will demonstrate awareness of cultural diversity.

Competency 6.1 Examine and reflect on personal and civic values and responsibilities in the global community.

Competency 6.2 Understand and develop sensitivity to language, values, customs and traditions of others.

Competency 7 - Student will demonstrate analytical skills in oral and written reviews of literature.

Competency 7.1 Analyze selected works of literature.

Competency 7.2  Discuss content, style, message of author and work in class.

Competency 7.3 Write essays in TL about literary works read and discussed.

Course topics and content requirements:

General Organization of Each Study Unit

General Organization of Each Study Unit

1. Introduction

1.1 Overview of author

1.2 References to at least two other similar works

2. Antes de leer

2.1 Temas para comentar antes de la lectura

2.2 Palabras clave

3. Two short stories

3.1 Footnotes

4. Después de leer

4.1 Comprehensión

4.2 Análisis

4.3 Expansión


Specific Study Units

1. Jorge Luis Borges. <El sur>

2. Virgilio Piñera. <El baile>

3. Julio Cortázar. <La noche boca arriba>

4. Juan Rulfo. <La herencia de Matilde Arcángel>

5. Gabriel Garcia Marquez. <La prodigiosa tarde de Baltazar>

6.Carmen Naranjo. ¿Para qué matar a la condesa?

Instructional methods:

Conversational modeling in TL

Group work

Web quests

Class discussion


Oral presentations


Question and answer

Instructional materials:


<Cuentistas hispanoamericanos de entresiglo.> Wilfrido H.Corral. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2005.

English Grammar for Students of Spanish. Emily Spinelli.  Olivia


1. Black Board Course Shell for collaborative/independent study.

Student requirements and methods of evaluation:

1. Participation in class

2. Journals

3. Assignments from text and resources

4. Group work

5. Literary Criticism Essays in Spanish based on Assigned Readings

6. IVCC Grading Scale: <60%=F, 60-69%=D, 70-79%=C, 80-89%=B, 90-100%=A

Other references:

1. General References in Spanish available in BlackBoard course shell and on professor's faculty web page

2. National Learning Standards for World Languages   

last revised 08/01/09-amp

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