Spanish Course Descriptions

Spanish Courses

SPN 101, 102 BEGINNING SPANISH / 3 credits each
Fundamentals of grammar with emphasis on oral proficiency. Extensive use of audio and video resources in language lab. (SPN 101 or equivalent is a prerequisite for SPN 102)

SPN 201, 202 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH / 3 credits each
Review of grammar with emphasis on reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Introduction to works of several modern writers. Vocabulary building and idiomatic self-expression stressed. Prerequisite: SPN 102 or equivalent.

SPN 300 SPANISH FIELD EXPERIENCE / 1 credit
The main objectives in this course are for students to establish connections with the Hispanic community in Batesville or in their hometowns, to improve their fluency in the target language, and to enhance their knowledge of Hispanic culture. Through a Conversation Partners agreement with UACCB, Spanish students at Lyon will pair up with ESL students of a similar level for language practice throughout a semester; or students will engage in volunteer interpreting for Hispanic immigrants at local institutions. This course can be repeated with faculty approval. Must be taken pass/fail.

SPN 315 INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH LINGUISTICS / 3 credits
This course is an introduction to the Spanish language system and will include the study of Spanish phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax. Prerequisite: SPN 202.

SPN 333 ADVANCED GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION / 3 credits
In-depth examination of the elements of Spanish grammar, with practice in written compositions and oral presentations. Prerequisite: SPN 202.

SPN 335 HISPANIC CINEMA / 3 credits
This course covers the major films produced in Spain and Latin America. The course may vary in its selection of films, sometimes offering Peninsular films and at other times Latin American films or a combination of both. This course explains the historical development of film in Spain and Latin America, analyzes film from a critical perspective, and compares film with novels or short stories. The course will combine a verbal and visual experience because students will be expected to read screenplays, novels or short stories along with seeing a film. This course can serve either a Peninsular or Latin American advanced elective. Prerequisite: SPN 202 or permission of instructor.

SPN 350 METHODS OF TEACHING SPANISH / 3 credits
Modern methods of instruction in foreign language and culture from middle school through high school. Materials, planning and classroom techniques are stressed. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

SPN 360 HISPANIC CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION / 3 credits
A cultural survey of Spain and Latin America emphasizing history, literature and other arts. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 202.

SPN 370 SPANISH AMERICAN SHORT STORY / 3 credits
This course will examine the genre of the Latin American short story and alternate by semester between the short stories of the Peruvian Amazon region and the Southern Cone region (Argentina and Uruguay). The course will cover major authors, trends and works of these respective regions. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 201.

SPN 378 INTRODUCTION TO PENINSULAR AND LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE I / 3 credits
A survey of Hispanic literature from pre-Columbian to the Enlightenment. The course offers a selection of readings from Spain and Latin America in narrative, poetry, drama and essay. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 202.

SPN 379 INTRODUCTION TO PENINSULAR AND LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE II / 3 credits
A survey of Hispanic literature from the Enlightenment to Postmodernism. The course offers a selection of readings from Spain and Latin America in narrative, poetry, drama and essay. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 202.

SPN 382 SPECIAL TOPICS / 3 credits
This course will focus on a major author or authors and their works. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 202.

SPN 385 STUDIES IN THE SPANISH GOLDEN AGE AND BAROQUE / 3 credits
This course will examine the major texts of the Spanish Golden Age and Baroque. The themes and texts of the course will vary, sometimes focusing on a single writer or genre or a variety of writers and genres during a single period or during both periods. Prerequisite: SPN 202 or permission of instructor.

SPN 399 SPANISH INTERNATIONAL STUDIES COURSE: Variable topics / 1 credit
Studies of varying topics in Hispanic culture, including a 2-week Nichols trip to a Spanish-speaking country. Prerequisite: SPN 102.

SPN 405 STUDIES IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY PENINSULAR LITERATURE / 3 credits
This course will examine the major texts produced in Spain during the nineteenth century. The themes and texts of the course will vary, sometimes focusing on Romanticism, Realism, or a selection of writers and genres from both periods. Prerequisite: SPN 202 or permission of instructor.

SPN 406 STUDIES IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY PENINSULAR LITERATURE / 3 credits
This course will examine the major texts produced in Spain during the twentieth century. The themes and texts of the course will vary, sometimes focusing on Spanish Modernism, Vanguard, post-Civil War prose, postmodernism, or a selection of writers and genres from the
different periods. Prerequisite: SPN 202 or permission of instructor.

SPN 410 20TH CENTURY LATIN AMERICAN PROSE FICTION / 3 credits
Critical study and analysis of representative works of prose fiction from the distinct periods of 20th century Latin American prose fiction, with emphasis on the “boom” novel since 1940. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 202.

SPN 415 U.S. LATINO LITERATURE / 3 credits
This course will examine the literary works written by major authors from the three main Hispanic communities in the U.S.A.: Cuban-American, Mexican-American and Puerto Rican. Students will read and analyze texts in different genres, such as theater, essay, short story and novel. Writing of a research paper will be a component of this course. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 202.

SPN 450 INDEPENDENT STUDY / 1-3 credits
Concentrated study in selected fields. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.