Salamanca Course Descriptions


Course descriptions for all courses offered on the Salamanca Summer Program

SABR 2930 B: Intermediate Spanish I, equivalent to Spanish 2001 or the third college-level course. An intensive study of grammar with emphasis on listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. Covers subjunctive and imperative moods. Includes the study of Spanish culture through current events and literary selections. Evaluation by tests, quizzes, oral presentations and written assignments. Only available in summer. 3 semester hour credits. Prerequisite: Spanish 1002 or equivalent.

SABR 2930 A: Intermediate Spanish II, equivalent to Spanish 2002 or the fourth college-level course. An intensive review of grammar with emphasis on listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. All grammar points are reviewed, with attention to complex structures and idiomatic phrases. Includes the study of Spanish culture through current events and literary selections. Strong reading and writing components. Evaluation by tests, quizzes, oral presentations and written assignments. 3 semester hour credits. Prerequisite: Spanish 2001 or equivalent. May be taken with Spanish 2001.

SPANISH GRAMMAR

Catalog description: Intensive review of all grammar tenses, with special attention to problem areas such as por/para, and ser/estar. Includes conversation on current events to practice grammatical structures and vocabulary. Evaluation by tests, quizzes, oral presentations and written assignments. 3 semester hour credits.

SABR 3930 A: A comprehensive review of grammar, with special emphasis given to problem areas such as por/para, pronouns, ser/estar, preterite/imperfect/ perfect tenses, subjunctive and commands. Prerequisite: Spanish 2002 or equivalent.

SABR 4930 A (Advanced level): An intensive review of all grammar tenses. Special attention to problem areas such as subjunctive, por/para, ser/estar and differences in the moods. Daily conversations on current events and weekly writing assignments. Grammatical analysis at a sophisticated level. Prerequisite: By placement exam or by permission of the instructor.

SPANISH CONVERSATION & COMPOSITION

Catalog description: An intensive practice of oral communication, based on vocabulary and grammar review, and an intensive practice of writing in a variety of modes. Evaluation by tests, quizzes, oral presentations and written assignments. 3 semester hour credits.

SABR 3930 B: Students practice the spoken language through games, songs, current events and cultural topics. Students must demonstrate oral proficiency for their final exam. Students practice the written language of various rhetorical styles, including business letters, résumés and biographies. Students must write daily on a wide range of topics and must demonstrate writing skills for their final exam. Prerequisite: Spanish 2002 or equivalent.

SABR 4930 B (Advanced level): Students practice the spoken language through games, songs, current events, cultural topics, literature and cartoons. Students must demonstrate oral proficiency at the advanced level for their final exam. Students practice the written language in various rhetorical styles, including business letters, résumés and biographies. Students must write daily compositions and/or essays on a wide range of topics and must demonstrate writing skills at the advanced level for their final exam. Prerequisite: By placement exam or by permission of the instructor.

CULTURE OF SPAIN

Catalog description: An introduction to Spanish culture through lectures, videos, films, music and museum visits. Topics may include customs, contemporary ideas, religions, food, architecture, art, geography and history. Requires several papers written in Spanish. Evaluation by tests, quizzes, oral presentations and written assignments. 3 semester hour credits.

SABR 3930 C: This course covers the history of Spain, superstitions, differences between our countries, architecture, bullfighting and music. Several short papers required. Prerequisite: Spanish 2002 or equivalent.

SABR 4930 C (Advanced level): Includes information at the advanced level, as well as history and politics. Several papers required. Prerequisite: By placement exam or by permission of the instructor. 

BUSINESS SPANISH

Catalog description: An examination of the relationship between business, labor and law in Spain. Evaluation by tests, quizzes, oral presentations and written assignments. 3 semester hour credits.

SABR 3930 D: Course concentrates on how business is conducted in Spain, including how to start a business, the types of businesses in Spain and the laws governing them. Examines the economy, stock market, unemployment and jobs in Spain. Students must analyze business practices for their final exam. Several short papers required. Recommended for student with a business background or other university-level business courses. Prerequisite: Spanish 2002 or equivalent.

SABR 4930 D (Advanced level): Course concentrates on how business is conducted in Spain, including how to start a business, the types of businesses in Spain and the laws governing them. Examines the economy, stock market, unemployment and jobs in Spain. Students must write in more detail at the advanced level for their final exam. Several papers required. Recommended for students with a business background or other university-level business courses. Prerequisite: By placement exam or by permission of the instructor.

HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY SPAIN

Catalog description: A historical overview of the 19th and 20th centuries of Spain. Evaluation by tests, quizzes, oral presentations and written assignments. 3 semester hour credits.

SABR 3930 E: Historical overview of the second half of the 19th century through Franco=s era. Includes the Carlist wars, the First and Second Republics, the Civil War and Franco=s era. Primarily lectures with some discussion. Readings and written papers are required. Prerequisite: Spanish 2002 or equivalent.

SABR4930 E (Advanced level): Historical overview of the second half of the 19th century through Franco=s era. Includes the Carlist wars, the First and Second Republics, the Civil War and Francos era. Primarily lectures with some discussion. More detailed readings and lengthier, more detailed papers are expected at the advanced level. Prerequisite: By placement exam or by permission of the instructor.

SPANISH ART

Catalog description: An overview of art and architecture in Spain. Evaluation by tests, quizzes, oral presentations and written assignments. 3 semester hour credits.

SABR 3930 F: Students study art works and architecture from all periods of Spain and discuss periods and styles. Lectures and site visits. Readings and several written papers required. Students identify several works of art and architecture on their final exam. Prerequisite: Spanish 2002 or equivalent.

SABR 4930 F (Advanced level): Students study art works and architecture from all periods of Spain and discuss periods and styles. Lectures and site visits. Readings, written papers and class presentations required. Students describe styles and epochs, and identify several works of art and architecture on their final exam. Prerequisite: By placement exam or by permission of the instructor.

CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE

Catalog description: A study of contemporary Spanish and Hispanic American literature (from the generation of 1998 until the present), including theater, prose and poetry, with an emphasis on poetry. Students read and analyze selections from authors such as Federico García Lorca, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Miguel de Unamuno, Antonio Machado, Valle-Inclán, Miguel Delibes, Pablo Neruda, Gabriel García Márquez, Julio Cortázar and other authors which the teacher may choose. Requires several papers at the appropriate level. Evaluation by tests, quizzes, oral presentations and written assignments. 3 semester hour credits.

SABR 3930 G: Students will read selections of the above-listed authors and write several short papers. Students will give a commentary of text to the class and on the final exam. Prerequisite: Spanish 2002 or equivalent.  

SABR 4930 G (Advanced level): Students cover more historical criticism, read more selections, and write several long papers at the advanced level. Students will give a commentary of text to the class and on the final exam. Prerequisite: By placement exam or by permission of the instructor.

SPANISH COMMUNICATION AND CREATIVE WRITING

Catalog description: Informal communication in speaking and writing in cultural settings in Spain. Evaluation by tests, quizzes, oral presentations and written assignments. 3 semester hour credits.

SABR 3930 H: Practice in communicating informally in Spain, such as telephone conversations, colloquial phrases, telling stories, and how to react in typical cultural situations. Practice in writing original stories, poetry, journals, letters, movie reviews.  Oral presentations and original writings required. Prerequisite: Spanish 2002 or equivalent.

SABR 4930 H (Advanced level): Advanced Communication and Creative Writing. Practice at a sophisticated level in communicating informally in Spain, such as telephone conversations, colloquial phrases, telling stories, and how to react in typical cultural situations. Practice at a superior level in writing original stories, poetry, journals, letters, movie reviews. Multiple oral presentations and a portfolio of writing samples required. Prerequisite: By placement exam or by permission of the instructor.

SPANISH ECONOMY AND SOCIETY

Catalog description: An overview of contemporary economics and society in Spain. Evaluation by tests, quizzes, oral presentations and written assignments. 3 semester hour credits.

SABR 3930 I: Examines the economy, stock market, international trade relations, currency, unemployment, jobs and society in Spain. Requires a basic knowledge of economy. Recommended for students with a background in economy or university-level courses in economy. Primarily lectures with some discussion. Readings and papers required. Prerequisite: Spanish 2002 or equivalent.

SABR 4930 I (Advanced level): Covers the same information as the 3000-level class, but requires more detailed readings and lengthier, more detailed papers at the advanced level. Prerequisite: By placement exam or by permission of the instructor.

SPANISH TRANSLATION

Catalog description: An introduction to translating from English to Spanish, with attention to idiomatic expressions and vocabulary particular to Spain. Evaluation by tests, quizzes, oral presentations and written assignments. 3 semester hour credits.

SABR 3930 J: Students learn techniques for proper translation from English to Spanish, practicing with all types of writing, with emphasis on literature. Focus on peninsular expressions and vocabulary. Students will keep a journal of new expressions, vocabulary and slang they hear in Spain. Prerequisite: Spanish 2002 or equivalent.

SABR 4930 J (Advanced level): Covers the same information as the 3000-level class, but students work with more complicated texts and analyze nuances between languages. Prerequisite: By placement exam or by permission of the instructor.

GRADUATE CLASSES

SABR 6930 A (Spain: P-12 Teaching Spanish Grammar)
An intensive review of all grammar tenses with special attention to problem areas for students, such as subjunctive and differences in the moods. Includes daily conversations on current events and compositions to write. Term paper or project required. Lab experience includes analyses of journals of undergraduate students. 3 semester hour graduate credits. Prerequisite: undergraduate major in Spanish or equivalent or by permission of the instructor.

SABR 6930 B (Spain: P-12 Teaching Spanish Culture)
An introduction to Spanish culture at the advanced level through lectures, videos, films, and music. Topics may include customs, contemporary ideas, religions, food, architecture, art, geography, history and politics. Students will visit the major museums and cultural sites of Salamanca, as well as those in other cities included in the excursions (Toledo, Segovia, Barcelona and Figueres). Term paper or project is required. Lab experience includes conversational interchange with a native. 3 semester hour graduate credits. Prerequisite: undergraduate major in Spanish or equivalent or by permission of the instructor.