91511

SPAN 110   Accelerated First Year Spanish

Diego Soto

M T W Th .

8:50 -9:50 am

OLINLC 208

FLLC

Cross-listed:  LAIS   A first-year course designed for the student who has had some prior exposure to Spanish or who has excellent command of another Romance language. All the major topics in grammar will be covered, and the course will provide intensive practice in the four skills (speaking, comprehension, reading and writing). The course will provide a streamlined review of basic topics in grammar and provide more detail and exercises for advanced topics. The textbook will be supplemented with authentic video material from Spain and 'Latin America. One additional hour per week of practice with the Spanish tutor and a substantial amount of work in the language resource center will also be required. The course will prepare the student for summer language programs abroad or Spanish 201 the following semester. Prospective students should contact Professor Nicholson at nicholso@bard.edu. Class size: 20

 

91515

SPAN 201   Intermediate Spanish I

Patricia López-Gay

M T W Th .

10:10 - 11:10 am

RKC 200

FLLC

Cross-listed:  LAIS   For students who have completed Spanish 106, 110, or the equivalent (  two or three solid years of high school Spanish). This course is designed to perfect the student's command of all four language skills (speaking, aural comprehension, reading, and writing). This will be achieved through an intensive grammar review, conversational practice, reading of modern Spanish texts, writing simple compositions, and language lab work. Prospective students should contact Professor Nicholson at nicholso@bard.edu. Class size: 18

 

91517

SPAN 202   Intermediate Spanish II

Melanie Nicholson

M T . Th .

11:50 -1:10 pm

OLINLC 208

FLLC

Cross-listed:  LAIS   This course continues refining and perfecting the student’s mastery of speaking, reading, comprehending, and writing Spanish.  Advanced study of grammar is supplemented by a video series and authentic readings on a wide variety of topics related to Spanish and Latin American history, literature, music, and art.  Current topics in culture such as the Latin American military dictatorships or issues surrounding the Hispanic presence in the United States will be discussed.  In addition to shorter readings, such as excerpts from Don Quixote and indigenous Mexican poetry, students may read a short modern novel.  Prerequisite: Spanish 201 or permission of instructor.  Prospective students must speak with instructor prior to registration.

Class size: 20

 

91512

SPAN 211   Spanish for Heritage Speakers

Nicole Caso

M . W . .

10:10 - 11:30 am

OLIN 310

FLLC

This course is for students who have been exposed to Spanish at home and wish to achieve confidence in speaking, writing, and reading the language. Grammar study capitalizes on prior contact with the language and allows more rapid progress than in a standard setting. We will emphasize written composition, accelerated grammar review, and the discussion of issues pertinent to Hispanic cultures. Prospective students must speak with instructor prior to registration.   Class size: 18

 

91518

SPAN 220   The Latino Presence in US

Melanie Nicholson

M . W . .

1:30 -2:50 pm

OLINLC 210

FLLC/DIFF

Cross-listed: Human Rights, LAIS   This multidisciplinary course is designed to provide an in-depth study of the historical, social, political, legal, and linguistic issues surrounding the Hispanic presence in the United States.  It will also give advanced Spanish students an opportunity to utilize and improve their communication skills and broaden their cultural perspectives.  The first four weeks of the semester will be devoted to instruction in ESL (English as a Second Language) pedagogy.  At the end of this period, Bard students will be matched with Spanish speakers in the surrounding community and will begin providing instruction in conversational English.  For the remainder of the semester, students will meet in seminar format to discuss course readings.  Guest lecturers, both from within the Bard faculty and from other community agencies, will be invited to address students on particular issues, including the history of Hispanic immigration in the US (with a focus on New York state), economic issues regarding immigrants and migrants, particularly as they relate to the Hudson Valley in the past decade; political conflicts arising out of illegal immigration; legislation and the role of the ICE; attitudes toward Hispanics (stereotyping; conflation of racial, linguistic, and class issues in relations among Hispanics, other minority groups, and the English-speaking majority); and issues surrounding bilingualism.  Conducted in Spanish and English.  Students must have completed Spanish 202 or its equivalent, and must  have approval of instructor prior to registration. Class size: 15

 

91513

SPAN 265   Intro to Literary Analysis

Nicole Caso

. T . Th .

11:50 -1:10 pm

OLINLC 118

FLLC

This course is designed to be a bridge between Spanish language classes and 300-level seminars of literature and culture from Spain and Latin America.  We will develop a critical vocabulary that will provide the foundation for close readings and in-depth literary analysis, and will spend considerable time working on developing skills for writing analytical essays in Spanish.  The semester will be devoted to engaging with four literary genres:  poetry, narrative, drama, and essays.  The authors on our reading list will include many of the primary writers from Spain and Latin America, whose works span the vast historical period from the middle ages and the Spanish American colony to contemporary times.  This is not meant to be a survey of all literary periods, however.  Our focus will be on acquiring the basic skills for literary analysis.  Conducted in Spanish.  Class size: 18

 

91516

SPAN 301   Introduction to Spanish

 Literature

Patricia López-Gay

M . W . .

11:50 -1:10 pm

OLINLC 206

FLLC

Cross-listed:  LAIS   This multidisciplinary course explores some of the major literary works produced on the Iberian peninsula from the Middle Ages to the present day. Students will become familiar with the general contours of Spanish history, and will study in depth a small number of masterpieces from various writers (Cervantes, Colón, Teresa de Jesús, don Juan Manuel, Calderón de la Barca, Larra, Galdós, Unamuno, Lorca, Laforet, Llamazares, Orejudo and Vila-Matas, among others). The course will be organized in thematic modules, and in each module we will undertake a chronological survey of relevant literature. The main topics of the modules will be: 1) Pen-ínsula: discursos de la pureza: Spanish literature’s engagement with notions of purity and pollution; 2) Ruinas del campo y la ciudad: literary representations of the country and the city (in conversation with film), and the links between those representations and notions of Spanish identity; 3) El “yocomo encrucijada: the emergence of the first person singular in Spanish literature, and its contemporary manifestations in the form of autofiction, or faction (in conversation with photography). Conducted in Spanish.  Prospective students should contact Professor Nicholson at nicholso@bard.edu. Class size: 15

 

91514

SPAN 334   “The Sweet Waist of the Americas:” Introduction to Central

American Literature

Nicole Caso

M . W . .

1:30 -2:50 pm

OLIN 107

FLLC

Cross-listed:  LAIS  Referred to as “the little thumb” of the hemisphere, “the sweet waist of America,” or as “the dubious strait,” the Central American isthmus and its literature will be the central focus of this course.  We will read a selection of twentieth-century authors from the region in order to familiarize students with texts that are often marginalized from the Latin American canon.  We will explore particular aesthetic and ideological concerns and situate our readings within the violent political and historical context that often becomes, in itself, a recurring theme in Central American fiction.  Among the authors we will read are Miguel Angel Asturias, Gioconda Belli, Roque Dalton, Tatiana Lobo, and Sergio Ramírez.  Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302. Prospective students must speak with instructor prior to registration.  Class size: 15