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Dr. Michael Cartmill
Office: 121 University Plaza B
Phone: (435) 652-7899
email: Michael.Cartmill@dixie.edu

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SPAN 1010 (click for syllabus)--Beginning Spanish I, 4 hours

Course Description:  Beginning course for students with little or no Spanish language experience.  Native-speakers and students who have acquired proficiency in this language through extended residence, military service, church missions, or other methods may not enroll in this class.  This class emphasizes conversation, vocabulary building, and basic grammar.  A variety of teaching methods will be employed, including drills, videos, etc.  Some discussion of culture is included.  This course partially qualifies students to receive an Associate of Arts or Bachelor of Arts degree.  Successful completers are prepared to take SPAN 1020.  Placement in foreign language classes is at the discretion of the Department Chair.  

Available handouts: First day of class

SPAN 1020 (click for syllabus)--Beginning Spanish II, 4 hours

For students who have completed SPAN 1010 or who have equivalent experience (approximately two years of high school Spanish). Native-speakers and students who have acquired proficiency in this language through extended residence, military service, church missions, or other methods may not enroll in this class. Speaking, listening, reading, and writing, as well as cultural awareness will be emphasized. Varied methods are used to teach the class, including videos and drilling. Students using 1020 as an entry level class may receive vertical credits for SPAN 1010 upon passing 1020 with a C grade or higher. This course partially qualifies students to receive an Associate of Arts or Bachelor of Arts degree. Upon completion of this course you will be prepared to take SPAN 2010. Equivalent experience may substitute for prerequisite. Placement in foreign language classes is at the discretion of the Department Chair. Prerequisite: SPAN 1010 or instructor permission.

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SPAN 2010 (click for syllabus)--Intermeditate Spanish I, 4 hours

For Intermediate level students who have taken Spanish 1020, or equivalent experience (four or more years of high school Spanish). Native-speakers and students who have acquired proficiency in this language through extended residence, military service, church missions, or other methods may not enroll in this class. Second-year course that emphasizes grammar review, composition, reading and conversation, and cultural awareness. Students using 2010 as an entry level class may receive vertical credits for lower level courses upon passing 2010 with a C grade or higher. This course partially qualifies students to receive an Associate of Arts or Bachelor of Arts degree. Successful completers will be prepared to take Spanish 2020. Not for students with extended Spanish language experience abroad. Equivalent experience may substitute for prerequisite. Placement in foreign language classes is at the discretion of the Department Chair. Prerequisite: SPAN 1020 or instructor permission.

Available handouts: Preterite and imperfect

SPAN 2020 (click for syllabus)--Intermediate Spanish II, 4 hours

For Intermediate students who have taken Spanish 2010, or equivalent (four or more years of high school Spanish). Continued emphasis on grammar and introduction of authentic literary works to develop reading comprehension at a higher level. Cultural awareness will be emphasized as well. Students using 2020 as an entry level class may receive vertical credits for lower level courses upon passing 2020 with a C grade or higher. This course, along with one other Spanish course, will partially qualify students to receive an Associate of Arts degree. Not for students with extended Spanish language experience abroad. Successful completers should continue studies with SPAN 3020. Equivalent experience may substitute for prerequisite. Placement in foreign language classes is at the discretion of the Department Chair. Prerequisite: SPAN 2010 or instructor permission.

Available handouts: Grammar review

SPAN 250

SPAN 3040 (click for syllabus)--Intermediate Grammar and Oral Proficiency. 4 Hours.

Emphasis on oral production through discussion of topics drawn from texts and other media addressing current events. Additionally, the course addresses intermediate grammar topics through reading and listening exercises. Native speakers or those who have acquired intermediate proficiency through extended residence (e.g. native speakers, military service, extended family visits, church missions) are not eligible to take this class.

Prerequisite: SPAN 2020

SPAN 250

SPAN 3060 (click for syllabus)--Advanced Grammar, Culture and Composition I, 3 hours

Special attention is given to advanced areas of Spanish grammar appropriate for oral argumentation and expository writing and also to distinctions between formal and informal usage. Continued development of conversational and written skills through discussing the different cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking countries, emphasizing the richness of the different cultures as well as dialectal uses of grammar. Critical and creative writing with emphasis on summaries, narratives, and descriptions of a factual nature, and supported opinion. Authentic materials promote the understanding of Hispanic cultures. Students using 3060 as an entry level class may receive vertical credits for lower level courses upon passing 3060 with a C grade or higher. Equivalent experience may substitute for prerequisite.

Available handouts: Conjugaciones; Cartas

SPAN 3070 (click for syllabus)--Advanced Grammar, Culture and Composition II, 3 hours

Description: Continuation of SPAN 3060. Emphasizes advanced grammar with focus on developing research skills. Attention is paid to Spanish/English contrasts, pronoun, tense, aspect, and mood selection; as well as reflexive and passive usage. Grammar skills are developed in conversation, reading and writing. Students are also introduced to linguistic concepts that will help them make their own judgments about grammar and pronunciation.

Prerequisite: SPAN 3060

SPAN 3390 (click for syllabus)--Introduction to Spanish Literature , 3 credits

Description: Prerequisite: SPAN 3060.
   Readings in modern Hispanic literature (either Spanish peninsular or Latin American), focusing on formal literary analysis.

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SPAN 4560 (click for syllabus)--Culture/Customs of Spanish America, 3 credits

Description: Prerequisite: SPAN 3060.
   A study of the historical, cultural, and social influences that created the modern Latin American Society, including differentiating indigenous empires and identifying the legacy of those ancient civilizations; analyzing the complex conquest by Spain and examining the linguistic, social, political, and cultural aspects of Hispanic heritage; reviewing the different quests for independence in the 1800s; distinguishing the social and political aspects of the evolution of modern Latin American political systems; and examining examples of representative artistic and literary production.

SPAN 4630 (click for syllabus)-- Spanish American Literature to 1880, 3 credits

Description: Prerequisite: SPAN 3060.
   Survey of selected periods and themes in Spanish American literature, covering texts from the pre-Hispanic, European exploration, and colonization of the Americas (1492-1826) periods in order to study a topic of interest in Spanish American literature and culture through reading and thinking critically about a wide variety of literary and cultural texts, including letters, chronicles, essays, poetry, and fiction.

SPAN 4800 (click for syllabus)--Spanish Senior Capstone, 3 credits

Description: Prerequisite: Senior status, Spanish major, and instructor permission.
Fulfills Spanish capstone requirement. This course is designed to be a culminating experience in which the student will demonstrate skills and knowledge garnered from his/her experience within the Spanish program. The Spanish major will research, write and revise an extensive research paper under the supervision of a Spanish faculty member. The capstone topic selected will directly relate to the language, literature, culture, history and/or civilization of the Spanish-speaking peoples of the world. The student will present the results of his/her research in a public forum at the end of the semester.
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