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Graduate courses offered in spring 2015

SPAN 524 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics (TTh 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Lisa Wagner)

Introduction to basic linguistic concepts, exploration of communicative strategies, and investigation of Hispanic culture and dialectology.

SPAN 544 Advanced Grammar and Stylistics (W 5:30 - 8:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Clare Sullivan)

This course will approach the more problematic aspects of Spanish grammar from the point of view of a translator. We will cover such topics as prepositions, spelling, adjectives as well as grammatical number and gender with the added benefit of having a professional translator present as co-instructor. Through a hands-on workshop students will aim to achieve clarity and grace in their written communication.

SPAN 599 Special Topics (Th 5:30 - 8:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Greg Hutcheson)

TOPIC IN SPRING 2015: "Hispanic Sexualities." This course will explore constructs of gender and sexuality in early-modern and modern literature and debate whether Anglo-American theoretical models (including queer theory) sufficiently capture the Hispanic experience. Tentative list of authors to be considered: the transgendered monja-alférez Catalina de Erauso, Mexican intellectual and poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca, Chilean poet and Nobel prize winner Gabriela Mistral, Cuban novelist Reinaldo Arenas, and Uruguayan author and activist Cristina Peri Rossi. We will also look at films by Spanish and Spanish American filmmakers, including Pedro Almodóvar and María Luisa Bombal.

SPAN 624 Topics in Hispanic Linguistics (M 5:30 - 8:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Frank Nuessel)

TOPIC IN SPRING 2015: "Spanish Applied Linguistics." This course will address linguistics as applied to the teaching of Spanish. Students will: 1) learn technical linguistic terminology to describe linguistic processes and phenomena accurately; 2) do problem-solving activities to demonstrate proficiency in the content of the textbook material; 3) work on discussion themes in the textbook to demonstrate proficiency in the content of the chapter material in the classroom; 4) evaluate a first- or second-year textbook; 5) present the research results of that assessment in written format to the instructor and in an oral presentation to classmates. This applied linguistics course will address the three communicative modes (Interpersonal, Interpretive, Presentational). It will also consider the national standards, or 5 Cs (communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, communities). It will review various methodologies (Direct Method, Audiolingual Method, Cognitive Code, Communicative Model, the Silent Way, and various others) together with the techniques employed adapting these methods to the classroom. Assessment strategies will be examined to determine student performance. 

SPAN 667: Computers in Translation (T 5:30-8:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Lluís Baixauli-Olmos)

This course is designed as a theoretical and hands-on introduction to computer-assisted (CAT) tools. CAT tools are commonly used in the language industry to support multiple tasks in the translation process such as project management, technical writing, editing, proofreading, terminology management and desktop publishing. This course will introduce students to the concepts of machine translation (MT), translation memory management, term-base management, and localization management. Basic HTML and XML principles will be presented during the semester, and corpora tools will be introduced. Students will be introduced to major translation software commonly used in the language industry to perform translation tasks. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 661/TRPR 661 and SPAN 662/TRPR 662 or consent of instructor.

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