Graduate courses offered in fall 2017

SPAN 524 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics (MW 4-5:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Frank Nuessel)

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

SPAN 570: Basic Interpreting Skills (TTh 4-5:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Lluís Baixauli-Olmos)

In this course you will explore the theoretical and practical foundations of interpreting in community settings, including legal, health, education and social settings. You will be exposed to intensive consecutive interpreting, sight translation and basic simultaneous interpreting practice. This course provides an overview of the interpreting activity and profession by focusing on the different interpreting modes, settings and techniques; professional role and professional ethics, standards of practice, decision-making and dilemma-solving strategies and other tools to help students grasp and practice interpreting. This course focuses on the Spanish-English language pair.

SPAN 599: Screening Latin America: Curating Film Festivals (T 5:30-8:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Manuel Medina)

This class encourages students to think like curators and film critics. It provides class participants with both academic knowledge and practical experience to curate film festivals.  It presents students with the tools to “read” films within the context of national cinemas and to define “Latin American cinema.” It studies the history of film production, distribution and exhibition in Latin America. The class participants will became acquainted the most important film “movements” across Latin America, from the “New Latin American Cinema” that began in the 1960.  It will also examine the growth of video film production that began in the late twentieth century.  The final project and class assignments will require students to develop his or her own ideas on the subject rather than depending on the teacher’s knowledge alone. The class will rely on independent research including internet sources, interviews and discussions with Latin American filmmakers and curators, attendance at film festivals, and broad viewing of new Latin American films. At the end of the semester, students will present a film festival project ready to be organized, set-up and presented at a local venue. It should include rationale behind theme and film selection, and other practical details such as how to contact specific film distributors and producers, securing a venue, financing, and promoting a festival. The class will also put students in contact with curators, directors, and film critics to allow them exposure to different curatorial and critical approaches. (A previous film theory class is recommended but not required.)

SPAN 611 Introduction to Methods and Research in Hispanic Studies (Th 5:30-8:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Greg Hutcheson)

An introduction to graduate studies in Spanish. Emphasis on critical approaches to Hispanic studies, scholarly writing in Spanish, research methods using print and electronic resources, and professional development. This course must be taken within the first 18 credit hours of graduate studies.

SPAN 661 Foundations of Translation and Interpreting (M 5:30-8:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Clare Sullivan)

Provides a theoretical background to the field of intercultural communication in its written and oral modalities. Introduces skills necessary for active practice in the main subfields of the profession. Requires reflection on ethical and cultural implication in the field.

SPAN 670: Spanish Phonetics and Dialectology (W 5:30-8:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Lisa Wagner)

In this course students will study the Spanish language sound system, as well as the articulatory phonetics of various Spanish dialects of the Spanish-speaking world.  Special emphasis will be placed on the contrastive analysis of Spanish vs. English sounds as they relate to: 1) improving one’s own L2 pronunciation accuracy, and 2) implementing the applied linguistics of teaching / helping other L1 speakers of English to improve their L2 Spanish pronunciation skills.