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MLSP-026  Culture and Community Service

Orientation and introduction to Costa Rican culture at the outset of students' experience in the Semester Abroad Program in Costa Rica, with community service component. 1 credit. (EL)

MLSP-030  Spanish Conversation Practice

1 credit (EL)

MLSP-032  Cross-cultural Issues: Costa Rica and The Us

Examination of Costa Rican culture values, self-image, and communication styles as compared with the United States. 1 credit. (EL)

MLSP-101  Elementary Spanish I

Development of vocabulary, structures, and speaking/reading/ writing strategies essential to basic language use. Situation-based practice in asking and answering questions; identifying, comparing, and describing people and things; expressing feelings, wants and needs and discussing plans. Preparation for living in a Spanish-speaking culture. $20 fee. ACTFL target: Novice High. Offered fall. 4 credits.

MLSP-102  Elementary Spanish II

Continuation of 101. Continued practice in reading, writing, talking about activities, making plans and inquiries, expressing wants and needs and discussing experiences. Some practice in narration of present, past and future events, and also in maintaining opinions. $20 fee. ACTFL target: Intermediate Low. Prerequisite: 101 or placement test. A grade of C or higher is required to continue to 201. A grade lower than C requires a repeat of 105 to progress to 201. Offered spring. 4 credits.

MLSP-105  Intensive Elementary Spanish

An accelerated one-semester course that covers the material of 101 and 102, preparing students for intermediate-level work during the second semester. Satisfies language requirement for B.A. degree. For students with some previous experience in the language, but not enough to enroll in 201, and for students with superior language-learning ability. $25 fee. ACTFL target: Intermediate Low. A grade of C or higher is required to continue to 201. A grade lower than C means a repeat of 105. Offered fall and spring. 5 credits.

MLSP-170  Latin American HISTory and Politics (also Listed As HIST 170)

Latin American history from the European, African, and American Indian origins to the present. Continuing social, economic, and political fixtures. Desire for change in the 20th century. Not for Spanish major or minor credit. Offered fall in Costa Rica. 3 credits.

MLSP-201  Intermediate Spanish I

Review of skills and structures described in 101 and 102. Emphasis on building a large practical vocabulary, and on using it to describe, narrate, and start building connected discourse. Reading and aural exercises that use authentic materials; writing exercises that reflect real-world tasks. Preparation for living for an extended period in a Spanishspeaking culture. Four class hours per week. $20 fee. ACTFL target: Intermediate Mid. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in 102 or 105 or placement test. 4 credits.

MLSP-202  Intermediate Spanish II

Continuation of 201. Four class hours per week. $20 fee. ACTFL target: Intermediate Mid. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in 201 or placement test. 4 credits.

MLSP-290  Spanish For Bilingual and Heritage Learners

Exposure to Spanish language for native speakers of the language. Development of reading and writing skills at an advanced level; work on advanced structural concepts and expansion of vocabulary in various formal registers. May be repeated once for credit. $15 fee. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Offered fall. 3 credits. (WI)

MLSP-291  Spanish For Bilingual and Heritage Learners

Exposure to Spanish language for native speakers of the language. Development of reading and writing skills at an advanced level; work on advanced structural concepts and expansion of vocabulary in various formal registers. May be repeated once for credit. $15 fee. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Offered fall. 3 credits. (WI)

MLSP-301  Spanish Composition and Conversation I

Study of advanced grammatical structures, idiomatic expressions, and more precise vocabulary. Discussion of a broad range of political, social, cultural and personal topics based on reading material. Speaking practice includes making more precise descriptions, narrating past events, hypothesizing, expressing and supporting opinions and functioning in unfamiliar situations. In Spanish. $20 fee. ACTFL target: Intermediate High. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in 202 or placement test. 4 credits. (MWI)

MLSP-302  Spanish Composition and Conversation II

Continuation of 301 with emphasis on more advanced grammar, vocabulary building, sentence connection, more informal and formal writing. Discussion of a broad range of political, social, cultural and personal topics based on reading material. Preparation of formal oral presentation. Reading and discussion of short novel. Recommended for students returning from Semester Abroad Program. In Spanish. $20 fee. ACTFL target: Advanced. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in 301, equivalent course abroad, or placement test. 4 credits. (MWI)

MLSP-311  Spanish Civilization I: Spain

Study of the historical/cultural background of peoples of Spain: intellectual and artistic achievements and contributions to the world from early beginnings to the present; their influence on the peoples they conquered in the new world; ethnic distinctions in Spain; traditions, religion, festivities, customs of the various ethnic groups of the Peninsula. In Spanish. $15 fee. Prerequisite: 302 or consent of instructor. 3 credits.

MLSP-312  Spanish Civilization II: Hispanic America

Study of the historical background of Latin American peoples, before and after the European conquest of the continent. Analyses of the most relevant cultural aspects such as: art, music, religion, ritualistic life, festivities, beliefs, traditions, ethnic issues. In Spanish. $15 fee. Prerequisite: 302 or consent of instructor. 3 credits. (IS or GP)

MLSP-320  Spanish Language Practice

Course conducted in Oaxaca, Mexico, in the Semester Abroad Program. For students who have taken 202 before going abroad. Offered spring. 5 credits.

MLSP-321  Spanish Language Practice IV

Course work conducted in San José, Costa Rica in the Semester Abroad Program. For students who have taken 202 before going abroad. Offered fall. 5 credits.

MLSP-350  Topics In Spanish Literature

Study of selected topics in Spanish and Latin American literature through reading and discussion of major works. Study of literary genres and movements. Practice in literary analysis. Recent topics have included the Hispanic American Short Story, Peninsular Short Story, Spanish One-act Plays, Introduction to Spanish and Hispanic American Literature, The Modern Mexican Novel, and Latin American women authors and poetry. In Spanish. Repeatable for credit when the topic changes. $15 fee. Prerequisite: 302 or completion of semester abroad or consent of instructor. 3 credits. (CS or GP)

MLSP-360  Topics In Hispanic Civilization

Selected aspects of culture and cultural change that have been especially important in determining the nature of contemporary societies associated with this language. Study and discussion of printed and broadcast sources from the various humanistic and social scientific fields. Course topics in recent years have included Historical, Feminine, and Mythological Figures in Latin American Cultures and Latin American film. Repeatable for credit when the topic changes. In Spanish. $15 fee. Prerequisites: 302 and consent of instructor. 3 credits. (IS or GP)

MLSP-362  Latin American Cultures Through Film

Study of cultural identity in film through the lens of gender, class and race. Focus on marginal groups in different societies from Latin America, individual and collective history. Inquiry into relevant historical periods of countries studied. Screenings of films, student presentations, lectures and discussion. In Spanish. $20 fee. Prerequisite: 302 or consent of instructor. Offered spring. 4 credits. (IS or GP)

MLSP-370  Spanish Language Practice

Course work conducted in Oaxaca, Mexico, in the Semester Abroad Program. For students who have taken courses above 302 before going abroad. Offered spring. 5 credits.

MLSP-371  Spanish Language Practice Vi

Course work conducted in San José, Costa Rica in the Semester Abroad Program. For students who have taken courses above 302 before going abroad. Offered fall. 5 credits.

MLSP-480  Independent Study

A flexible course suited to the needs of the individual student. Reading and research on a special project. Prerequisite: 302 or consent of instructor. 1-5 credits.

MLSP-485  Senior Seminar

Reading, discussion, and writing on cultural topics of the Spanish-speaking world, culminating in the writing of a senior thesis paper. Topics chosen while abroad in consultation with advisor. Mandatory for all seniors majoring in Spanish. $15 fee. 3 credits. (MWI)

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