Alison M. Stevens
Problems of Spanish grammar. Differences from English grammar. Techniques for the effective teaching of Spanish. Prerequisite: either SPAN 303, SPAN 316 or 330; SPAN 323. Offered: jointly with SPLING 406; AWSp.
Covers subordination and collocation - adjective, adverb and noun clauses and subjunctive vs. indicative; reflexive verbs and the uses of pronominal "se"; issues of tense and aspect, in particular contrasts in use of preterite and imperfect with reference to imperfective and perfective aspect; copulative verbs - ser and estar; analysis of text and English-Spanish Spanish-English translation. A refinement of grammar knowledge from 300-level Spanish courses; also helpful to teachers of Spanish.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Participatory, workshop style. Students do board work and pair work as well as participating in class discussions of grammar and translation. Taught in both Spanish and English.
Mastery of the prerequisite coursework, with careful review recommended if courses not taken recently.
Class assignments and grading
Translation, fill-ins, analysis of text in Spanish, readings.
40% Exams 40% Final Exam 20% Participation