Farris Furman Anderson
Problems of Spanish grammar. Differences from English grammar. Techniques for the effective teaching of Spanish. Prerequisite: either SPAN 303, SPAN 316 or SPAN 330; SPAN 323. Offered: jointly with SPLING 406; AWSp.
Structures of the Spanish language not normally considered in the first three years of instruction. The reasons behind grammatical rules. An approach to language as SYSTEM rather than as an arbitrary collection of rules and procedures.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Classes conducted mainly in English. General presentation by professor of each topic. Extensive written exercises. Active student participation, oral and written (in workbook, and in class on board).
A solid basic knowledge of Spanish grammar. Course assumes fourth-year competence in Spanish. We will not spend much time re-learning basic points of grammar that should have been learned in the first three years of study.
Class assignments and grading
Readings and written exercises, all contained in the course workbook or handed out in class. Students are expected to complete all assignments on time and to be able to discuss material in class. On designated days, students should arrive in class prepared to write exercises on board.
Approximately 75% of the grade will be determined by the average of the grades received on the course's three two-hour exams. Approximately 25% will be based on scrupulous completion of assignments and class participation.