The INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF LANGUAGES is a private, independent, non sectarian, educational institution, which has as its primary objective the recognition and development of the capabilities of its students in foreign Languages, as a vehicle for international communication, cooperation and mutual understanding.
I.S.O.L. is one of the schools belonging to the InterAmerican University and currently shares its entire infrastructure for courses and other activities.
The I.S.O.L. Difference
All Programs at I.S.O.L. are designed to give students an opportunity to become thoroughly conversant in the foreign language and to view the world from literary, cultural, and practical perspectives; each provides the student with a basis from which to pursue her own personal and career goals.
I.S.O.L. holds different campuses in several countries (U.S., Spain, China, Egypt, etc.) as a composite of many facilities.
The Spanish Program
The GENERAL PROGRAM in Spanish as a Foreign Language is a series of six courses with grade levels ranging from Absolute Beginners through Advanced, and called:
SPE 101 ELEMENTARY 1
SPE 102 ELEMENTARY 2
SPB 103 BASIC 3
SPB 104 BASIC 4
SPI 105 INTERMEDIATE 5
SPA 106 ADVANCED 6
Explanation of Levels
Students learn to express opinions, physical sensations, feelings and needs in a simple way. Students will be able to read brief letters and texts related to daily life.
Students reach conversational skills on familiar matters, at a normal rate, and will be able to read general and simple literary texts.
Students learn to provide detailed information on general matters, to express themselves fluently, to write long texts, and to appreciate humor, irony and wit in written texts.
Students will be able to debate points of view, provide arguments and learn to write using idioms, expressions and other stylistic resources that allow a creative use of the language. They will find no difficulty in reading literature by contemporary Spanish and Latin American authors. The system presents in context the structures of Spanish and gradually introduces a vocabulary of about 3.000 words. The Program includes:
Intensive Work in Language Skills
Students develop their proficiency in listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing through exercises in intonation patterns, substitution and participation drills, conversations, readings and complimentary activities.
It represents a new teaching approach and concentrates on developing skills by imitation, repetition and habit.
Preparation for Academic Study
Students develop study skills such as becoming familiar with library resources, dictionaries and reference books, writing papers, note taking, testing and evaluation procedures; seminar and lecture practices; and, at the advanced level doing research at an academic field of interest.
Models and Mentors
Our faculty is as varied as our teaching methods. In addition to pursuing an active program of research and scholarship in their own areas of interest, all members of the faculty are committed to teaching of international students.
The INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF LANGUAGES Intensive Spanish Courses are offered every semester and during the summer, at all levels, from Elementary through Advanced, with special courses for absolute beginners on certain specific dates.
The coursework is designed to give the maximum exposure to the practical use of Spanish in a variety of situations. Language is presented and practiced in realistic situations using textbooks and other sources of authentic materials.
Students may study for three, four or five hours everyday and are assessed regularly by the instructors through homework assignments, class tests and other sources of authentic material.
The minimum enrollment period is one month, but it is possible to enroll for full semester periods, or even longer.
A placement test is necessary for most classes if you have never studied with us before. Placement tests will be given prior to on-site registration, any time between 10:30 am and 7:00 pm. Tests are given on a first-come, first-served basis. The test takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete for advanced students, less for beginners. Tests are graded immediately when possible and an oral interview is conducted thereafter. Once you know your level, you can register for the class that best fits your schedule. If this placement exam date does not suit you, please give us a call.
Main Spanish Language Programs
Dedication: 15 lessons per week (3 per day)
Each lesson: 1 hr.
Ø 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Ø 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM and
Ø 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM depending on level
Presentation and practice of grammatical structures and functional areas of language, plus integrated practice of the four skills of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Lis-tening are planned into the lesson. Text books, authentic material and other resources often specially prepared by the teacher are used in these classes. Classwork may be supplemented by regular homework assignments.
Dedication: 20 lessons per week (4 per day)
Each lesson: 1 hr.
Ø 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and
Ø 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM depending on level
Same as above but with further practice in all of the skills, specially in Speaking and Listening. These skills are developed through the use of role-plays, discussions and project work.
Dedication: 25 lessons per week (5 per day)
Each lesson: 1 hr.
Ø 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Ø 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM and
Ø 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM depending on level
Continuation of the above program, including perfectioning and enrichment activities.
Coffee and lunch are excluded from actual classroom hours.
Starting Dates for 2000
Jan 3 Feb 1 Mar 1 Apr 3
May 2 Jun 5 Jul 3 Aug 1
Sep 4 Oct 2 Nov 6
NOTE: I.S.O.L. cannot normally guarantee the time or location of any class in advance and therefore reserves the right to cancel or change the location of any class, at its discretion.
Tuition and Fees
Application Fee:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . U.S. $ 35
Books & Material: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U.S. $ 100
Transcripts: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U.S. $ 10
Examination Fee: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Please, ask
Course 1 month 2 months 3 months 4 months
GROUP CLASSES (MAX. 15) Full Semester
Standard 600 1000 1700 2000
SemiIntensive 900 1500 2100 2780
Intensive 1100 1800 2500 3250
INDIVIDUAL CLASSES Full Semester
1/2 beds Type of Accommodation Daily Monthly
Single Room & Board(w/ 3 meals a day) 4451
Double Room & Board(w/ 3 meals a day) 3200
Amounts refer to U.S. Dollars
The Class Size
Most of our classes are small, and active student participation is expected; beyond the elementary/ intermediate level, the student-faculty ratio is close to 5:1. Independent study and opportunities for honors work are also available, and the curriculum is supplemented by films, Spanish Club activities, and lectures by visiting scholars.
General Spanish courses require a textbook. Textbooks are available for purchase in our Office of General Coordination for the following prices (plus tax). All sales are final.
All textbooks are subject to change without notice.
Level Book Title Price
Elementary ELE 1 (workbook, Textbook and cassette) U.S. $ 45
Basic GENTE 2 (Workbook, Textbook and Cassette) U.S. $ 48
Intermediate ABANICO (Textbook and Workbook) U.S. $ 45
Advanced A FONDO (Textbook) U.S. $ 25
Business Spanish for Beginners SOCIOS 1 (Workbook, Textbook and Cassette) U.S. $ 45
Our teaching system is based on the joint use of two different methods: The Direct and the Communicative Approach. It is expected that all class sessions are conducted in Spanish, despite of the level taught.
Every year, the INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF LANGUAGES administers several exams to test the language competency of the students; among them are:
v Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign language
v Certificado de Suficiencia
v Certificado de Proficiencia del Consejo Español de Educación
To enhance language study we provide computer-based learning aids, created especially for our program, as well as audio and visual materials; all are available in our new multimedia lab, and most can also be accessed from student-owned computers in the dorms. These materials provide students with excellent opportunities to enrich their classroom experience and to engage in intensive review of vocabulary, grammar, writing, listening, and speaking.
Social, Cultural, andRecreational Orientation
The staff of I.S.O.L. acquaints students with the social and cultural opportunities available in the different countries, by organizing and supervising field trips, tours, parties, concerts, and other social, cultural and recreational activities.
All students must have accumulated a minimum of 8 credit units on each level before they may be granted an International Certificate from I.S.O.L. on that level.
Any student wishing to graduate and receive the Diploma in Spanish as a Foreign Language, must successfully complete all six levels, regardless of the number of acceptable transfer credits allowed.
Certificates of Attendance are issued to all accepted students.
An official transcript with course grades and credits earned is permanently at the students’ disposal, at the end of every course taken.
Certificates of Attendance may also be issued to every registered student, upon due application.
The amount of credit to which a student is entitled upon completion of a course is equivalent to the number of tuition hours per week, and its acceptance depends on the policy of the home college of the student and the inter-college articulation agreements.
General Coordination Office
The Office of General Coordination serves I.S.O.L.’s international students and visiting international faculty. The O.G.C. is a resource center for information and consultation on matters related to the international student and faculty/scholars. The staff is prepared to help in any of the various areas of concern, including academic problems, immigration questions, social, health or financial matters, etc. The office also organizes seminars and workshops on topics of interest to the school community, including cross cultural communication, recreational activities, etc.
I.SO.L. VOX. Our Newsletter
A monthly newsletter, and flyers and circulars are sent to all students in order to keep them informed about the many opportunities available, both academic and extra-curricular.
Proper attendance is essential to strong academic progress. Courses will not be considered complete and students will not be assessed if their attendance is less than 85 %.
Before joining a class, students are asked to complete a Personal Assessment Test, which consists of 30 questions graded from easy to difficult with two different formats available for the student’s comfort: a multiple choice questionnaire or a computer software application. The result of this test allows I.S.O.L. to form an opinion of the student’s real level.
Then, all students are interviewed for placement purposes upon their arrival, and finally they are placed in the corresponding level.
The Learning Center
In the Learning Center, students can find a wide variety of materials to supplement the work done in class, and can continue their Spanish studies outside the school hours by listening to graded tapes, doing extra grammar exercises, or by borrowing Spanish books to take home and read. There is also a wide range of reference material available.
The aim of the Learning Center is to allow language development to take place outside as well as in the classroom and to enable students to direct their own learning.
Total Immersion Training
TO LEARN SPANISH QUICKLY AND WELL
The total immersion concept of learning a foreign language places the student into an around-the-clock environment of using the new language–both in class and at home with their host Spanish family on a continuous basis.
“Spanish only” is the rule at I.S.O.L.. Because our instructors are all native Spanish speakers, accents and mannerisms are correct and natural. As the instructors help the students progress in the language, words and sentences come naturally and quickly.
Class placement is important. All students are assigned to classes according to their individual ability and current knowledge of the Spanish language. The typical daily schedule includes three, four or five hours of concentrated language instruction, two hours of conversation practice and a one-hour conference on the culture of Spain. Optional written homework helps reinforce verbal skills.
Special courses have been designed for a number of special professions, including the following:
Interns, medical students and nurses can especially benefit in the Center’s exclusive language study program for health professionals. This innovative program places special emphasis on the vocabulary that they might use in daily situations at medical facilities. Nurses are invited to inquire about how they can earn credits for contact or studies.
Law Enforcement Officers
City police and county sheriff departments regularly send their officers to the Center to learn or improve their Spanish. This special course emphasizes language tools necessary to meet emergency situations.
Teachers Exam Prep Course
Special classes are offered that provide teachers an opportunity to hone their Spanish skills in preparing for the bi-lingual exams.
I.S.O.L. regularly hosts entire classes of students from the U.S. Spanish language classes from middle and high schools often spend a full week in Spain and enlarge their study experiences with their host families. College and university classes and individuals improve their Spanish language and cultural studies with our program.
The return of a duly dated and signed application form and the payment of the deposit required ensures that a place is provisionally reserved until the school sends official confirmation of acceptance.
Candidate students are responsible to be in possession of valid documents and visas covering the length of stay chosen, however, I.S.O.L. can assist in this task.
WHAT YOU NEED TO GET A VISA
1. A valid passport
2. An application form (from the Spanish Consulate/Embassy) in your country
3. 4 color passport size photographs
4. Letter of admission from I.S.O.L.
5. Evidence of sufficient funds to cover tuition fees, accommodation and stay in Spain
6. Medical certificate
7. Police certificate of good behavior (duly legalized and notarised)
8. Photocopy of passport
9. I.S.O.L. medical health insurance
10. Return air ticketNote: The submission of all documents does not necessarily guarantee the issuance of the visa.
Deposit and Payment
The deposit may be sent with the application form by using a money order payable to the InterAmerican University.
Board and tuition fees should reach the school at least five days before the student arrival, unless arrangements have been authorized in another sense.
Withdrawal and Early Departure
The deposit is credited to the student and in case of withdrawal or failure to arrive is not returned.
Under no circumstances can the board and tuition fees be refunded in case of early departure, absence, illness, accident or expulsion.
The Director reserves the right to expel a student who causes a serious disturbance or whose behavior is considered unacceptable.
The following are considered as extras:
Ø Private lessons, journeys, excursions and outings.
Ø Medical expenses (hospitalization, medi-cation, etc.) not covered by insurance.
Ø Personal expenditure: pocket money, phone calls, purchase, transportation, any damage caused, etc.
In case of claims concerning the interpretation, execution or non-execution of these regulations, all parties agree to accept the exclusive authority of the Registrar of the Oviedo District Court.
Applicants to I.S.O.L. (The InterAmerican University) are always welcome. if and when they comply with the following requirements:
Ø They are 18 years of age or older.
Ø they have an American High School Diploma or foreign equivalent.
Ø they show a special willingness towards the Spanish culture and civilization.
Application to the Spanish major is subject to the terms and conditions applicable within I.A.U.
I.S.O.L. operates on a rolling admissions policy whereby qualified applicants are selected on a competitive basis until all available places are filled.
All candidates are expected to submit their application and all supporting documents with at least two weeks prior to their enrollment. Payment must also be done in advance.
Custom-tailored Corporate Programs
There are two things that corporations and organizations must do in order to have a successful learning program…
1. Make sure that you are training to your specific objective.
2. Make sure that your learning program will produce consistent results with all participants and locations.
I.S.O.L. custom-tailors Corporate Programs to meet specific corporate needs. We help you see the BIG picture and avoid the common mistake of just “having Spanish classes.”
If you’re a growing company, you need a solution that will produce consistent results for many people, in multiple locations, on a regional, national or international level. You need a program like I.S.O.L.’s that will help you understand and implement the elements of a results-driven program.
At I.S.O.L. we’re concerned about protecting your return on investment and will structure any corporate program to do just that.
Once everything is designed to meet your specific objectives, we’ll even guarantee the results!
We understand that it’s confusing as you “call around” to different schools. We can assure you that we’re experts at helping corporations design learning programs that get consistent and duplicable results within a reasonable period of time. We’re also experts at helping you understand how to best meet your goals and objectives.
Proven teaching methods will definitely benefit you!!!
Our small classes are generally limited to five students. Studies are personalized so that each student receives a maximum of individual attention.
And to teach, we only count on the most
Each teacher on our staff is a university graduate and a native speaking Spanish citizen. Each has been trained to teach Spanish as a second language. They have been selected for their teaching skills and for the enthusiasm that they exhibit in class.
Students are encouraged to participate in the field trips to interesting places in Asturias and Spain. They also participate in social activities and attend cultural events in the Perlora area.
Living at the International Residences
Students are hosted in our International Residence Hall and they may speak Spanish away from classrooms and in real life conversational situations. The residential experience further assists the student in understanding the rich heritage of the Spanish culture and to experience their family life in a truly natural and friendly manner. All meals are included in this housing plan.
College Credit Options
I.S.O.L. has just made it easier for you to earn college credit while you’re learning Spanish. 3.0 quarter units of credit may be earned with each course taken. In addition, some credits may be applied.
Teachers can apply credit toward CLAD second language requirements. Registered nurses can receive 30 contact hours of relicensure credit for the week-long program. Programs can also be tailored to special groups including teachers and health care professionals.
Majoring in Spanish
Our basic aim is to develop in the student an ability to understand, speak, read, and write Spanish effectively and to provide the student with a solid foundation in the literature and culture of Spain and Latin America. Many of the courses offered may be taken by students who do not plan to concentrate in Spanish but who would like to maintain or develop their knowledge of this language and culture. Given the multi-cultural nature of the whole world today, familiarity with a second language and culture will enhance a student’s preparation for a career in any profession. Advanced study of Spanish makes the student eligible for the intimate contact with a foreign culture available. A concentration in Spanish prepares a student for advanced study in the field of literature and can be particularly useful in the fields of law, business, international trade, journalism, education, and public administration.
The Spanish section makes available a number of flexible options that vary with individual needs, though all include solid training and preparation in Spanish language.
Spanish or Spanish/Business
The Spanish major offers a literary and cultural focus; Spanish/Business students combine work in Spanish language and Hispanic cultures with the study of business practices and their application to the Hispanic world. Students may also choose to minor in Spanish or to pursue a double major, an option often chosen by students with such diverse majors as international affairs, chemistry, biology, economics, mathematical sciences, and environmental studies.
Many careers are enhanced by the ability to communicate in Spanish, and many graduate study programs require a reading knowledge of one or two foreign languages.
The Spanish/Business major is an integrated, interdisciplinary major for students with an interest in Spanish who desire to pursue careers in business. The curriculum for this major combines courses in Spanish language and Hispanic cultures and literatures with courses offered by the Economics Department in accounting, marketing, management, and international business. Where appropriate, the economics courses include material that relates specifically to the Hispanic world.
We will be most happy to provide you with additional information or answer all of your questions.
For application forms and enrollment information, contact:
International School of Languages
. . .to learn enough Spanish to understand and to be understood?
There’s no final answer, of course. But it’s true that the beginner will be speaking and understanding some Spanish at the end of the first week of classes. Each day in class is designed to involve each student in at least three hours of conversations plus class drills.
The more advanced and those interested in improving their skills in technical or job-related Spanish will discover that they will be speaking and understanding quickly and naturallly.
I.S.O.L. RATED NUMBER ONEA panel of international college professors recently evaluated the many Spanish language schools in Spain and Latin America. The I.S.O.L. at the InterAmerican University, in Spain achieved a top ranking among the 25 best ones and a tie for the best score of all the schools that were evaluated.
SPN 101-102 Elementary Spanish
This beginning course is designed to introduce the student to the basic skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing the Spanish language. Work in the Resource Center complements class work. These courses must be taken in successive terms in the same academic year. Written permission is required for seniors. Students with a grade of C– or below in 101 or D+ or below in 102 are urged to repeat the course before continuing. Degree credit is awarded only if the second-term course is successfully completed.
SPN 201 Intermediate Spanish
This one-term language course is designed to improve the student’s ability to understand, speak, read, and write Spanish. It includes a comprehensive review of grammar, regularly scheduled vocabulary study, conversational practice, short compositions, and laboratory exercises. Prerequisite: two or three years of secondary-school Spanish, or SPAN 101-102. Students with a grade of D+ or below in 102 are urged to repeat the course before continuing. Not open to students who score 3 or higher on a Spanish AP exam.
SPN 202 Intermediate Spanish:
Language and Literature
This one-term course is designed to improve the student’s ability to understand, speak, read, and write Spanish and emphasizes development of reading comprehension. It includes a review of the more difficult points of intermediate grammar and focuses on the acquisition of skills necessary for the study of literature. Vocabulary study, conversational practice, and short compositions based on readings are included. Recommended for students who have a good background in grammar but need further training in reading before undertaking courses at the 350 level. Prerequisite: three to four years of secondary-school Spanish, or SPAN 201, or the equivalent. Not open to students who receive credit for 202 by scoring 4 on the AP language exam or 3 or 4 on the AP literature exam.
SPN 001: Elementary Spanish I
This course introduces the basic elements of the language and includes exposure to some aspects of Spanish-speaking cultures. Aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills receive equal attention. Classes are conducted entirely in Spanish, using a communicative approach. Pre-requisites: No previous study of the language. This course meets 5 times a week.
Spanish 002: Elementary Spanish II
This course builds on the elements of the language acquired in Elementary Spanish 1, and enrollment in this course presupposes acquisition of the contents covered in that course. Speaking, reading and writing skills are emphasized, and exposure to some aspects of Spanish-speaking cultures is an important component. Classes are conducted entirely in Spanish, using a communicative approach. Pre-requisites: Elementary 1, or appropriate achievement /placement test score. This course meets 5 times a week.
SPN 014: Intensive Elementary Spanish
Spanish 014 covers the basic elementary language curriculum (Spanish 1 and 2). Aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills receive equal attention, and exposure to some aspects of Spanish-speaking cultures also constitutes an important component. This course is conducted entirely in Spanish, using a communicative approach. Pre-requisites: No previous study of the language. This course meets 8 times a week. Students receive 2 credits for this course.
SPN 063: Intermediate Spanish
This course focuses on the development of linguistic competency in all four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), so that students may exit the course with a low intermediate level of Spanish language ability. Communication and creative skills are emphasized, and grammar practice also constitutes a key element. The course promotes exposure to salient aspects of Spanish-speaking cultures and includes some literary readings. Spanish 63 is conducted entirely in Spanish. Pre-requisites: Successful completion of Spanish 2 or 14, or appropriate achievement / placement test score. Spanish 63 meets 3 times a week.
SPN 076: Advanced Intermediate Spanish
The goal of this course is to consolidate language skills so students can achieve an Intermediate level of Spanish linguistic competency. The course focuses on the development of rhetorical techniques in Spanish through the study of grammar, connecting devices, and discourse analysis. This course integrates all four linguistic skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), using a text-based approach. Exposure to the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries by incorporating authentic materials (texts, videos, audio, web) that address the social, political, and cultural life of the Hispanic world. Spanish 76 is conducted entirely in Spanish.
Pre-requisites: Successful completion of Spanish 63 or appropriate achievement/ placement test score. NOTE: Spanish 76 is the second part of the intermediate sequence and must be completed before enrolling in a 100-level course. Prepares students to enroll in 101, or 104, or 105. This course meets 3 times a week.
SPN 015: Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Spanish 015 covers the basic intermediate language curriculum (Spanish 63 and 76). The course focuses on reading, writing, and oral practice, with increased attention to grammatical variety and accuracy. This course is conducted entirely in Spanish. Prepares students to enroll in Spanish 101, or 104, or 105.
Pre-requisites: Successful completion of Spanish 2 or 14, or appropriate achievement / placement test score. This course meets 8 times a week. Students receive 2 credits for this course.
SPN 224 Cervantes and Quixotism
His exemplary stories introduce some of the favored topics and techniques of Miguel de Cervantes. These are followed by a study of Don Quixote de la Mancha in translation. A variety of critical perspectives help guide students’ responses to this most influential masterwork of Spanish literature, called by some the first modern novel. At semester’s end, students have the opportunity to evaluate a quixotic protagonist or Cervantine procedures in a literary work of another time, another country.
Modern Latin American Literature in Translation
This course is a close study of major modern and contemporary Latin American authors from Borges to García Márquez. The literary works are studied in their socio-cultural contexts.
SPN 226 Latin American Women Writers
This course is a close study of the literature written by women in modern-contemporary Latin America. Representative authors are studied within the general framework of their socio-literary contexts.
SPN 352, 353, 354, 355 Spanish and Latin American Literature Surveys
These courses may be taken in any order. Reading assignments in these 350-level courses are made on the assumption that most registrants are first-year students taking their first course at this level. These courses are for students who have both good grammar training and about a year of reading in secondary school, or who complete SPN 202 or the equivalent. Students who complete a 400-level course may not register for these surveys.
SPN 352 Spanish Literature:
Love and Honor in the Golden Age
This survey examines the interrelated notions of love, sex, and honor as they appear in the prose, theater, and poetry of Spain. Emphasis is placed on the Renaissance and the Baroque, the so-called Golden Age of Spanish literature (sixteenth and seventeenth centuries). Readings, however, may include works from the Middle Ages and/or the eighteenth century. Prerequisite: at least four years of secondary-school Spanish, or SPN 202.
SPN 353 Spanish Literature: Modern Spain in Crisis
Beginning with the loss of the empire in the nineteenth century and moving through a series of political upheavals, including civil war and fascism, the history of modern Spain has been one of turmoil and continual conflict. The numerous political crises both resulted from and resulted in larger crises of a social, spiritual, and moral nature. Questions of national identity, religious faith, and moral values, as they appear in Spanish literature from the late nineteenth century to the present day, are the focus of this course. Readings include works of prose, theater, and poetry drawn from a range of literary movements, and emphasis is placed on the socio-historical context and its relationship to literary innovation. Prerequisite: at least four years of secondary-school Spanish, or SPN 202.
SPN 354 Latin American Literature:
Illusion, Fantasy, Magical Realism
Through a survey of Latin American literature from its pre-Columbian origins through the twentieth century, this course examines the many forms of alternative reality that Latin American writers have created and explored. The course relates those realities to the cultural and sociological history of Latin America as well as to larger Western literary modes, such as the Baroque, Romanticism, and Surrealism. Prerequisite: at least four years of secondary-school Spanish, or SPN 202.
355 Latin American Literature:
The Many Voices of Latin America
The course explores the diversity of literary voices in Latin America, from pre-Columbian texts to the contemporary writings of Castellanos, Rulfo, and García Márquez. This survey introduces students to the most important developments in Latin American literary history as it examines questions of cultural, ethnic, gender, and class identities. Prerequisite: at least four years of secondary-school Spanish, or SPN 202.
SPN 361 Advanced Composition and Stylistics
This course is structured as an intensive composition class. Emphasis is placed on mastering the fine points of Spanish grammar in order to improve writing skills. In addition to regular class meetings, students are required to attend a series of cultural events, which may include film, theater, etc. Prerequisites: at least four years of secondary-school Spanish, or SPN 202. Not open to students who score 5 on the AP language exam or who complete SPN 362 (or the former 301 or 303), except by special permission of the instructor. Students required to take this course may do so only on campus.
SPN 362 Advanced Composition and Stylistics for Native Speakers
This course has the same goal as SPN 361: correctness in expository composition. Whereas SPN 361 addresses the problems of students learning Spanish as a second language through course-related activities, this course is designed for English-dominant bilinguals who learned Spanish mainly through extensive exposure to the spoken language in a non-classroom setting and who, though fluent orally, had insufficient opportunity to develop native-level writing skills. Prerequisites: four years secondary-school Spanish, or SPN 202, and permission of the instructor. Not open to students with the score of 5 on the AP Spanish language exam, except by special permission of instructor, or to students who complete SPN 361 (or the former 301 or 303). May be taken for concentration credit only on campus.
SPN 399 Readings in Hispanic Literature
This is the number and title given for the AP literature score of 5.
SPN 460 The Spanish Renaissance
This seminar studies the poetry of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Particular attention is paid to three currents: the Petrarchan tradition of love poetry, Neostoic moral poetry, and the Burlesque. Emphasis is placed on the works of Garcilaso, Fray Luis de León, Góngora, Lope de Vega, and Quevedo.
SPN 461 Theater of the Golden Age
This seminar studies the techniques and themes of the comedia as exemplified primarily in the works of Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca, and Tirso de Molina.
SPN 462 Cervantes’ Don Quijote
This seminar is an undergraduate introduction to Cervantes’ masterpiece, based on an analytical study supported by critical bibliography.
SPN 465 Nineteenth-Century Spanish Literature
This course first explores the historical and literary circumstances surrounding the rise of realism in nineteenth-century Spain, paying particular attention to aspects of the tradition that are peculiar to the Spanish tradition. Representative works from the height of Spanish realism are examined, and the course ends with the study of texts from the last decades of the century that sought to transcend the limitations inherent in the realist movement.
SPN 466 Colonial Latin American Literature
This course studies selections from the major genres of the colonial period through the end of the seventeenth century: the chronicles of the Discovery and Conquest, lyric and epic poetry, and colonial theater. The course pays particular attention to the diverse literary representations of the encounter between Spanish and indigenous cultures, and to the writings of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.
SPN 467 Nineteenth-Century
Latin American Literature
This course examines literary works in prose and verse through about 1870, with an emphasis on the varied manifestations of Romanticism in Latin America. These works are studied in the context of the continent’s struggle for political and cultural independence and the project of nation-building.
SPN 471 The Generation of ’98
This course offers a critical assessment of the Generation of ’98 through an in-depth reading and discussion of selected texts (fictional, poetic, dramatic, philosophical, etc.) by such authors as Unamuno, Ganivet, Baroja, Valle-Inclán, Azorín, Machado, etc.
SPN 472 From the Generation of ’98 to the Contemporary Period
From the turn of the century until the Civil War, Spanish literature enjoyed an artistic explosion the likes of which had not been seen since the Golden Age. A profusion of literary movements —including the Generation of ’98, modernism, and the avant-garde — reflected the creative vibrancy of the nation even as it slipped into political and social chaos. This course analyzes the novels of this period, both in terms of literary innovation and relationship to ideological trends and social reality in early twentieth-century Spain.
SPN 473 Post-Civil War Spanish Novel
In post-Civil War Spain, the prolonged tenure of Franco and strict censorship seriously crippled the process of cultural regeneration. For literature, the repression was particularly severe, forcing most promising writers into political exile. Those who remained, however, cloaked their literary discourse on war, repression, and other themes, in an array of new narrative forms and languages. This course analyzes the most significant works of this period, both in terms of their literary innovativeness and their relationship to the sociocultural context.
SPN 474 Contemporary Spanish Theater
Through close study of representative dramatists and their respective artistic visions, this course acquaints the student with major formal and thematic developments in contemporary peninsular Spanish theater. Dramatic texts of the pre- and post-war periods are studied within the general framework of their sociocultural context.
SPN 477 Women Writing in Latin America
An in-depth study of the relationship between gender and genre in literary texts written by women in contemporary Latin America and the Hispanic Caribbean, the course addresses questions of authorship within the development of Latin American women’s literary traditions, as well as the relationship between patriarchal societies and women’s literary discourses.
SPN 478 Literature of the Caribbean
This course is a close study of the Hispanic literature of the island nations of the Caribbean, with particular attention to ethnic and cultural diversity. Representative authors in the various genres are studied within the general framework of their social and literary contexts. Emphasis is placed on contemporary writers.
SPN 479 Contemporary Latin American Literature
This course offers critical study of selected contemporary Latin American texts in the light of current modes of writing and interpretation. The course delineates the major patterns of formal and thematic development within the literary history of Latin American letters, but emphasizes the analysis of structural and linguistic problems posed by the texts.
SPN 480 Major Hispanic Authors
This seminar, offered on an irregular basis, provides the opportunity for extensive study of the works of the most distinguished authors writing in the Spanish language. It is taught by a staff member who has particular interest and expertise in the literature to be examined.
SPN 490 Honors
These numbers are used only for courses taken abroad with a A.U.N.A. study group, a non-A.U.N.A. study group, or in a foreign institution of higher learning. They designate either language or non-language courses for which there are no exact A.U.N.A. equivalents. Such courses carry graduation credit but are not normally counted toward a concentration unless they are taken in departmentally sponsored study groups.
SPN 291, 391, 491 Independent Studies
Independent study courses are designed to fulfill individual needs in language and literature not otherwise provided in this department. SPN 491 study in literature may not be undertaken until seminar distribution requirements are satisfied.
SPN 370 Spanish Language and Civilization
This course includes grammar, literature, history, and contemporary issues in politics and society. This course carries graduation credit, but does not count toward a Spanish concentration.
SPN 380 Advanced Grammar
This intensive language review includes grammar, conversation, composition, and weekly oral and written exercises.
SPN 400 Special Topics
Upon approval by the director, students may elect a course sponsored by another American program in Madrid. Topics vary each term.
SPN 402 Stylistics: Cultural Events
This course is designed to advance the student’s written expression through compositions based on a series of cultural (plays, lectures, concerts, etc.) and political events in Madrid.
SPN 430–439 Literature Seminars
Courses in this range of numbers vary from term to term, but may include such topics as Madrid and the Novel, Modern Spanish Poetry, and the Spanish Short Story. These seminars may count toward a Spanish concentration.
SPN 440–449 Seminars in the Social Sciences
Courses in this range of numbers vary from term to term, but may include such topics as Spanish History, Modern Spanish Politics, and Women in Spain. These courses do not count toward a Spanish concentration.
SPN 451 History of Spanish Painting
This course surveys art from the Renaissance to the modern masters. Classes are held in the world-famous Prado Museum.
B.A. Translation & Interpretation.