Intermediate Spanish I: The Presence of Hispanic Culture and Language in New York
Through a series of short stories, poetry, theatrical texts, films, and music, we will explore the cultural and linguistic diversity of the Hispanic community in New York. We will take advantage of the cultural resources that New York City has to offer, such as museums, theatre, restaurant visits, and excursions to Hispanic neighborhoods. This course is designed to provide a solid foundation in the four language skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—along with cultural awareness. The primary goal is to help students further develop the necessary skills to communicate proficiently in Spanish and to function effectively within Spanish-speaking cultures in real-life situations and within a cultural context. The methodology used in the course will be primarily communicative; that is, actually using what we learn and presenting material in authentic contexts. This course is taught entirely in Spanish. Students are strongly urged to take the Spanish placement test online during registration week, in addition to interviewing with the instructor.