Intermediate Spanish III: Culture in the Information Age

Intermediate—Year

Once students have reached the linguistic command required to work at an pre-advanced level, they are in an ideal position to begin to explore the numerous resources that can be found on the Internet. Thematically, we will focus on the multiple uses of Spanish to be found in the virtual world—such as blogs, newspapers, magazines, and other formats—and make use of its many possibilities. We will identify the most relevant Web pages from the Spanish-speaking world, extract the adequate information and explore it in class, and make necessary adjustments. Access to sources from all over the Spanish-speaking world will give us an excellent idea of the varieties of the language used in more than 20 countries. We will explore all forms of culture, paying special attention to audiovisual resources such as interviews, documentaries, TV programs, and other formats, all of which will be incorporated into the course of study—complete or in fragments, depending on the level of difficulty. Art, film, music, photography, theatre, science, politics, comics, video games, gastronomy—all forms and manifestations of culture, high or low—will be the object of our attention as long as their vehicle of expression is Spanish. We will minimize the use of printed matter, which will be mainly devoted to a more classical exploration of grammar. The class as a whole, as well as students on an individual basis, will be encouraged to locate different kinds of materials on the Internet. Weekly meetings in small groups with the language assistants will help strengthen conversational skills. Spanish placement test and permission of the instructor are required unless a previous course in Spanish has been completed at SLC..