Spanish

Spanish program description.

NOTE: See the beginning of Section H for abbreviations, course numbers and coding.

SPAN1201Intensive Spanish I3 ch (3C)

Students will acquire and develop listening, oral and writing skills in an intensive cultural immersion setting. Videos, music, dance, cooking and other cultural activities will facilitate the learning process. This course will normally be offered in either the Spring or Summer session, and follows a two-week total immersion format. Closed to students with any knowledge of Spanish. 

SPAN1203Introductory Spanish I3 ch (3C)

Gives students solid background in the fundamentals of the Spanish language by engaging them in both classroom and computer laboratory settings in communicative use of the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Multimedia materials will be used to provide a background in Hispanic culture. Closed to students with any knowledge of Spanish.

Prerequisites: No prerequisite.

SPAN1204Introductory Spanish II3 ch (3C)

Continuation of SPAN 1203. Students will build on the materials covered in SPAN 1203. Emphasis will be placed on improved listening, speaking, reading and writing. Multimedia approach to language and culture will be used. Students will be acquainted with background on Hispanic culture.

Prerequisites: SPAN 1203

SPAN1304Introductory Spanish II (Business)3 ch (3C)

Intended for business students who have successfully completed SPAN 1003 or SPAN 1203. Enhances students' grounding in the basics of Spanish. Presents realistic situations and specialized vocabulary that administration and business professionals need to communicate in the course of their daily work in the Hispanic environment. Students also develop cultural and historical understanding of social etiquette in the Hispanic world. Multimedia materials will be used to provide background in Hispanic culture. 

Prerequisites: SPAN 1203. Credit will not be given for both SPAN 1204 and SPAN 1304. 

SPAN2203Intermediate Spanish I3 ch (3C)

Intended for students who have successfully completed Spanish Introductory courses. Enhances students' linguistic proficiency, allowing them to handle a variety of social situations. Students also develop cultural and historical understanding of the Hispanic world. By the end of SPAN 2203 students have insight into grammatical structures of the language, are able to sustain a conversation in real life situations and are able to discuss aspects of the Hispanic world. Multimedia materials will be used to provide a background on Hispanic culture.

Prerequisites: SPAN 1204 or SPAN 1304

SPAN2204Intermediate Spanish II3 ch (3C)

A continuation of SPAN 2203, this course aims to further enhance students’ linguistic proficiency and provide the concrete knowledge of more complex grammatical structures. 

Prerequisites: SPAN 2203

SPAN2303Intermediate Business Spanish3 ch (3C)

The main course objective is to continue introducing students to the main requirements for successfully conducting business in Spanish: 1. the cultural and practical aspects of business in Spain and Latin America, and 2. the vocabulary and structures needed to communicate in a business setting. In addition to a basic text, role-playing and case studies, the study of authentic documents will be used to advance both knowledge and skills in areas such as preparing a resume, communicating by phone, fax, letter, matters concerning banking, advertising, marketing and other topics of interest to business institutions as well as the household budget.

Prerequisites: SPAN 1204 or SPAN 1304.

SPAN3202Advanced Oral Spanish I3 ch (3C)

This course will build vocabulary, increase fluency and enhance the style and fluidity of spoken Spanish through continued development and intensive use of oral Spanish skills. Students who have participated in any Spanish language study abroad program, are native speakers, or who have other immersion experience are not eligible.

Prerequisites: SPAN 2204 or permission of the instructor.

SPAN3203Advanced Spanish I: Advanced Grammar3 ch (3C)

Intended for students who have successfully completed Intermediate Spanish. The main objective of the course is to improve linguistic competency (acquired by speaking and writing) through the exploration of issues in the contemporary Hispanic world. A variety of language models, including newspapers, magazine articles, interviews and classroom discussions will set the stage for the assimilation of the conversational function of the language. Audio-visual materials will also be used.

Prerequisites: SPAN 2204

SPAN3204Advanced Spanish II: Conversation and Composition3 ch (3C)

Normally taken (as with SPAN 3203) with the first literature courses, thus complementing each other in improving the student's written and oral fluency through different types of class participation and assignments.

Prerequisites: SPAN 3203.

SPAN3205Advanced Translation (O)3 ch (3C)

Intensive translation from and into colloquial and more formal language for the acquisition of written and translating fluency. Besides the translation of a play from English into Spanish, it includes selections in both languages from the press and other sources, and practice of interpretation. 

PrerequisitesSPAN 2204

SPAN3456The Cinema of Spain (O)3 ch (3C)

This course will provide the students with a background in Spanish cinema, emphasizing the most productive eras such as the Surrealist Movement and the Movida of the 1980s. Films to be studied include those of directors such as Luis Buñuel, Pedro Almodóvar, Alejandro Amenabar, Elías Querejeta, Mario Camus, Bigas Luna, Carlos Saura, Victor Erice, Laura Mañá, and Iciar Bollaín. Equal emphasis will be placed both on cinematographic and thematic analysis of the cinema, and, when appropriate, cultural and historic context will be provided. Films will be screened previous to class (most often with subtitles) and will be analyzed and discussed in class. The course will be offered in English and is open to students who have successfully completed at least 30 credit hours at university level. Students taking this course to fulfill a Major or Honours requirement in Spanish will submit required work in Spanish.

SPAN3563Directed Study Major3 ch (3C)

A reading and research course for Spanish Honours students in order to meet special needs and interests in one of the areas of study offered in the Department. By arrangement. 

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

SPAN3564Directed Study Major3 ch (3C)

A reading and research course for Spanish Honours students in order to meet special needs and interests in one of the areas of study offered in the Department. By arrangement.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

SPAN4203Colloquial Spanish: Grammar and Conversation (O)3 ch (3C)

An advanced and intensive study and practice of the specific elements that distinguish the style of the colloquial language as used in everyday situations by native speakers, including a careful analysis of the subjunctive and idiomatic structures.

Prerequisites: SPAN 3204 and/or SPAN 3205 or permission from the instructor. 

SPAN4204Spanish Language of the Americas (O)3 ch (3C)

A contrastive study of the significant lexical and morphological characteristics of colloquial Spanish in Latin America and the United States.

Prerequisites: SPAN 3204 and/or SPAN 3205 or permission from the instructor. 

SPAN4901Honours Thesis3 ch [W]

A reading and research course open to students qualifying for Honours in Spanish and Latin American Cultures. This an in-depth independent research project on a specific topic in Spanish or Latin American Literature or Culture. To enrol in this course students must have already consulted a professor to supervise their project. Students will then develop a project and do the required research. The research project will lead to the writing of an Honours Thesis in Spanish, normally 35-40 pages in length.