Spanish Winter 2016: Expanded Graduate Course Descriptions

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Spanish 215. Gramática Funcional (4 units)
Cecilia Colombi, Professor

W 4:10-7:00P
127 Wellman Hall
CRN 40910

Course Description: TBA

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor (cmcolombi@ucdavis.edu); Spanish 205 and 206 recommended.

Format: Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Textbooks:

  • TBA
     

Spanish 258. How to Teach Literature, or The History of the Anthology (4 units)
John Slater, Professor

T 4:10-7:00P
622 Sproul Hall
CRN 43816

Course Description: At some point, you will ask your students to buy an anthology.  You will probably dislike that anthology.  There is a reason for this: the anthology is, almost paradoxically, one of the most deeply personal literary modes.  In this seminar, we will consider the history of the anthology and of anthologized works from Juan Manuel to Borges. Along the way, we will discuss how to choose literary texts for classes, how to design a syllabus, how to prepare pedagogical editions, etc. Our goal will be to create a new anthology to be used in a course like SPA 100 and distribute that anthology through a website like Teachers Pay Teachers.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor (jslater@ucdavis.edu).

Format: Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Textbooks:

  • None
     

Spanish 274. La Novela de la Selva en Latinoamérica: Historia y Ficción (4 units)
Leopoldo Bernucci, Professor

R 4:10-7:00P
622 Sproul Hall
CRN 40912

Course Description: TBA

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor (lmbernucci@ucdavis.edu).

Format: Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Textbooks:

  • José Eustasio Rivera, La vorágine [Tercera Edición], edited by Montserrat Ordoñez  (Ediciones Cátedra, 2006)
  • Mario Vargas Llosa, La casa verde  (Debolsillo, 2015)
     

Spanish 291. Foreign Language Learning in the Classroom (4 units)
Carlee Arnett, Professor

W 12:10-3:00P
5 Wellman Hall
CRN 43820

Course Description: This course will provide an overview of the field of second language acquisition (SLA) as well as the approaches to university-level foreign language instruction in the United States with an eye to highlighting the theoretical notions underlying current trends in classroom practices across commonly taught foreign languages. Course objectives are the following: (1) to acquaint students with issues and research in foreign language teaching; (2) to show ways of using that research to achieve more effective classroom instruction; (3) to develop students’ skills in evaluating teaching performance and instructional materials; and (4) to prepare students for continued professional development, including the use of technology in the classroom. Class meetings will consist of lectures by the course instructor and invited guest speakers, student-led discussion, and short presentations and/or demonstrations by students and the instructor. Students will participate in a class wiki; prepare their own classroom materials; evaluate the instructional materials developed by others; and complete a final exam. (Same course as French 291 and German 291.)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor (clarnett@ucdavis.edu).

Format: Lecture - 3 hours.

Textbook:

  • Jeannette Littlemore, Applying Cognitive Linguistics to Second Language Learning and Teaching  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)