World Languages

Spanish 5: Cinema for Conversation

Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements on the World Language Department page This course provides an introduction to film in the Hispanic world, exploring the development of different national traditions within Latin American and Spanish Cinema. At the same time, the course puts emphasis on conversational skills, covering some of the basic tools for interpreting and writing about film. Editing, sound, cinematography, and mise-en-scène are some of the key terms and concepts studied in order to understand how viewers and filmmakers create meaning in films. Students are exposed to and familiarized with Hispanic culture and the current realities of some Hispanic countries. Particular attention is paid to the interrelation of cinema and culture, and the intersection of aesthetics and politics.

2024-05-24T22:43:25+00:00Categories: Spanish|

AP Spanish Literature and Culture

Type: honors Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements on the World Language Department on the World Language Department page The AP Spanish Literature and Culture course uses a thematic approach to introduce students to representative texts (short stories, novels, poetry, plays, and essays) from Peninsular Spanish, Latin American, and U. S. Hispanic literature. Students develop proficiencies across the three modes of communication (interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational) in the range of Intermediate High to Advanced Mid of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines. Through careful examination of the required readings and other texts, students work to hone their critical reading and analytical writing skills. Literature is explored within the contexts of its time and place, and students gain insights on the many voices, historical periods, and cultures represented in the required readings and other texts. The course also includes a strong focus [...]

Spanish 5: Hispanic Short Stories

Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements on the World Language Department page Over the semester, this class offers students an introduction to modern Hispanic short stories. Drawing from fiction; the course focuses on the complex relations between literary production, aesthetics, and sociopolitical transformations. Among other topics, we will discuss the cultural elements integrated or represented in the lives of the characters in the stories, how to approach literary texts, and how to interpret them. Through readings, discussions, and interpretations of these short stories, students will continue to expand their conversational skills, enrich their vocabulary, and deepen their grammatical knowledge while reflecting on what literature says about history, politics, and society in Spanish America.

2024-05-24T22:40:42+00:00Categories: Spanish|

Spanish 5: Advanced Spanish Conversation

Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements on the World Language Department page This semester-long course provides intense conversational practice in the context of a panoramic approach to current social, psychological, political, bioethical, philosophical, and linguistic issues. Classes are conducted totally in Spanish in a variety of contexts and registers, from informal, colloquial, conversations to formal discussions on diverse topics. Students will be asked to engage thoughtfully with a variety of source material and participate in discussions, debates, and oral presentations. Through different communicative tasks such as elaborating, explaining in detail, hypothesizing, synthesizing, and summarizing students will develop an ability to distinguish main ideas from supporting information, facts and evidence from opinions, both in written texts and oral speech.

2024-01-30T19:43:36+00:00Categories: Spanish|

Spanish 5: 20th Century Latin American Children’s Literature

Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements on the World Language Department page During our childhood, we all formed part of what Alison Lurie calls “a partly savage and ancient tribe.” We were not only members of that tribe, but we read and enjoyed its texts, the didactic and the subversive ones. Over the course of the semester students will gain a deeper understanding of children’s literature in general and identify key concepts and terminology related to this field. We will analyze a selection of short stories by well-known Latin American writers exploring the narrative resources used as well as their historical and cultural context. In addition, students will question many of the commonly held conceptions and stereotypes about children, childhood, and children’s literature and develop a critical perspective of how children are defined by culture, what they are expected to read and why.

2024-01-30T05:13:56+00:00Categories: Spanish|

Spanish 5: Survey of Cuban Culture

Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements on the World Language Department page The culmination of the nineteenth century marks the beginning of a significant chapter in the history of Cuba. In 1898 the Spanish American War ended, and Spain lost the colony of Cuba to the United States. The island’s transition to the Republic (1902-1958) and later to the Revolution of 1959 caused cultural, social, and political changes that shaped and affected the formation of a national identity. This course gives students an overview of Cuban culture from the Republic to the 1990s. We will explore the cultural contrast between pre and post-Revolutionary Cuba by engaging with relevant materials. Furthermore, we will discuss post-colonialism and expressions of national identity, the importance of censorship, political exile, and diaspora.

2024-01-30T19:43:20+00:00Categories: Spanish|

Spanish 4 / AP Spanish Language and Culture

Type: honors available Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements link on the World Language Department page In Spanish 4, students are invited to apply their Spanish language knowledge in an immersive setting. Assignments and activities are designed to push students toward advanced proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities. Grammar is seldom explicitly taught, rather analyzed contextually. Students navigate the language within the context of real-world applications like debate, discussion and reflection of current events, culture and experiences of native Spanish speakers. A major component of the course is a project in which all students are tasked with a deep dive into an immersive and communicative experience in an area of their choosing. Past projects have included an economic analysis of the situation in Venezuela, a rating of the authenticity of local Mexican restaurants, a study of the challenges of coffee farming in Bolivia, among others. [...]

Spanish 3 / Spanish 3 Honors

Type: honors available Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements link on the World Language Department page Spanish 3 is an opportunity for students to put into practice and reinforce the oral and written communication skills they have honed in years one and two, while broadening their understanding of the Spanish-speaking world through an increasingly immersive classroom. Students are asked to engage in daily conversation and debate a variety of topics. Spanish 3 aims to offer students a deeper understanding of grammatical structures and idiomatic expressions through collaborative projects and presentations that simulate real-life applications of the language. With a focus on proficiency, this course is ultimately an exploration of identity both for students’ daily life on campus and the world as a whole. In the Honors section, students will engage with a variety of authentic texts, expand their grammatical and lexical repertoire, push themselves to engage in [...]

Spanish 2 / Spanish 2 Honors

Type: honors available Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements link on the World Language Department page Spanish 2 is focused on building upon the language skills learned in year one. With continued work to build proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing, students are immersed in the language through culturally relevant and authentic materials. Students read short novels in order to enhance their reading proficiency, while also expanding their cultural understanding of the Spanish-speaking world. Classroom activities are designed to push students out of their comfort zone, explore cultures far different from their own, and ultimately nurture an appreciation for the world around them. Grammar plays a role in Spanish 2; however, the main focus of the class is to create opportunities for students to hear, respond to, and interact with the language. Activities are student-centered and communicative in nature, all in an effort to foster a commitment and [...]

Spanish 1

Available to: all students Spanish I is intended for students with little to no previous experience with the Spanish language and a novice level of proficiency. This course lays the foundation for all future Spanish courses at Stevenson and offers an introduction to the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. Students are introduced to the Spanish-speaking world and are exposed to a variety of cultural elements through level-appropriate books, articles, videos, and other authentic Spanish artifacts. An emphasis is placed on building fundamental language-learning proficiency and cultivating a genuine curiosity for the language and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. In order to build both oral and written proficiency, the classroom is an immersive environment in which priority is given to communication and the practical application of the language. This course represents the first step in a student’s language learning adventure and seeks to cultivate a community of [...]

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