Spanish

Department of World Languages

Courses in Spanish are designed for students whose interests and career plans have an international or multi-ethnic focus. Students who major or minor in a language will develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing fluency and will study the culture, history and literature of the people who use the language.

Students with previous knowledge of or background in Spanish are encouraged to take the CLEP exam at Academic Success, in order to receive credit for SP101, SP102, SP210, and SP211 (up to 12 institutional credits).

Alpha Mu Gamma, a national honor society in foreign languages, recognizes excellence in the study of foreign languages. Any Worcester State University student who receives two “A’s” in Spanish, or two “A’s” in French, at any level and who has a 3.0 cumulative GPA is eligible to join. Application for membership is in early February. Contact Professor Judith Jeon-Chapman.

Spanish Clinic

The Spanish Clinic is a free tutoring service where Spanish students of any level can practice their language skills. Advanced Spanish majors work as tutors to help their peers with grammar reviews, homework, conversational practice, feedback on class presentations, etc.

The Spanish Clinic is located in SUL 302-B. Open daily, from early morning to mid-afternoon. No appointment needed.

For more information, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Osborne: eosborne1@worcester.edu

Spanish Club

The Spanish Club is a student organization at WSU open to Spanish students, Spanish speakers, or anyone interested in the language and cultures of the Hispanic world.  The Spanish Club holds activities on a regular basis, such as movie nights, cooking lessons, dancing events, board-game evenings, open mics, etc.

Café Babel

“Café Babel” is a weekly coffee-hour open to all speakers of a "foreign" language, whether students, faculty or staff. Guests can converse in a relaxed setting while enjoying a cup of coffee/tea/hot cocoa, dessert, and good company.

Coffee and desserts are free, provided by the Department of World Languages.

Café Babel is hold in SUL310 (Faculty Lounge)

Faculty

Antonio Guijarro-Donadios, Assistant Professor (2014), B.A. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain; M.A. Salford University, England; M.A., Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Judith Jeon-Chapman, Professor (1993), B.A. College of St. Benedict; M.A., Ph.D. University of Washington

Elizabeth Osborne, Assistant Professor (2016), B.A. The George Washington University; M.A. Universidad de Chile; Ph.D. Stony Brook University

Ana Perez-Manrique, Department Chair, Associate Professor (2006), B.A. Universidad de Malaga, Spain; M.A. University of South Carolina; Ph.D. Florida State University

Naida Saavedra, Assistant Professor (2016), B.A. Universidad de Zulia, Venezuela; M.A., Ph.D. Florida State University

SP-101 Beginning Spanish I

LASC Categories: TLC

Basic oral and written proficiency for daily communication; may be taken as a self-contained unit or as a basis for further development. Audio-visual method.

Every year. 3 Credits

SP-102 Beginning Spanish II

LASC Categories: TLC

Prerequisites: SP-101 or appropriate placement score.

Continuation of SP101.

Every year. 3 Credits

SP-191 Special Topics in Spanish

LASC Categories: TLC, DAC, GP

An introductory level course in Spanish on current or specialized topics.

Every year. 3 Credits

SP-193 First Year Seminar Spanish

LASC Categories: FYS

Introductory level course covering topics of special interest to first year students. Offered only as a First Year Seminar.

Every year. 3 Credits

SP-210 Intermediate Spanish I

LASC Categories: TLC

Prerequisites: SP-102 or appropriate placement score.

Conversational patterns, idioms, dialogues, and special vocabularies for daily life situations. [Formerly SP 212]

Every year. 3 Credits

SP-211 Intermediate Spanish II

LASC Categories: TLC

Prerequisites: SP-210 or appropriate placement score.

Continuation of SP210. [Formerly SP213.]

Every year. 3 Credits

SP-291 Introduction to Medical Spanish

LASC Categories: ICW, TLC

Prerequisites: SP-211 or above or have 3 years of language instruction.

Students will learn basic phrases in Spanish as related to their daily activities in various health fields. This course focuses on language used in health professions as well as cultural situations, which doctors, technicians, nurses, and EMTs may experience. By familiarizing students with conversational and medical Spanish, it will enable students to apply their learning to real-world situations, to assist in communications, and ultimately to break down the barrier between doctors and patients. Designed for students to gain beginning-level competence in Medical Spanish that will enable them to communicate more effectively with Spanish-speaking patients and their families.

Spring only and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

SP-292 Spanish for Women's Health

LASC Categories: GP, ICW, DAC

Prerequisites: SP-211 or above, or 3 years of language instruction.

In this course, students will develop communication skills in Spanish using information and vocabulary related to women's health. The content of this course focuses on language used in health professions as well as cultural situations. By familiarizing students with conversational Spanish and medical Spanish, this course will enable students to apply their learning to real-world situations, to assist in communications, and ultimately to break down the barrier between professionals and Spanish-speakers. Finally, the course's focus on cultural competency interrogates intersections between women's health and topics including but not limited to politics, economics, gender, sexuality, race and age.

Spring only and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

SP-293 Health and the Latino Community

LASC Categories: HBS, TLC

Prerequisites: SP-211 or above or have 3 years of language instruction.

Students will explore the ways in which language and culture shape the approach to health and healthcare experiences of Latinos in the US, and the factors that contribute to health disparities among this group (social, cultural, economic, environmental, and biological). Students will examine how health outcomes and risk factors are arrayed across different generations. Language barriers and sociolinguistic issues will also be studied. Students will identify and discuss causes of health inequities, survey major Latino health issues, and analyze the current and future context of Latino health and healthcare in the U.S.

Fall only and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

SP-321 Advanced Spanish Composition I

LASC Categories: TLC, WAC

Prerequisites: SP-211 or appropriate placement score.

Facility in prose writing; study of style of selected authors; variety of expression through word discrimination, and advanced grammatical structures. [Prerequisites: Two SP 200 level courses.]

Every year. 3 Credits

SP-322 Advanced Spanish Composition II

LASC Categories: TLC, WAC

Prerequisites: SP-321

Continuation of SP321.

Every year. 3 Credits

SP-323 Spanish Conversation I

LASC Categories: TLC

Prerequisites: two SP 200 level courses

Intensive conversational practice for improving intonation, pronunciation, fluency, review of language usage. This course is for non-native Spanish speakers only. [Prerequisites: Two SP 200 level courses.]

Every year. 3 Credits

SP-324 Spanish Conversation II

LASC Categories: TLC

Prerequisites: two 200-level SP courses.

Continuation of SP323.

Every year. 3 Credits

SP-326 Spanish for the Professions

LASC Categories: GP, TLC

Prerequisites: SP-321.

Intensive practice with language and documents used in private and public sectors including business, medicine, communication, education and social services.

Every year. 3 Credits

SP-327 Projects and Issues in Spanish for the Professions

Prerequisites: SP-321.

Close study of selected projects and bicultural issues for Spanish professionals.

Spring only and every year. 3 Credits

SP-331 Spanish Civilization

LASC Categories: CA

Prerequisites: two SP 200 level courses

An historical survey of Spanish social, cultural, and political life. Conducted in Spranish. [Prerequisites: Two SP 200 level courses.]

Spring only and every year. 3 Credits

SP-332 The Hispanic World Today

LASC Categories: DAC, GP

Prerequisites: two SP 200 level courses

Social, economic and political institutions; value systems and customs. Conducted in Spanish. [Prerequisites: Two SP 200 level courses.]

Fall only and every year. 3 Credits

SP-333 Hispanic Presence in US

Prerequisites: two SP 200 level courses

Socio-cultural study of Hispanics in the United States, with a focus on major contemporary issues. Conducted un Spanish. [Prerequisites: Two SP 200 level courses.]

Fall only and every year. 3 Credits

SP-341 Readings in Spanish Literature

Prerequisites: SP-321, SP-323 and SP-324

Selected masterpieces from Middle Ages to present; social, cultural, and stylistic features of different periods. Recommended as a first course in Spanish literature.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

SP-343 Poetry/Theatre Spa Golden Age Poetry and Theatre of Spain's Golden Age

Prerequisites: SP-321 SP-323 SP-324

Study of the poetry and drama created during the Renaissance and Baroque periods, known as the Golden Age of Spanish letters.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

SP-348 Contemporary Spanish Literature

Prerequisites: SP-321

Literary works from the generation of 1898 to the present.

Fall and Spring and other or on demand. 3 Credits

SP-349 Spanish-American Literature

Prerequisites: SP-321, and SP-323 or SP-324.

Representative works from South and Central American authors from the colonial period to the present.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

SP-355 Effective Teaching of a Foreign Language

Prerequisites: SP-321, SP-323, SP-324, ED-251, ED-270 and ED-351 or ED-352

Examines and evaluates effective teaching techniques and strategies as well as second-language acquisition theory for middle/secondary foreign language classrooms.

Fall and Spring. 3 Credits

SP-390 Spanish for Native Speakers

This course will explore contemporary issues as a basis for further development of the Spanish language skills of native speakers.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

SP-401 Advanced Study: Special Topics

Special topics in language, literature, civilization or field work of mutual interest to student and instructor. For advanced students.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

SP-402 Independent Study: Spanish

Study of a special topic. Both content and eligibility are subject to departmental guidelines and approval.

Every year. 1-6 Credits

SP-403 Teachng Assistantship in Spanish

Teaching Assistants in Spanish will regularly attend the beginning or intermediate-level Language classes to which they are assigned to assist the professor.

Fall only and every year. 3 Credits

SP-408 Directed Study: Spanish

Directed study offers students, who because of unusual circumstances may be unable to register for a course when offered, the opportunity to complete an existing course with an established syllabus under the direction and with agreement from a faculty member.

Fall and Spring. 3 Credits

SP-475 Internship: Spanish

LASC Categories: CAP

Prerequisites: SP-321 and SP-322 and SP-326
Prerequisites or Corequisite: SP-327

Provides majors practical experience in areas where their speaking, reading, and writing skills may be applied.

Every year. 3 Credits

Note: Courses in other foreign languages such as German, Chinese, French and Arabic, are offered when demand warrants and staffing permits.