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SP304 – Advanced Spanish: Cultural Context and Oral Practice (with SP305)

You will discover in this course that the history of many Latin American nations since their independence from Spain is an almost continuous succession of revolution. ¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español!

Mexicans posing on the arsenal, Mexico City. Photo courtesy of Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library.
Mexicans posing on the arsenal, Mexico City. Photo courtesy of Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library.

Instructor(s)

Professor Salvatore Bizzarro email

Spanish 304 carries a prerequisite of at least 4 years of high school Spanish and will give a perspective on the Mexican Revolution, which preceded the Russian Revolution by 7 years and was the first revolution of the 20th century. The Mexican Revolution was also responsible for the Mexican nation’s achieving statehood, bringing the many Mexicos, the one of the indigenous past, the one of the conquest by the Spaniards, and the one which became the Mestizo nation, under the umbrella of The United States of Mexico (the other two are the United States of America and of Brazil). The course spans a little more than a hundred years from the Constitution of 1857 to the 1950s, giving us a portrait of present day Mexico. Through history and literature, we shall examine the Liberal years, the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz, the Revolution and the U.S. role in it, and the literature that emerged from the early 20th century to the present day, when writers are still affected by that portentous event. While the first block will concentrate on speaking, and ways to improve student's diction and pronunciation, the second course will emphasize writing, allowing students to write and re-write their papers until their writing is clear, concise, and creative. Students will receive two separate grades for the courses. Those who have lived at least a semester abroad are encourage to take this course, as well as those who have received an AP grade of 4 or 5 or an IB grade of 5, 6, or 7.

Spanish 304 begins with oral comprehension and encourages the student to speak as closely to a native speaker as possible. The materials used will be practical; the approach to language will be simple and, hopefully, interesting as students acquire a greater understanding of the language they have studied and its cultural aspects.

Prerequisite: 201 or equivalent FYE Course. First Years Only. Must take SP 305 block two for credit