Courses in the Spanish Language Program

Spanish 101: Elementary Spanish 1 (formerly SP001)

Introduces the basic elements of the language and includes exposure to aspects of Spanish-speaking cultures. Equal attention to aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills conducted entirely in Spanish using a task-based approach. Five class meetings a week. Not open for credit to students who have had three or more years of Spanish in high school.

Spanish 102: Elementary Spanish 2 (formerly SP002)

This course builds on the elements of the language acquired in Elementary Spanish 101; enrollment in Spanish 102 presupposes acquisition of the contents covered in Spanish 101. Speaking, reading, and writing skills emphasized; exposure to Spanish-speaking cultures. Classes conducted entirely in Spanish, using a task-based approach. Five class meetings a week.

Spanish 111: Intensive Elementary Spanish (formerly SP014)

Covers the basic elementary language curriculum (Spanish 101 & 102) in one semester.  Aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills.  Exposure to Spanish-speaking cultures.  Taught in Spanish, using a task-based approach.  Not open to students who have had one year, or more, of Spanish in high school.  Eight class meetings a week. Two course credits.

Spanish 140A: Intensive Elementary Institute (formerly SP013)

Similar to Spanish 111 but offered in Alicante, Spain in the first summer session (6 weeks). For more information on study abroad  see the Global Education Office website.

Spanish 203: Intermediate Spanish (formerly SP063)

This course builds on the elements of the language acquired in the elementary sequence; enrollment in this course presupposes acquisition of Spanish 101 and 102 contents. Continued development of the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Expanding range and complexity of grammar usage and vocabulary. Exposure to Spanish-speaking cultures.

Spanish 204: Advanced Intermediate Spanish (formerly SP076)

This course builds on the elements of the language acquired in Spanish 101 through 203. Further development of the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Expanding range and sophistication of grammar usage and vocabulary. Exposure to Spanish-speaking cultures. Work with comprehension and production of texts of greater extension and complexity. Prepares students for 300-level Spanish courses.

Spanish 240A: Intensive Intermediate Institute (formerly SP016)

A combination of Spanish 203 and 204 offered in Alicante, Spain in the first summer session (6 weeks). For more information on study abroad see the Global Education Office website.

Spanish 301: Advanced Spanish Writing (formerly SP101)

Development of academic writing skills in Spanish with a focus on techniques for organizing information, editing, revising, and increasing level of sophistication and accuracy of vocabulary and grammar. Substantial work on the development of writing strategies through several short papers and a final long paper. This course is strongly recommended before enrollment in Spanish 331S and higher courses.

Spanish 302: Advanced Spanish Grammar (form SP104)

Intended to foster students' reflection about Spanish grammar and to consolidate students' knowledge of the system of rules underlying the Spanish languages. Special attention given to grammar in oral and written communication. Not open to students who have previously taken both Spanish 301 and 303.

Spanish 303: Introduction to Cultural Studies (formerly SP105)
Explore and examine critically how particular discourses in Hispanic communities within and outside the US relate to politics, art, culture and society. Articles, literary texts, films, web sites, etc. will serve as resources for the course. As students engage with cultural studies, it is expected that they achieve discursive complexity and linguistic accuracy through vocabulary development, group and individual presentations, video recordings, writing projects and debates. Pre-requisite: Spanish 204 or equivalent. Beginning in Fall 2012 this course counts toward the Spanish major and minor.  

Spanish 305: Spanish for Heritage Speakers

This advanced level course is designed for heritage or bilingual students who grew up speaking Spanish at home, but they have been educated almost exclusively in English. The course offers those students opportunities to study Spanish formally in an academic setting through a review of specific grammar structures, expansion or development of vocabulary, and discussion of rhetorical techniques. The writing process will be explored through multiple drafts of compositions with the help of peer editing and comments from the instructor. By reading different genres the student will analyze various writing styles and view authentic writing strategies. The linguistic work will be contextualized through fields such as: music, cinema, art, society, new technologies, health and the Latino community, etc. The student will be expected to work individually and collaboratively on various projects.

Spanish 306: Health, Culture, and the Latino Community (formerly SP106A)

Exploration of health issues in the Spanish-speaking world shaped by social, cultural, political, ethnic, and economic determinants. Topics: cultural competency, community beliefs, medical practices and policies, preventive medicine, mental health. Projects include presentations, writing, research, and conversations with local and global contacts. Evaluation on knowledge of content, oral and written proficiency in Spanish. One 300-level Spanish course recommended prior to enrolling. Pre-requisite: Spanish 204 or equivalent. Instructor: Staff

Spanish 306A: Language, Culture and Health in Costa Rica

This course will develop advanced Spanish language skills, and introduce students to key issues surrounding community health in Costa Rica. This immersion experience is built around classroom and community interactions. Students will participate in class discussions, presentations, as well as talks by guest speakers and visits to local sites related to health. Additional cultural activities and field trips will deepen students’ knowledge of the community. Assessment is based on language and content of written and oral projects. Pre-requisite: Spanish 204 or equivalent. Consult the Global Education web site for more details.  

Spanish 307: Issues of Education and Immigration (formerly SP106CS)

This advanced Spanish language course provides community-based interaction with Durham Public Schools. In-class discussions will include topics of: Latino/a identity, access to education for immigrants, academic performance, assimilation, general pressures of family and peers, bilingualism, and configurations of ethno-racial consciousness. In addition to class sessions, students are required to spend 20 hours outside of class with assigned community partners. Students are assessed on knowledge of content, oral and written Spanish, and participation in service. Recommended that students take a 300-level Spanish course prior to enrolling in this course. Pre-requisite: Spanish 204 or equivalent. 

Service Learning.

Spanish 308S: Latino/a Voices in Duke, Durham, and Beyond (formerly SP106ES)

Construction of Latino/a identity(ies) and formation of community voices through the lens of cultural, political, and social issues at local and national level.  Assessment on knowledge of content, oral and written Spanish.  Possible Service-learning.  Recommended students take 300-level Spanish course prior to enrolling.  Instructor: Staff.  See below for a description of each section.

Section 01 (Prof. Anderson)

This course will explore the ways Latino/a identities are formed in the United States through their representations in film, literature, art, and essays. The three main areas of focus will be language, race, and gender. There is a service-learning component to the course which will require students to volunteer outside the classroom under the supervision of the instructor. Students are assessed on knowledge of content, oral and written Spanish, and participation in service. It is recommended that students take a 300-level Spanish course prior to enrolling in this course. Prerequisite: Spanish 204 (previously 76) or equivalent. Service-Learning Course.


Section 02 (Prof. Fernandez)

This course explores key issues surrounding Latino identities and experiences in Durham and beyond. Discussions are built around readings, documentaries, and interactions with the local Latino community. The course includes an experiential component that requires students to visit and make observations at different sites and organizations in Durham and document some of these experiences. This is not a service learning course. Course topics include acculturation (cultural competence and values), migration, health, economics and education. Course discussions, experiences and projects seek to facilitate opportunities for building bridges between Duke and the local Latino community. Assessment is based on knowledge of content, oral and written Spanish, and participation in the experiential component of the course. Pre-requisite: Spanish 204. Recommended: a previous 300-level course prior to taking this class.

Spanish 311. New course!  Food Production and Consumption in North Carolina and Peru: A Comparative Approach. 

Fulfill your language requirement by taking this new course that meets daily in Summer session 1!  Take trips to NC farms, markets, and Peruvian restaurants. Enjoy a cooking class and conduct collaborative and individual research on food production and consumption. Put into practice your Spanish by studying the impact of globalization and environmental and labor issues, Students must have completed SP203 at Duke or have the equivalent level of Spanish and complete an interview to ensure appropriate placement. This course is the equivalent of Spanish 204 and 303 combined in one 6-week session (2 credits). It is an intensive language and culture course for intermediate students who want to progress to the advanced level. Contact Professor Simmermeyer (simmerme@duke.edu) or Professor Villalba (william.villalba@duke.edu) for more information and to set up a placement interview.

Spanish 390S:Language, Culture and Society: Spanish in the Current World    An overview of the current use of Spanish through the analysis of contemporary media such as podcasts, YouTube, on-line and written newspapers, movies, etc. The course examines variation due to context, region or social factors. The main goal is to develop students' skills in analyzing data, forming and testing hypotheses based on the distinctive sounds of Spanish, word formation, sentence structure, and discourse formation. Students will work on individual and group projects. Prerequisite: Spanish 301-303 level or consent of instructor.

Freshman Seminar for incoming students with Spanish 204 credit who are interested in furthering their Spanish.

Spanish 89S-1 (formerly 149S)   First Year Seminar in Spanish:

Seminar for first-year undergraduates with the desire and ability to take courses in literature, history, culture, art, cinema, or drama in Spanish in the 300-level. Topics vary each semester offered. This course counts towards both the major and minor. Prerequisite: SAT II score 660 or above, AP Language score of 5, or AP Literature score of 4 or 5. Heritage speakers or students who did high school work in Spanish encourage to enroll after consulting with instructor.

For more information on the Spanish Language Program, please contact one of the following people:

Director,

Associate Professor of the Practice of Spanish

102 Language Center

(919) 660-3124

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Assistant Director,

Lecturer of Spanish

2016 Campus Drive

(919) 684-8435


Assistant Director,

Lecturer of Spanish

2016 Campus Drive

(919) 684-4077

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Administrative Secretary for the Spanish Language Program

Pat McPherson

2016 Campus Drive

Campus Box 90269

Phone: (919) 684-8628