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Studies in Spanish - International Travel

SPA 268W

Studies in Spanish - International Travel

SPA 268W

Course Description

Studies ancient, colonial and / or modern civilization(s) in a Spanish-speaking country or countries. Visits archeological and / or historical sites with unassigned time for individual interests. Student must meet all course and travel requirements in addition to paying tuition and travel expenses. (15-60)

Outcomes and Objectives

Demonstrate expressive and receptive skills appropriate to the level studied. (Note: The expressive and receptive skill level will depend on the student’s prior knowledge of Spanish. This Outcome will not apply to students who have no prior knowledge of Spanish.)

Objectives:

  • (Receptive skills) Understand and respond to Spanish language written input in the host country/countries: Read signs, menus, maps and other public notices.
  • (Receptive skills) Understand and respond to Spanish language spoken input in the host country/countries: Understand native speaker speech, recorded broadcasts, and other public announcements.
  • (Expressive skills) Use Spanish to express one’s needs in the host country/countries: Ask for directions and other information as needed.

Describe the richness and diversity of Hispanic culture

Objectives:

  • Describe various aspects of the culture of the area visited as illustrated by the historical or archaeological locations visited, and/or by the visual and auditory input experienced during the trip.
  • Explain the social and historical context of the customs and traditions of the area visited.

Compare and contrast differences between one’s own culture and Hispanic cultures in a sensitive and informed manner.

Objectives:

  • Identify customs and traditions of Hispanic cultures in the host country/countries that are both similar and different to the students’ culture.
  • Respond in a culturally sensitive manner to the communication of native speakers in the host country/countries.
  • Compare some of the cultural differences that exist between the cultures of the places visited and the students’ culture.
  • Examine and explain one’s attitudes about the culture visited.

Use writing to learn activities.

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write grammatically and coherently about the cultural aspects covered during the trip.
  • Use appropriate electronic and print sources to gather information.
  • Analyze and use that information in written reports.
  • Formulate written responses to the cultural, historical, and linguistic diversity experienced during the trip.