Spanish and Portuguese | Applied Spanish Linguistics
S428 | 21642 | Professor César Félix-Brasdefer


HISP-S 428 Applied Spanish Linguistics  (3 credits)     LINGUISTICS
Prerequisite: S310 or equivalent for those students who matriculated
prior to Summer 2003.
S326 for those students who matriculated Summer 2003 or after.

The objective of this course is to provide the student with a
general overview of the field of Applied Linguistics and its
application to Spanish. In order to do so, theoretical concepts in
various branches of linguistics including morphology, syntax,
semantics, sociolinguistics, and pragmatics will be reviewed. In
addition, we will consider the practical application of this
knowledge to second language acquisition from the learner’s
perspective, specifically in relation to the acquisition of Spanish
by native speakers of English. The course will focus on allowing
students to developing a more thorough understanding of the
structure of Spanish in order to enhance their pedagogical
effectiveness in the second language classroom. In order to achieve
this objective, we will review various aspects of the grammar with
specific attention to the acquisition of grammatical points that are
traditionally problematic for students of Spanish, including: clitic
pronouns, the aspectual distinction (perfect vs. imperfect), the
mood distinction (subjunctive vs. indicative), and SER vs. ESTAR,
among other topics. Through the sociolinguistic component of the
course, students will develop an awareness of how language reflects
the social realities of the context in which it is spoken and how
language can be affected by different social variables. In the final
component of the course, pragmatics, issues related to focus on form
and focus on function will be presented. Students will study cross-
cultural differences in various speech acts and will be equipped
with tools for enabling their future students to achieve
sociocultural competence in the second language classroom.

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