Spanish and Portuguese | Applied Spanish Linguistics
S428 | 20836 | 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 phonology, morphology,
syntax, 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: object pronouns, the aspectual
distinction (perfect vs. imperfect), the mood distinction
(subjunctive vs. indicative), and SER vs. ESTAR, among other topics.
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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Prof. César Félix-Brasdefer