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Graduate Studies

Graduate Course Descriptions: Summer Session I 2008

Portuguese

HISP - P491 Elementary Portuguese for Graduate Students (3 credits)

Daily 2:35pm - 4:30pm / section# 2385 / 3cr / BH 134

An accelerated introduction to the structure of the Portuguese language, covering in one semester content matter usually reviewed in two semesters.

Note: Above section HISP P491 will meet jointly with HISP P135.

Does not carry graduate credit. Next course in the sequence is HISP-P 492.

For further information on fulfilling the University Graduate School's foreign language requirement, please contact the Spanish Graduate Office.


Hispanic Linguistics

HISP - S695 Hispanic Colloquium (3 credits)

Variable Title: The Role of Instruction in Learning Second Language Pragmatics

Prerequisite: S428, S508, S517, or equivalent

MWR 12:00pm - 2:05pm / section# 4718 / 3cr / BH 208

Pragmatics is “the study of language from the point of view of users, especially of the choices they make, the constraints they encounter in using language in social interaction and the effects their use of language has on other participants in the act of communication (Crystal 1997, p. 301). When learning a second language, learners need to develop the ability to appropriately communicate different actions such as requesting, apologizing, or refusing, as well as other conversational practices such as the proper use of discourse markers (actually, well, anyway, I mean) or the sequential structure of openings or closings in the target language. This knowledge requires both a grammatical and a pragmatic knowledge of the target language.

The aim of this course is to examine the role of instruction in pragmatics when learning to communicate in a second language. This course has three main goals: i. to review the research on instruction in second language pragmatics (implicit/explicit instruction); ii. to examine the issue of pragmatic development as a result of pedagogical intervention over simple exposure of the target language in the classroom; and, iii. to review current models for teaching various aspects of pragmatics at the discourse level from beginning to advanced levels. Some key topics that will be discussed include: the pragmatic input available in the classroom and in language textbooks, the role of pragmatic consciousness-raising, pragmatic input in both second (host environment) and foreign language contexts, research-based pedagogical implications for incorporating pragmatics into the syllabus/classroom, universal pragmatic knowledge, and the role of pragmatic instruction prior to and during study abroad.

Class format includes discussion of class readings, short critical essays, and a final paper that examines the effectiveness of instruction of one aspect of second language pragmatics. Course expectations will be adjusted for undergraduate and graduate students.

Note: This HISP-S 685 class meets jointly with HISP-S 495.


Spanish Language for Graduate Students

HISP - S491 Elementary Spanish for Graduate Students (3 credits)

MTWR 6:30pm - 8:30pm / section# 2415 / 3cr / BH 138

This course is designed to enable graduate students to achieve an intermediate level of proficiency in reading Spanish for their research. To help these students reach an adequate level of proficiency, the course will focus on elementary and intermediate concepts of Spanish grammar and translations of literary journalistic and other kinds of texts.

Does not carry graduate credit. Next course in the sequence is HISP-S 492.

For further information on fulfilling the University Graduate School's foreign language requirement, please contact the Spanish Graduate Office.