Spanish (MLSP)

MLSP 101 Elementary Spanish I     (3 credits)

There are no prerequisites for this course.

This course is designed for students with no prior experience studying Spanish or less than one year of high school study. Through a communicative-based approach, students in this class will learn to understand and participate in basic conversations on familiar and everyday topics. There will be an emphasis on practicing words, phrases and simple sentences using practical vocabulary and basic grammatical structures. Students will be exposed to basic cultural practices employed by native speakers in order to understand appropriate interpersonal behaviors and communicative practices unique to Hispanic cultures. By the end of the course, students will be able to express basic needs and personal preferences and ask and answer simple questions both orally and also in writing.

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LSM: GP

MLSP 102 Elementary Spanish II     (3 credits)

MLSP 101 or permission from instructor.

This course is designed for students who have taken one or two years of high school Spanish or one semester of university study. Through a communicative-based approach, students in this class will learn to understand and participate in conversations on familiar and everyday topics. There will be an emphasis on expanding vocabulary related to familiar and everyday topics and on how to speak about present and past events. By the end of the course, students will be able to express, ask about, and react to preferences, feelings, and opinions through a series of connected sentences both orally and also in writing. They will also be able to rehearse appropriate interpersonal behaviors and communicative practices unique to Hispanic cultures.

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LSM: GP

MLSP 201 Intermediate Spanish I     (3 credits)

MLSP 102 or permission from instructor.

This course is designed for students who have taken three years of high school Spanish or two semesters of university study. Through a communicative-based approach, students in this class will learn to participate in spontaneous spoken conversations on familiar topics. They will learn how to express, ask about, and react with some detail to preferences, feelings, or opinions on familiar topics by creating multiple, connected sentences both in writing and also orally. Emphasis will be placed on increasing vocabulary and building competencies to communicate in various time frames. By the end of the course, students will be able to interact with native speakers on a functional level and make comparisons between different cultural practices related to everyday life and personal interests or studies.

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LSM: GP

MLSP 202 Intermediate Spanish II     (3 credits)

MLSP 201 or permission from instructor.

This course is designed for students who have taken four years of high school Spanish or three semesters of university study. Through a communicative-based approach, students in this class will learn to participate in sustained spontaneous spoken conversations on familiar situations at school, work, or play. They will learn how to exchange information on a variety of topics through the use of topic-specific vocabulary and a series of complex, connected sentences. Emphasis will be placed on increasing reading comprehension and written expression using grammatical structures in a variety of time frames. By the end of the course, students will be able to interact with native speakers on a functional level, show an interest in basic cultural similarities and differences, use appropriate learned cultural behaviors, and avoid major social blunders.

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LSM: GP

MLSP 203 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition     (3 credits)

MLSP 203 is an advanced Spanish grammar course that allows students to strengthen their linguistic skills in Spanish, while learning new ways of crafting that language into original and complex ideas in the form of written communication. Students will learn to write in a variety of genres, including description, narration, expository and argumentative writing, as well as strengthen theirunderstanding of Hispanic cultures through the study of texts taken from real-world Spanish contexts. This course is conducted in Spanish.

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LSM: GP

MLSP 205 Intermediate Spanish Language Immersion     (3 credits)

With a theoretical and hands-on approach, this intermediate course offers the opportunity for students to increase all four language skills (aural-oral/reading/writing/grammar) while at the same experiencing the culture firsthand. Students will attend classes every day and visit variuos sites under the supervision of a Bentley Modern Language Faculty. These visits will offer students a chance to appreciate the history and culture of the Hispanic world. This course will fulfill the same requirements for the Modern Language intermediate course depending on language placement. Therefore, it can fulfill the Arts and Sciences language requirement, or LSM Global Perspective language courses, as well as Modern Language Spanish minor requirements (including Spanish for Business).

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LSM: GP

MLSP 206 Advanced Spanish Conversation     (3 credits)

This course is an intensive practice in oral expression and conversation. Conversationwill be based on assigned readings and films from the textbook, and students will also engagein targeted written exercises designed to hone grammar skills in communicative contexts.MLSP 206 is part of the advanced grammar series, which also includes MLSP 203;whereas MLSP 203 focuses on Spanish grammar in written expression, and 206 focuses onthe verbal expression of the language. The prerequisite for this class is MLSP 202 orpermission from the instructor. This course counts for the Spanish minor, the Spanish forBusiness minor, and Spanish Studies major. MLSP 206 may also be used as an Arts andSciences Humanities elective or to satisfy requirements for the Liberal Studies Major(LSM), Global Perspectives concentration or the language requirements for Arts andSciences majors.

LSM: GP

MLSP 298 Experimental course in Spanish     (3 credits)

Experimental courses explore curriculum development, with specific content intended for evolution into a permanent course. A topic may be offered twice before it becomes a permanent course. Students may repeat experimental courses with a different topic for credit.

MLSP 301 Selected Topics in Spanish     (3 credits)

This upper-level Spanish course seeks to develop speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing ability, while exploring the diverse traditions, cultures, social structures, artistic production and current events in Spanish-speaking countries. This course is especially useful for Spanish minors and students planning to study or work abroad or in a Spanish-speaking environment. With the permission of the instructor, the course may be repeated for credit under different course themes. Examples of topical themes include: Spanish Cinema, Contemporary Spanish Culture, and Latin American Cultures.

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LSM: GP

MLSP 302 Spanish for Business     (3 credits)

PREQ: MLSP 202 and or MLSP 203 or Instructor's permission.

Spanish for Business is a course designed to help students acquire the cultural background and practical skills to function and communicate effectively in a business environment in a Spanish-speaking country. Learning the specialized language of Spanish commerce; writing different types of business documents and letters; doing translation work; preparing a job application (C.V. and interview); creating advertisements; and analyzing case studies are essential aspects of this course.

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LSM: GP

MLSP 304 Survey of Spanish Literature     (3 credits)

MLSP 202 or permission of the instructor.

MLSP 304 presents examples of narrative, poetry and drama by authors of Spain and Latin America, with emphasis on the literary, social, cultural and political context. Readings develop cultural awareness about historical movements and literary movements. Conducted in Spanish.

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MLSP 305 Spanish Translation     (3 credits)

PREQ: MLSP 202 and or MLSP 203 or Instructor's Permission.

Spanish Translation is an advanced language course that introduces students to the theory and practice of translation from Spanish to English and from English to Spanish. This course is designed for students who possess native and/or near native competency in Spanish and want to improve their language skills and knowledge of culture through translation practice. Students learn the basic concepts of translation, which they apply to relevant illustrative texts - newspaper articles, commercial ads, journals, and informational, cultural, and literary texts, among other - and which come from a wide range of fields and sources from Latin American and Spain. This course offers advanced students of Spanish a challenging, yet practical, approach to the acquisition of translation skillswhile building on their critical thinking abilities and cultural knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world.

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LSM: GP

MLSP 306 Hispanic Citiscapes     (3 credits)

This advanced course in Spanish language and culture course is designed to strengthen oral performance and cultural competency through the study of diverse topics about the main cities of selected Spanish-speaking countries. Using these cities as a focus for class discussion, students expand their vocabulary, improve their pronunciation and fluency, and learn more about Spanish colloquialisms and the cultural distinctions of the countries studied. Special attention is also given to the different musical manifestations of each country. Grammar is presented as a tool to communicate rather than a set of rules to memorize, thereby facilitating students’ active participation in class. The main cities under study are: Barcelona, Spain; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mexico City, Mexico; Guatemala City, Guatemala, Havana, Cuba; and San Juan, Puerto Rico, but the course also includes discussion of the Latino community in the United States. This course is conducted in Spanish.

LSM: GP

MLSP 312 Spanish for Business II: A Practical Approach     (3 credits)

Pre-Req: MLSP 302 or Instructor Permission.

Continues the two-course sequence begun in MLSP 302 by practicing commercial correspondence, marketing strategies in the Spanish-speaking world, banking transactions in Spanish, real human resources cases and the future of the Latin American business world.

LSM: GP

MLSP 401 Directed Study in Spanish     (3 credits)

This course permits students to do special studies in language, literature or culture not offered as a departmental course.

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MLSP 402 Seminar in Spanish     (3 credits)

Open to native speakers. Non-native speakers must have MLSP 202 or permission of the instructor.

This course brings together advanced and native speakers of the same language to engage in the study of a selected topic using a critical lens of analysis.

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MLSP 403 Latinos in the U.S.A.     (3 credits)

This course studies the historical, social and cultural development of Latinos in the United States, paying special attention to the three most important groups: Chicanos or Mexican-Americans, Puerto Ricans or Neoricans, and Cuban-Americans. Students will explore some key issues affecting Hispanic communities: cultural stereotypes; individual and collective identity; bilingualism; political and social struggles, through the analysis of literary texts and other cultural productions (film, art, music, theater). As a final class project, students will be able to choose between a field-based research paper or a Service Learning Project.

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LSM: DSC

MLSP 404 Spanish Identities and Cultures in Modern Peninsular Literature     (3 credits)

This course will offer extensive readings and discussions of various authors and works from Spain. Emphasis will be given to sociopolitical and cultural contexts for a better understanding of the content. Conducted in Spanish. Open to native speakers.

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LSM: GP

MLSP 405 Masterpieces of Latin-American and Caribbean Literature: The Battle of the Booms     (3 credits)

MLSP 405 in an in-depth study of one of Latin America’s most important cultural phenomena, the literary boom of the late 20th century. Through critical analyses of narrative texts, students will gain an appreciation for the ever tenuous relationships between myth versus reality, masculine versus feminine, and European versus Native that dominate Latin American and Caribbean cultural imaginaries. This course is taught in Spanish.

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LSM: GP

MLSP 406 Multicultural Spain Through its Regions     (3 credits)

This course offers a broad survey of the culture of Spain through its autonomousregions. The class will focus on the art, architecture, food, history, music, literature,politics and sporting events of each region and how they affect Spain as a nation.This class is conducted in Spanish. Open to native and non-native speakers.

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LSM: GP