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This subject is aimed at enabling students to substantially advance in their learning of Spanish language and Hispanic cultures, while also providing them with opportunities to develop workplace skills. In this subject, students will analyse sophisticated canonical and non-canonical texts that emerged from the major Spanish and Latin American literary movements. Advanced knowledge of the Spanish language will be promoted by studying, analysing and understanding texts such as short stories, theatre, poetry and essays. Students will study advanced Spanish language structures, such as complex verbal forms (e.g. subjunctive mode) and complex sentence structures, through textual analysis, essay writing, oral presentation and in-class discussion. Academic skills are enhanced through learning how to write scholarly essays in Spanish and to do close readings in a variety of genres, while community leadership skills are developed through peer mentorship, and oral skills improved through individual and group presentations.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- interpret and analyse a variety of literary genres directly relevant to Spanish speaking social and cultural contexts;
- demonstrate skills in academic Spanish through the use of oral and written Spanish;
- demonstrate a critical overview of major literary movements in Latin America and Spain;
- employ skills in close reading as well as of research and analytical skills;
- demonstrate community leadership skills via mentoring Spanish 1 students;
- make wide use of learning and research technologies in Spanish and English;
- work in an effective manner in a Spanish-speaking context both individually and cooperatively.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed research skills: through the study of advanced research methods as applied to the analysis of literary texts;
- have developed critical thinking: through in-class discussions and oral presentations;
- have learned cultural and linguistic text analysis: through the completion of critical reading of short literary analysis exercises and papers;
- have developed skills in the communication of knowledge and be able to defend critical ideas in public: through class presentations and class participation;
- have an understanding of social, political, historical and cultural contexts: through critical analysis of selected canonical and non-canonical texts;
- be able to demonstrate sophisticated textual analysis: through, test, essay and assignment writing.
Last updated: 21 December 2019