Graduate Courses - Fall 2021

 

SPA 553 Teaching of Foreign Languages

COURSE DESCRIPTION: FR/GER/SPA 553 is a survey course on foreign language teaching as it relates to teaching languages to adults in a 21st century classroom setting within the university context. It is meant to accompany the first year of teaching for graduate students and help guide them to reflecting on and improving their performance in the classroom and crafting of engaging lesson plans and materials. Students will study the underlying theoretical basis of language teaching methodologies, review selected foreign language teaching research, and receive hands-on practice particularly in the areas of executing lesson plans, teaching the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing), materials preparation, classroom observations, and professional development. PREREQUISITES: Students in this course need to be both graduate students and in their first year of teaching at the University of Kentucky. Most assignments refer directly to what is happening in the classes graduate students are teaching. Students who are not TAs won’t be able to fully participate in class or experience the benefits of reflective teaching practices combined with simultaneous practical experience in the classroom. Therefore, only TAs will be allowed in the course.

SPA 654 SPANISH DIALECTOLOGY

Yanira B. Paz T 3:30-6:00 pm COURSE DESCRIPTION: El propósito de este curso es explorar el estado actual de la investigación de los dialectos del español a través de la discusión y el análisis de las aproximaciones teóricas y empíricas a su estudio.
STUDENTS OBJECTIVES: Discutir y analizar diferentes aproximaciones teóricas y empíricas al estudio de los grupos dialectales más importantes del español. Valorar los dialectos de la lengua como expresión vital de la lengua. Desarrollar habilidades básicas para la investigación en el área dialectológica. Valorar y aplicar la dialectología como herramienta pedagógica y como aproximación al texto literario.

SPA 690: Spanish National Cinema

Carmen Moreno-Nuno Este curso se centra en el análisis de la noción de "cine nacional" para intentar reflexionar sobre por qué y cómo el cine español es un cine nacional. Para responder a esta pregunta el curso combina dos aproximaciones distintas. Por un lado, el análisis histórico, el cual nos hace detenernos en algunas películas que han marcado la historia del cine español, en sus directores más sobresalientes y en sus distintas etapas estéticas. Por otro lado, la aproximación temática, la cual muestra hasta qué punto el cine español es un modo de representación distinto, en sus convenciones, recursos y presupuestos teóricos, al modo institucional liderado por Hollywood. La selección de lecturas responde al objetivo de aportar las herramientas conceptuales necesarias para poder analizar los textos fílmicos que estudiaremos en el curso tanto en su especificidad formal como dentro de su contexto histórico y de producción.

 

SPA 782 Intro to Hispanic Studies

Monica Diaz Course Description

This course introduces students to the essential components of research and writing at the graduate level. Part of the course will be devoted to learning how to develop research questions, writing thesis statements, and learning basic argumentative and analytical skills for academic writing. Another part of the course will focus on additional basic skills needed in the academic profession beyond writing an academic paper, such as drafting book reviews, grant proposals, conference abstracts, and conference papers. Finally, we will also learn about professional opportunities outside of academia. Most of the course will be run as a workshop.

Selected Required Texts (I will add more):

Rogers, Katina L. Putting the Humanities PhD to Work: Thriving in and Beyond the Classroom. Durham: Duke University Press, 2020.

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 9th Ed. New York: Modern Languages Association, April 2021.

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