SCHOOL OF LANGUAGES is a private, independent, non sectarian,
educational institution, which has as its primary objective
the recognition and development of the capabilities of its
students in foreign Languages, as a vehicle for international
communication, cooperation and mutual understanding.
is one of the schools belonging to the InterAmerican University
and currently shares its entire infrastructure for courses
and other activities.
at I.S.O.L. are designed to give students an opportunity to
become thoroughly conversant in the foreign language and to
view the world from literary, cultural, and practical perspectives;
each provides the student with a basis from which to pursue
her own personal and career goals.
holds different campuses in several countries (U.S., Spain,
China, Egypt, etc.) as a composite of many facilities.
PROGRAM in Spanish as a Foreign Language is a series of six
courses with grade levels ranging from Absolute Beginners
through Advanced, and called:
SPE 102 ELEMENTARY 2
SPB 103 BASIC 3
SPB 104 BASIC 4
SPI 105 INTERMEDIATE 5
SPA 106 ADVANCED 6
learn to express opinions, physical sensations, feelings and
needs in a simple way. Students will be able to read brief
letters and texts related to daily life.
reach conversational skills on familiar matters, at a normal
rate, and will be able to read general and simple literary
learn to provide detailed information on general matters,
to express themselves fluently, to write long texts, and to
appreciate humor, irony and wit in written texts.
will be able to debate points of view, provide arguments and
learn to write using idioms, expressions and other stylistic
resources that allow a creative use of the language. They
will find no difficulty in reading literature by contemporary
Spanish and Latin American authors. The system presents in
context the structures of Spanish and gradually introduces
a vocabulary of about 3.000 words. The Program includes:
Work in Language Skills
develop their proficiency in listening comprehension, speaking,
reading and writing through exercises in intonation patterns,
substitution and participation drills, conversations, readings
and complimentary activities.
a new teaching approach and concentrates on developing skills
by imitation, repetition and habit.
for Academic Study
develop study skills such as becoming familiar with library
resources, dictionaries and reference books, writing papers,
note taking, testing and evaluation procedures; seminar and
lecture practices; and, at the advanced level doing research
at an academic field of interest.
is as varied as our teaching methods. In addition to pursuing
an active program of research and scholarship in their own
areas of interest, all members of the faculty are committed
to teaching of international students.
SCHOOL OF LANGUAGES Intensive Spanish Courses are offered
every semester and during the summer, at all levels, from
Elementary through Advanced, with special courses for absolute
beginners on certain specific dates.
is designed to give the maximum exposure to the practical
use of Spanish in a variety of situations. Language is presented
and practiced in realistic situations using textbooks and
other sources of authentic materials.
may study for three, four or five hours everyday and are assessed
regularly by the instructors through homework assignments,
class tests and other sources of authentic material.
enrollment period is one month, but it is possible to enroll
for full semester periods, or even longer.
test is necessary for most classes if you have never studied
with us before. Placement tests will be given prior to on-site
registration, any time between 10:30 am and 7:00 pm. Tests
are given on a first-come, first-served basis. The test takes
approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete for advanced
students, less for beginners. Tests are graded immediately
when possible and an oral interview is conducted thereafter.
Once you know your level, you can register for the class that
best fits your schedule. If this placement exam date does
not suit you, please give us a call.
Spanish Language Programs
15 lessons per week (3 per day)
Each lesson: 1 hr.
Ø 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ø 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM and
Ø 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM depending on level
Presentation and practice of grammatical structures and functional
areas of language, plus integrated practice of the four skills
of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Lis-tening are planned into
the lesson. Text books, authentic material and other resources
often specially prepared by the teacher are used in these
classes. Classwork may be supplemented by regular homework
20 lessons per week (4 per day)
Each lesson: 1 hr.
Ø 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and
Ø 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM depending on level
Same as above but with further practice in all of the skills,
specially in Speaking and Listening. These skills are developed
through the use of role-plays, discussions and project work.
25 lessons per week (5 per day)
Each lesson: 1 hr.
Ø 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Ø 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM and
Ø 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM depending on level
Continuation of the above program, including perfectioning
and enrichment activities.
and lunch are excluded from actual classroom hours.
Starting Dates for 2000
Feb 1 Mar 1 Apr 3
May 2 Jun 5 Jul 3 Aug 1
Sep 4 Oct 2 Nov 6
I.S.O.L. cannot normally guarantee the time or location of
any class in advance and therefore reserves the right to cancel
or change the location of any class, at its discretion.
Fee:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . U.S. $
Books & Material: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . .U.S. $ 100
Transcripts: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . .U.S. $ 10
Examination Fee: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
1 month 2 months 3 months 4 months
GROUP CLASSES (MAX. 15) Full Semester
Standard 600 1000 1700 2000
SemiIntensive 900 1500 2100 2780
Intensive 1100 1800 2500 3250
INDIVIDUAL CLASSES Full Semester
Type of Accommodation Daily Monthly
Single Room & Board(w/ 3 meals a day) 4451
Double Room & Board(w/ 3 meals a day) 3200
refer to U.S. Dollars
our classes are small, and active student participation is
expected; beyond the elementary/ intermediate level, the student-faculty
ratio is close to 5:1. Independent study and opportunities
for honors work are also available, and the curriculum is
supplemented by films, Spanish Club activities, and lectures
by visiting scholars.
Spanish courses require a textbook. Textbooks are available
for purchase in our Office of General Coordination for the
following prices (plus tax). All sales are final.
textbooks are subject to change without notice.
Book Title Price
Elementary ELE 1 (workbook, Textbook and cassette) U.S. $
Basic GENTE 2 (Workbook, Textbook and Cassette) U.S. $ 48
Intermediate ABANICO (Textbook and Workbook) U.S. $ 45
Advanced A FONDO (Textbook) U.S. $ 25
Business Spanish for Beginners SOCIOS 1 (Workbook, Textbook
and Cassette) U.S. $ 45
teaching system is based on the joint use of two different
methods: The Direct and the Communicative Approach. It is
expected that all class sessions are conducted in Spanish,
despite of the level taught.
year, the INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF LANGUAGES administers several
exams to test the language competency of the students; among
Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign language
v Certificado de Suficiencia
v Certificado de Proficiencia del Consejo Español de
enhance language study we provide computer-based learning
aids, created especially for our program, as well as audio
and visual materials; all are available in our new multimedia
lab, and most can also be accessed from student-owned computers
in the dorms. These materials provide students with excellent
opportunities to enrich their classroom experience and to
engage in intensive review of vocabulary, grammar, writing,
listening, and speaking.
Cultural, andRecreational Orientation
staff of I.S.O.L. acquaints students with the social and cultural
opportunities available in the different countries, by organizing
and supervising field trips, tours, parties, concerts, and
other social, cultural and recreational activities.
students must have accumulated a minimum of 8 credit units
on each level before they may be granted an International
Certificate from I.S.O.L. on that level.
student wishing to graduate and receive the Diploma in Spanish
as a Foreign Language, must successfully complete all six
levels, regardless of the number of acceptable transfer credits
of Attendance are issued to all accepted students.
official transcript with course grades and credits earned
is permanently at the students' disposal, at the end of every
of Attendance may also be issued to every registered student,
upon due application.
amount of credit to which a student is entitled upon completion
of a course is equivalent to the number of tuition hours per
week, and its acceptance depends on the policy of the home
college of the student and the inter-college articulation
Office of General Coordination serves I.S.O.L.'s international
students and visiting international faculty. The O.G.C. is
a resource center for information and consultation on matters
related to the international student and faculty/scholars.
The staff is prepared to help in any of the various areas
of concern, including academic problems, immigration questions,
social, health or financial matters, etc. The office also
organizes seminars and workshops on topics of interest to
the school community, including cross cultural communication,
recreational activities, etc.
VOX. Our Newsletter
monthly newsletter, and flyers and circulars are sent to all
students in order to keep them informed about the many opportunities
available, both academic and extra-curricular.
attendance is essential to strong academic progress. Courses
will not be considered complete and students will not be assessed
if their attendance is less than 85 %.
joining a class, students are asked to complete a Personal
Assessment Test, which consists of 30 questions graded from
easy to difficult with two different formats available for
the student's comfort: a multiple choice questionnaire or
a computer software application. The result of this test allows
I.S.O.L. to form an opinion of the student's real level.
all students are interviewed for placement purposes upon their
arrival, and finally they are placed in the corresponding
the Learning Center, students can find a wide variety of materials
to supplement the work done in class, and can continue their
Spanish studies outside the school hours by listening to graded
tapes, doing extra grammar exercises, or by borrowing Spanish
books to take home and read. There is also a wide range of
reference material available.
aim of the Learning Center is to allow language development
to take place outside as well as in the classroom and to enable
students to direct their own learning.
LEARN SPANISH QUICKLY AND WELL
total immersion concept of learning a foreign language places
the student into an around-the-clock environment of using
the new language--both in class and at home with their host
Spanish family on a continuous basis.
only" is the rule at I.S.O.L.. Because our instructors
are all native Spanish speakers, accents and mannerisms are
correct and natural. As the instructors help the students
progress in the language, words and sentences come naturally
placement is important. All students are assigned to classes
according to their individual ability and current knowledge
of the Spanish language. The typical daily schedule includes
three, four or five hours of concentrated language instruction,
two hours of conversation practice and a one-hour conference
on the culture of Spain. Optional written homework helps reinforce
courses have been designed for a number of special professions,
including the following:
medical students and nurses can especially benefit in the
Center's exclusive language study program for health professionals.
This innovative program places special emphasis on the vocabulary
that they might use in daily situations at medical facilities.
Nurses are invited to inquire about how they can earn credits
for contact or studies.
police and county sheriff departments regularly send their
officers to the Center to learn or improve their Spanish.
This special course emphasizes language tools necessary to
meet emergency situations.
Exam Prep Course
classes are offered that provide teachers an opportunity to
hone their Spanish skills in preparing for the bi-lingual
regularly hosts entire classes of students from the U.S. Spanish
language classes from middle and high schools often spend
a full week in Spain and enlarge their study experiences with
their host families. College and university classes and individuals
improve their Spanish language and cultural studies with our
return of a duly dated and signed application form and the
payment of the deposit required ensures that a place is provisionally
reserved until the school sends official confirmation of acceptance.
students are responsible to be in possession of valid documents
and visas covering the length of stay chosen, however, I.S.O.L.
can assist in this task.
YOU NEED TO GET A VISA
A valid passport
An application form (from the Spanish Consulate/Embassy) in
4 color passport size photographs
Letter of admission from I.S.O.L.
Evidence of sufficient funds to cover tuition fees, accommodation
and stay in Spain
Police certificate of good behavior (duly legalized and notarised)
Photocopy of passport
I.S.O.L. medical health insurance
Return air ticketNote: The submission of all documents does
not necessarily guarantee the issuance of the visa.
Deposit and Payment
deposit may be sent with the application form by using a money
order payable to the InterAmerican University.
and tuition fees should reach the school at least five days
before the student arrival, unless arrangements have been
authorized in another sense.
and Early Departure
deposit is credited to the student and in case of withdrawal
or failure to arrive is not returned.
no circumstances can the board and tuition fees be refunded
in case of early departure, absence, illness, accident or
Director reserves the right to expel a student who causes
a serious disturbance or whose behavior is considered unacceptable.
following are considered as extras:
Private lessons, journeys, excursions and outings.
Medical expenses (hospitalization, medi-cation, etc.) not
covered by insurance.
Personal expenditure: pocket money, phone calls, purchase,
transportation, any damage caused, etc.
case of claims concerning the interpretation, execution or
non-execution of these regulations, all parties agree to accept
the exclusive authority of the Registrar of the Oviedo District
to I.S.O.L. (The InterAmerican University) are always welcome.
if and when they comply with the following requirements:
They are 18 years of age or older.
Ø they have an American High School Diploma or foreign
Ø they show a special willingness towards the Spanish
culture and civilization.
to the Spanish major is subject to the terms and conditions
applicable within I.A.U.
operates on a rolling admissions policy whereby qualified
applicants are selected on a competitive basis until all available
places are filled.
candidates are expected to submit their application and all
supporting documents with at least two weeks prior to their
enrollment. Payment must also be done in advance.
are two things that corporations and organizations must do
in order to have a successful learning program...
Make sure that you are training to your specific objective.
2. Make sure that your learning program will produce consistent
results with all participants and locations.
custom-tailors Corporate Programs to meet specific corporate
needs. We help you see the BIG picture and avoid the common
mistake of just "having Spanish classes."
you're a growing company, you need a solution that will produce
consistent results for many people, in multiple locations,
on a regional, national or international level. You need a
program like I.S.O.L.’s that will help you understand
and implement the elements of a results-driven program.
I.S.O.L. we're concerned about protecting your return on investment
and will structure any corporate program to do just that.
everything is designed to meet your specific objectives, we'll
even guarantee the results!
understand that it's confusing as you "call around"
to different schools. We can assure you that we're experts
at helping corporations design learning programs that get
consistent and duplicable results within a reasonable period
of time. We're also experts at helping you understand how
to best meet your goals and objectives.
teaching methods will definitely benefit you!!!
small classes are generally limited to five students. Studies
are personalized so that each student receives a maximum of
to teach, we only count on the most
teacher on our staff is a university graduate and a native
speaking Spanish citizen. Each has been trained to teach Spanish
as a second language. They have been selected for their teaching
skills and for the enthusiasm that they exhibit in class.
are encouraged to participate in the field trips to interesting
places in Asturias and Spain. They also participate in social
activities and attend cultural events in the Perlora area.
at the International Residences
are hosted in our International Residence Hall and they may
speak Spanish away from classrooms and in real life conversational
situations. The residential experience further assists the
student in understanding the rich heritage of the Spanish
culture and to experience their family life in a truly natural
and friendly manner. All meals are included in this housing
has just made it easier for you to earn college credit while
you're learning Spanish. 3.0 quarter units of credit may be
earned with each course taken. In addition, some credits may
can apply credit toward CLAD second language requirements.
Registered nurses can receive 30 contact hours of relicensure
credit for the week-long program. Programs can also be tailored
to special groups including teachers and health care professionals.
basic aim is to develop in the student an ability to understand,
speak, read, and write Spanish effectively and to provide
the student with a solid foundation in the literature and
culture of Spain and Latin America. Many of the courses offered
may be taken by students who do not plan to concentrate in
Spanish but who would like to maintain or develop their knowledge
of this language and culture. Given the multi-cultural nature
of the whole world today, familiarity with a second language
and culture will enhance a student’s preparation for
a career in any profession. Advanced study of Spanish makes
the student eligible for the intimate contact with a foreign
culture available. A concentration in Spanish prepares a student
for advanced study in the field of literature and can be particularly
useful in the fields of law, business, international trade,
journalism, education, and public administration.
Spanish section makes available a number of flexible options
that vary with individual needs, though all include solid
training and preparation in Spanish language.
Spanish major offers a literary and cultural focus; Spanish/Business
students combine work in Spanish language and Hispanic cultures
with the study of business practices and their application
to the Hispanic world. Students may also choose to minor in
Spanish or to pursue a double major, an option often chosen
by students with such diverse majors as international affairs,
chemistry, biology, economics, mathematical sciences, and
careers are enhanced by the ability to communicate in Spanish,
and many graduate study programs require a reading knowledge
of one or two foreign languages.
Spanish/Business major is an integrated, interdisciplinary
major for students with an interest in Spanish who desire
to pursue careers in business. The curriculum for this major
combines courses in Spanish language and Hispanic cultures
and literatures with courses offered by the Economics Department
in accounting, marketing, management, and international business.
Where appropriate, the economics courses include material
that relates specifically to the Hispanic world.
will be most happy to provide you with additional information
or answer all of your questions.
application forms and enrollment information, contact:
International School of Languages
. .to learn enough Spanish to understand and to be understood?
no final answer, of course. But it's true that the beginner
will be speaking and understanding some Spanish at the end
of the first week of classes. Each day in class is designed
to involve each student in at least three hours of conversations
plus class drills.
more advanced and those interested in improving their skills
in technical or job-related Spanish will discover that they
will be speaking and understanding quickly and naturallly.
RATED NUMBER ONEA panel of international college professors
recently evaluated the many Spanish language schools in Spain
and Latin America. The I.S.O.L. at the InterAmerican University,
in Spain achieved a top ranking among the 25 best ones and
a tie for the best score of all the schools that were evaluated.
101-102 Elementary Spanish
beginning course is designed to introduce the student to the
basic skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing
the Spanish language. Work in the Resource Center complements
class work. These courses must be taken in successive terms
in the same academic year. Written permission is required
for seniors. Students with a grade of C– or below in
101 or D+ or below in 102 are urged to repeat the course before
continuing. Degree credit is awarded only if the second-term
course is successfully completed.
201 Intermediate Spanish
one-term language course is designed to improve the student’s
ability to understand, speak, read, and write Spanish. It
includes a comprehensive review of grammar, regularly scheduled
vocabulary study, conversational practice, short compositions,
and laboratory exercises. Prerequisite: two or three years
of secondary-school Spanish, or SPAN 101-102. Students with
a grade of D+ or below in 102 are urged to repeat the course
before continuing. Not open to students who score 3 or higher
on a Spanish AP exam.
202 Intermediate Spanish:
Language and Literature
one-term course is designed to improve the student’s
ability to understand, speak, read, and write Spanish and
emphasizes development of reading comprehension. It includes
a review of the more difficult points of intermediate grammar
and focuses on the acquisition of skills necessary for the
study of literature. Vocabulary study, conversational practice,
and short compositions based on readings are included. Recommended
for students who have a good background in grammar but need
further training in reading before undertaking courses at
the 350 level. Prerequisite: three to four years of secondary-school
Spanish, or SPAN 201, or the equivalent. Not open to students
who receive credit for 202 by scoring 4 on the AP language
exam or 3 or 4 on the AP literature exam.
001: Elementary Spanish I
course introduces the basic elements of the language and includes
exposure to some aspects of Spanish-speaking cultures. Aural
comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills receive
equal attention. Classes are conducted entirely in Spanish,
using a communicative approach. Pre-requisites: No previous
study of the language. This course meets 5 times a week.
002: Elementary Spanish II
course builds on the elements of the language acquired in
Elementary Spanish 1, and enrollment in this course presupposes
acquisition of the contents covered in that course. Speaking,
reading and writing skills are emphasized, and exposure to
some aspects of Spanish-speaking cultures is an important
component. Classes are conducted entirely in Spanish, using
a communicative approach. Pre-requisites: Elementary 1, or
appropriate achievement /placement test score. This course
meets 5 times a week.
014: Intensive Elementary Spanish
014 covers the basic elementary language curriculum (Spanish
1 and 2). Aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing
skills receive equal attention, and exposure to some aspects
of Spanish-speaking cultures also constitutes an important
component. This course is conducted entirely in Spanish, using
a communicative approach. Pre-requisites: No previous study
of the language. This course meets 8 times a week. Students
receive 2 credits for this course.
063: Intermediate Spanish
course focuses on the development of linguistic competency
in all four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing),
so that students may exit the course with a low intermediate
level of Spanish language ability. Communication and creative
skills are emphasized, and grammar practice also constitutes
a key element. The course promotes exposure to salient aspects
of Spanish-speaking cultures and includes some literary readings.
Spanish 63 is conducted entirely in Spanish. Pre-requisites:
Successful completion of Spanish 2 or 14, or appropriate achievement
/ placement test score. Spanish 63 meets 3 times a week.
076: Advanced Intermediate Spanish
goal of this course is to consolidate language skills so students
can achieve an Intermediate level of Spanish linguistic competency.
The course focuses on the development of rhetorical techniques
in Spanish through the study of grammar, connecting devices,
and discourse analysis. This course integrates all four linguistic
skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), using
a text-based approach. Exposure to the cultures of Spanish-speaking
countries by incorporating authentic materials (texts, videos,
audio, web) that address the social, political, and cultural
life of the Hispanic world. Spanish 76 is conducted entirely
Pre-requisites: Successful completion of Spanish 63 or appropriate
achievement/ placement test score. NOTE: Spanish 76 is the
second part of the intermediate sequence and must be completed
before enrolling in a 100-level course. Prepares students
to enroll in 101, or 104, or 105. This course meets 3 times
015: Intensive Intermediate Spanish
015 covers the basic intermediate language curriculum (Spanish
63 and 76). The course focuses on reading, writing, and oral
practice, with increased attention to grammatical variety
and accuracy. This course is conducted entirely in Spanish.
Prepares students to enroll in Spanish 101, or 104, or 105.
Pre-requisites: Successful completion of Spanish 2 or 14,
or appropriate achievement / placement test score. This course
meets 8 times a week. Students receive 2 credits for this
224 Cervantes and Quixotism
exemplary stories introduce some of the favored topics and
techniques of Miguel de Cervantes. These are followed by a
study of Don Quixote de la Mancha in translation. A variety
of critical perspectives help guide students’ responses
to this most influential masterwork of Spanish literature,
called by some the first modern novel. At semester’s
end, students have the opportunity to evaluate a quixotic
protagonist or Cervantine procedures in a literary work of
another time, another country.
Modern Latin American Literature in Translation
course is a close study of major modern and contemporary Latin
American authors from Borges to García Márquez.
The literary works are studied in their socio-cultural contexts.
226 Latin American Women Writers
course is a close study of the literature written by women
in modern-contemporary Latin America. Representative authors
are studied within the general framework of their socio-literary
352, 353, 354, 355 Spanish and Latin American Literature Surveys
courses may be taken in any order. Reading assignments in
these 350-level courses are made on the assumption that most
registrants are first-year students taking their first course
at this level. These courses are for students who have both
good grammar training and about a year of reading in secondary
school, or who complete SPN 202 or the equivalent. Students
who complete a 400-level course may not register for these
352 Spanish Literature:
Love and Honor in the Golden Age
survey examines the interrelated notions of love, sex, and
honor as they appear in the prose, theater, and poetry of
Spain. Emphasis is placed on the Renaissance and the Baroque,
the so-called Golden Age of Spanish literature (sixteenth
and seventeenth centuries). Readings, however, may include
works from the Middle Ages and/or the eighteenth century.
Prerequisite: at least four years of secondary-school Spanish,
or SPN 202.
353 Spanish Literature: Modern Spain in Crisis
with the loss of the empire in the nineteenth century and
moving through a series of political upheavals, including
civil war and fascism, the history of modern Spain has been
one of turmoil and continual conflict. The numerous political
crises both resulted from and resulted in larger crises of
a social, spiritual, and moral nature. Questions of national
identity, religious faith, and moral values, as they appear
in Spanish literature from the late nineteenth century to
the present day, are the focus of this course. Readings include
works of prose, theater, and poetry drawn from a range of
literary movements, and emphasis is placed on the socio-historical
context and its relationship to literary innovation. Prerequisite:
at least four years of secondary-school Spanish, or SPN 202.
354 Latin American Literature:
Illusion, Fantasy, Magical Realism
a survey of Latin American literature from its pre-Columbian
origins through the twentieth century, this course examines
the many forms of alternative reality that Latin American
writers have created and explored. The course relates those
realities to the cultural and sociological history of Latin
America as well as to larger Western literary modes, such
as the Baroque, Romanticism, and Surrealism. Prerequisite:
at least four years of secondary-school Spanish, or SPN 202.
355 Latin American Literature:
The Many Voices of Latin America
course explores the diversity of literary voices in Latin
America, from pre-Columbian texts to the contemporary writings
of Castellanos, Rulfo, and García Márquez. This
survey introduces students to the most important developments
in Latin American literary history as it examines questions
of cultural, ethnic, gender, and class identities. Prerequisite:
at least four years of secondary-school Spanish, or SPN 202.
361 Advanced Composition and Stylistics
course is structured as an intensive composition class. Emphasis
is placed on mastering the fine points of Spanish grammar
in order to improve writing skills. In addition to regular
class meetings, students are required to attend a series of
cultural events, which may include film, theater, etc. Prerequisites:
at least four years of secondary-school Spanish, or SPN 202.
Not open to students who score 5 on the AP language exam or
who complete SPN 362 (or the former 301 or 303), except by
special permission of the instructor. Students required to
take this course may do so only on campus.
362 Advanced Composition and Stylistics for Native Speakers
course has the same goal as SPN 361: correctness in expository
composition. Whereas SPN 361 addresses the problems of students
learning Spanish as a second language through course-related
activities, this course is designed for English-dominant bilinguals
who learned Spanish mainly through extensive exposure to the
spoken language in a non-classroom setting and who, though
fluent orally, had insufficient opportunity to develop native-level
writing skills. Prerequisites: four years secondary-school
Spanish, or SPN 202, and permission of the instructor. Not
open to students with the score of 5 on the AP Spanish language
exam, except by special permission of instructor, or to students
who complete SPN 361 (or the former 301 or 303). May be taken
for concentration credit only on campus.
399 Readings in Hispanic Literature
is the number and title given for the AP literature score
460 The Spanish Renaissance
seminar studies the poetry of the sixteenth and seventeenth
centuries. Particular attention is paid to three currents:
the Petrarchan tradition of love poetry, Neostoic moral poetry,
and the Burlesque. Emphasis is placed on the works of Garcilaso,
Fray Luis de León, Góngora, Lope de Vega, and
SPN 461 Theater of the Golden Age
seminar studies the techniques and themes of the comedia as
exemplified primarily in the works of Lope de Vega, Calderón
de la Barca, and Tirso de Molina.
462 Cervantes’ Don Quijote
seminar is an undergraduate introduction to Cervantes’
masterpiece, based on an analytical study supported by critical
465 Nineteenth-Century Spanish Literature
course first explores the historical and literary circumstances
surrounding the rise of realism in nineteenth-century Spain,
paying particular attention to aspects of the tradition that
are peculiar to the Spanish tradition. Representative works
from the height of Spanish realism are examined, and the course
ends with the study of texts from the last decades of the
century that sought to transcend the limitations inherent
in the realist movement.
466 Colonial Latin American Literature
course studies selections from the major genres of the colonial
period through the end of the seventeenth century: the chronicles
of the Discovery and Conquest, lyric and epic poetry, and
colonial theater. The course pays particular attention to
the diverse literary representations of the encounter between
Spanish and indigenous cultures, and to the writings of Sor
Juana Inés de la Cruz.
Latin American Literature
course examines literary works in prose and verse through
about 1870, with an emphasis on the varied manifestations
of Romanticism in Latin America. These works are studied in
the context of the continent’s struggle for political
and cultural independence and the project of nation-building.
471 The Generation of ’98
course offers a critical assessment of the Generation of ’98
through an in-depth reading and discussion of selected texts
(fictional, poetic, dramatic, philosophical, etc.) by such
authors as Unamuno, Ganivet, Baroja, Valle-Inclán,
Azorín, Machado, etc.
472 From the Generation of ’98 to the Contemporary Period
the turn of the century until the Civil War, Spanish literature
enjoyed an artistic explosion the likes of which had not been
seen since the Golden Age. A profusion of literary movements
—including the Generation of ’98, modernism, and
the avant-garde — reflected the creative vibrancy of
the nation even as it slipped into political and social chaos.
This course analyzes the novels of this period, both in terms
of literary innovation and relationship to ideological trends
and social reality in early twentieth-century Spain.
473 Post-Civil War Spanish Novel
post-Civil War Spain, the prolonged tenure of Franco and strict
censorship seriously crippled the process of cultural regeneration.
For literature, the repression was particularly severe, forcing
most promising writers into political exile. Those who remained,
however, cloaked their literary discourse on war, repression,
and other themes, in an array of new narrative forms and languages.
This course analyzes the most significant works of this period,
both in terms of their literary innovativeness and their relationship
to the sociocultural context.
474 Contemporary Spanish Theater
close study of representative dramatists and their respective
artistic visions, this course acquaints the student with major
formal and thematic developments in contemporary peninsular
Spanish theater. Dramatic texts of the pre- and post-war periods
are studied within the general framework of their sociocultural
477 Women Writing in Latin America
in-depth study of the relationship between gender and genre
in literary texts written by women in contemporary Latin America
and the Hispanic Caribbean, the course addresses questions
of authorship within the development of Latin American women’s
literary traditions, as well as the relationship between patriarchal
societies and women’s literary discourses.
478 Literature of the Caribbean
course is a close study of the Hispanic literature of the
island nations of the Caribbean, with particular attention
to ethnic and cultural diversity. Representative authors in
the various genres are studied within the general framework
of their social and literary contexts. Emphasis is placed
on contemporary writers.
479 Contemporary Latin American Literature
course offers critical study of selected contemporary Latin
American texts in the light of current modes of writing and
interpretation. The course delineates the major patterns of
formal and thematic development within the literary history
of Latin American letters, but emphasizes the analysis of
structural and linguistic problems posed by the texts.
480 Major Hispanic Authors
seminar, offered on an irregular basis, provides the opportunity
for extensive study of the works of the most distinguished
authors writing in the Spanish language. It is taught by a
staff member who has particular interest and expertise in
the literature to be examined.
numbers are used only for courses taken abroad with a A.U.N.A.
study group, a non-A.U.N.A. study group, or in a foreign institution
of higher learning. They designate either language or non-language
courses for which there are no exact A.U.N.A. equivalents.
Such courses carry graduation credit but are not normally
counted toward a concentration unless they are taken in departmentally
sponsored study groups.
291, 391, 491 Independent Studies
study courses are designed to fulfill individual needs in
language and literature not otherwise provided in this department.
SPN 491 study in literature may not be undertaken until seminar
distribution requirements are satisfied.
370 Spanish Language and Civilization
course includes grammar, literature, history, and contemporary
issues in politics and society. This course carries graduation
credit, but does not count toward a Spanish concentration.
380 Advanced Grammar
intensive language review includes grammar, conversation,
composition, and weekly oral and written exercises.
400 Special Topics
approval by the director, students may elect a course sponsored
by another American program in Madrid. Topics vary each term.
402 Stylistics: Cultural Events
course is designed to advance the student’s written
expression through compositions based on a series of cultural
(plays, lectures, concerts, etc.) and political events in
430–439 Literature Seminars
in this range of numbers vary from term to term, but may include
such topics as Madrid and the Novel, Modern Spanish Poetry,
and the Spanish Short Story. These seminars may count toward
a Spanish concentration.
440–449 Seminars in the Social Sciences
in this range of numbers vary from term to term, but may include
such topics as Spanish History, Modern Spanish Politics, and
Women in Spain. These courses do not count toward a Spanish
SPN 451 History of Spanish Painting
course surveys art from the Renaissance to the modern masters.
Classes are held in the world-famous Prado Museum.
B.A. Translation & Interpretation.