Kevin Schreck in classroom

MA student Kevin Schreck demonstrates different ways of instructing grammatical concepts in the Current Practices and Research in Teaching Spanish course.

Graduate Courses

The Graduate Program in Spanish at UNCW empowers students with opportunities to take courses in Hispanic linguistics, literature, film studies, history, culture, and pedagogy, among other topics, taught by faculty who are active researchers in their fields. Furthermore, students can pursue more detailed projects through funded field research, independent study opportunities, and theses. Many of our graduate courses in Spanish are taught in the evening which allows us to serve traditional as well as non-traditional students.

Course Descriptions Spring 2018

SPN 508 / Bilingualism and Education / Wednesdays 5-7:30pm / Ariana Mrak

This is a seminar in which students will have the opportunity to research theories and practices for teaching Spanish in a variety of bilingual environments. These include teaching Spanish to heritage speakers and to mixed classes at the secondary and post-secondary level as well as dual-immersion in elementary schools.

SPN 512 / Identidades mexicanas / Thursdays 5:30-8pm / Brian Chandler

*This course features distance delivery for students who are not in the Wilmington area

Mexico can be identified by its territory, borders, constitution, and institutions. However, the definition of both personal and shared identity and what constitutes lo mexicano is a much more polemical and contested matter.  In this course we will explore the idea of identity in Mexico through the analysis of works where Mexicans from today and the past engage in these very questions. Students will explore a variety of texts including historical and philosophical writings, literature, film, popular music, fine arts, street art, theater, and television. Through these varying perspectives we will delve into how economics, politics, religion, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, language, historical and cultural memory, borders, migration, and ecology filter and inform the always provisional and disputed idea of lo mexicano.

SPN 521 / Literatura y crítica en la España contemporánea /

Tuesdays 5:30-8pm / Jess Boersma

Este curso sigue una trayectoria representativa de la novela española, desde los finales del siglo XIX hasta hoy día, enfocándose en su potencial como forma de crítica social.  Analizaremos su relación con temas tales como la identidad y el género sexual, la injusticia social, la violencia, la modernidad, el poder estatal y el consumismo.  Algunas de las preguntas que el curso examinará incluyen: ¿Qué estrategias emplea la novela para emprender una crítica social?  ¿Cómo negocia la novela el espacio entre la sociedad ‘real’ y su mundo ficticio?  ¿Existe una relación ética entre el autor, el texto y el público lector?  ¿Está obligada la novela a ser responsable con respecto a las normas de la sociedad?

General course descriptions can be found in the UNCW Academic Catalogue.

Course Descriptions Fall 2017

SPN 507 / Spanish Phonetics and Phonology / Thursdays 5 – 7:30pm / Amanda Boomershine

This course is an introduction to the Spanish and English sound systems. We will be conducting acoustic analyses of Spanish sounds, including spectrographic analyses. Each student will complete their own course project in which they record native speakers and analyze their sound system. All students will be encouraged to develop an original research project that they can then present at SLINKI 2018 or another linguistics conference. No previous coursework in linguistics is required.

SPN 522 / Studies in Spanish Amercian Literature: Critical Approaches to Contemporary Latin American Narrative / Tuesdays 5 – 7:30pm / Francisco Brignole

This course will cover canonical authors in contemporary Latin American narrative as well as younger but well-established writers still publishing today. We will first study Southern Cone writers Horacio Quiroga and Jorge Luis Borges, whose innovative short stories set the stage for further formal experimentation in pre-Boom and Boom novels penned by the likes of Alejo Carpentier, Carlos Fuentes and Gabriel García Márquez. Once this foundation is set, we will explore the literary contributions of post-Boom writers, as they portray and help us interpret some of the major historical events of the second half of the 20th century and beyond. Through this younger generation of literary voices, we will gain an appreciation for how genocide, revolution, violence, repression, and democracy have affected the lives of millions across Latin America. A final goal of this course is to introduce you to a diverse array of critical perspectives, on genre and gender studies; memory and postcolonial studies; cultural identity and nationalism, border, exile and migration studies; interdisciplinary approaches and ecocriticism; and queer and masculinity studies.

Tentative line-up of primary authors: Horacio Quiroga, Jorge Luis Borges, Alejo Carpentier, María Luisa Bombal, Elena Poniatowska, Carlos Fuentes, Eliseo Alberto, Mario Veloz Maggiolo, Mayra Santos-Febre, José Leandro Urbina, Laura Alcoba, Jaime Bayly, Martín Kohan, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Pedro Lemebel and Leila Guerriero.

SPN 550 / Current Practices and Research in Teaching Spanish / Wednesdays 5:30 – 8:15 pm / LJ Randolph

This course explores relevant areas of foreign language research and their application to the teaching of Spanish to diverse learners at the college level. Through readings, lectures, and practical demonstrations, students will be exposed to second language acquisition theories and will work with a variety of task-based, proficiency-oriented approaches to communicative language teaching. Students will also explore pedagogical techniques designed to engage learners in the critical study of culture and to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in various communicative modes (interpersonal, interpretative, and presentational). Approaches to the development and implementation of authentic assessments and the incorporation of technology will also be highlighted.

Course Descriptions Spring 2017

SPN 585 / Hispanic Film: Women in Spanish Film / Tuesdays 5:00-8:30 / María Camí-Vela

This course will study films directed by Spanish women directors, especially during the 90s and the new millennium. The influx of female directors, which occurred in Spain during the late 1980s and the 90s, has clearly been a significant development for the representation of women in contemporary Spanish film. Through individual research and assigned readings and lectures, students will be able to learn and discuss how these filmmakers contributed to re-create “the new Spanish woman”, socially, economically and sexually independent. They will be able to analyze how the films deconstruct traditional one-dimensional notions of femininity in order to represent women as complex, multidimensional, thinking subjects in their negotiation with the social, professional, emotional and sexual changes which have characterized post-Franco Spain.

SPN 595 / Contemporary US Latino Literature in Spanish (1960-2016) / Mondays 5:30-8:00 / Amrita Das

In the 1960s Latino literature of the United States made an impact on mainstream popular culture with Latino authors writing in English, which unfortunately left Latino authors writing in Spanish marginalized and forgotten. Spanish is not a foreign language in the US, come learn why these authors choose to write in it and what they write about. Come explore the vast and rich Spanish literature of the United States that is being produced here and now! This course will look at some contemporary Latino authors of the US writing in Spanish and explore the issues that are part of Latino lives, such as bicultural identity, racism and discrimination, and immigration among others. All primary readings and instruction will be in Spanish.

SPN 595 / Teaching Spanish for Social Justice / Wednesday 5:00-7:30 / Ariana Mrak

This is a seminar designed so that students are given the tools to analyze social justice in the second language classroom from a viewpoint of their choice. These may include—but are not limited to—gender, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, socio-economic class. We will discuss Terry Osborn’s views on social justice as applied to the teaching of world languages as well as Henry Giroux’s ideas on critical pedagogy. Both of these authors based their propositions on Paula Freire’s Pedagogy of the oppressed, which is also one of the assigned readings for the course. Each student will develop a research paper which deals with the application of social justice to one particular human aspect as it relates to the Spanish language classroom.

Selected Recent Thesis Titles:

La misión de adquisición: El desarrollo del entrenamiento lingüístico en las fuerzas armadas estadounidenses

Las heroínas del Quijote que desafían los estilos narrativos de la España áurea

“Hip Hip, mi acompañante en este viaje”: La producción cultural de Bocafloja como un reflejo de las identidades complejas en el mundo actual globalizado

Error al encontrar la página: las limitaciones en la enseñanza de estudiantes de lengua heredada en escuelas secundarias en Carolina del Norte