Foreign Language and Linguistics at Bluffton College


The aims of the department are to equip students with skills in a foreign language; to increase student job opportunities in such fields as bilingual elementary education, social work and business; and to promote the appreciation of other cultures. Classroom instruction emphasizes the four basic skills of speaking, understanding, reading and writing. Students interested in a career in international business are encouraged to consider the Spanish/Economics major.

The student wishing to major in Spanish develops an individually designed program in consultation with the department chairperson. The course of study normally includes LIN 152 Introduction to Linguistics and a minimum of 28 hours beyond the intermediate level. At least 8 hours of upper-level work is to be taken abroad. The program at the University of Salamanca, Spain, is strongly recommended, but a similar program of study at any fully accredited foreign university may be substituted.

Students interested in certification for teaching Spanish should contact the office of teacher education for details.

Majors

Spanish (28 hours)

28 hours beyond SPA 221:

Two of the following: SPA 301, SPA 304, SPA 305 or SPA 306 (6)
SPA 302 Spanish Peninsular Culture and Civilization (3) or SPA 303 Latin American Culture and Civilization (3)
SPA 311 Survey of Peninsular Spanish Literature (3)
SPA 312 Survey of Spanish American Literature (3)
3 weeks abroad recommended (4)
2 electives (6)


Spanish with certification (54 hours)

LIN 152 Introduction to Linguistics (3)

35 hours beyond SPA 221:

Two of the following: SPA 301, SPA 304, SPA 305 or SPA 306 (6)
SPA 302 Spanish Peninsular Culture and Civilization (3)
SPA 303 Latin American Culture and Civilization (3)
SPA 311 Survey of Peninsular Spanish Literature (3)
SPA 312 Survey of Spanish American Literature (3)
SPA 314 Spanish Teaching Methods (3)
2 elective (6)
Six weeks of study abroad (8)

Students entering Bluffton College after fall 1998 will be on the new licensure program (see below).

Multi-age License: Foreign Language (Spanish) (30 hours plus SPA 399 Study Abroad plus optional courses)

The multi-age provisional teacher license is valid for teaching learners from ages 3 - 21 and pre-k - 12 in the curriculum areas named in the license. Preparation in the teaching field shall constitute at least an academic major or its equivalent with sufficient advanced coursework in all areas to be taught as specified by the Ohio Department of Education. The multi-age license for foreign language (Spanish) requires these courses:

LIN 252 Linguistics (3)
SPA 301 Spanish Prose Composition (3)
SPA 302 Spanish Peninsular Culture and Civilization (3)
SPA 303 Latin America Culture and Civilization (3)
SPA 304 Contemporary Literature (3)
SPA 305 Conversation and Culture (3)
SPA 306 Advanced Grammar Review (3)
SPA 311 Survey of Peninsular Spanish Literature (3)
SPA 312 Survey of Spanish American Literature (3)
SPA 314 Spanish Teaching Methods (3)
SPA 399 Study Abroad (one semester)

Optional courses:

SPA 231 Theatre Activity (1-4)
SPA 313 International Business Spanish (3)
SPA 315 Miguel De Unamuno (3)
SPA 316 Latin American Theatre (3)
SPA 317 Don Quixote/Cervantes (3)
SPA 390 Independent Study (1-4)

Required professional education courses: (30-31 hours)

CPS 100 Using Microcomputers (2) or CPS 105 Introduction to Microcomputers (3) + Technology Workshops
EDU 215 Human Growth and Development (3)
EDU 203 Introduction to Teaching in a Diverse Society: MA (3)
EDU 208 Field Experience (1)
EDU 305 Content Area Literacy/General Methods (3)
EDU 345 Multi-age Classroom Organization (2)
EDU 332 Social and Philosophical Issues in Education (3)
EDU 452 Student Teaching - Multi-Age (10)
PSY 254 Educational Psychology and Classroom Assessment (3)


Minor
Spanish
(15 hours)

15 hours beyond SPA 221

Two of the following: SPA 301, SPA 304, SPA 305 or SPA 306
Two of the following: SPA 302, SPA 303, SPA 311 or SPA 312


Courses
Linguistics
LIN 152 Introduction to Linguistics
(3)
An introductory course emphasizing the phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics of the English language with examples from other languages as well.

German
GER 111, GER 121 Elementary German 1, 2 (3 each)
Emphasizes audio-lingual skills. Includes grammar and reading. Not normally open to students who have had two years of German in high school. Offered alternate years when there is sufficient demand.

GER 390 Independent Study (1-3)
By arrangement.

Greek
GRK 111, GRK 121 New Testament Greek 1, 2 (3 each)
An introduction to the elements of New Testament Greek with emphasis on the mastery of basic forms, vocabulary and syntax. The class will combine the formal, systematic approach with the inductive approach to language learning with reading in the Gospel of John. The two semesters are designed to be taken in immediate sequence. Students will also be introduced to the culturally conditioned structures of thought reflected in the Greek language. Students completing the course will be able to read simpler portions of the New Testament at sight and more difficult portions with the aid of a lexicon.

Spanish
SPA 111, SPA 121 Beginning Spanish 1, 2 (3 each)
Emphasizes audio-bilingual skills, supplemented by language laboratory. Includes grammar and reading. Not open to students who have had two years of Spanish in high school.

SPA 211, SPA 221 Intermediate Spanish 1, 2 (3 each)
Rapid, intensive review of grammar; selected prose readings. Language laboratory as required by the instructor. Prerequisite:
SPA 121 or two years of high school Spanish.

SPA 231 Theatre Activity (1)
Participation in performance roles in Bluffton College Spanish productions. Maximum of four hours for graduation credit. Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish, two years of high school Spanish or permission of the instructor.

SPA 301 Spanish Prose Composition (3)
Advanced composition with emphasis on syntax and style. Achievement of a high level of oral and written fluency. Analysis and discussion of contemporary texts of Hispanic prose. May be repeated for credit whenever literature content and course objectives are different. Prerequisite:
SPA 221 or consent of instructor.

SPA 302 Spanish Peninsular Culture and Civilization (3)
Lectures, readings and discussions on Spanish history, philosophy, religion, education, music, architecture, science. Prerequisite:
SPA 221 or consent of instructor.

SPA 303 Latin American Culture and Civilization (3)
Lectures, readings and discussions on Latin American history, philosophy, religion, education, music, architecture, science and pre-Colombian cultures. Prerequisite:
SPA 221 or consent of instructor.

SPA 304 Contemporary Literature (3)
A combination language-literature course. The literary texts will give the student material for the development of language skills and increase awareness and knowledge of a culture. Prerequisite:
SPA 221 or equivalent.

SPA 305 Conversation and Culture (3)
After reading (as homework) brief prose on Hispanic culture, students will practice comprehension by asking and answering questions in groups. Also, there will be a few one-act plays and a variety of assignments to encourage students to develop language skills. Prerequisite:
SPA 221 or equivalent.

SPA 306 Advanced Grammar Review (3)
There will be conversation, readings and a review or, in many cases, relearning specific areas of grammar. The texts will provide the students with a means to understand very difficult conceptual distinctions between English and Spanish and when there is no graspable concept involved, to learn particular differences between the two. Prerequisite:
SPA 221 or equivalent.

SPA 311 Survey of Peninsular Spanish Literature (3)
A survey course designed to acquaint the student with the most important works of Peninsular Spanish literature. Analysis and discussion of major works from medieval period to the present. Prerequisite:
SPA 221 or equivalent.

SPA 312 Survey of Spanish American Literature (3)
A survey course designed to acquaint the student with the most important works of Spanish American literature from the colonial period to the present. Prerequisite:
SPA 221 or equivalent.

SPA 313 International Business Spanish (3)
Focuses on specific objective (business) applications, interests, business terminology. Analysis of objective and current techniques. Prerequisite: at least one semester beyond SPA 221 or consent of instructor.

SPA 314 Spanish Teaching Methods (3)
Focuses on modern methods such as Tracy D. Terrell's natural approach to language instruction, which in turn relies on Stephen D. Krashen's theoretical model of second language acquisition. Prerequisite: at least one semester beyond SPA 221 or consent of instructor.

SPA 315 Miguel de Unamuno (3)
Students will read a series of essays and/or novels by Miguel de Unamuno and have discussions about the content and style. They will also analyze and create oral and written compositions about Unamuno's philosophy reflected in his literary works. Prerequisite: three semesters of college Spanish, three years of high school Spanish or permission of instructor.

SPA 316 Latin American Theatre (3)
This course will be an introduction to Latin American theatre. A selection of contemporary plays of literary merit will be read and analyzed. One of them will be selected to be staged in Spanish. Prerequisite: three semesters of college Spanish, three years of high school Spanish or permission of instructor.

SPA 317 Cervantes and Don Quixote (3)
Students will read Don Quixote in Spanish, analyze it and create oral and written compositions about the daring exploits and great deeds of the knight Don Quixote and his equerry Sancho Panza. Also, they will watch the film Don Quixote in Spanish and in English. The film will accompany the reading, helping everyone to understand the difficult parts. Prerequisite: three semesters of college Spanish, three years of high school Spanish or permission of instructor.

SPA 390 Independent Study (1-3)
By arrangement.

SPA 399 Study Abroad (4-15)
Prerequisite: completion of at least 12 hours beyond SPA 221.

SPA 400 Study Abroad (4-15)
For the student who wants to continue study abroad beyond the one semester required to complete requirements for the major.


Modified 12/7/00