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Dates:
05/29/2014 - 06/27/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 04/30/2014
Credit:
6 semester / 9 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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06/30/2014 - 07/30/2014
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Extended to: 05/15/2014
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Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Spend the summer developing advanced language skills and immersing yourself in Spanish culture in the vibrant, beautiful city of Alcalá de Henares.

Through a wide range of Spanish-taught courses, homestays, and various cultural activities and excursions, studying abroad in Spain offers you a unique and exciting intercultural experience.

Study abroad in Spain and you will:

  • Improve your Spanish language skills while living in a provincial city near the metropolis of Madrid
  • Participate in frequent excursions that take advantage of the rich cultural happenings in Alcalá and Madrid during the summer, as well as in short excursions to nearby sites of historical interest such as Toledo, Segovia, and Cuenca
  • Enjoy one longer excursion to Asturias-Cantabria (Session I) and Valencia (Session II)
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

From business and history, to linguistics, literature, political science, and art history, challenge yourself with a variety of elective courses, all taught in Spanish. And if you’re interested in learning Spanish for a future in healthcare, the study abroad program offers a course covering medical terminology, commonly used grammatical structures, and culture aspects that every healthcare professional should know.

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Culture

Enjoy visits to museums, theaters, and fairs in Alcalá de Henares and Madrid, and excursions to nearby sites of historical interest such as Toledo, Cuenca, El Escorial, and Segovia. One longer trip per session may include Asturias-Cantabria and Valencia. The excursions are planned to supplement class work and to introduce you to the rich diversity of the geographical, linguistic, and cultural areas of Spain.

Homestay

Immerse yourself in Spanish culture by living with a local family. Not only will you improve your language proficiency, but you will gain unparalleled insight into authentic local culture, customs, and family life.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Costs
Summer 2014 Session I (4 wks)
Extended to: 04/30/2014
05/29/2014
06/27/2014
$4,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,298
Housing ***
$1,150
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,250
Local Transportation
$100
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$565

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Summer 2014 Session II (4 wks)
Extended to: 05/15/2014
06/30/2014
07/30/2014
$4,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,298
Housing ***
$1,150
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,250
Local Transportation
$100
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$565

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Summer 2014 Session I, II (9 wks)
Extended to: 04/30/2014
05/29/2014
07/30/2014
$8,730

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$6,028
Housing ***
$2,300
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,250
Local Transportation
$200
Books & Supplies
$200
Personal expenses
$1,130

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • 2.75 GPA in most recent Spanish class
  • 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit is 6 semester/9 quarter hours for one session and 12 semester/18 quarter hours for two sessions.

Each course has 45 contact hours, and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students are required to take two courses per session.

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About the City

About The City

Alcalá de Henares, named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998, is located 30 minutes northeast of Madrid. Alcalá is the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote de la Mancha. It has a population of 300,000, including approximately 16,000 university students, and a growing number of immigrant groups from Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. Alcalá’s historic center is a mix of harmonious streets, noble architecture dating back to the 16th Century, convents, shops, restaurants, tapas bars, and graceful storks that nest atop buildings.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Cristina Blanco

Cristina Blanco, Resident Director, earned her undergraduate degrees in Filología Hispánica y Educación Infantil, and her M.A. in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from Universidad de Alcalá. Cristina taught at the International Trade Institute in Taiwan’s Ministry of Commerce, at Kobe Gaidai University in Japan and Middlebury College in Vermont. She is the co-author of a textbook on Spanish for foreigners -Prisma B1- and another about nonverbal communication. Currently she teaches Spanish Advanced Grammar. Cristina has been working for CIEE since 2005 as RD and since 2002 in other positions.

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I look forward to welcoming you to Alcalá de Henares. Alcalá is a unique place that offers you insight into the history and traditions that continue to shape contemporary Spain. 35 Minutes from Madrid by train, the geographical center of Spain, Alcalá is a wonderful location in which to study literature, humanities, economics and social sciences at one of the oldest universities in the country and also enjoy the young university community. Come and learn why the dreams of Don Quixote and the life of Miguel de Cervantes are key influences in today’s Spain; come and enjoy this vibrant, beautiful city where you can interact with many young Spaniards; and finally, come and live in Alcalá to learn how its rich, historical past makes it a cherished jewel of Spain!

Espero darte la bienvenida muy pronto en Alcalá de Henares. Alcalá está ubicada en un lugar único de la historia, literatura y tradiciones y nos ofrece un espejo de la sociedad española. Además, Alcalá ofrece mucho en cuanto a ambiente cultural y social se refiere: teatros, espectáculos, conferencias, cines, tiendas, restaurantes y oportunidades para hacer amigos españoles. Es posible disfrutar a la vez de sus parques y plazas históricas donde leer, o simplemente contemplar a los artistas callejeros. Además, Alcalá está muy cerca de la vida cosmopolita, museos y centro cultural de la capital, Madrid, además de la cercanía al aeropuerto desde donde puedes volar a otras partes de España y Europa con las compañías “low cost.”

— Cristina Blanco, Resident Director

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Fausto Zamora

Fausto Zamora introduces students to the Spanish culture at orientation, assists on CIEE trips, and provides tutoring for students one day a week. He hold a Masters in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language at Universidad de Alcalá, where completed his undergraduate education as well, and he is currently completing a degree in Law. Fausto taught in Masarykova Univerzita (Czech Republic), in the International Trade Institute in Taiwan’s Ministry of Commerce, in Kobe Gaidai University and Kioto Gaidai University (Japan).

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The Universidad de Alcalá was founded in 1499. In 1836, the University transferred to the nearby capital of Madrid, leaving its historic facilities in Alcalá unused until 1977 when the University was re-established. The Instituto Benjamin Franklin offers academic programs in Hispanic Studies for U.S. students and is where CIEE students take classes.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing and three meals a day are included in the study abroad program fee. During the program, students live in Spanish-speaking homes (one student per home) and eat at their place of residence.

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Orientations

Orientations

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A mandatory two-day orientation, conducted at the beginning of each session ,will introduce you to the country, culture, and academic study abroad program, as well as provide practical information about living in Spain and Alcalá in particular. Orientation themes include safety and security, money issues and banking, and cultural adaptation. A language placement examination is conducted to identify the linguistic level of all participants, so that you'll be placed in appropriate courses. Orientation includes both structured cultural activities and independent sightseeing. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Internet access will be available in various areas of the Universidad de Alcalá, in your homestay, and at numerous affordable cafes throughout the city. You'll also have access to computer labs at the University from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Academics

Academics

Established in 1999, the CIEE Study Center at the Universidad de Alcalá provides an academic program for students with a high-intermediate to advanced level of Spanish. The summer study abroad program, established in 2008, consists of language and culture courses offered through the Institute Benjamin Fraklin (Hispanic studies for U.S. students). Two sessions are offered and students may enroll in either one or both. For some courses, prerequisites are required for admission. All language instruction on the program is at the intermediate-advanced or advanced level. Students take two courses per session.

Academic Culture

The Institute is housed in a 17th century convent, which has been renovated to preserve the building’s beauty and charm, while providing modern office and classroom space. Class size ranges from five to 23 students, all from U.S. colleges and universities. If there are less than five students enrolled, the course may not be offered.

Instruction is in Spanish. Classes at the Institute meet Monday through Thursday, in the morning and afternoon. Fridays are reserved for class-related activities, weekend excursions, and field trips.

Although extracurricular activities and personal travel contribute to the student’s overall study abroad experience, attendance in class is paramount. An early departure for, or a late return from, weekend travel is not allowed. Any travel should take place prior to the start of the program, or upon completion of the program.

Nature of Classes

Institute Benjamin Franklin courses are with CIEE and other U.S. students.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

Students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Spanish at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Spanish society.

Grading System

In Institute courses, students are graded on the basis of class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, examinations, papers, and oral presentations, much like in the U.S.

Language

All the classes are taught in Spanish. Language activities have been developed to enhance the student’s language improvement and cultural inmersion. These activities may include language exchange events where study abroad students can meet Spanish students to speak English and Spanish.

Language of Instruction

Spanish

Faculty

All courses are taught by faculty from the Universidad de Alcalá, as well as from teaching and research centers of Madrid.

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Course Description

Course Description

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Institute Courses

A final list of Institute courses is available a few months prior to the start of the program. Students should refer to the course registration form in their acceptance materials for a final list of courses.

Session I

Cervantes and His Work
This course examines the literary masterpiece of Miguel de Cervantes, El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha. It explores the novel’s place in Spanish and world literature, its importance as a model for the novel, and the use of language and the realities it portrays. A previous class in Golden Age Literature is recommended.

Comparing the United States and Spain: Culture, Politics, and Social Structure
The objective of this course is to enable participants to study different aspects of present-day Spain and the U.S. from a comparative perspective. Issues such as everyday life and customs, cultural diversity, economic and political institutions, religion, immigration, ethnic relations, and questions of identity in both countries are analyzed. Special emphasis is given to issues of social diversity, as well as the need to avoid existing stereotypes. Students also acquire new communication skills, perfecting their understanding of the Spanish language and gaining a deeper knowledge of both Spanish and North American societies.

Great Poets of the Spanish Literature
The course is designed for North American students who want to acquire a general and complete knowledge of Spanish poetry from the Medieval Ages until today. The course has been designed from a practical point of view within a historical and socio-cultural context. The course structure tends to integrate the different poetry movements in history, so that students can identify each literary text according to the characteristics of any artistic period. Students are familiarized with the most remarkable characteristics and style of an author to identify each literary work according to the generalities of each period. Readings of poems are completed during class time so students can obtain the skills to make critical and personal comments that show the knowledge gained by the student.

Master Pieces of the Spanish Literature
The course has been designed from a practical point of view where only the most relevant literary texts are analyzed within a socio-cultural context. The structure of the course tends to integrate the different literary movements in history, so that students are able to identify the most remarkable texts according to the characteristics and generalities of each period. By the end of the course, students have acquired the skills to develop critical and personal comments in order to show the knowledge gained.

Reading Analysis
The course intends to give the student the necessary tools to understand the text and the ability to communicate, both in writing and speaking, in relation to the text studied. In addition, the students analyze the different linguistic structures used.

Spain and the European Union
The aim of this course is for students to understand the origins and current role of the European Union. With this purpose in mind, the course provides a detailed look at its creation, present reality, goals, structure, institutional organization, and political principles. Students also learn about the extent to which Spain is affected by these factors and study its role in the EU. In addition, the legal, economic, social, and political changes that Spain has undergone since its transition to democracy and membership in the EU are also studied. Students are also asked to consider the future challenges that Spain faces at both the national and international levels.

Spain in Images: The Spanish Society in Film
This course enables students to understand the evolution of film in Spain through the study of the major works of Spanish cinema. Students learn to understand film as art, and as the imprint of a people’s reality and fantasy.

Spanish Art History
This course is an introduction to the most representative of Spain’s historic-artistic monuments. The architectural and pictorial works from the different cultures which lived in the Iberian Peninsula are studied. Students learn the most important aspects of Spanish art through the comprehension of the main features of a work: periods and styles, masters and schools, and monuments and works.

Spain: Relations with Latin America
This course introduces students to different aspects of the culture and civilizations in the Hispanic world from the pre-historic age through today. At the end of the course, students identify distinct epochs in Latin American history, recognizing the cultural variations that resulted in forming the distinct countries that are now Latin American territory. Likewise, students gain a base of knowledge—knowledge that has marked each of the different countries in a notable way and influenced the personalities of each country of this continent, which has historically, politically, and culturally proven its influence and resonance in the rest of the world, from pre-Columbian times until today.

Spain Through the Media
The aim of this course is to help students develop communicative competence through grammatical, cultural, and social-linguistic means, as well as through discourse. Class lectures are supplemented with multi-media communication from present-day Spain, including publicity, radio, television, press, and the cinema.

Spanish for Bilingual Speakers
This class is designed for native speakers of Spanish with a command of the oral language, but who have been educated primarily in English. There is an emphasis on oral and written expression and reading comprehension through different literary styles (newspapers, essays, and literary works).

Spanish Civilization
Students gain an ample understanding of Spain’s past and present by understanding contemporary Spain in its geographic and political context. Participants analyze the nation’s intellectual, artistic, social, and human development as manifested in contemporary literature, art, music, folklore, national and regional celebrations, and group and individual activities. The final objective is to help students identify a Spanish cultural spirit in a broad sense.

Spanish for Health Care Professionals
This course is designed for future health professionals (doctors, nurses, medical assists, paramedics’ EMT, administrators, ect.) who need to use Spanish at their workplace. The course has an especially practical approach that includes learning medical terminology, understanding the most commonly used grammatical structures, and learning culture aspects that every health care professional should know. The objectives of this course are to:

  1. Improve the ability for students to communicate in a medical context
  2. Understand the differences between medical terminology in Latin American and Spain
  3. Understand the principle cultural differences between the United States and Spain
  4. Guide the student through the health field in Spain

Traditions of Spain
The analysis of different aspects of Spanish civilization and culture serves to stimulate the student to develop their linguistic abilities through compositions, presentations, and debates. Students learn to write different types of texts (descriptive, expository, argumentative, and essays) and to speak in different registers. They also learn to manage grammatical concepts at an intermediate level, such as the past, the historical present, the future, and the present subjunctive.

Translations of Spain
Students learn both direct and inverse translation of diverse styles. There is an emphasis on grammatical, syntactic, and lexical problems. Interpretation of oral texts from Spanish to English and English to Spanish are performed.

Writing Skills in Spanish
The objective of this course is to offer techniques for planning, developing, and organizing specific written texts. The first part of the course is dedicated to development strategies for compositions that help the student generate their own writing process and improve the ability to produce any type of text. The second part of the course familiarizes the students with different professional writing styles (news, newspaper articles, interviews, chronicles, autobiographical, reports, essays, critiques, ect.) while applying the techniques of description, narration, exposition, and argumentation. Each style studied is accompanied by texts from Spanish writers which serve to aid students for producing their written work.

Session II

Cervantes and His Work
This course examines the literary masterpiece of Miguel de Cervantes, El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha. It explores the novel’s place in Spanish and world literature, its importance as a model for the novel and the use of language, and the realities it portrays. A previous class in Golden Age Literature is recommended.

Contemporary Spain
This course serves as a window to the social and cultural history of Spain in the 20th century and provides a projection of where Spain will go in the 21st century. It explores the First Republic, the Bourbon Restoration, caciquismo and pacifism, regionalism and regional culture, the crisis of 1898, the artistic vanguard (Picasso, Dalí, Miró, and Buñuel), dictatorship, the Second Republic, the Spanish Civil War, Spain and World War II, Francoism, U.S.-Spain relations, the economic boom of the 1960s, the socialist years after Franco, the Center and the Partido Popular, and Spain and the European Union.

Contemporary Spanish Literature
This course follows the development of Spanish literature during the 20th century and relates the works to the literary currents that influenced contemporary literature.

Globalization and the Spanish Economy
This course consists of two parts. The first addresses the globalization phenomenon and its effects on the world’s economic growth and welfare, as well as its impact on employment, wages, and social inequalities in both developed and developing countries. The second analyzes the present moment and the outlook for the Spanish economy. Special attention is paid to the integration process of Spain’s economy in the European Union, as well as the economic interdependence between the U.S. and the EU.

Great Spanish Painters
The main objective of the course is to give students a global view of the most important figures in Spanish painting history such as Goya, Velázquez, or Dalí. The lectures and material in class are complemented by visits to museums, cities, and institutions to allow students to experience direct contact with the masterpieces of these great masters.

Spain and the European Union
The aim of this course is for students to understand the origins and current role of the European Union. With this purpose in mind, the course provides a detailed look at its creation, present reality, goals, structure, institutional organization, and political principles. Students also learn about the extent to which Spain is affected by these factors and study its role in the EU. In addition, the legal, economic, social, and political changes that Spain has undergone since its transition to democracy and membership in the EU are also studied. Students are also asked to consider the future challenges that Spain faces at both national and international levels.

Spain in Images: The Spanish Society in Film
This course enables students to understand the evolution of film in Spain through the study of the major works of Spanish cinema. Students learn to understand film as art, and as the imprint of a people’s reality and fantasy.

Spain through the Media
The aim of this course is to help students develop communicative competence through grammatical, cultural, and social-linguistic means, as well as through discourse. Class lectures are supplemented with multi-media communication from present-day Spain, including publicity, radio, television, press, and the cinema.

Spanish for Bilingual Speakers
This class is designed for native speakers of Spanish, who have a command of the oral language but have been educated primarily in English. It emphasizes oral and written expression and reading comprehension through different literary styles (newspapers, essays, and literary works).

Spanish for Business
The objective of this course is to give students command of the structures and vocabulary most essential to the fields of business administration and economics. Students work on the language of business practices and communications in business, including banks, marketing and publicity, tourism, labor relations, insurance, industry, and the EU.

Spanish Civilization
Students gain an ample understanding of Spain’s past and present by understanding contemporary Spain in its geographic and political context. Participants analyze the nation’s intellectual, artistic, social, and human development as manifested in contemporary literature, art, music, folklore, national and regional celebrations, and group and individual activities. The final objective is to help students identify a Spanish cultural spirit in a broad sense.

Spanish Phonetics
This course presents the basic principles of Spanish phonology and phonetics and is designed to help native speakers of English improve their Spanish pronunciation. Classes discuss the articulation of the sounds of Spanish compared to English sounds, the intonation patterns and stress system of Spanish, the learning of correct articulation, and different dialects.

Survey of Literary Analyses
Based on analysis of and commentary on major texts of Spanish and Latin American literature, this course emphasizes the practical issues of textual commentary as opposed to the study of critical theory alone. Students work with a literary text, and all conclusions must be based on solid references to the text.

Reading Analysis
The course intends to give the student the necessary tools to understand the text and the ability to communicate both in writing and speaking in relation to the text studied. In addition, the students analyze the different linguistic structures used.

Traditions of Spain
The analysis of different aspects of Spanish civilization and culture serves to stimulate the student to develop their linguistic abilities through compositions, presentations, and debates. Students learn to write different types of texts (descriptive, expository, argumentative, and essays) and to speak in different registers. They also learn to manage grammatical concepts at an intermediate level, such as the past, the historical present, the future, and the present subjunctive.

Writing Skills
This course familiarizes students with different types of professional writing (literary writing is also addressed as necessary) and with different formats, while enabling them to develop their own strategies and techniques throughout their own writing process.

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