Cultural Conversations: Say it in Song!

Discipline: Spanish
Instructor: Delgado-Librero
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1300
End: 1415
Field Work: Day 2 - Cadiz - Sunday, 5 October | Spain
Prerequisites: SPAN 3010 (Grammar Review), AP Spanish score of 4 or 5, Placement Test score above 535, or one course above the advanced-intermediate college-level Spanish. If you have any questions, please contact me at Download Syllabus

This is a three-credit intermediate course designed to polish the linguistic skills acquired at the 2000 level in such a way that students successfully transition to advanced-level comprehension and conversation. The point of departure of each class will be a song from any of the Spanish speaking cultures in the world, which will be analyzed as both a linguistic and a cultural product, with the goals of reviewing some of the most difficult aspects of Spanish grammar, augmenting students’ vocabulary, and engaging students in a wide range of cultural, political, and ideological topics relevant not only to the Spanish-speaking world but also to the non-Spanish-speaking ports of call. This is not a lecture course but rather a seminar meant to foster interpersonal communication and cultural understanding; therefore active verbal participation will be required from each student during each class session.

Field Work

Country: Spain
Day: 2 - Cadiz - Sunday, 5 October

The field lab will begin with a walking tour that will focus on the long history of Cádiz, a city that is reputed to be one of the oldest in the western world. We will look for vestiges of the many cultures that have inhabited it: Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Muslims, and Christians. We will learn about the importance that its port had in the history of Spain and Latin America. We will also seek to understand how gaditanos live today, visiting the local food market and eating in one of the restaurants nearby. In the afternoon we will learn about flamenco music and dance from a local instructor. And we will end the day by visiting a nature preserve located nearby, which survives as a bird haven in spite of all the urban development that surrounds it. Academic Objectives:

  1. Practice language skills learned in class with native speakers in an immersion environment.
  2. Learn about specific aspects of Spanish culture, such as history, music and dance, food, and contemporary everyday life.
  3. Understand the connections with the other Spanish speaking port included in the Fall 2014 voyage: Havana.