LSPA 106 is a student-centered, activities-driven class that employs an immersion approach to help students use Spanish to express themselves in realistic contexts and for real purposes. By the end of the semester, students will have acquired a novice-mid or novice-high proficiency in Spanish according to ACTFL proficiency levels and will be familiar with selected cultural topics and practices in the Spanish-speaking world. This is a fast-paced beginners course in Spanish for students with minimal proficiency in Spanish. It offers an introduction and basic review of essential skills such as listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course will be enhanced by the many opportunities for immersion in the ports in Spain and Latin America.
Field ClassCountry: Ecuador
Day: 1 - Thursday, 1 December
Guayaquil is bustling port city with many sights, sounds, and smells and students will explore the city through an interactive scavenger hunt. Students will have to ask for directions to find places and complete specific assignments. Students will also have a shopping assignment in a local market followed by a cooking demonstration of local cuisine (seafood, plaintains, yuca, etc.). The idea is that students have to ask locals for help and practice the Spanish learned to this point (particularly ask questions and understand answers). Students will work in groups of 3-5 and are only allowed to speak Spanish among each other. Students have to complete all assignments and prepare a written and a short oral report in Spanish featuring photos or drawings. All activities will be held in Spanish and the use of phones for maps and dictionaries will be restricted. Objectives: Practice the Spanish learned up to this point. Immersion. Explore a new place in a playful manner and only in the target language. LSPA 106 teaches survival Spanish and this field class will give students an opportunity to challenge themselves and apply their language skills in a meaningful manner. Learning objectives:
- Ask for directions in target language, understand answers
- Go grocery shopping at a local market in the target language
- Follow directions in a cooking class
- Immersion within the language and the culture