Learning a second languages is easier when it is fun. In this course, we adopt an interactive approach to language acquisition through music and art that makes Spanish fun.
Sounds and colors are often the first steps toward learning a new language. Many of us already know the words to ‘La Bamba’ and ‘La Cucaracha’ and recognize paintings by Salvador Dalí and ‘Guernica’ by Pablo Picasso. Scientists have shown that it is easier for our brains to memorize a song than a list of words. Likewise, visual cues such as shapes and colors help students learn.
LSPA106 is a student-oriented, activities-driven class. Relying on an immersion approach to learning, students learn to express themselves in real scenarios, including those related to music and art. Students acquire a novice-mid or novice-high proficiency in Spanish according to ACTFL proficiency levels. LSPA106 is a fast-paced beginners course in Spanish for students with minimal proficiency in the language. It offers an introduction and basic review of essential skills such as listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Field WorkCountry: Spain
Date: September 15, 2017
For the field component of this course, we will walk through Barcelona and visit “La Boquería” and Santa Caterina Markets in one of the most emblematic neighborhoods of Barcelona: Las Ramblas. Students will be immersed in different smells, sounds, colors, and tastes. From “pan tumaca” (bread with tomato), l’esqueixada de bacallà (fresh bacalao cooked with different vegetables), to the delicious Crema catalana (crème Brule), students will be introduced to Barcelona’s unique culinary experience and they will participate in a Cooking class where all the students will elaborate different Spanish dishes with the Chef: Gazpacho (cold vegetable soup): From Andalusia; “Pa amb tomàquet” - Bread with tomato: Catalonia; Spanish omelette (Pintxo): Basque Country; Paella: Valencia; Crème brulee: Catalonia.
1. Understand the characteristics of a Spanish market.
2. Connect how Spaniards approach food and cooking with broader culture in Spain.
3. Experience new food and/or dishes that are unique to Barcelona.