Intermediate Spanish

Discipline: Spanish
Instructor: Kerr
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 08:00
End: 09:15
Field Work: Day 1 - Buenos Aires - Tuesday, 12 November | Argentina
Prerequisites: SPAN 102, SPAN 106, SAT II score of 520-590, UVA Placement Test score of 326-409, or two semesters of introductory college-level Spanish or the equivalent. If you have any questions, please contact me at Download Syllabus

This course is an intermediate level course designed for students with some prior experience in Spanish. Students will develop advanced listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through a variety of activities designed to review and build upon basic grammar as well as facilitate fluidity. This course will enable students to communicate in everyday situations, narrate in the past, present, and future, and express desires and requests. Music, films, current events, and short literary pieces will be used for grammar and vocabulary practice and to prepare students for the culture of Spanish-speaking ports of call. Class will be conducted entirely in Spanish, but don’t worry if you feel rusty. Lessons will be structured in such a way as to help students participate comfortably on a daily basis.

Field Work

Country: Argentina
Day: 1 - Buenos Aires - Tuesday, 12 November

This field lab will begin in the neighborhood of La Boca, where we will do a walking tour with Argentine author Mempo Giardinelli to learn about its history and the history of tango. We will stop for a typical Argentine lunch. After lunch, we will take a tango class with a local instructor in order to learn about this very colorful dance. Students will be expected to focus on interacting with the teacher(s) in Spanish. The day will end with meeting up with local college students for a traditional late-afternoon snack of coffee and medialunas (Argentine croissants) and some conversation. If time permits during the day we will also visit the Recoleta cemetery. Academic Objectives: 1. Practice language skills learned in class with native speakers in an immersion environment. 2. Meaningful exchange with Argentine peers about culture, preferences, worldview, etc. 3. To learn about several important aspects of Argentine culture, including tango, history, and food.