COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 

(reflects number of hours for 4, 6, or 8 weeks, respectively)

Español Inicial/ Beginning (60, 90, 120 hours)

Although it is a beginner class it meant to be so at the College level. The class moves very quickly and students are expected to do extra work beyond what the teacher assigns in order to accelerate learning of the language at this basic level. It is similar to an advanced beginner class in the USA. (Within this level there are 3 sub levels of proficiency: low, intermediate, and high).

Español Intermedio/ Intermediate (60, 90, 120 Hours)

This level approximates most advanced classes in the USA. Again, students are expected to do extra work at their own initiative to enhance their Spanish at this level. (Within this level there are 3 sub levels of proficiency: low, intermediate, and high)

Español Avanzado/ Advanced (60, 90, 120 hours)

This level approximates upper division Spanish classes and even some low level Graduate courses. It also incorporates more written and oral skills. Again, students are expected to do extra work at their own initiative to enhance their Spanish at this level. (Within this level there are 3 sub levels of proficiency: low, intermediate, and high)

Español Superior/ Intensive (60, 90, 120 hours)

This level assumes a very high proficiency in grammar, written, and oral skills. It is best suited for those who are already functionally bilingual, who teach Spanish, or are native speakers of Spanish. Again, students are expected to do extra work at their own initiative to enhance their Spanish at this level. (Within this level there are 3 sub levels of proficiency: low, intermediate, and high).

Iberian Cultures and Societies (50 hours)

This course taught by Dr. Ferreiro will be in English for those in Beginner Spanish. For those in Intermediate and Advanced levels, the class is taught in Spanish. It will be taught in small group settings, in city excursions, and excursions to Toledo, Segovia, and Avila/Alba de Tormes. Three papers will be required of the students: (1) a book review of John Hooper The New Spaniards, Penguin, 2010; (2) a reflection paper on Teresa of Avila’s The Way of Perfection, Paraclete Books, 1998; and (3) a paper with illustrations titled, Art and Architecture of Spain and Portugal. The class is equivalent to an upper division undergraduate college course. A syllabus will be provided. This course and the literature one listed below may NOT be taken at the same time. WWU students taking this course must do all written work in Spanish to get credit. The course is equivalent to S331 in the WWU Spanish Department.

Grandes Voces de España (50 hours)

The course will be taught in Spanish by Professor Joan Hoffman of Western Washington University. It offers a literary sampling of various peninsular writers such as Miguel de Unamuno, Garcia Lorca, among others. Syllabus will be passed out at the first meeting. One may take this class instead of the History course listed above. Both classes may NOT be taken at the same time, however.

Conversación Fuera de Aula/ Conversation Outside the Classroom (20, 30, 40 hours)

Students will meet with a Salamanca instructor in several of the many plazas, in rotation, in small groups to practice their oral skills. Students are expected to make every effort to participate. Topics will vary widely with the goal of enhancing vocabulary skills and most of all proper pronunciation. SPANISH ONLY! This class is NOT an option, it is required. It counts towards your Spanish grade and credits.

Curso de Cocina Española/ Spanish Cooking Class (6 hours)

Although not as well know in the USA Spain has one of the finest cuisines in Europe and in the world. This class is a fun and informative one that will teach students how to cook some of the most famous dishes in Spain. It includes tasting and receiving copies of the recipes. It is taught in Spanish. The class is NOT an option. It counts towards your Spanish grade and credits.