This is an intensive introductory course designed to present the fundamentals necessary for understanding, speaking, reading and writing Spanish and to provide a range of opportunities for students to gain practical insights into the customs and cultural contexts of the contemporary Spanish-speaking world. In-class instruction combines lectures with small group sessions where grammar practice and conversation skills will be emphasized through a variety of activities.
Prerequisite: No previous knowledge of Spanish.
Exclusion: SPA219Y1, SPA319Y1, SPA220Y1, SPA320Y1, SPA420H1
Field Trips: This course will include field trips to Seville’s Cathedral, Royal Palace and Antiquarium (Roman ruins) and the Metropol Parasol. There will also be excursions to a local market, local beach, an olive oil factory, a flamenco show. The program will conclude with a two-night, three-day trip to Córdoba and Granada during which students will visit Alhambra, the famous Moorish fortress of Spain and one of the most visited monuments in the world. The cost of these field trips is CAD$630, paid to UofT for all entrance fees, transportation, tours and guides.
Instructor: Irene Ramos-Arbolí was born in Sevilla, Spain. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature (Filología Inglesa) from the Universidad de Sevilla, an MA in Spanish from Ohio University and an MA in Hispanic Linguistics from North Carolina State University. She has recently started a Ph.D. in the field of Linguistics and Bilingualism from the Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Sevilla). Irene has been teaching Spanish to non-native learners since 2010. She has taught Spanish in the United States at Metro Early College High School, Ohio University, North Carolina State University and Ohio State University. At CINECU, she is currently teaching Health and the Hispanic Community.
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