Spanish Conversation and Composition through Art, History, Culture and Current Events

Course Number: EDU 5515 C08
Instructor: Ana María Alfaro-Alexander
Location: Castleton Downtown, 3rd Floor Classroom, 67 Merchants Row, Rutland, VT
Dates and Times: July 17, 19, 20 & 21 from 9 am - 3 pm. July 18 from 9:30 am - 3 pm
Credits: 3 credits
Tuition: $900

Note: Please register online. Course payment or purchase order of $900, payable to RRWIB, is due at the time of registration. Please mail check or purchase order, payable to RRWIB, to Castleton Center for Schools, PO Box 6049, Rutland, VT 05702. If you wish to pay by credit card, please call the Center for Schools at (802) 770-7060.

Course Description

The main objective of this practicum is to improve Spanish language fluency through regular conversation and written practice. Conversational topics include modern and ancient art, history, and film, as well as current events in the Spanish Speaking world. Additional topics will include activities of daily life. Students will maintain a lexical journal, the contents of which will be the springboard for weekly written composition. Topics related to grammar will arise organically, and will include, but not be limited to: uses of past tenses, the subjunctive, and uses of subordinate conjunctions.

Course Objectives

Students will analyze the art object in order to comment on the colors, the meaning, the styles of the artists, the historical period around which the artifact was created, and how it was received by contemporary society. Students are expected to learn about and present in the target language their knowledge about the subject.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the arts across time. Students will critically discuss in Spanish aspects of pre-Hispanic to contemporary Spanish art, including film. Students will explore the syncretism of Latin American and European art throughout the "conquered" world, and its perception by Spaniards. Additionally, students will investigate the influence of modern art on the utilitarian layout or urban planning of modern day Latin America and Spain. How artists adorn public spaces – i.e., Guell Park by Antonio Gaudi in Barcelona and the "El beso" sculpture in the Park of Love by Victor Delfin in Lima - will be a topic of discussion.

Contact instructor Ana Alexander for a complete course syllabus.

For additional course information

Ana María Alfaro-Alexander
(802) 468-1268

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 770-7060

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