Ana María Alfaro-Alexander
Dates and Times:
Monday through Thursday: February 20-23, 2023 9:00 am to 10:00 am and Friday, February 24, 2023 from 9:00am - Noon
||3 Graduate Credits
This Spanish conversation class will be conducted entirely in Spanish. All the readings are in Spanish. The emphasis of the class will be the Pre-Columbian civilizations. The focus of our conversations will be the daily lives of the Inca, Aztec, and Maya Civilizations. We will read, learn, and discuss aspects such as hunting rituals, market practices, daily wardrobe, concepts of beauty, trading practices, taxing systems, sacred books, counting schemes, ancient myths, agriculture practices, transportation methods, feasts, coming of age rituals, games, medical treatments, wedding, and death rituals.
Students will be encouraged to express their own interpretation of the texts and present convincing arguments in support of their conclusions in both oral and written commentary. All texts will be supplied by the instructor.
Course Goals & Objectives
In this course all students will have the opportunity to perfect their ability to read, speak and write in academic contexts. They will expand their knowledge of the Inca, Aztec, and Maya civilizations. Students will also gain a better understanding of the themes and their interconnections. Students will interpret, analyze, and contextualize the works as they compare the different genres.
The course will be of special interest to educators because in addition to language practice, the readings, movies, and topics supply engaging cultural and historical content to use in their own classes. Students will keep a journal that will provide material for daily compositions and grammar review lessons.