The Center of Modern Languages is offering a grand variety of short, monographic courses organized by topic whose first intention is to respond to students’ individual interests of linguistic and cultural learning. These courses, despite the great distances between students and professors, not only offer a classroom experience similar to that of an onsite classroom, but also follow a methodology concentrated on the learning process of each individual student.
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COOKING IN SPANISH: HISTORY AND GASTRONOMY
Practice your Spanish as you get to know the frame that outlines gastronomic-cultural Spain from ancient times to present day.
DON QUIJOTE’S WEEKLY MENU
What did Quixote eat? Similarities and differences between the diet of the upper classes of the Golden Age and that of the modern day Spanish Mediterranean diet.
MUSIC A POETRY
A first contact with Spanish Literature through literary texts set to music.
Literatura musicada de todos los tiempos para vivir el presente.
COPLA: POPULAR URBAN MUSIC
The music that emerged in Spain during the 30’s, once called copla, made up the majority of the most popular music during the next 40 years. In one hand, we can see that it is the daughter of flamenco and folk, but in the other we see its similarities with orchestral music and the song writer. With such characteristics, naturally we see its use as an important and prominent factor in theatrical traditions. In this course we will study the Copla and its relations with other important urban musical styles, including the tango, bolero, chandon, rebético, fado, blues and others.
INTRODUCTION TO THE ART OF FLAMENCO
The flamenco is the most important artistic and musical style of expression that 19th Century Spain contributed to the World. Considering its marginal origins, this style of music conquered grand musical stages and scenes. Its’ birthplace and original caretaker, as well as its current fan base, is that of a foreign land. This course offers a first immersion in a minimalists guide to one of today’s most seductive and evasive forms of expression.
KEY ARTISTS IN SPANISH LITERATURE
A panoramic vision of Spanish Literature painted by Spain’s most recognizable authors.
GARCIA LORCA AND THE DUENDE. A POETIC INVENTION WITH FLAMENCO ORIGINS
The practice and theory of the duende, apart from being the most important and dynamic lecture that Federico Garcia Lorca contributed, is also the biggest influence in the world of flamenco and has even managed to perturb it. As a first contact, this course will explore its origins, development and acceptance.
BULLS IN THE WORKS OF GARCÍA LORCA
Lorca’s works written around the end of the 1920’s show a sudden awareness of the world of bull fighting and the bull fighter. Logically so, as this was the time when the poet met Ignacio Sánchez Mejías, a Spanish bullfighter and fan of literature. This influence can be seen throughout some of his mile stone works, including the conference he gave on the topic, titled El Pase de La Muerte, El Llanto and a series of interviews and writings.
SONGS AND POEMS ABOUT MOORS, MORISCOS AND SEPHARDIC JEWS: A HISTORY OF LOOSERS
The essence of the “losers” of Spanish History in two different senses:
- The mark that they left on Spanish literary tradition
- The memory of Spain that they carried with them and shared with the world.
LIFE WRITTEN BY WOMEN
Learn about the main Latin American writers from the 17th century to the end of the 20th. Throughout the journey, discover the role they had in society, the limitations they experienced for being women, the vindications and the consequences that they suffered for them, the vision of the real political and social situation during the time of their life, etc. All of this will be demonstrated through their very own works of literature.
WOMEN AND POLITICS
Students will get a first look at the process of incorporating women into the world of Spanish Politics.
This course will address different historical moments with a reflexive analysis about the role of women in the political reality of each era.
The course will show a critical first contact with lectures and post discussions to provide the student with the proper tools to conduct academic analysis.
When we learn a language, we also learn about the culture that is associated with it. This course will connect famous Spanish artists with the vocabulary related to their world to be able to speak about their works of art and artistic styles. This course offers a critical analysis towards art and the artists that helped create the idea as we know it today. In this way, we will conduct a review of great painters such as El Greco, Velázquez, Picasso or Dalí.
In this course we will study some of the works of art from the Thyssen Museum in Madrid to update our linguistic skills and communicate ideas both linguistic and non-linguistic. It will also serve as a contact point to explore both the historical and cultural wealth of Spain.
PAINTING AS A LECTURE: “LECTURE” OF THE PAINTINGS OF LA VIDA DE LA VIRGEN, BY ALONSO CANO
A first contact with the sacred feminine figure in the Virgin Mary in the work of the Alonso Cano, a famous painter from Granada. Interpretation and explication of the seven paintings of the series “Vida de la Virgin Maria,” where it resides today; in the Capilla Mayor of the Cathedral in Granada.
FUNDAMENTALS OF ACADEMIC ESSAYS
This is a University level introductory course to academic writing at a University level. Students will produce and review various drafts of academic essays while they practice essential skills to organize structure and develop ideas. Texts from various academic disciplines will be available so that the students are able to reflect on main characteristics of formal, academic essays.
WRITING IN THE ACADEMIC ENVIRONMENT
This course will develop the students awareness of the writing process as well as their abilities to reflect on the main characteristics of different kinds of academic texts. Through this process they will require specific linguistic skills, including connectors, speech modifiers, lexical placement, accent norms, orthotypographics, etc.
A daily debate will expand student’s knowledge about a given topic. Topics such as current events, short films, songs or a combination of all the above will be used as a base of discussion. From there, students will share their ideas and opinions about each. The necessary linguistic structures to carry on a debate will be developed.
Information about the new exceptions, norms and uses of the latest publications of RAE. With this course you can update and refresh your knowledge of Spanish and distinguish between different registers of the language, as well as adapt an inclusive use of the language and recognize the current controversies of variations of the Spanish language.
This class will promote a practical use of oral expression through mini debates and conversations in which the focal point will be oral interaction.
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR PAST
A course in which, through use of productive language skills (speaking and listening), students can review verbs in the Spanish past tense.
SPANISH SOCIETY: MUSICAL AND CINEMATIC PREFERENCES
Students will get to know the two most commonly used means of communication: the television and the radio. Current preferences of Spanish society will be discussed, exploring ideas such as the programs that have the biggest audience, today’s most successful Spanish TV series, the music that they listen to on the radio, and the musical groups and singers of today.
CURRENT DAY SPANISH IN THE PRESS AND SOCIAL NETWORKS
Get to know the press and social networks in Spain and the main topics discussed in each one. By acquiring this knowledge, students will be able to comment on these topics with other students, creating room for debate and Spanish language practice. A double platform will be made on our Moodle page where there will be different forums and also through a private Facebook group (Spain’s most-used social network), where students will get to know first-hand what goes on in Spain’s online social networks and where they can easily share articles, memes, etc.
COMUNICATIVE USE OF IDIOMS
Students will learn and practice the meanings of a melting-pot of idiomatic expressions, given that the knowledge and use of their meanings makes up one of the most relevant linguistic components in an advanced Spanish language user.
SPANISH CULTURE AND COSTUMES FOR SPEAKERS OF CHINESE
A comparative study of the Spanish and Chinese cultures through styles of teaching, gastronomy, holidays and traditions.
Learn to write while improving your Spanish. This course is ideal for students who want to develop written expression skills, while letting their imaginations run wild. Through the use of various resources and different types of activities, this class will promote fluency in written expression, as well as in the use of words.
Writing has always been an adventure full of emotions. Writing in another language means multiplying those emotions. Dare to practice your written Spanish and challenge your creativity in a course with independent and group activities. All writing styles and all styles of writers are welcome.
WRITING ARGUMENTATIVE AND DEMONSTRATIVE TEXTS
This is a University level introductory course to academic writing at a University level. Students will produce and review various drafts of academic essays while practicing essential skills like paragraph organization and idea development. Texts from various academic disciplines will be offered so that students can reflect on the main basic characteristics of formal academic essays.
A WHOLE NEW WORLD: ADVANCED SPANISH THROUGH TRANSLATION (ENGLISH-SPANISH)
Students will learn to identify direct English-Spanish translations in their Spanish language production through different grammar and lexicon translation activities and will be able to express themselves in a more natural way in Spanish.
SPANISH FROM SPAIN AND SPANISH FROM THE AMERICAS: SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES
This course will examine the two main variations of the Spanish language from a social and diachronic point of view. The student will study the main motives that cause the similarities and differences between peninsular Spanish and the Spanish from the Americas.
PENINSULAR SPANISH AND ITS VARIATIONS
This course will examine the main variations of Peninsular Spanish from a social and diachronic point of view. The student will study the main motives that create many varieties of the same language within one country, where four other languages exist as well.
GASTRONOMY OF THE THREE CULTURES
In this course, students will get to know the holidays of the three monotheistic religions of historic and present day Granada, and their influence in present day gastronomy.
The main dishes of the Jewish, Muslim and Catholic religions in Andalusia will be rediscovered and revaluated, allowing a first contact with the early culinary recipes of medieval times.
ANDALUSIA: CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
In this course, students will study the incredible progress that was achieved in the fields of science, technology and medicine during the Middle Ages.
The different historical aspects of this era will be used as a model to conduct reflexive analysis on the present day situation in each respective field.
A critical approach with textual resources and post discussions with be used to provoke academic debates.
ISLAMIC ART IN GRANADA
This course is ideal for anyone interested in extending their knowledge about Islamic art and culture through studies of the relationship between the socio-cultural context and its different styles of expression by use of various art forms. We will discuss the Umayyad and Abbasid legacies that extended throughout the area of the Mediterranean until arriving to Spain. Granada, being the last city to be conquered after many centuries of Muslim rule, still shows its heavy Arabic influence (La Alhambra), which will be discussed in this course.
NEURO-LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING (NLP) AND COACHING I: TOOLS FOR TEACHER TRAINING
In this class students will get to know and analyze the contributions offered by Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NPL) and Coaching as tools in training teachers.
NEURO-LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING (NLP) AND COACHING II: TOOLS FOR TEACHER TRAINING
In this class students will get to know and analyze the contributions offered by Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NPL) and Coaching as tools to continue the professional development of teachers of foreign languages.
NEUROPSYCHOLOGY AND ELE: METHODOLOGICAL BASES FOR THE CREATION AND DESIGN OF MATERIALS
In this class, students will get to know the essential elements of the system. In this monograph students will study learning processes and how certain cognitive factors and basic psychological processes such as memory, emotion, thought, attention, perception and motivation, can guide us as references for the creation and design of the materials used in teaching Spanish as a foreign language (ELE).
CURRENT SPANISH LITERATURE: HOW TO INCORPORATE IT INTO THE SPANISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (ELE) CLASSROOM
In this course we will study the movement of the most important authors in present day Spanish literature. Students will have opportunities to get to know and use online and offline tools to bring current Spanish literature into the classroom and practice different work dynamics in online class.
CONSCIOUS TEACHERS, CONSCIOUS STUDENTS: MINDFULNESS IN THE SPANISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (ELE) CLASSROOM
Be conscious of how to increase academic, emotional and social qualities of the teachers and the students by practicing mindfulness. Be aware of the difficult emotions students can experience-including fear, rage, anxiety, insecurity and loneliness-to be able to help them manage these emotions and understand them inside the context of adaption to a new culture or a new teaching style.
INTRODUCTION TO BILINGUALISM
What does bilingual mean to you? How do you define bilingualism? What do you know about it? Are you bilingual? How do you know if you’re bilingual? What is special about being bilingual? What language do you think in? How does being bilingual make you stand out? This class provides an introduction to the topic of bilingualism as it tries to answer these questions.
THE KEY COMPETENCIES: DEVELOPING INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCY
This course is focused on providing teachers with the necessary skills to teach students how to develop efficiency in managing situations in which they are in contact with other cultures. Furthermore, it will discuss aspects related to the necessary skills to teach students resiliency and the parameters that allow us to analyze different cultures and allow the development of cultural competency.
ANALYSIS OF ERROR AND SPANISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (ELE)
Through this course students will get to know the didactic -historical evolution that has occurred in the vision of error from the perspective of the different teaching methodologies. The characteristics that define error analysis and the criteria used to establish the classification and typology of errors will also be analyzed. In addition, the variants of Spanish will be addressed for practical application in the analysis of error.
DIDACTIC EXPLOITATION OF SHORT FILMS (ELE)
In this course, students will reflect on the convenience of working with short films in Spanish as a foreign language, and will study the typology of activities. Some examples of the use of short films will be covered and the students will create their own didactic exploitation of a short film.
SPANISH FOR THE FIELD OF MEDICINE
This course provides lexical knowledge and grammatical resources to be able to manage yourself in a medical environment.
SPANISH FOR TOURISM
This course is suitable both to develop the necessary skills for tourists in the Spanish-speaking world, as well as for the professional who needs to develop the basic functions and lexicon to develop tasks specific to the tourism sector. The course will consist of 4 sections and 2 excursions throughout the city.
SPANISH FOR BUSINESS IN THE SPANISH WORLD
This course offers an inclusion in the business world as well as the characteristics of the different companies that shape the Spanish-American economic world.