AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain
Summer 2017
Course Descriptions

   

Spanish Language and Culture Program

Recommended credits are shown in parentheses for each session: Sessions 1, 2, 3, 1+2 Combined and 1+3 Combined. All students take a Spanish language (grammar) course regardless of which Session you choose. A language placement test after arrival in Salamanca will determine the correct level of Spanish for you. We recommend that students gain pre-approval from their home institution for several different levels in order to ensure that they receive credit for the level that they test into.

Spanish Grammar Courses
Course Code and Credits: Spanish Language 101 (3) (4) (8) (7) (11)
Course Title: Nivel Elemental/Elementary
Course Description:
For students with a little or no previous Spanish language experience. Equal to an advanced elementary or low intermediate course in most U.S. universities. Conducted in Spanish, includes 2 hours of Spanish grammar and conversation emphasizing fluency. Focus on functional uses of the language (greetings, saying goodbye, introducing oneself, asking information such as addresses, favors, time and day, etc.). Grammar covers alphabet, present verbs, introductions to past verbs, simple comparisons, pronouns, “ser/estar”, “ir a” plus infinitive, “estar” plus gerund, imperative sentences, etc.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish Language 201 (3) (4) (8) (7) (11)
Course Title: Nivel Intermedio/Intermediate
Course Description:
Suitable for students who have a basic knowledge of the Spanish grammar and enough vocabulary to participate in class conversation. Grammar content includes: “ser” versus “estar”, preterit versus imperfect verbs, the conditional, future tense, “estar” plus gerund, superlatives, making hypothesis etc. Communication skills focus on narrating in past and future, giving advice, describing in the past and future tense, asking and giving information about curriculum vitae, etc.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish Language 301 (3) (4) (8) (7) (11)
Course Title: Nivel Avanzado/Advanced
Course Description:
Equivalent to an extremely advanced undergraduate course or a basic graduate course in most U.S. universities. This course focuses strongly on communicative and grammatical skills. Content includes: the subjunctive, pluscuamperfecto, correct use of “ser” and “estar”, phrases with prepositions that indicate time, “por” and “para”, personal pronouns, movement verbs with prepositions, independent phrases with subjunctive, etc. Students will learn to express feelings, impressions, possibilities, desires, etc. Communication covers: giving permission, opinions, evaluations; expressing doubts, possibilities, worries, agreements/disagreements, preferences; asking opinions, etc.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish Language 401 (3) (4) (8) (7) (11)
Course Title: Nivel Superior/Superior
Course Description:
Bilingual students usually place in this level. Content focuses on refining and further developing communicative as well as grammatical skills. Content includes: alternate of indicative and subjunctive, general and specific uses of “ser” and “estar”, future and conditional, imperative, etc.

Session 1

Beginner Level Course (3rd Hour)
Course Code and Credits:
Course Title: Build Your Vocabulary
Course Description:
Beginner level students take this course in addition to Spanish Grammar. It provides students with basic vocabulary they may need in order to solve basic daily-life tasks and problems using the Spanish language. Please note that recommended credits for these courses are included in the total shown in parentheses in the Spanish language classes above.


In addition to the Spanish Grammar course Intermediate or above level students choose one course from those listed. Please note that recommended credits for these courses are included in the total shown in parentheses in the Spanish language classes above. Students should indicate their chosen option on their application form. All classes are taught in Spanish. Please note that courses are subject to change at the discretion of the University of Salamanca.

Intermediate and Above Level Electives (3rd Hour)
Course Code and Credits:
Course Title: Conversation and Composition
Course Description:
Students work on their writing and speaking skills through the analysis and production of different written and oral texts.
Course Code and Credits:
Course Title: Spanish History
Course Description:
This course introduces and analyzes the different periods, facts and relevant figures that, from Pre-history to current days, have been building the multicultural History of Spain. Practical approach through images, texts and documents.
Course Code and Credits:
Course Title: Role of Women in Spanish History
Course Description:
This course is intended to shed some light on the role of women throughout Spanish history. An outline of their role in different historic periods will be discussed, from the Middle Ages till the present day.


Session 1 Optional Courses

For a supplemental fee students can take an additional 1 ($170) or 2 courses ($320) for 1 or 2 credits for their 4th and 5th hours of class per day.

Session 2

Beginner Level Course (3rd Hour)
Course Code and Credits:
Course Title: Build Your Vocabulary
Course Description:
Beginner level students take this course in addition to the Spanish Grammar course. It provides students with basic vocabulary they may need in order to solve basic daily-life tasks and problems using the Spanish language. Please note that recommended credits for these courses are included in the total shown in parentheses in the Spanish language classes.


In addition to the Spanish Grammar course Intermediate or above level students choose one elective course from those listed. Please note that recommended credits for these courses are included in the total shown in parentheses in the Spanish language classes. Students should indicate their chosen option on their application form. Courses may change at the discretion of the University of Salamanca. All courses are taught in Spanish.

Intermediate and Above Level Electives (3rd Hour)
Course Code and Credits:
Course Title: Spanish Culture
Course Description:
The objective of this course is to help the student understand the different aspects of Spanish culture. The program includes not only information about geographic, political, historic aspects, but also the customs, behavior, and values which form a part of the Spanish character.
Course Code and Credits:
Course Title: Spanish for Business
Course Description:
This course is designed for students who wish to focus on Spanish in the business world. Special emphasis on specific vocabulary regarding this area and on the main language skills within this domain.
Course Code and Credits:
Course Title: Analysis of Literary Texts
Course Description:
In this course, students have to study in detail and analyze a selection of texts from different genres, written by Spanish and Latin American authors. They will also work on other texts written with stylistic intentions.
Course Code and Credits:
Course Title: Translation from English into Spanish
Course Description:
This course stimulates students to reflect on the main structures and mechanisms of their own language and on those of Spanish. They translate a varied range of real texts, including many different styles and registers.
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Course Title: Contemporary Spanish History
Course Description:
In this course, students analyze the most relevant events and figures from the 20th century and understand their repercussions on modern Spain.
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Course Title: Conversation and Composition
Course Description:
In this course, students work on their writing and speaking skills through the analysis and production of different written and oral texts.


Session 2 Optional Courses

For a supplemental fee students can take an additional 1 ($230) or 2 courses ($425) for 1 or 2 credits.

Session 3

Beginner Level Course (3rd and 4th Hour)
Course Code and Credits:
Course Title: Build Your Vocabulary
Course Description:
Beginner level students take this course in addition to Spanish Grammar. It provides students with basic vocabulary they may need in order to solve basic daily-life tasks and problems using the Spanish language. Please note that recommended credits for these courses are included in the total shown in parentheses in the Spanish language classes.
Course Code and Credits:
Course Title: Communication Activities
Course Description:
This course is only offered at an elementary level (A1 and A2). Students are provided with practical activities as if they were in daily-life contexts. Thanks to these activities, they can actively develop the four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

4h Hour Options:
Course Code and Credits:
Course Title: Oral Skills Practice (4th Hour)
Course Description:
During this course, students will develop their listening and speaking skills through guided activities which reproduce a variety of real communicative contexts.
Course Code and Credits:
Course Title: Contemporary Spanish Literature
Course Description:
The course offers an outline of the Spanish and Latin American literature written in the 20th century. Following a chronological order, it focuses on the main literary trends and on the development of literary genres by the most important authors of this period.
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Course Title: Spanish Art
Course Description:
With this course, students learn the main periods and trends of the Spanish art through History. During the course, students analyze the most important art works (paintings, sculptures and architecture) of the Spanish Heritage.
Course Code and Credits:
Course Title: Economy and Society in Present-Day Spain
Course Description:
This course aims to introduce basic concepts to students which may allow them to better understand, assimilate and discuss current social and economic issues.