WLAC Undergraduate

Program Design

There are two distinct program tracks to attain the MAT in Spanish at IUPUI. Track One is a more traditional degree that culminates in a master’s thesis. Track Two replaces the traditional thesis with additional coursework. Both tracks consist of 36 credits and it may be completed in three or four academic semesters, and two five-week summer sessions abroad which must be completed in sequential years. The remainder of the course work must be completed in residence at IUPUI.

Curriculum Option One (MAT with Thesis) consists of: 9 credit hours of core coursework, 9 credit hours of additional coursework, 12 credit hours of coursework abroad, and 6 credit hours of thesis work.

Curriculum Option Two (MAT via Coursework) consists of: 9 credit hours of core coursework, 15 credit hours of additional coursework, and 12 credit hours of coursework abroad.

The required Core courses are:

· S515: Acquisition of Spanish as a Second Language (3 cr) P: S426, S428 or instructor’s consent. This course is an introduction to the acquisition of Spanish as a second language. We will survey a selection of studies exploring topics that range from the development of second language (Spanish) grammars, to second language production and comprehension, input processing, and the acquisition of pragmatic and sociolinguistic competence.

· S517: Methods of Teaching College Spanish (3 cr) P: S428 or instructor’s consent. This course on communicative language teaching takes as its point of departure the body of research on second language development. We extrapolate from this base principles and parameters to guide classroom instruction. We cover a full range of topics from grammar and input to spoken and written language.

· S519: Practicum in the Teaching of Spanish (3 cr) P: S517 or instructor’s consent. Practical application of the teaching methodology explored in S517, Methods of Teaching College Spanish. Students will undertake teaching projects supervised by a graduate faculty member in Spanish and meet with their mentors to assess their teaching objectives, techniques, materials and outcomes.

Additional courses may be selected from the following:

- S511: Spanish Syntactic Analysis (3 cr). P: S326 or consent of instructor. Introduction to the analysis of syntactic data.  Focus on developing theoretical apparatus required to account for a range of syntactic phenomena in Spanish.

· S513: Introduction to Hispanic Sociolinguistics (3 cr) P:320,S426 or instructor’s consent. This course examines the relationship between language and society in the Spanish-speaking world. It surveys a wide range of topics relevant to Spanish language as communication, the sociology of language, and linguistic variation. The course is conducted entirely in Spanish.

· S518: Studies in Latino and Spanish American Culture (3 cr) Advanced study of cultural phenomena produced in Latin America and among U.S. Hispanics. The course focuses on belief systems, artistic production, laws, customs and other socially determined behaviors. Topics such as colonization, popular culture, communication, art, religious syncretism, and native indigenous cultures will be explored.

- S528: Translation Practice and Evaluation (3 cr).  A graduate course in the problems and techniques of Spanish/English and English/Spanish translation. Includes the practical aspects of translation from various texts (literary, technical, scientific, commercial, social) and evaluation of professional translations. Translation theory will be studied.

- S650: Topics in the Teaching of Spanish (3 cr.). Seminar in selected topics related to the teaching of Spanish, such as assessment, teaching materials development, the teaching of specific linguistic skills.  This is a variable title course.

· S680: Topics in Contemporary Spanish American Literature (3 cr) Topics include poetry, drama, short story, novel, essay. This is a variable title course.

· S686: MAT Thesis (3-6 cr) Students will identify a research theme and develop it under the guidance of a Director and a Co-Director. The topic will be related to the teaching of the Spanish language or to the teaching of an aspect of Hispanic Culture. 

b. Coursework at the University of Salamanca to be completed in 2 five-week programs taken in consecutive years:

S521: Spanish Grammar and Linguistics for Teachers I (3 cr.) This course presents themes and issues in Spanish grammar and in Hispanic linguistics selected for their relevance to teaching Spanish to non-native students. Pedagogical implications and teaching strategies will be discussed. Content is distinct from that of S524.

S523: Spanish Literature, Art and Culture for Teachers I (3 cr.) This course presents authors, artists, themes and issues in Spanish literature, visual art and cultural life selected to enrich the teaching of Spanish to non-native students. Pedagogical implications and teaching strategies will be discussed. Content is distinct from that of S525.

· S524: Spanish Grammar and Linguistics for Teachers II (3 cr.) This course presents themes and issues in Spanish grammar and in Hispanic linguistics selected for their relevance to teaching Spanish to non-native students. Pedagogical implications and teaching strategies will be discussed. Content is distinct from that of S521.

S525: Spanish Literature, Art and Culture for Teachers II (3 cr.) This course presents authors, artists, themes and issues in Spanish literature, visual art and cultural life selected to enrich the teaching of Spanish to non-native students. Pedagogical implications and teaching strategies will be discussed. Content is distinct from that of S523.