University of Pennsylvania
Instructor: Reyes Caballo-Márquez, Ph.D.
Department of Romance Languages
Spanish 215: Spanish for the Professions
Office: Williams 411
Office Hours: MR 1-2
Spanish for the Professions is a course designed to provide advanced-level language students with a wide-
ranging technical vocabulary and the enhancement of solid communicative skills within the cultural and
socio-political context of several Latin American countries and Spain. Focusing on topics such as politics,
economy, society, health, environment, education, science and technology, the class will explore the
realities and underlying challenges facing Latin America and Spain. Through essays, papers, articles,
audiovisual material, research, discussions and case studies we will take an in-depth look at the dynamics
of Latin American and Spanish societies. The course will focus on—but not be restricted to—México,
Cuba, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, and Spain.
to broaden students’ knowledge on the main geographical areas in Latin America (key for
understanding the challenges facing developing countries)
to identify similarities and differences across Latin American countries and cultures
to strengthen grammatical accuracy and discourse
to enhance oral communicative skills at a post-proficiency level (for example, to support and
to learn how to make effective oral presentations in Spanish
to broaden the students’ vocabulary on the fields of politics, economics, society, health, the
environment, education, and certain aspects of technology
SPAN 202 (Advanced Conversational Spanish) or its equivalent.
All readings will either be provided by the instructor or be available on the Spanish 215 Blackboard site
inside the folder “Documentos del curso.” The readings will be placed in the same logical order as they
appear in the syllabus (although they do not necessarily appear in the same order in which they will be
discussed in class). Given the fluid nature of politics and the economy in Latin America and Spain, the
readings might be updated and topics could be reconsidered as the semester goes along if significant
(political, economic, or business-related) changes take place in any of the target countries.
Students can access the course materials and familiarize themselves with it through
Students are strongly encouraged to have a good bilingual dictionary and a good basic grammar book.
Code of Academic Integrity:
The Department of Romance Languages fully supports and adheres to all university policies and
procedures regarding academic integrity (cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, etc.). The work you submit in
this class is expected to be your own. If you submit work that has been copied without attribution from
any published or unpublished source including the Internet, or that has been prepared by someone other