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SPAN 301 Introduction to Text Analysis

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    Always Do the Reading

    Background Knowledge Expected

    Lots of Writing

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    Sep 26, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Because this subject encourages the students to have the habit of reading. Likewise, because the teacher has an excellent knowledge of the subject and always is there to help the students out when it is needed. This course is based on discussions about the history of Spain and the Spanish language!

    Course highlights:

    So far, I have learned a lot about the history of Spain. As a native Spanish speaker, it is essential to understand where the language comes from and why the language I speak is as it is in the present. There are so many influences from other languages, and the history justifies these influences.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Lots of reading, but most important to understand what you are reading. It is not only looking through the text but also looking at the text, which means that we need to go beyond the texts, analyzing not only the content but also the context.

    • Fall 2016
    • Chris
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments Participation Counts
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    Jul 05, 2016
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The class lacked structure. There was an uncomfortable, palpable feeling of discomfort and lack of motivation overall. Students were not all at the same level academically and it greatly affected the sophistication and understanding of the discussions of the texts. I felt that I was not receiving constructive criticism on my written works, and it was imperative. In addition, the professor showed preferential treatment towards some students.

    Course highlights:

    I enjoyed the peer evaluations and the "workshop" style of the class. We spent a week prepping our written work for the first round of peer evaluations. We were all given rubrics and spent the class period reviewing our peers work based on the essays, stories, and texts we had read and analyzed in class. Additionally, we went through these workshops at least one more time before we turned in our final papers. Another highlight were the types of works we read. We read about controversial topics in coming-of-age novels with concentrations in sexuality, machismo, gender roles, and the importance of family. I learned to be a better writer and how to work effectively in groups.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you are not ready for this level of Spanish, despite completing the pre-requisite courses, do not take this class.

    • Spring 2016
    • Juan Caballero
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading

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