Intro to Hispanic Lit

Course Details

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Spring 2014
Dillard College of Business Administration
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T, Th 3:30 - 4:50

Dr. Claudia Montoya (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives


This course is designed for students who have completed beginning and intermediate Spanish (four semesters) and are beginning advanced course work in Spanish.  Students will be prepared for advanced Hispanic literature courses through the study of literary terminology, the process of literary analysis, and the development of literary genres in the Hispanic world, and through the application of this knowledge to specific texts of Hispanic literature.  Students will be able to analyze the unique qualities of narrative, poetry, and drama.  Students will improve reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in the Spanish language as well.

Course Expectations



* Exams: During the semester you will receive three exams, one per each literary genre, each exam will constitute of two parts a multiple-choice part and a writing part for the analysis of the literary works.


* Quizzes: every day at the end of the class you will receive a multiple choice quiz of ten questions, the questions may or not be related to the discussion in class but for sure they will be about the assigned readings.


* Paragraphs: every Tuesday you need to turn in a paragraph with any ideas and observations you may have about the readings from the previous week. This will improve your writing skills in Spanish. The paragraph MUST be typed and with a minimum of 130 words.


* Participation: through the class you will have the opportunity to comment about the readings assigned for homework; however, if you are not confident enough to express an opinion there will be also several opportunities for you to read aloud in class, take advantage of them to improve your pronunciation and your participation grade.

Grading Standards



Grading components:




Participation…….. 20

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

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Attendance Requirements




Students are allowed to miss three classes during the semester. After the thrid absence students will be drpped from the course withour further notification.

Other Policies



   No food or drinks are allowed in the classroom. Keep your cell phones off.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

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