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University  Studies Program
Writing Flag
Spanish 401,  Spanish Literature I

This course includes requirements and learning activities that enhance
student's abilities to?

        a.          Practice the processes and procedures for creating and completing successful
                     writing in their fields

   The field is the Spanish language.  This course is designed to teach
   students how to express themselves in writing in Spanish.  The task is
   approached through reading poetry, prose and plays from the Cid through
   the Golden Age, and writing a research paper and  essays on their exams.
   Writing essays and a research paper allow the students to learn how to
   organize their ideas and how to express themselves clearly and
   coherently in Spanish..

        b.      Understand the main features and uses of writing in their fields

     Students are required to write short essays on their exams about the
     poetry, prose and plays studied in class.  Also they have to write a
     research paper about a literary work of one of the authors from the
     Cid through the Golden Age.

        c.                   Adapt writing to the general expectations of
        readers in their fields

     The reader expects to read standard Spanish with the right intonation,
     and free of mistakes as possible.  The students will learn through
     their readings that in Spanish ideas are expressed differently than in
     English or their native language.  Thus the student should not look at
     the words alone, but to the idea that is communicated by the author.

        d.                  Make use the technologies commonly used for
        research and writing in their fields

     The students are required to use a Spanish dictionary, a thesaurus,
     the Internet, and the library to write the essays and the research

        e.                   Learn the conventions of evidence, format,
        usage, and documentation in their fields

     Students are required to use the MLA format while writing their
     research paper in Spanish.

                                                     Course Syllabus

                                               College of Liberal Arts
                                               Winona State University

     Department: Foreign Languages       Date of Revision: March 2002
     Course Number: Spanish 401      Course Title: Spanish Literature I

       Number of Credits: 3                     

     Frequency of Offering: Every other year

Prerequisite(s): Spanish 202               Grading:  Grade only

Instructor:  Mónica Revak,  M.A., M.S., J.D       E-mail:

Office: Minné 124 Phone: 457-5664

Office Hours:  M-Th  8:30-10:00 A.M and by appointment

     Spanish 401 satisfies the Writing Flag

                 This class will promote the student's ability to

                  1.        practice the processes and procedures for
                  creating and completing     successful writing in their

                  2.        understand the main features and the uses of
                  writing in their fields;

                  3.        adapt their writing to the general expectations
                  or readers in their fields;

                  4.        make use of the technologies commonly used for
                  research and writing in their fields;

                  5.      learn the conventions of evidence, format, usage,
                  and documentation in their fields.

     COURSE APPLIES TO:  Spanish language majors and minors, including
     Spanish teaching major and minors

TEXTS: Five Centuries of Spanish Literature: From the Cid Through the
Age by Linton Lomas Barret, Heinle & Heinle Publishers

            A good Spanish- English dictionary

            MLA Manual

            501 Spanish Verbs by Kendis


     The course focuses on the study of early Peninsular Spanish
     Literature: Epic poetry, novel, theater, the Renaissance and Baroque


     This course covers the origin and development of poetry, prose, and
     drama in Peninsular Spanish literature.  A major focus of the course
     will be to prepare students to develop competencies as outlined in the
     following Minnesota Standards of Effective Teaching Practice for
     Beginning Teachers: Standard 1. Subject Matter.


     Students in Spanish 401 will:

        a.       be familiarized with the origin and development of poetry,
        prose, and drama,

           and literature as an object of analysis

        b.      be able to explore through the study of specific works, the

           philosophical, ideological, religious, and social aspects which
     influenced them.

        c.       learn how to express their ideas in Spanish while writing
        essays on their exams

           and on a final research paper

        d.      increase vocabulary and grammar skills through readings,
        presentations and

           written work


        a.       Classroom discussion of reading and writing assignments

        b.      Lecture/questioning

        c.       Media presentations

        d.      Collaborative learning activities

        e.       Writing essays and research paper


        a.       Assigned readings

        b.      Active participation in classroom discussions

        c.       Essay and oral presentation of an author and his work

        d.      Research paper (written in Spanish). More information will
        be given in class

        e.       Oral presentation of summary of research paper

        f.        Attendance at every class session


     a.   Attendance / participation and preparedness for class discussions

     b    4 written examinations

     c.   2 Oral presentations

     d.   Research paper

     GRADING: Final letter grade
     A   100 - 90 %
     B     89 - 80 %
     C     79 - 70 %
     D     69 - 60 %
     F      59 ? and below


     Regular attendance is expected.  Class participation is essential to
     successful course completion. Thus prepare assignments carefully
     before each class, and be ready to ask and answer questions. You are
     responsible for all the material covered in class. If you miss a class
     it is your responsibility to inform yourself of any work that is due.
     If you miss more than three (3) classes your grade for
     attendance/participation will be zero (0), unless you have an excused
     absence.  Excused absences consist of  university-sponsored functions,
     illnesses and emergencies and proper notification must be made in
     those events.