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  • SPN 101 - Introductory Spanish I
    This course for students with no knowledge of Spanish uses a communicative approach, emphasizing oral comprehension and expression without omitting the written aspects of Spanish. Students learn basics of grammar. Historical, social and cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world are introduced through the study of short readings. Not open to students who have completed Gr. 12 or OAC Spanish. An on line placement test is required.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL
    Prerequisites: Placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • SPN 201 - Introductory Spanish II
    This course uses a communicative approach emphasizing oral comprehension and expression without omitting the written aspects of Spanish. Students develop their knowledge of the basics of Spanish grammar. Historical, social and cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world are introduced through the study of longer readings. Not open to students who have completed Grade 12 or OAC Spanish. An on line placement test is required.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL
    Prerequisites: SPN 101 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • SPN 301 - Intermediate Spanish I

    This course for students with a basic knowledge of Spanish uses a communicative approach to learning a new language. Students become increasingly familiar with complex sentence structures and with the vocabulary required for a good working knowledge of the language. Appropriate cultural readings and exposure to the Spanish-speaking world are integral parts of the course.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: SPN 201 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • SPN 401 - Intermediate Spanish II

    This course for students with an intermediate knowledge of Spanish uses a communicative approach to learning a new language. Students become increasingly familiar with complex sentence structures and with the vocabulary required for a sound working knowledge of the language. Appropriate cultural readings and exposure to the Spanish-speaking world are integral parts of the course.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: SPN 301 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • SPN 402 - Spanish Conversation and Pronunciation
    This PR/PE course is intended to enhance oral proficiency by focusing on vocabulary expansion, knowledge of syntax, auditive comprehension, and correct pronunciation and intonation. Some emphasis will be placed on the significance of linguistic registers and regional varieties of Spanish. Students will improve their Spanish through a range of oral practice activities including the analysis of audiovisual materials, films and plays as well as discussion of written texts from a variety of sources.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: SPN 301 or SPN 401 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
    Custom Requisites: Restriction: Not available to advanced Spanish students or native speakers of Spanish.
  • SPN 501 - Advanced Spanish I

    This course is for students who have achieved an intermediate level of fluency in Spanish and who wish to develop their listening comprehension, oral communication, correctness and spontaneity of expression, sensitivity to language registers as well as the written aspects of the language. Newspaper clippings, magazine articles and videos introduce students to various aspects of the Spanish-speaking world. A novel or play is studied, and short essays and commentaries improve writing and analytical skills.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: SPN 401 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • SPN 503 - Gender and Religion in Early Modern Spain
    This course taught in Spanish focuses on Spanish literature and culture from the 15th to the 17th century. It provides an overall view of the principal works of literature as well as the artistic and philosophical background of their era, while connecting with contemporary issues such as religion, sexuality and gender violence. The course will enhance the student's appreciation of Spanish literature and culture through analysis, interpretation, discussion and evaluation of literary works.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: UL
    Prerequisites: SPN 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • SPN 507 - English-Spanish Translation I
    Students at this level are well-acquainted with most of the rules of Spanish grammar. This course concentrates on furthering this knowledge through the development of English to Spanish translation techniques. Through numerous exercises, students learn to express the same concepts naturally in the target language, without undue interference from the source language.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: UL
    Prerequisites: SPN 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • SPN 510 - Spanish for Native Speakers
    This course, taught in Spanish, is intended for students who grew up in a Spanish-speaking environment and need to acquire a formal knowledge of the written language. Grammar is taught through the four skills of language acquisition but the focus is on spelling, idiomatic expressions, and vocabulary. Weekly readings introduce students to the complexity of the Spanish grammar, through readings on the rich diversity of the Hispanic world, particularly their own cultural and literary heritage.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: UL
    Prerequisites: For native speakers. Placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • SPN 515 - Introduction to Business Spanish
    This course, offered in Spanish, is intended to introduce students with an intermediate level of fluency to the Spanish-speaking business world, through the study of realistic situations and specialized vocabulary. Students will study business documents such as letters, memos and job applications in order to have a sound knowledge of written business Spanish. They will use oral activities such as role play to develop their understanding of cultural business practices in Spanish speaking countries.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: SPN 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc). Not available to native speakers of Spanish.
  • SPN 601 - Advanced Spanish II

    This course is for students who feel comfortable using Spanish, but who wish to perfect their listening comprehension, oral communication, correctness and spontaneity of expression, sensitivity to language registers as well as the written aspects of the language. Newspaper clippings, magazine articles and videos introduce students to various aspects of the Spanish-speaking world. A novel is studied, and medium-length essays and commentaries improve writing and analytical skills.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: SPN 501 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • SPN 607 - English-Spanish Translation II
    Students at this level are well-acquainted with all of the rules of Spanish grammar. This course concentrates on making use of this knowledge through the development of a sound English-to-Spanish translation methodology. Through exercises, students learn to express the same concepts naturally in the target language, without undue interference from the source language, using a variety of non-literary texts.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: UL
    Prerequisites: SPN 601 or SPN 507 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • SPN 610 - Spanish Composition for Native Speakers
    This course, taught in Spanish, is the continuation of SPN 510, intended for native speakers of Spanish wishing to improve their formal knowledge of the written language. Grammar is taught through the four skills of language acquisition. Language practice focuses on spelling, anglicisms, idiomatic expressions, and vocabulary. Weekly readings help students gain a better understanding of the rich diversity of the Hispanic world, particularly their own culture and literary heritage.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: UL
    Prerequisites: For native speakers. Placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • SPN 702 - Communication in Business Spanish
    This course is designed to give advanced students a solid foundation in business vocabulary and a concrete background in business and cultural concepts in order to succeed in the Spanish-speaking world. It seeks to develop cross-cultural competence for business purposes in order to apply this knowledge effectively in communicative situations. Students will have already mastered the fundamentals of Spanish grammar and the general vocabulary needed for basic everyday communication. Through the study of realistic situations and specialized vocabulary, students will acquire an in-depth knowledge of the Hispanic business community.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: SPN 515 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • SPN 704 - Latin American Culture I

    This course, offered in Spanish, is designed to introduce students to South American culture. Literary works by authors such as Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez and Luisa Valenzuela will be examined in relation to social and political themes in Latin American society. The study of painting, sculpture, cinema, music and popular culture from various countries will lead to an enhanced awareness of cultural diversity in South America.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: SPN 601 or SPN 804 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • SPN 705 - The Boom in Latin American Literature
    This course is an introduction to Latin American literature and criticism from the 1960s and 1970s. We will study major authors from several Spanish-speaking countries to understand the "boom" not only in terms of the international success of Latin American authors but also as a cultural movement. Major authors to be studied include Julio Cortázar, Carlos Fuentes, Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel García Márquez. Students will examine literary works and articles from various sources.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: UL
    Prerequisites: SPN 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • SPN 707 - Spanish-English Translation
    This course is designed to improve students' appreciation of cultural differences through Spanish texts. Using translation to contrast linguistic and cultural differences, this course will focus on how Spanish and English reflect different worldviews and will foster a better understanding of cultural differences and similarities. Through the analysis of discourse found in a variety of media, students improve their understanding of cultural differences as expressed through language.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: UL
    Prerequisites: SPN 601 or SPN 507 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • SPN 708 - Contemporary Spanish Fiction

    This course, offered in Spanish, will explore Spanish fiction from the onset of the Civil War to the present. Through the study of short stories, plays and novels by authors such as Federico García Lorca, Juan Marsé and Esther Tusquets, students will develop skills in literary analysis and gain an understanding of modern Spanish literature. Textual analysis, oral participation and composition form an essential part of the course.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: SPN 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • SPN 710 - History of the Spanish Language

    This course, offered in Spanish using multimedia, will present an in-depth study of the present-day grammatical structure of the Spanish language and introduce students to the history of Spanish from its Latin origins to its current use in Spain, Latin America and elsewhere. Students will analyze the language and the cultural context of a variety of texts from Spain and Latin America. The norms and variations of Modern Spanish will be studied.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: SPN 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • SPN 802 - Spanish for Business Strategies
    This course is designed to give advanced students the specialized vocabulary and the necessary cultural and business knowledge to succeed in the Spanish-speaking world. It develops the required cross-cultural competence for students to communicate effectively in a Spanish-speaking business environment. Students will already know Spanish grammar and the vocabulary needed for everyday communication. Through the study of realistic situations, students acquire an in-depth knowledge of the Hispanic business community.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: SPN 515 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • SPN 803 - Latin American Short Story
    This course is intended to introduce students to the contemporary Latin American short story. Students will study in detail the language, narrative structure and leitmotivs that characterize this genre in Latin America. Through the literary study of each short story students will also come in contact with multiple topics from the various cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Major authors to be studied include Julio Cortázar, Mario Vargas Llosa, Rosario Ferré, Ángeles Mastretta, and Gabriel García Márquez.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: UL
    Prerequisites: SPN 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • SPN 804 - Latin American Culture II

    This course is designed to introduce students to the culture of Mexico, Central America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. Literary works by authors such as Laura Esquivel, Carlos Fuentes and Nicolas Guillén will be studied in relation to social and political themes in Latin American society. The study of painting, sculpture, cinema, music and popular culture will lead to an enhanced awareness of cultural diversity in the Spanish speaking world. The language of instruction is Spanish.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: SPN 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • SPN 805 - Spanish Language Teaching Methodologies
    In this course students learn important aspects of teaching methodology and techniques. Opportunities for observation of Spanish classes and peer teaching exercises will be provided so students can apply the techniques learned in the classroom. As part of this course, students will prepare didactic activities and a teaching portfolio. Final assignments also include lesson planning and the evaluation of teaching performance through the demonstration of teaching in a real classroom environment.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: SPN 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • SPN 810 - Cultural Context of Writing

    Intended for students who need to improve their writing skills in Spanish, this course will study five major modes of writing: description, narration, exposition, argumentation and academic discourse. Students will engage in the in-depth analysis of texts from various sources: Spanish and Latin-American literature, journalistic writing, advertising, scholarly articles, etc. The course is structured in such a way as to help students understand the cultural complexity of the relationship between the writer and the intended reader. The language of instruction is Spanish.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: SPN 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • SPN 900 - Senior Spanish Seminar
    The senior seminar provides students the opportunity to develop advanced research, presentation and writing skills in a specialized field of Spanish. Students will normally be required to write a major paper. Course content varies according to the instructor's research interests and expertise.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Consent: Departmental consent required