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SUMMER I PROGRAM 

Depart May 22, Return June 22
GRADUATE / UNDERGRADUATE 
 
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most courses will be offered in these programs; consult with MLSA.)





REGULAR 
SUMMER II PROGRAM  
Depart June 26, Return July 26
GRADUATE / UNDERGRADUATE 
All courses listed below will be offered during this program.) 


WINTER PROGRAM  -Late Dec departure to early Jan return (call to see if available)


OTHER 
PROGRAMS- Start 1st Monday of each month & end last Friday
1. GRADUATE / UNDERGRADUATE (Limited number of courses will be offered in these programs (minimum of 4 students enrolled). 
One-to-one TUTORIALS are also offered on a monthly basis at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. 
  

2. WINTER PROGRAM:  Tentative courses to be offered in the Winter Program include 203, 204, 315, 415, 320, 420, 430, 530, 450, and 451.  (A minimum of 4 participants per class is required to hold a class.)


CLASSES

All the classes will be conducted in the morning, Monday through Friday. There will be two long weekends with no classes on Friday (only in the regular Summer session). In the Winter session, some classes will be in the morning and afternoon. Our classes will accommodate students at almost any level: beginner, intermediate, advanced, graduate, and undergraduate.

TEXTBOOKS:  Be sure to have extra money to purchase books. The money you should set aside would be approximately $25-50.FACULTY AND STAFF:  All courses are taught in Spanish by faculty members from the Universidad de Costa Rica. A program director and assistant will be in residence to counsel, supervise, and help MLSA participants.
ORIENTATION PROGRAM:  At the beginning of the program there will be an orientation to familiarize the students with the facilities, the university system, and the city. 

The Regular summer program will offer all the following graduate/undergraduate courses with a minimum of 4 students registered in a class. Winter and Early Summer classes will offer a limited number of graduate/undergraduate courses (See below*).

 

 

*WINTER PROGRAM:  Tentative courses to be offered in the Winter Program include 203, 204, 315, 415, 320, 420, 430, 530, 450, and 451.  (A minimum of 4 participants per class is required to hold a class.)

GRADUATE – UNDERGRADUATE CREDITS
Students can receive 6 graduate or undergraduate credits during the summer/winter programs. Students can take courses for credit or non-credit. The fee will be the same.

SPANISH 101, BEGINNING SPANISH I – ESPAÑOL ELEMENTAL I
Undergraduate, 6 semester hours of credit: 90 classroom contact hours.
8:00 am to 1:00 pm.
It is the equivalent of the first and second semester of college Spanish. Designed for students with no formal training in Spanish or who studied it long ago. Students will study basic aspects of Spanish grammar and structure with emphasis in speaking. 
 
SPANISH 102, BEGINNING SPANISH II – ESPAÑOL ELEMENTAL II
Undergraduate, 6 semester hours of credit: 90 classroom contact hours. Prerequisite: Spanish 101 or equivalent.
8:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Second and third semester of college Spanish. It is a continuation of Spanish 101 and is designed for students who have had at least one semester of Spanish or the equivalent, with a minimum of a C. Students will study the basic structure and grammar of the Spanish language to achieve competency in written and oral form.  
 
SPANISH 203, INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I – ESPAÑOL INTERMEDIO I
Undergraduate, 6 semester hours of credit: 90 classroom contact hours. Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or equivalent.
8:00 am to 1:00 pm.
It is the equivalent of the third and fourth semester of college Spanish. Further development of audio-lingual skills, through conversation; increased command of written Spanish, and acquisition of greater reading speed and comprehension. Further acquisition of grammatical principles combined with varied readings and lectures on literary and cultural topics. The schedule is the same as Spanish 101/102. 
 
SPANISH 204, INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II – ESPAÑOL INTERMEDIO II
Undergraduate, 6 semester hours of credit: 90 classroom contact hours. This is a continuation of Spanish 203.
8:00 am to 1:00 pm.
It is the equivalent of the fourth and fifth semesters of college Spanish.
 
SPANISH 315, SPANISH COMPOSITION I – COMPOSICIÓN I
Undergraduate, 3 semester hours of credit: 45 classroom contact hours. Prerequisite: Spanish 204.
8:00 am to 10:15 am.
Students should have a good knowledge of Spanish grammar. The essentials of Spanish grammar as applied in composition are studied. The course concentrates on writing through writing experiences and practical application and criticism.
 
SPANISH 320, SPANISH CONVERSATION I – CONVERSACIÓN I
Undergraduate, 3 semester hours of credit: 45 classroom contact hours. Prerequisite: Spanish 204, fourth semester of college/equivalent, or instructor approval.
8:00 am to 10:15 am or 10:30 am to 1:00 pm.
Intensive practice in conversation. Pattern practice, preparation, and delivery of dialogues and topical talks. Basic phonetics and practice in pronunciation. 

SPANISH 415, SPANISH COMPOSITION II – COMPOSICIÓN II
Undergraduate, 3 semester hours of credit: 45 classroom contact hours. Prerequisite: Spanish 315.
8:00 am to 10:15 am.
A continuation of Spanish 315; can be taken simultaneously with 320 or 420. Students further develop writing skills and learn to apply more complex grammar and vocabulary in composition with emphasis on refinement and precision. Includes theory, practice, and evaluation.
 
SPANISH 420, SPANISH CONVERSATION II – CONVERSACIÓN II
Undergraduate, 3 semester hours of credit: 45 classroom contact hours. Prerequisite: Spanish 204, fourth semester of college/ equivalent, or instructor approval.
8:00 am to 10:15 am or 10:30 am to 1:00 pm.
Continued and more advanced practice in Spanish conversation. Students are encouraged to study contemporary culture as a basis for their conversations. Topics will vary; among them: contemporary culture, nature, travel, humor, autobiography, cultural comments, news, newspapers, and TV scripts.
 
SPANISH 410, ADVANCED SPANISH
Undergraduate, 6 semester hours of credit: 90 classroom contact hours. Prerequisite: Spanish 204.
8:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Intensive practice in Spanish conversation. Drill in syntax, idiomatic constructions. Concentrates on the development of greater fluency and oral comprehension, conversation skills, and grammar.
 
SPANISH 430, LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION
Undergraduate, 3 semester hours of credit: 45 classroom contact hours. Prerequisite: Conversation and Composition or equivalent.
8:00 am to 10:15 am or 10:30am to 1:00 pm.
Spanish-American cultural heritage and the development of social and political institutions. Cultural heritage from Spain and from the pre-Columbian civilizations. Includes studies of different facets of Latin American culture not normally available as part of regular course offerings.
 
SPANISH 450, INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH AMERICAN LITERATURE
Undergraduate, 3 semester hours of credit: 45 classroom contact hours.  Prerequisite: Spanish 204, 315, or 320.
8:00 am to 10:15 am or 10:30 am to 1:00 pm.
Introduction to the periods of Spanish literature from the beginning to the present. The study of the development of Spanish American literature from the early chronicles to contemporary authors. 
 
SPANISH 451, INTRODUCTION TO THE LITERATURE OF SPAIN
Undergraduate, 3 semester hours of credit: 45 classroom contact hours. Prerequisite: Spanish 315 or 320.
8:00 am to 10:15 am.
Introduction to the literature of Spain from the beginning to the present, with emphasis in the contemporary 20th century Spanish literature.
 
SPANISH 496, INTRODUCTION TO GENERATION OF ’98 SPANISH WRITERS
Undergraduate, 3 semester hours of credit: 45 classroom contact hours.
10:30 am to 1:00 pm.
Study of this generation of writers. 
 
SPANISH 507, TRADUCCION E INTERPRETACION
Graduate, 3 semester hours of credit: 45 classroom contact hours

SPANISH 510, ESPAÑOL SUPERIOR
Graduate, 6 semester hours of credit: 90 classroom contact hours. Prerequisite: Spanish 410 or equivalent.
8:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Intensive practice in Spanish conversation at graduate level. Drill in syntax, idiomatic constructions. It consists of conversation and grammar. This course concentrates on the development of greater fluency and improvement in oral comprehension, conversation skills, and grammatical points of interest to the students. 
 
SPANISH 515, COMPOSICIÓN AVANZADA
Graduate, 3 semester hours of credit: 45 classroom contact hours. Prerequisite: Spanish 315, 415, BA in Spanish, or equivalent.
8:00 am to 10;15 am.
Writing beyond the undergraduate level with advanced training in composition. Topics will vary; among them: nature, travel, humor, fiction, poetry, drama. Advanced grammar review. Emphasis on individual writing. 
 
SPANISH 520, CONVERSACIÓN AVANZADA
Graduate, 3 semester hours of credit: 45 classroom contact hours. Prerequisite: Spanish 320, 420, or equivalent, or instructor approval.
10:30 am to 1:00 pm.
More advanced practice in conversation. Talks based on material given in class. Students are encouraged to study contemporary culture and literature as basis for their topics of conversation and to promote class discussion. Emphasis on Español Coloquial.  
 
SPANISH 530, TÓPICOS EN CULTURA Y CIVILIZACIÓN HISPANOAMERICANAS I, II, III
Graduate, 3 semester hours of credit: 45 classroom contact hours. Prerequisite: Spanish 430 or equivalent.
10:30 am to 1:00 pm.
The study of modern Latin American life with regard to the social institutions and customs. The development of the cultural life of the Latin American people, as reflected in the geography, history, music, art, literature, government, political institutions, and customs of Latin America.  
 
SPANISH 550, LITERATURA HISPANOAMERICANA
Graduate, 3 semester hours of credit: 45 classroom contact hours. Prerequisite: Spanish 450 or equivalent.
8:00 am to 10:15 am.
An intensive study of particular literary movements. Selected representative major works of classical and contemporary Latin American authors are studied. 
 
SPANISH 560, LITERATURA DE COSTA RICA
Graduate, 3 semester hours of credit: 45 classroom contact hours. 
8:00 am to 10:15 am.
Major works and authors representative of the literature of Costa Rica will be studied. 
 
SPANISH 5261, LA NOVELA DE GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ
Graduate, 3 semester hours of credit: 45 classroom contact hours.
8:00 am to 10:15 am. 
The most representative works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez will be studied. 
 
SPANISH 5262, LA NOVELA CONTEMPORÁNEA LATINOAMERICANA
Graduate, 3 semester hours of credit: 45 classroom contact hours. Prerequisite: Advanced courses in Literature or Culture and Civilization.
8:00 am to 10:15 am.
Focus on the most important 20th century Latin American novelists.
 
SPANISH 5263, LA POESÍA DE JORGE LUIS BORGES
Graduate, 3 semester hours of credit: 45 classroom contact hours.
10:30 am to 1:00 pm.
In-depth study of the poetry of Jorges Luis Borges.
 
SPANISH 580, LINGÜÍSTICA HISPÁNICA
Graduate, 3 semester hours of credit: 45 classroom contact hours. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of linguistics.
10:30 am to 1:00 pm.
In-depth study of the Spanish in Latin America: linguistics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, lexicon. 
 
SPANISH 585, TÉCNICAS DE LA ENSEÑANZA DEL ESPAÑOL COMO SEGUNDA LENGUA
Graduate, 3 semester hours of credit: 45 classroom contact hours.
8:00 am to 10:15 am.
Comprehensive study of the techniques and approaches to the teaching of Spanish as a second language. 
 
SPANISH 595, MUJERES EN LA LITERATURA HISPANOAMERICANA
Graduate, 3 semester hours of credit: 45 classroom contact hours.
10:30 am to 1:00 pm.
Students will examine two fundamental aspects of Hispanic-American literature; on the one hand, the representations of femininity in selected texts of renowned male and female authors of the 20th century; and, on the other hand, the aesthetics, social, and cultural aspects related to feminine authorship. 
 
SPANISH 596, LA GENERACIÓN DEL ‘98
Graduate, 3 semester hours of credit: 45 classroom contact hours.
10:30 am to 1:00 pm.
In-depth study of this generation of Spanish writers.
  
SPANISH 597, PENSAMIENTO LATINOAMERICANO CONTEMPORÁNEO
Graduate, 3 semester hours of credit: 45 classroom contact hours.
10:30 am to 1:00 pm.
Focus on the trends in politics, ideas, and customs.
 
 
 
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