Spanish studies courses – institute franklin (of Acalá University) Courses are offered in English and Spanish

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Courses are offered in English and Spanish

• Introducción al mundo de los negocios

• Marketing Internacional


• Grandes maestros de la pintura española

• Historia del arte español


• Spain and the European Union (IN ENGLISH)

• Spanish Society, Politics and Government (IN ENGLISH)

• Terrorism in Europe (IN ENGLISH)

• España y la unión europea junio 2006

• La globalización y la economía Española

• Relaciones políticas en el mediterráneo: EE.UU. UE y España

• Análisis Comparativo de la cultura, la organización política y las estructuras

sociales de España y los Estados Unidos


• Spanish Culture and Civilization

• Civilización y cultura española

• Civilización y cultura en el mundo hispánica

• España Contemporánea

• Geografía e Historia de España

• CCL: Imágenes de España

• España: Relaciones con Hispanoamérica

• Diversidad social y cultual de la España contemporánea


• CCL: Técnicas de escritura

• Composición y conversación: introducción a la lectura


• Español elemental

• Español I

• Español Intermedio

• Español avanzado

• Español superior

• Español para hispanohablantes

• Español Comercial

• Fonética y español oral

• Introducción a la fonética

• Traducción: inglés-español

• España en imágenes: la sociedad española a través del cine


• Cervantes y su obra

• La escena española actual

• Escritoras españolas

• Historia de la literatura femenina española

• Introducción al análisis literario

• Introducción a la literatura española

• Literatura española del siglo XIX

• Teoría y práctica del teatro

• El teatro español del siglo de oro


• Introducción a la literatura latinoamericana



• Los Nacionalismos Españoles

• Pragmática de la lengua

• Didáctica del Español

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Course List and Content Description



Elementary Spanish.

The purpose of this course is to develop the student's basic communicative competence in the linguistic, social and cultural skills through the process of communication. Another goal is to provide students with a solid base of grammatical structures, vocabulary, phonetics and socio-cultural norms that can be used to cope with everyday situations in Spanish.

Activities: Two interviews to be completed during class time to practice the knowledge acquired in the course with native Spanish speakers.

Intermediate Spanish.

This course is aimed at developing an intermediate communicative competence in the linguistic, social, and cultural skills through the communication process. Another goal is to build on the students basic knowledge, a solid grammatical and functional structure, vocabulary, phonetics, and socio-cultural norms that can be used to cope with everyday situations in Spanish.

Activities: Two interviews during class time to practice the acquired knowledge of the course with Native Spanish speakers.

Advanced Spanish

The purpose of this course is to develop a linguistic competence in each area of language skill (oral and reading comprehension, writing, and conversation) in order to acquire a higher level of Spanish and mastery of the language using a communicative teaching method. Students to some degree should be able to manage the functions of the language and grammatical aspects studied in previous courses, as well as assimilate new elements (grammar, style, socio-linguistics) to successfully communicate in Spanish at the advanced level. Students will significantly broaden their vocabulary base in order to increase their communication and writing skills.

Activities: Two interviews during class time to practice variations of socio-linguistic Spanish.

Superior Spanish

The main objectives of the course are to reinforce the structure of the language previously studied while advancing into new aspects of style, grammar, and socio-linguistics. Together, this course strives to bring the student towards perfecting the language in such a way to break away from theory and use activities to optimize the student's abilities to communicate and write in Spanish.

Activities: Attend a short story telling and visit a radio station.

Spanish for Spanish-Speakers

This course is intended for students that have been brought up in a primarily Spanish speaking environment, but have received most of their formal education in English. The goal of this course is to continue building upon the use of Spanish language in all communicative areas with specific attention paid to writing skills, critical reading, and textual analysis, as well as oral presentations and debates. Sophisticated linguistic structures will be reviewed. Students will practice the use of idiomatic expressions as well as working on the acquisition of a more sophisticated and precise vocabulary.

Activities: Attend a short story telling and visit a radio station.

CCR: Introduction to Reading

This course seeks to improve the student's oral (conversation and comprehension) and written (reading and composition) competencies through reading and analyzing various types of texts. Students will be introduced to a variety of examples of texts including narratives, newspaper articles, publicity, job announcements, and forms. The students will develop linguistic skills through compositions, presentations, discussions, and activities in class specifically designed by the professor for each text.

The course intends to give the student the necessary tools to understand the text and the ability to communicate both in writing and speaking in relation to the text studied. In addition, the students will be able to analyze the different linguistic structures used.

Activities: Attend a short story telling and interviews to practice the course objectives with native speakers.

CCR: Icons and Traditions of Spain

The objective of the course is to improve oral (conversation and comprehension) and written (reading and composition) competencies through selected images that represent Spain while at the same time effectively developing the student's linguistic skills. Throughout the course various cultural, political, and social themes will be introduced through readings, photographs, films, or documentaries. Other resources used in the course will be texts from magazines, newspapers, books, and song lyrics. All is aimed at reinforcing students' knowledge of the Spanish language and culture. The following are examples of some subjects that will be introduced: the Spanish landscape, folklore, festivals (Las Fallas, Holly Week), bullfighting, the Spanish Civil War and some current challenges facing Spain such as immigration.

Activities: Visit El Pardo and Valle de los Caídos. Visti to Soria and the high school of Antonio Machado.

CCR: Contemporary Spain through the Media

The objective of this course is for the student to improve all linguistic skills through a communicative method based on a particular theme and assignment. Students in this course will participate in the editing and layout of an Instituto Franklin publication (magazine) in a framework including social, political, and cultural aspects of contemporary Spain. The classroom will transform into a place of learning and practice, where students are constantly interacting in Spanish to perform as a team of a high quality Spanish magazine.

Activities: Visit the editing room of a newspaper and radio station.

CCR: Writing Techniques

The objective of this course is to offer techniques for planning, developing, and organizing specific written texts. The first part of the course will be dedicated to development strategies for compositions that will help the student generate their own writing process and improve the ability to produce any type of text. The second part of the course, more specifically, will familiarize the students with different professional writing styles (news, newspaper articles, interviews, chronicles, autobiographical, reports, essays, critiques, etc.) while applying the techniques of description, narration, exposition, and argumentation. Each style studied will be accompanied by texts from Spanish writers which will serve to aid students for producing their written work.

Activities: Attend a short story telling and two in-class interviews to practice the knowledge acquired in the course with native Spanish speakers.

Introduction to Phonetics

By the end of this course, students will be able to pronounce correctly, distinguishing the different phonetic patterns and specific differences in regional areas of Spain where the Spanish is spoken. The in class practice, along with the phonetics laboratory, will be accompanied by contact with Spanish native speakers as a means to reach this goal. The syllables, accentuation and the Spanish phonetic alphabet will be studied in depth. For an effective use of the language, students will complete phonetic transcriptions with exercises and explanations.

Activities: Two interviews in the Casa Regional de Alcalá to study the different accents on the peninsula.

Phonetics and Oral Spanish

In this course students will gain a detailed knowledge of phonetics and linguistic variations through explanations and in class activities. They will learn to distinguish between the rules from Castilla and from Andalucía, appreciate the richness of those varieties and to improve their pronunciation. There will also be activities in the laboratory to activate their strategies of assimilation and reproduction of oral Spanish.

Activities: Two interviews in the Casa Regional de Alcalá to study the different accents present around the peninsula.


The purpose of this course is for students to develop and acquire a translation methodology, studying both theoretical and practical aspects. The relationship between translation and culture, the role of the translator as an intercultural mediator will also be studied. The goal is for students to acquire translation strategies and techniques, paying special attention to the decision making process. The course is divided into two parts. In the first, we will take the theoretical aspects as starting point and put them into practice with general texts from different fields. In the second, we will go into the field of subordinated translation (advertising, comics, audiovisual texts, etc.).

Activities: Translation workshops and practicing

simultaneous translation.


Introduction to Spanish Literature

The course will introduce students to the history of Spanish literature throughout the ages, from the Middle Age to the latest contemporary creations. The course brings the students close to the life and works of the most important authors according to specific periods and movements in Spanish literature. In each theme, students will study the cultural movements and trends along with historical knowledge that governed the society and customs of each epoch.

Activity: Visit to the Corral de Comedias Theater and the National Library

Introduction to Latin American Literature

This course will study the natural hybrid and heterogeneous nature of Hispanic literature. Two specific eras will be studied:1) Pre-Columbian Age up until Independence; and 2) Modernism up until today. Students will also study texts according to literary genres and utilize Latin American authors to analyze Hispanic identities.

Activity: Visit to the Museo de América and exhibitions related to the subject.

Spanish Literature in the Golden Age

This course will familiarize the student with all genres of Golden Age Spanish literature. A detailed study of some of the texts will establish the general of evolution of various sub-genres which make up the complete literary cannon of the epoch. Likewise, the study of distinct works allows students to understand the cultural values, psychology, and social history of that age.

Activity: Visit to Corral de Comedias theater in Alcalá and the Casa Cervantes Museum.

Spanish Contemporary Literature

The course will review the most significant Spanish works and authors of the 20th Century, through the analysis of specific literary genres. In addition, students will review the most relevant literary movements in their socio-cultural context in such a way that the student can appreciate the depth, diversity, and aesthetics of Spanish literature during this past century.

Activity: Visit to the National Library and Residencia de Estudiantes.

Cervantes and his Works.

This is an approach to one of the most important authors of world literature: Miguel de Cervantes. This statement can be corroborated with the knowledge of his life and his work. The course first offers a review of the literary and historic situation of Spain in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, which will help the students to better understand the period and the environment in which the writer lived. Afterwards, the course will concentrate on some of his most important works such as his Comedies, Novelas, and Entremeses among others, paying special attention to an analysis of Quixote.

Activities: Visit to the House of Cervantes Museum and Don Quixote Route in Castilla la Mancha.

Introduction to Literary Analysis

The course is mainly based on analysis and commentary of Spanish and Hispanic literary texts, including when necessary, works from different periods, types of literatures, and ambiences. Students will also study comparative analysis of authors and works in relation to other literary texts which encompass various aesthetics.

Activity: Visit to Residencia de Estudiantes and Poetic Gymkhana

Contemporary Women Writers

This course approaches the works of Spanish writers that began to be published after the 1960's in which the course intends to give students a complete overview of contemporary Spanish literature including works produced by Spanish women writers. Different literary genres will be explored such as novels, short stories, essays, poetry, theater which will allow students to study diverse products of this age: journalism, testimonies, autobiographies, science fiction, eroticism, epistle, and detective stories. Likewise, analysis of young script writers and women poets will also be included in the course.

Activities: Attend two conferences related to the core of the course.

Theater: Theory and Practice.

The course is an introduction to the basic concepts of theater work in which students will learn by actually applying the theory on stage using texts written for the theater. The course is also an introduction to the basic principles of acting and theater techniques used by actors for the correct interpretation of scripts written for the stage. Due to the nature of the course, students cannot use the three absences established by the program.

Activities: Staging and acting in a play and attend a play in Alcalá


Geography and History of Spain

The main objective of this course is to give students the basic knowledge about Spanish physical, social, demographic, economic, and political aspects across the different regions of Spain covering the major periods of history. Other important aspects of this course will include the current socio-demographic character of the country, the distribution of Spanish population within its borders, and Spain's role in the European Union.

Activities: Visit to Toledo and Medieval Castles route

Contemporary Spain

The goal of this course is to provide the student with a greater understanding about the present situation in Spain from an interdisciplinary perspective. Therefore, the purpose of the course will be to analyze a variety of aspects such as history, geography, politics, economy, and the characteristics of the different regions of contemporary Spain.

Activities: Visit to the Pardo Palace and Valle de los Caídos Mahou beer factory.

Spanish Culture and Civilization

This course is for all students interested in gaining a better understanding of Spanish culture and civilization. Building on a background of socio-historical factors, students will investigate the processes involved in constructing the Spanish national identity by studying, in a systematic approach, its different historical periods. The program embarks from the impressive pre-historic cave paintings and concludes with 20th Century contemporary Spain in the European Union.

Activities: Visit to Toledo and Medieval Castle Route

Culture and Civilization in the Hispanic World

This course proposes that the student will be introduced to different aspects of the culture and civilizations in the Hispanic world from the pre-historic age to now. At the end of the course the student will be able to: identify distinct epochs in Latin American history, recognizing the cultural variations that resulted in forming the distinct countries that are now Latin American territory. Likewise, students will be in contact with knowledge base that has marked the different countries in a notable way and the personalities of each country of this area which has historically, politically, and culturally proven its influence and resonance in the rest of the world, from pre-Columbian times until today.

Activity: Visit to Museum of the Americas and Casa de América.


Spain through Images: Spanish Society on Film

This course deals with the history of Spanish cinema as a reflection of Spain's cultural and socio-historical conditions, from the Franco dictatorship period to the present. Films will be studied from both a national and an international perspective. In this sense, the course studies cultural identity, through the vision of Spanish directors working abroad. The principal idea behind this approach is to give students a better understanding of Spanish cinema and thus enrich their vision of world cinema.

Activities: Attend one or more film presentations.


History of Spanish Art

This course is an introduction to the most representative of Spain's historic-artistic monuments. The architectural and pictorial works from the different cultures which lived in the Iberian Peninsula will be studied. Students will learn the most important aspects of Spanish art through the comprehension of the main features of a work: periods and styles, masters and schools, and monuments and works.

Activities: Visits to the Prado Museum, and the Abstract Art Museum in Cuenca

Spanish Painters: The Great Masters

The main objective of the course is to give students a global view of the most important figures in Spanish art history such as Goya, Velázquez, or Dalí. The lectures and material in class will be complemented by visits to museums, cities, and institutions to allow students staying in Spain direct contact with the masterpieces of these great masters.

Activities: Visits to the Prado Museum and Abstract Art Museum in Cuenca


Political Relations of the Mediterranean: USA, EU, and Spain

The course will study how international relations in the Mediterranean area developed between the European Union (Spain in this case) and the United States from the end of the Cold War. Students will view the Mediterranean area as an important component of the international system through political, economic, and security relations between the EU and the US, which every day is playing a more important role.

Activities: Visit to the Islamic Center and visit to a Synagogue

Comparing the United States and Spain: Culture, Politics, and Social Structure

The objective of this course is to study different aspects of present day Spain and the United States from a comparative viewpoint. Issues such as everyday life and customs, cultural diversity, economic and political institutions, religion, immigration, ethnic relations, and questions of identity in both countries will be analyzed. Special emphasis will be given to issues of social diversity, as well as the need to avoid existing stereotypes.

On the other hand, our intention is for students to acquire new communication skills through the program, perfect their understanding of the Spanish language and gain a deeper knowledge of both societies: Spanish and North American.

Activities: Visit to the Congress and Senate.

Spain and the European Union

The aim of this course is for students to understand the origins and current role of the European Union. With this purpose in mind, we will study its creation, present reality, goals, structure, institutional organization, and political principles. Students will also see to what extent Spain is affected by these factors, and Spain's role in the EU. In addition, the legal, economic, social, and political changes which Spain has undergone since the transition to democracy and its membership in the E.U. are studied in the course. We will also consider the challenges that Spain faces at both national and international levels for the future.

Activities: Visit to the Congress and Senate


Business Spanish

This course is designed for students with an upper intermediate level Spanish. Through the objectives of the course, students will:

a) Get to know the business world and the Hispanic business world from a socio-cultural communicative and practical perspective;

b) Acquire a competency linguistic level in Spanish both orally and written to succeed in those situations of communication that require the use of Spanish in the business and company world.

This course will include a series of activities and tasks focused on communication which simulate real situations in the business world. Special attention will put on terms in context, oral expression in specific situations, and written expression for letters, CV, other specific documents, taking into consideration cultural elements.

Activities: Visit to the Madrid Stock Market and visit to Mahou Beer factory

Globalization and the Spanish Economy

This course consists of two parts: In the first we will study the globalization phenomenon, and its effects on the world's economic growth and welfare, as well as its impact on employment, wages and social inequalities, in both developed and developing countries. In the second part, we will analyze the present moment and the outlook for the Spanish economy. Special attention will be paid to the integration process of Spain's economy in the European Union (EU), as well as the economic interdependence between the U.S. and the EU.

Activity: Visits to Mahou Beer Factory and the Stock Market in Madrid.

Analysis of the Economic Relations between the USA and Spain Area:

The main objective of the course is for students to acquire a real insight into the economic relations between both countries. The course is divided into two parts; in the first one, students will study the main characteristics and structures of both economies from a comparative perspective; and in the second part, past, present and future bilateral economic relations will be analyzed. Institutions which organize and control trade and investment will be examined, as well as, strategies of commercial distribution and the impact that this relationship has on people in both countries.

Activities: Visit to Madrid Stock Exchange and Mahou Beer Factory.

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