Spanish

Yale-NUS offers various courses in the Spanish Program. For specific questions about the courses, please contact the relevant faculty.

Faculty

Courses

For a list of courses taught this coming semester, please visit the OurCORS website. For a complete list of courses, see below.

YLS1201 Beginning Spanish 1

Instructor(s): Eduardo Lage-Otero

Pre-requisite(s): None

Beginning Spanish 1 is the introductory module to the language and culture of the Hispanic world. This course is designed to help you develop a basic ability to read, write, understand, and speak Spanish as well as to expand students’ cultural competencies. Since all linguistic skills cannot be fully developed in Beginning Spanish 1 alone, stress will be placed on the acquisition of basic structures, which will be developed and reinforced in subsequent modules.

Textbook:

Title Author Publisher ISBN
Tu Mundo (ebook) Andrade, Egasse, Muñoz, Cabrera Puche McGraw-Hill 978-0078037030

YLS1202 Beginning Spanish 2

Instructor(s): TBA

Pre-requisite(s): YLS1202 Beginning Spanish 2 or with permission of instructor. A placement exam may be required.

This module is a continuation of Beginning Spanish 1. Beginning Spanish 2 pays close attention to aural/oral practice while strengthening basic grammar skills, writing, and reading comprehension. The module covers the second half of the eBook used in Beginning Spanish 1 and prepares students for Study Abroad opportunities via the Yale-NUS Centre for International & Professional Experience (CIPE) in their second summer at Yale-NUS or beyond.

Textbook:

Title Author Publisher ISBN
Tu Mundo (ebook) Andrade, Egasse, Muñoz, Cabrera Puche McGraw-Hill 978-0078037030

YLS2201 Intermediate Spanish 1

Instructor(s): TBA

Pre-requisite(s): YLS1202 Beginning Spanish 2 or with permission of instructor. A placement exam may be required.

This module is aimed at students who have completed the Beginning Spanish sequence or have had significant experience with the language (e.g., Study Abroad during their first summer at Yale-NUS or studied Spanish in high school). It offers a combination of listening and speaking practice with a review of key concepts of Spanish grammar via targeted reading and writing activities. This module continues to incorporate Hispanic cultural elements through representative texts and audio-visual materials from the Spanish-speaking world.

Textbook:

Title Author Publisher ISBN
Aula Internacional 3 (paperback) Jaime Corpas, Agustín Garmendia, Carmen Soriano Difusion 9788415640110

YLS2202 Intermediate Spanish 2

Instructor(s): TBA

Pre-requisite(s): YLS2201 Intermediate Spanish 1 or with permission of the instructor; a placement exam may be required.

This module is a continuation of Intermediate Spanish 1. Students taking this module will build upon what was covered in the first half and continue to expand their command of written and spoken Spanish. Intermediate Spanish 2 pays close attention to aural/oral practice while strengthening more complex grammar skills (e.g., the subjunctive, passive voice), writing, and reading comprehension. The module covers the second half of the textbook used in Intermediate Spanish 1 and prepares students for Study Abroad opportunities via the Yale-NUS Centre for International & Professional Experience (CIPE) and NUS.

Textbook:

Title Author Publisher ISBN
Aula Internacional 3 (paperback) Jaime Corpas, Agustín Garmendia, Carmen Soriano Difusion 9788415640110

YLS3201 Advanced Spanish: Spain, a mosaic of cultures

Instructor(s): Eduardo Lage-Otero

Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of Intermediate Spanish (YLS2201 and YLS2202) or with permission of the instructor. A placement exam may be required

Students taking this module will build upon the material and topics covered in the introductory and intermediate sequences to expand their command of written and spoken Spanish while honing their literary analysis skills. The course will focus on a representative selection of texts (e.g., short stories, novellas) and films from various regions of the Iberian Peninsula. This course will address questions such as: What is Spain?

Why is its unity in question? Why does it matter? How have different authors and film-makers dealt with this issue? Students will analyse and contextualise these works via in-class discussions and presentations on the history, traditions, and ideas embedded within them. This module will emphasise students’ engagement with the ideas in the texts paying attention to stylistics, genre, and voice in their work.

Textbook:

Title Author Publisher ISBN
Culturas de España, 2nd Edition Carmen Pereira-Muro Heinle 978-1285053646

YLS3202 Advanced Spanish: Latin America, Borders and Identities

Instructor(s): Eduardo Lage-Otero

Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of Intermediate Spanish (YLS2201 and YLS2202) or with permission of the instructor; a placement exam may be required

Students taking this module will build upon the material and topics covered in the beginning and intermediate sequences to expand their command of written and spoken Spanish while honing their literary analysis skills. The course will focus on a representative selection of texts (e.g., short stories, novellas, films) from several Latin American countries. This course will address questions such as: What is the Spanish legacy in Latin America? What issues have these countries dealt with over their recent history? How are these issues portrayed in their literature and films? What are the differences and commonalities across countries? Students will analyse and contextualise these works via in-class discussions and presentations on the history, traditions, and ideas embedded within them. This module will emphasize students’ engagement with the ideas in the texts paying attention to stylistics, genre, and voice in their work.

Textbook:

Title Author Publisher ISBN
Latinoamérica: Presente y Pasado, 4th Edition Arturo A. Fox Pearson 978-0205794263
Vistas y Voces Latinas, 3rd Edition Esther L. Levine, Constance m. Montross Pearson 978-0-13-028294-1


Textbooks

For course-specific textbooks, click on the course description above. For a complete list of course textbooks, please visit the textbook website.

Learning Goals

By completing the Spanish language sequence, students will be able to:

  • Understand main ideas in a variety of conversational settings
  • Read complex texts, from different genres and of varying lengths
  • Speak fluently and clearly in the target language
  • Take apart the various elements present in the Hispanic culture and see how they contribute to the whole

Events

In collaboration with the Hispanic Students Association, the Spanish programme regularly organises activities on campus to promote Spanish language and culture. Sample events include the Carnaval and Feria de Abril celebrations.

Resources

The Yale-NUS Library has created a resource guide with a variety of Spanish materials readily available to our students: http://libguides.nus.edu.sg/spanish

The Instituto Cervantes has launched a TV channel with authentic programming from the Hispanic World. Take a look at: http://www.cervantestv.es/

Another very useful resource from the Instituto Cervantes is: http://hispanismo.cervantes.es/

There are many useful online dictionaries available free-of-charge. Some dictionaries that provide extensive definitions in English and Spanish, including help with pronunciation include: