Course Listing

Spanish Fall 2024

SPAN 1060 Accelerated Elementary Spanish with Matthew Street

MoWeFr 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM; 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM; 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM; 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Develops listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through engagement with oral and written texts in Spanish and various interactive projects. Five class hours. Covers the material in SPAN 1010-1020 in an accelerated one semester format. Followed by SPAN 2010. Prerequisite: Previous background in Spanish (1-2 years of high school Spanish) and PLACE diagnostic score of 1.0-3.0, UVA placement diagnostic score of 0-325 (prior to May 2022), or SAT II score of 420-510.]

SPAN 2010 Intermediate Spanish with Germain Badang, Daniel Colón​, Esperanza Górriz Jarque, Sara Young, Kate Neff, Ciara Raczyk

MoWeFr 8:00am - 8:50am; 9:00am - 9:50am; 10:00am - 10:50am; 11:00am - 11:50am; 12:00pm - 12:50pm; 1:00pm - 1:50pm; 2:00pm - 2:50pm

TuTh 8:00am - 9:15am; 9:30am - 10:45am; 12:30pm - 1:45pm; 2:00pm - 3:15pm; 3:30pm - 4:45pm;  6:30pm - 7:45pm

Further develops listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through engagement with authentic, culturally rich oral and written texts in Spanish. Enables students to perform linguistic tasks that allow them to communicate in everyday situations (e.g., narrating present and past activities and expressing desires and requests), and to express personal meaning by creating with the language. Three class hours. Followed by SPAN 2020.  

SPAN 2020 Advanced Intermediate Spanish with Jennifer Barlow, Gabriela Dongo Arévalo, David Florez-Murillo, Jennifer Hogg, Nieves García Prados​, Kazara Williams, Elizabeth Mirabal 

MoWeFr 8:00am - 8:50am; 9:00am - 9:50am; 10:00am - 10:50am; 11:00am - 11:50am; 12:00pm - 12:50pm; 1:00pm - 1:50pm; 3:00pm - 3:50pm; 4:00pm - 4:50pm

TuTh 9:30am - 10:45am; 12:30pm - 1:45pm; 2:00pm - 3:15pm; 3:30pm - 4:45pm; 5:00pm - 6:15pm; 6:30pm - 7:45pm

Further develops listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through engagement with authentic, culturally rich oral and written texts in Spanish. Enables students to perform linguistic tasks that allow them to communicate in everyday situations with some complications (e.g., describing present, past and future activities, expressing opinions, and persuading), and to express personal meaning by creating with the language. Three class hours. 

SPAN 3010 Grammar and Composition I with Esther Poveda Moreno, Alicia López Operé, Josue Morales, Patricio Arriagada Soto, Carlos Velazco Fernández

MoWeFr 9:00am - 9:50am; 11:00am - 11:50am; 12:00pm - 12:50pm; 1:00pm - 1:50pm

TuTh 9:30am - 10:45am; 11:00am - 12:15pm; 2:00pm - 3:15pm

SPAN 3010 seeks to develop advanced literacy in Spanish through extensive analysis and discussion of journalistic and literary texts, and documentaries and films from the Spanish-speaking world. Emphasis is placed on how grammatical forms codify meaning and grammar and meaning interact to construct the language and textual structures expected in the following types of texts: a photo-narrative, a report on a current event, and a film review. Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 or equivalent.

SPAN 3020 Grammar and Composition II with Alicia López Operé

MWF 10:00am - 10:50am

SPAN 3020 seeks to develop advanced literacy in Spanish through extensive analysis and discussion of journalistic and literary texts, and documentaries and films from the Spanish-speaking world. We will focus especially on analyzing and learning advanced and late-acquisition grammatical structures and on how grammar and meaning interact to construct the language and textual structures expected in the following types of essays: and op-ed, a literary review, and an academic essay.    

SPAN 3040 Business Spanish with Alicia López Operé

MWF 12:00pm - 12:50pm; 1:00pm - 1:50pm

This is an intermediate level course in which students read, research, discuss, debate and write in Spanish about recent themes that are relevant to commercial and economic contexts in the Spanish-speaking world. It is a language class that focusses on Spanish in professional settings; no previous academic or practical experience in commerce is required.

SPAN 3050 Spanish for Medical Profession with Alicia López Operé 

TuTh 9:30am - 10:45am

Spanish for Medical Professions, is a recommended course for students that want to have a career in the health professions, and also for those who need to interact with Spanish-speaking people in hospitals, clinics and similar spaces. The course has been designed to develop linguistic competency as well as cultural competency in the health context. The emphasis is put on the real use of the language and the understanding of cultural differences among Spanish-speaking countries and the United States, and Latino patients in the United States. The course has a background theme on contemplative practices. 

SPAN 3300 Texts and Interpretations with Alicia López Operé, Paula Sprague, Erica Cobb

MoWeFr 10:00am - 10:50am; 1:00pm - 1:50pm; 2:00pm - 2:50pm

TuTh 9:30am - 10:45am; 11:00am - 12:15pm

This intermediate level course introduces the student of Spanish to the fundamentals of reading and understanding various genres, and to practice discussing, analyzing, and writing about them in an academic register in Spanish. It draws on texts and materials from both Spain and Latin America, and builds students’ specialized vocabulary. All work for the class, including reading, discussion, and writing, is done in Spanish. SPAN 3300 is a prerequisite for the survey courses. 

SPAN 3400 Spain: From Kingdom to Empire (1200-1700) with Fernando Riva

TuTh 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

SPAN 3410 Perspectives on Modern Spain (1800 to the Present) with Jesús Játiva Fernández

MoWeFr 11:00am - 11:50am

SPAN 3420 Politics and Power in the Early Americas (1492-1800) with Melissa Frost

TuTh 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

SPAN 3430 Contemporary Latin American Voices (1800 to the present) with Sergio Silva and Alicia López Operé 

MoWeFr 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

TuTh 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

SPAN 3559 American History From Below (and How to Read it) with Daniel Doncel Martin

Mo 5:00pm - 7:30pm

This course offers a general view of the history of the Americas, hispanophone as well as anglophone, with a focus on their development as it pertains to imperialism, colonialism, and slavery. Students will learn how to consider the situation of different American countries not just as isolated entities, but as the product of socioeconomic processes that connect them with each other and with the rest of the world. Through a series of theoretical, historiographical, and political readings, students will become familiar with intellectual traditions that unite the Americas as a coherent concept beyond the boundaries of the nation-state. 

This course is a beneficiary of the Andrew Mellon Foundation through the Race, Place, and Equity Center Community Engagement Grant. As an integral part of the class, members of the Charlottesville Spanish-speaking community, on the one hand, and the students of Spanish at the University of Virginia, on the other, will share semesters, classrooms, and discussions. To avoid centering this community-engaged project on places not readily available for people who are not affiliated with the University of Virginia, classes will be held at the Church of the Incarnation, with transportation expenses being covered by the grand funds. The grant will also cover books, photocopies, and other necessary expenses. The course is free for every registered student. 

SPAN 4040 Translation Spanish to English: “Lost and Found in Translation”​ with Nieves García Prados​ and Erica Cobb

MoWeFr 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

TuTh 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM; 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

"Lost & Found in Translation" offers an introduction to the "art" of translation, both in practice and theory. Throughout the semester students participate in a series of workshops, collaborating on translations of texts of different genres, from multiple time periods and countries through in-depth readings and discussions, translation activities from Spanish to English and vice versa. This is a dynamic, interactive, inter-disciplinary course.

SPAN 4200 History of the Language with Joel Rini

MoWe 3:30pm - 4:45pm

SPAN 4202 Hispanic Sociolinguistics with Omar Velázquez-Mendoza

TuTh 3:30pm - 4:45pm

SPAN 4402 Don Quixote with Ricardo Padrón 

TuTh 2:00pm - 3:15pm

SPAN 4420 Contemporary Spanish Poetry with Fernando Operé

MoWe 6:30pm - 7:45pm

SPAN 4510 Special Topics Seminar: Spanish Romantic Poetry and Europe with Fernando Valverde

MoWe 6:30pm - 7:45pm

SPAN 4530 Special Topics in Language: Untaming Spanish: Language, Power, and Identity with Lorena Albert Ferrando

MoWe 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

The goal of this course is to critically examine how language and systemic power relations are co-naturalized and how this linkage is constructed, manifested, and underpinned in our everyday language use and identity, as well as in our perception of other groups and speakers. We will focus on Spanish language environments (and in the US in particular) but the contents of the course are applicable to other languages and settings.

SPAN 4559 Bilingual Literary & Cultural Productions in Contemporary Spain with Paula Sprague

TuTh 2:00pm - 3:15pm

In this course, students will work with texts and film by writers and filmmakers in Spain whose mother-tongue is not Castilian Spanish. It will include Spanish translations of cultural productions in Euskera (Basque), Catalán/Valencià, or Galego (Galician) from the historic autonomous regions, and work produced by ‘new’ Spaniards who are first- or second-generation immigrants from African, Asian, and European countries who have fully adopted Spanish and/or one of the autonomous languages as their literary language. Through these works, in addition to debating what “gets lost in translation,” students will explore how language choice communicates place, memory, and the push and pull of hegemonizing forces in diverse contexts in XXth and XXIst century Spain.

SPAN 4600 Literature and Cinema with Sam Amago

TuTh 3:30pm - 4:45pm

Cultural history of Spanish cinema covering the basics of film analysis and introducing a diverse array of approaches to studying movies. Every week, students will view a feature-length film and complete readings in Spanish. Class discussions will be in Spanish.

SPAN 4700 Spanish Culture and Civilization with Fernando Valverde

MoWe 5:00pm - 6:15pm

SPAN 4712 Travelers in Latin America with Fernando Operé

MoWe 5:00pm - 6:15pm

SPAN 7559 Texts and Methods of the Early Modern Archive with Ricardo Padrón

Tu 3:00pm - 5:30pm

SPAN 7850 Themes and Genres: The Iberian Exception with Kelly Moore

Mo 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

This course considers theories of the sovereign exception and their relevance for contemporary Iberian Studies. Drawing on critical theory, history, literature, and film, this course questions whether the political theological sovereignty characteristic of the Francoist regime is, in fact, an exceptional rather than an enduring feature. Readings will include Walter Benjamin, Carl Schmitt, Giorgio Agamben, Lauren Berlant, and Catherine Keller. 

SPAN 8210 Second-Language Teaching Methods with Lorena Albert Ferrando

We 3:30pm - 6:00pm

This course is designed for new graduate students seeking to develop and enhance their professional knowledge and skills in second language teaching. It covers modern teaching methodologies, trends in second language acquisition, and intercultural competence. Participants will shadow language instructors, observe, and engage in practical activities such as creating instructional materials, lesson planning, and assessment design. Additionally, we will explore teaching methods for content courses and provide guidance on crafting Teaching Statements, preparing students for various teaching contexts and their professional careers.

SPAN 8505 Medieval Clerical Poetry and Modernity with Fernando Riva

Th 3:30pm - 6:00pm

Focused on thirteenth-century Castile, this course will explore different aspects of clerical culture and poetry in the context of a society experiencing deep intellectual changes. These new approaches to intellectual life and cultural production were mainly caused by the diffusion of Aristotelian thought, which shaped innovative ways to write poetry and to reflect on power.

Italian Fall 2024

ITAL 1010 Elementary Italian I with Stella Mattioli

MoWeFr 10:00AM-10:50AM; 11:00AM-11:50AM; 12:00PM-12:50PM

MoWe 02:00PM-03:15PM; 03:30PM-04:45PM

Elementary Italian I is the first class in the four-course sequence that is necessary to complete the world language requirement. In this course, students will learn basic survival skills to assist them when they travel to Italy, however they will also learn to describe people and places, ask questions, narrate in the present and simple past tenses, as well as write short texts describing themselves, their families, and their impressions of Italy. Students will also develop their ability to understand spoken Italian by listening to songs, commercials, and movie clips, and they will begin reading advertisements, song lyrics, and some poems. Students of Elementary Italian will also have many occasions to learn more about life in contemporary Italy as they study the country’s language.    

ITAL 2010 Intermediate Italian I with Sarah Annunziato and Stella Mattioli

MoWeFr 12:00PM-12:50PM

TuTh 09:30AM-10:45AM; 12:30PM-01:45PM

ITAL 2010 Intermediate Italian I is the third class in the four-course sequence which fulfills the language requirement. Students will further develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as well as deepen their cultural literacy in Italian. You will accomplish these goals with the guidance of your professor, through review of grammar, short readings, compositions, and listening and speaking activities. Students will also have the opportunity to listen to songs, comment on works of art, watch commercials and short films, read newspaper articles, and meet natives of Italy in your quest to become more confident and competent users of the Italian language and its culture.   

ITAL 3010 Advanced Italian I with Sarah Annunziato

TuTh 02:00PM-03:15PM

Advanced Italian I (ITAL 3010) is the first of two courses that are required to complete either a major or a minor in Italian Studies.  Students of this class will enhance their mastery of the five skills essential to learning a world language (speaking, listening, reading, writing, and cultural competency) by applying them to various real-world settings such as: dialogues, presentations, informal conversations, debates, interviews with native speakers, and book clubs, among other possibilities. We will accomplish these goals through viewing and discussing contemporary Italian cinema. Our course will examine films from 21st-century Italy to give students a glimpse of present-day Italian society, while placing particular emphasis on further development of conversational and writing skills. Films to include: Benvenuti al sud, Il rosso e il blu, Il ragazzo invisibile, Corpo Celeste, Terraferma, La mafia uccide solo d’estate, Io e lei, Noi e la Giulia, Scusate se esisto, and Quo vado. 

ITTR 4010 & 6010 Narrating (Un-)sustainability​ with Enrico Cesaretti

TuTh 11:00AM-12:15PM

Portuguese Fall 2024

PORT 1110 Beginning Intensive Portuguese with Lilian Feitosa

MWF 11:00AM-11:50AM

PORT 2050 Intensive Portuguese for Speakers of Spanish and other Romance Languages with Lilian Feitosa

MoWeFr 12:00PM-12:50PM

PORT 3010 Portuguese Advanced Grammar & Composition​ with Lilian Feitosa

MoWeFr 01:00PM-01:50PM

PORT 4920 Independent Study​ with Lilian Feitosa

K’iche’ Fall 2024

KICH 1010 Introduction to K'iche' I with Allison Bigelow

TuTh 04:00PM-05:15PM

KICH 2010 Intermediate K'iche' I with Allison Bigelow

TuTh 02:00PM-03:15PM