Leslie O'Toole is a Ph.D. student in the Spanish Literature program. æShe received her Master's in Spanish Literature in May of 2012 at the University of Arizona as well as two B.A.s in 2002, one in Media Arts, the other in Italian. æ Along with Spanish and Italian, she also speaks some Portuguese and is a native German speaker. æShe was lucky enought to spend 3 years living in Costa Rica, where she fell in love with the Spanish language. æHer extensive travels have provided her with a passion for working with study abroad programs and she has been fortunate enough to direct the Spanish and Portuguese Department's Study Abroad Program in Alcalà de Henares in the Spring of 2013. æ Her research interests primarily focus on the impact of globalization on the commodification and consumption of various aspects of Latin American culture, and collective memory in post-dictatorship cinema, literature and theater in Spain, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil.
Continuation of Spanish 101, 102, and 201 or by placement exam. As the second semester of the second year Spanish, this course is designed to provide insight into the literature and culture of the Spanish speaking countries. Themes are developed by content-based cultural activities, which provide awareness in the Hispanic culture, and encourage students to formulate opinions on a variety of contemporary issues through authentic readings, discussions and writing. This course reviews the grammatical concepts in a more sophisticated way and analyses more complex syntactic structures considered within a functional whole such as the subjunctive moods, etc. The teaching approach integrates grammar and culture in a functional use through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Classroom activities stress communication across the four skills with a strong aural, oral and written component. Audio, video, and computer materials incorporated.