Alicia is a doctoral student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, studying Hispanic Linguistics. Originally from California, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and in Spanish Language & Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, and then a Master of Arts in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her academic interests are sociolinguistics, language variation and change, phonetics and phonology, bi- and multilingualism, and the revitalization of the minority Iberian languages. Her research centers on contact zones, how languages affect each other when co-existing, and what kinds of innovative features emerge as a result. Alicia speaks English and Spanish, with varying levels of Portuguese, Catalan, Basque, French, and Romanian. Her other interests include ska and punk shows and calquing between languages.
Continuation of Spanish 101 and 102 or by placement exam. As the first semester of the second year Spanish, this course focuses on a short review of the materials studied in the first year courses. It expands on those points with a more in-depth study of the Spanish language and culture. Content-based approach integrates grammar and culture in a functional use through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course further develops grammatical accuracy in the use of the simple tenses: present, future, and conditional and of particular importance is the perfection of the use of the past tense: preterit and imperfect. Compound tenses such as the present perfect, past perfect are also developed in this course. Students gain the ability during this course to deal with more complex and abstract situations in the foreign language. Language use encouraged by way of communicative activities rather than a sequence of linguistics units. Audio, video, and computer materials incorporated.