Hello everyone, I am Robygue Martinez and I am a PhD Candidate in Latin American Cultural Studies at the University of Arizona. I am originally from Mexico and I have been living in the United States for the past ten years. I graduated with a Bachelors and Master degree from the University of Texas-Pan American, which is located few miles away from the border with Mexico. Due to its proximity to Mexico, the main concentrations of students have a Hispanic background. During my stay at UTPA, I had the opportunity to work as a Spanish tutor at the university writing center and also I had the privilege to teach SPAN 1301 (basic Spanish course) for the Modern Languages department. I previously taught basic Spanish and heritage courses at the University of Arizona, and now I have the opportunity to be teaching SPAN 160C1 and 325.
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.