Dr. Laura Vázquez Blázquez is a lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish (Hispanic Literature and Cultural Studies) from the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on Urban Cultural Studies, Food Studies, Culinary Tourism, Globalization, Visual and Media Culture, and Film. She is particularly interested in the transformation of cities, culture, food and capital as a frame of reference to examine how global urban processes are portrayed through cultural production. She has taught a variety of courses including Introductory and Intermediate Spanish; Advanced Spanish for Heritage Students; Elementary Medical Spanish; The Arts and Politics in Latin America; Translation and Interpretation: Social Justice and Practice; Hispanic and Spanish Literature and Cinema, among other courses. During her free time, she enjoys cooking, exploring different cuisines, and spending time with her puppy and her husband.
A study of the interrelationships between cultural forms and their socio-historical contexts in the development of Latin America from pre-colonial times to the present.
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.