Course Descriptions

SPAN 333 - Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

Develops oral and written Spanish for academic and professional contexts. Emphasizes different genres of writing, focusing on rhetorical strategies for persuasive and argumentative writing and culminates in a research paper.

SPAN 340 - Spanish Phonetics
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

In-depth study of articulatory phonetics with emphasis on both theory and practical applications for non-native speakers of Spanish. (Taught in Spanish).

SPAN 341 - Translation and Interpretation: Social Justice and Practice
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

This is the introductory course to the Translation and Interpretation major. The course addresses fundamental philosophical, theoretical, and technical knowledge and skills necessary for the  provision of professional cross-cultural linguistic services in the healthcare and legal sectors. The course has four parts. The First Part provides an overview of human rights and social-justice goals for the provision of equal access and the role that language policies, translation and interpreting services for limited and non-English speaking populations play in attaining those goals. The Second Part explores how language works, the nature and structure of language, and aspects of linguistics relevant to the development of translation competence, especially grammatical competence in English and Spanish. The Third Part examines concepts and techniques related to perception, understanding, meaning, purpose, and function applied to professional translation and interpretation. The Fourth Part examines general aspects of the practice and professional standards of translation, interpretation and cross-cultural communication in healthcare and legal settings.

    SPAN 343 - Spanish Phonetics for the Heritage Speaker
    Units: 3
    Usually Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

    Introduces learners to Spanish phonology and phonetics. Students learn about the differences between spoken and written language as the basis to advance their Spanish proficiency. It also focuses on exposing students to the different varieties of the Spanish-speaking world.

    SPAN 381 - Medical and Business Translation
    Units: 3
    Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

    This course covers English and Spanish medical and business translation. It focuses on building conceptual knowledge in the medical and business contexts as well as language and translation competence in these settings. It introduces students to professional, nationally accepted standards of medical/ business translation practice and performance using authentic materials and contextually meaningful situations.

    SPAN 382 - Legal and Business Translation.
    Units: 3
    Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

    This course covers English and Spanish legal and business translation. It focuses on building upon conceptual knowledge in the legal and business contexts as well as language and translation competence in these settings. It introduces students to professional standards of legal and business translation practice using authentic materials and contextually meaningful situations.

    SPAN 410 - Web Based Medical Translation for Professional Purposes
    Units: 3
    Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

    Using an online delivery method, the course provides guided practice in the successful completion of professional translation tasks involving authentic texts currently translated in health care settings (e.g., health care forms, health information texts, health education, legal and marketing documents). Prerequisite(s): requires testing and consent of instructor prior to registration.

    SPAN 411 - Online Legal Translation
    Units: 3
    Usually Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

    Using an online delivery method, the course provides guided practice in the successful completion of professional translation tasks involving authentic texts currently translated in legal settings in the US. Prerequisite(s): requires testing and consent of instructor prior to registration.

    SPAN 412 - Online Business Translation
    Units: 3
    Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

    Using an online delivery method, the course provides guided practice in the successful completion of professional translation tasks involving authentic texts currently translated in business settings in the US. Prerequisite(s): requires testing and consent of instructor prior to registration.

    SPAN 452 - Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
    Units: 3
    Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

    General survey of the core fields in linguistics: phonology, phonetics, morphology, syntax, historical linguistics and dialectology. Provides basis for further study in the field.

    SPAN 453 - Theory of Spanish Morphosyntax
    Units: 3
    Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

    An introduction to the current theories of syntax and morphology to describe specific aspects of the structure of Spanish. Central notions of generative grammar.

    SPAN 455A - History of the Spanish Language
    Units: 3
    Usually Offered: Fall

    Study of the history of the Spanish language from its origins to the present, with particular emphasis on two transition periods: from Late Latin to Old Spanish, and from Medieval to Modern Spanish. Analysis and discussion of early and medieval texts that exhibit relevant phonological, morphological, syntactic and semantic changes; discussion the nature of linguistic change and its place in grammar.

    SPAN 457 - Applied Linguistics
    Units: 3
    Usually Offered: Fall

    This course provides an introduction to applied linguistics and its methods of inquiry. Students are introduced to the major fields of applied linguistics but the course focuses on those related to Spanish language instruction. Some of the subfields are second language acquisition theories, language teaching methodologies, heritage language instruction, pedagogical grammar, and computer-assisted language instruction.

    SPAN 458 - Hispanic Sociolinguistics
    Units: 3
    Usually Offered: Spring

    This course introduces students to theoretical models and research findings in the field of sociolinguistics. It is intended to expand students’ awareness of social aspects of language and their implications for linguistic analysis. It also provides students with the necessary tools to develop their own research among the Spanish-speaking community in Tucson on topics related to Spanish sociolinguistics.

    SPAN 459 - Hispanic Linguistics
    Units: 3
    Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

    Various topics. Topics include linguistic perspectives on Mexican-American Spanish and bilingualism, phonology, semantics, translation, and origins of language.

    SPAN 471 - Beginning Simultaneous Interpretation
    Units: 3
    Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

    This course begins the in-depth study of simultaneous interpretation (continued in Advanced Simultaneous Interpretation). Its focus is to build upon conceptual knowledge in the legal, medical, and business contexts as well as language and interpreting competence. Students are introduced to professional, nationally accepted standards of practice and performance using authentic materials and contextually meaningful situations.

    SPAN 472 - Beginning Consecutive Interpretation
    Units: 3
    Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

    This course begins the in-depth study of the theory and practice of consecutive interpretation and sight translation (continued in Advanced Consecutive Interpretation). It reviews legal and medical concepts and covers policy and law relevant to interpreter practice, theory, skill development, and special issues in legal, medical, and business settings using authentic materials and contextually meaningful situations.

    SPAN 481 - Advanced Simultaneous Interpretation
    Units: 3
    Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

    This course continues the in-depth study (begun in Beginning Simultaneous Interpretation) of simultaneous interpretation. Its focus is building conceptual knowledge in the legal, medical, and business settings as well as advancing language and interpreting proficiency. Students will review professional standards of practice and performance using authentic materials and contextually meaningful situations. Focus is on intensive skill development.

    SPAN 482 - Advanced Consecutive Interpretation
    Units: 3
    Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

    This course continues the in-depth study (begun in "Translation and Interpretation: Social Justice and Practice") of the theory and practice of consecutive interpretation and sight translation. It focuses on a review of complex legal and medical concepts; policy and law relevant to interpreter practice; theory; skill development; and special issues in interpretation in the legal, medical, and business settings. Focus is on intensive skill development. 

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