SPAN 520

Problems in Spanish Grammar

Spanish and Portuguese College of Humanities

Course Description

Application of contemporary grammatical concepts to problems in Spanish grammar.

When Taught

Contact Department

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

0

Title

Grammar Rules and Problems

Learning Outcome

The student enrolled in Problems in Spanish Grammar will carefully examine and formulate more accurate and complete rules for several recalcitrant grammar "problems" by reading and studying selections from grammarians and researchers who provide insights into the problem in question. The student's ability to synthesize coherent and meaningful generalizations will be objectively tested by exams and further evaluated while he or she participates in classroom discussion.

Title

Research Paper

Learning Outcome

Complete a research paper/presentation on a particular grammar point or construction.  This assignment will test a student's ability to locate appropriate refereed sources, read and synthesize them and prepare a written document and oral presentation according to a recognized style manual.

Title

Descriptive and Prescriptive Grammars

Learning Outcome

The student enrolled in Problems in Spanish Grammar will acquire a greater understanding of both descriptive and prescriptive grammars and their function and limitations.  The student will also acquire specialized terms employed by grammarians and morphosyntacticians.  The student’s ability to understand and use these terms appropriately will also be objectively measured by examination.