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BLS 501 Urban Spanish 1
BLS 502 Urban Spanish 2
BLS 503 Urban Spanish 3 (Spring Immersion Program)
BLS 504 Urban Spanish 4
BLS 505 Urban Spanish 5

The purpose of these courses is to increase the student’s effectiveness in communicating with Spanish-speakers.

They are intensive language courses taught by instructors familiar with the pronunciation, intonation, and idiomatic characteristics of Spanish.

The courses use current language methodologies and are extensively individualized.

Tests evaluate oral and written competency of the candidate at each level.

BLS 511
Language and Culture of Puerto Rico I

This course is for students of Spanish who need development in understanding the spoken and written language of Puerto Rico.

Special attention is given to colloquial expressions of the Caribbean.

Reading materials represent the linguistic characteristics, cultural roots and values of the Puerto Rican community in urban mainland settings. (In Spanish)

BLS 512
Language and Culture of Puerto Rico II

This is an intensive language course for advanced Spanish students with emphasis on gaining practice in listening and speaking in Caribbean Spanish.

Students discuss contemporary themes and cultural characteristics of Puerto Rican society based on Puerto Rican short stories, essays, poems, and periodicals.

This course is part of the Immersion Program and meets two times a week for six weeks in the May-June period. (In Spanish)

BLS 508
Workshops and Symposia

(Spring Immersion Program)

Offered during the six-week Immersion Program (May-June), this course consists of a series of symposia and practical workshops presented by specialists chosen from bilingual schools, the fine arts, medical agencies, law enforcement facilities, and social agencies as well as local universities including La Salle.

BLS 520
Field Experience in the Latino Community

During the academic year, each student will find placements in a field experience directly related to his or her profession in the Greater Philadelphia/ New Jersey Latino Community.

Teachers will assist in bilingual schools, police in districts in bilingual neighborhoods, and social workers in social agencies dealing with Latinos, etc.

BLS 600
Dynamics of Cross-Cultural Communication

The purpose of the course is to develop an appreciation of diverse cultural backgrounds, especially among Latinos and Anglos, and to develop awareness of the complexity of cross-cultural communication.

Areas considered: the communication process; group properties & communication; linguistic approaches; nonverbal elements of communication systems (related to Anglos & Latinos); language and culture; language as social behavior; and channels of communication.

Required for the M.A.

BLS 601
Techniques of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The course analyses is placed on various methodologies used in teaching English as a second language. Emphasis upon methods in teaching, listening, and speaking.

Microteaching of difficult points of pronunciation and grammar. Attention is given to affective techniques in second language learning.

BLS 602
History of the Americas

This course treats the history & culture of the major Latino groups in the U.S.

Topics include: Puerto Rico’s special relationship with the United States, Latino immigrants in the U.S. and their special problems, Cuban exiles, and the historical relationship between Latino and Anglo communities.

BLS 603
Literature of the Spanish Caribbean

The emphasis of this course is a cultural, sociological and literary approach to familiarize the student with the problems of Hispanics and their perception of society as seen through major literary works.

Students read novels, short stories, essays, and poetry of such writers as Julia de Burgos, González, Soto, Figueroa, Díaz Valcarcel, Marqués, and Luis Rafael Sánchez. (In Spanish)

BLS 604
Cultural Pluralism and Problems of Minority Groups in the U.S.A.

Emphasizing Latinos but also focusing in general on race, ethnicity, language, cultural and social stratification, this course analyzes contemporary American opportunity, family and class structures, social mobility, migration, the so-called “culture of poverty,” urbanism, and related concepts and issues.

BLS 605
Curriculum and Development of Bilingual Programs

This course discusses the historical background of the bilingual movement, especially pertinent legislation, and the organization of a bilingual program.

Topics include: needs assessment of pupils, staff and community; various types of curriculum models of bilingual and school organizations; selection of instructional materials for training bilingual students; and proper evaluative procedures.

BLS 606
Making Language Connections through Content in ESOL and Bilingual Classrooms

The major objectives of the course are to provide mechanisms for second language content delivery utilizing the sheltered class model, SIOP, “learning to learn” methods.

The curriculum analyzes academic language in content and texts, and discusses metacognitive processes and strategies that may be used in the classroom.

Further, the role of learning styles and multiple intelligences are also examined and discussed; together with the rationale and structure of thematic units for lesson planning purposes. The integration of language objectives and “what’s difficult” for language learners is directed toward an authentic assessment of content and language.

BLS 607
Art and Culture of the Spanish Caribbean

This course traces the history of art in the Spanish Caribbean, emphasizing the major influences on its evolution and contemporary manifestations.

Taino, Spanish, and African contributions to art in Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic will be explored in detail and in all expressive forms: paintings, broadcasting, cinematography, theater, literature and popular culture. (In Spanish)

BLS 620
Independent Study

Independent study in Caribbean history, language, or literature must be approved by the Director of the program.

BLS 635
Myths and Legends in Caribbean and Latin American Literature

This course explores mythic patterns and archetypes in Caribbean and Latin American Literature. Readings include works by prominent figures such as Luis Rafael Sánchez, Alejo Carpentier, Juan Rulfo, Miguel Angel Asturias, Gabriel García Márquez, and others.

In addition, there will be supplementary readings from the work of Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, and other theorists on myth. (In Spanish)

BLS 639
Advanced Spanish Grammar and Syntax

Designed to provide a review of standard Spanish grammar and syntax for advanced students of the language. Includes intensive oral and written practice with a view toward improving native and non-native students’ speaking and writing skills.

The course also intends to make all speakers aware of standard Spanish cultivated in schools of the Spanish Speaking world.

BLS 651
Master’s Project

A supervised, individual project that may be related to the student’s fieldwork in the Latino community. All project topics must relate to the mission and goals of the Bilingual /Bicultural Program.

The project is the required capstone experience of all members of the MA program.

BLS 678
Texto en Contexto: A Panorama of Present-day Puerto Rico through SelectedTexts

A survey of contemporary Puerto Rican thought, this course explores issues critical to the Caribbean Island Nation’s social, cultural, historical, and political identity. Texts hail from a multiplicity of academic disciplines literary genres, and popular cultural forms. Among the social sciences covered are Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, and Political Science. Literary genres covered include the essay, poetry, and fiction. Popular cultural forms include folkloric and popular music.

Special Topics
As interest dictates, special courses may be introduced into the curriculum, treating specialized areas of study in bilingual/bicultural issues.

Carmen Lamas, Ph.D.

The Hispanic Institute at La Salle University
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141 USA
Phone: 215.951.1209
Fax: 215.991.3506

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