Hispanic Lifeways (Cross-cultural Communication)

Students have to take the Initial Assessment and Placement Test before course enrollment.

A trained bilingual native speaker will conduct a quick administrative assessment of your Spanish proficiency to effectively determine which course and level would best meet your learning needs followed by a more professional initial assessment of your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills administered by an experienced multilingual on-line educator. After determining your Spanish proficiency and personal study preferences, a custom study plan will be created to reach your desired Spanish proficiency level in a timely manner.

This course gives students an opportunity to improve their listening ability, increase their vocabulary, and intelligently discuss cross-cultural communication while linking aspects of Hispanic or Latin American culture, society, and economy to related phenomena abroad, focusing on the symbolic aspects and interpersonal relationships that affect everyday life including: verbal and nonverbal communication, material culture, kinship, gender, and religion. Students will be encouraged to look at the same issues from different perspectives from around the world. In-class activities will include the use of movie clips, radio news, newspaper and magazine articles, group discussions, and group presentations. An overview of living in Spain or in Latin America and living abroad through a thematic approach to cultural patterns such as power distance, individualism, uncertainty avoidance, and masculinity will inundate class discussions.

Both live instruction in a virtual classroom and supplementary interactive language lessons will raise your confidence while conversing in the target language as I or a native Spanish-speaking teacher assists you in building your fluency level in Spanish. Thematic lessons geared towards specific contexts and situations will ensure that you are able to not only survive in a full immersion environment but also thrive as your Spanish proficiency dramatically improves. This course stresses communication between both students and teacher in the target language as the medium of communication. Spanish improvement is 100% guaranteed.

NOTE: Upon course completion, students are highly encouraged to further pursue their studies in Spanish. Both verbal and written feedback about course performance will be provided to the student and kept on record for future evaluation. Letters of recommendation for outside institutions are also provided upon request.