Department of Romance, German & Slavic Languages & Literatures
801 22nd Street, NW, Phillips Hall 513
Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-6330
Fax: (202) 994-9126
rgsll@gwu.edu


Language Courses

SPAN 1001 - Elementary Spanish I (1st Year)
Development of basic functional and communicative proficiency in Spanish. Focus on the development of listening and speaking skills, reading and writing abilities, and intercultural competence. Course is conducted mostly in Spanish.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: None
Additional info:
Laboratory Fee

SPAN 1002 - Basic Spanish II (1st Year)
Development of basic functional and communicative proficiency in Spanish. Focus on the development of listening and speaking skills, reading and writing abilities, and intercultural competence. Course is conducted mostly in Spanish.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: SPAN 1001
Additional info: Laboratory Fee

SPAN 1003 - Intermediate Spanish I (2nd Year)
Development of intermediate functional and communicative proficiency in Spanish. Focus on the development of listening and speaking skills, reading and writing abilities, and intercultural competence.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: SPAN 1002, SPAN 1012, or appropriate GWU placement test score
Additional info: Laboratory Fee

SPAN 1004 - Intermediate Spanish II (2nd Year)
Development of intermediate functional and communicative proficiency in Spanish. Focus on the development of listening and speaking skills, reading and writing abilities, and intercultural competence.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: SPAN 1003, SPAN 1012, or appropriate GWU placement test score
Additional info: Laboratory Fee

SPAN 1012 - Intensive Elementary Spanish
Development of basic Spanish proficiency in a semi-immersion context. Focus on the development of listening and speaking skills, reading and writing abilities, and intercultural competence. Course is conducted mostly in Spanish.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite:
Additional info: Laboratory Fee

SPAN 1034 - Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Development of intermediate Spanish proficiency. Focus on the development of listening and speaking skills, reading and writing abilities, and intercultural competence.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: SPAN 1002, SPAN1012, or appropriate GWU placement test score
Additional info: Laboratory Fee

SPAN 2005 - Language, Culture, and Society I (3rd Year)
Development of advanced Spanish proficiency, with a focus on argumentative speaking techniques and academic writing. Development of cross-cultural competence and analysis of historical, political, social, and cultural practices, products, and perspectives of the Spanish-speaking societies.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: SPAN 1004, SPAN 1034, or appropriate placement test score
Additional info: Laboratory Fee, Fall 2011 course description (coming soon)

SPAN 2006 - Language, Culture, and Society II (3rd Year)
Development of advanced Spanish proficiency, with a focus on argumentative speaking techniques and academic writing. Development of cross-cultural competence and analysis of political, economical, social, and cultural practices, products, and perspectives of the Spanish-speaking societies.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: SPAN 2005, or appropriate GWU placement test score
Additional info: Laboratory Fee, Fall 2011 course description (coming soon)

SPAN 2056 - Intensive Advanced Spanish
Development of advanced Spanish proficiency in a semi-immersion context. Focus on argumentative speaking techniques. Development of cross-cultural competence and analysis of historical, political, social, and cultural practices, products, and perspectives of the Spanish-speaking societies.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: SPAN 1004, SPAN1034, or appropriate placement test score
Additional info: Laboratory Fee

SPAN2900 - Spanish for Graduate Students
For graduate students preparing for reading examinations. No academic credit. Tuition is charged at the rate of 3 credit hours.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite:
Additional info: Laboratory Fee

SPAN 3010W - Advanced Spanish Grammar and Style (4th Year)
Designed to develop academic writing skills within the fields of Spanish literature and culture.  Reading and discussion of media and literary texts while analyzing essential features and themes of Spanish/Hispanic culutre.  Cultural and literary topics as basis for process-writing assignments (production, correction, revision).  Students produce a writing portfolio.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: SPAN 2006, SPAN2056, or appropriate placement test score
Additional info: Laboratory Fee

SPAN 3015 - Spanish for Heritage Speakers(4th Year)
This is a course designed specifically for bilingual students. Its objective is to extend and improve students’ formal knowledge of Spanish by study of the basic rules of grammar and spelling that govern the language.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: Placement Exam and Interview
Additional info: Laboratory Fee

SPAN 3020 - Spanish for Oral Communication(4th Year)
Development of effective strategies for oral communication, argumentation and expansion of vocabulary.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: SPAN 2006, SPAN2056, or appropriate placement test score
Additional info: Laboratory Fee

SPAN 3022 - Topics for Advanced Oral Proficiency: Environmental and social sustainability in Latin America
Development of advanced Spanish oral proficiency, critical content knowledge, terminology and concepts through content-based course work. Critical evaluation of key environmental and social aspects of sustainability as related to Spanish-speaking countries. Focus on understanding and interpretation of language- and area-specific written and oral materials such as film and documentary, news, academic, literary and public media texts.

Among the benefits of this course is the unique combination of language and content that allows students to acquire and use terminology and concepts specific to the field of sustainability, read field-specific professional and public media works published in Spanish, and watch field-specific video materials produced in Spanish. At a time when Latin America is at the forefront of the global debate on sustainable development, it is important that students be able to engage in these areas in Spanish –while at GWU and/or in future careers– at a global scale.

SPAN 3030 - Business and Commercial Spanish (4th Year)
Structure and language of Latin American and Spanish economic institutions. Discussion of legal, financial, and administrative documents. Oral and written reports.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: SPAN 2006, SPAN2056, or appropriate placement test score
Additional info: Laboratory Fee

SPAN 3040 - Advanced Spanish Service Learning
Emphasis on advanced oral and written work through community engagement, the study of voices of social change and reflections on civic engagement, leadership and service. Students will be working 20-25 semester hours in local community service projects.
  Course is taught in Spanish
  Prerequisite: Prerequisite: SPAN 2006, SPAN2056, or appropriate placement test score
  Additional info: Laboratory Fee