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UMass Dartmouth Dept. of Foreign Literature and Languages Study Abroad Programs

The UMass Dartmouth Dept. of Foreign Literature and Languages has offered study abroad programs in Spain (Summer 2010) and Paris (Intersession 2009).

At present we are not offering any summer study abroad programs; however, Prof. Echarri is developing a program for summer 2013, and in addition, faculty advisors are glad to meet with students individually, to recommend other programs for them, based on their needs and interests.

Recent Study Abroad Programs Offered by the UMass Dartmouth Dept. of Foreign Literature and Languages

Spain, Summer 2010

Paris, Intersession 2009

Spain, July 7-July 18, 2010--Prof. Christina Biron

9 hours of class at UMD prior to the trip and 3 hours of class at UMD after the trip. Highlights of the program include trips to Madrid, Barcelona and the historical region of Navarra. Additional reading and writing projects outside of class will be required and online work may be also required in some courses. An initial consultation with Professor Biron is required prior to signing up for any of the courses offered in this program. Depending on background, course experience or prerequisites, students may sign up for 3 -6 credits with Dr. Biron for any of the following courses:

SPA 202
This intensive, 3-credit course is designed for students who wish to complete their language requirement in Spanish with a study abroad experience. The second-year course shows students how to develop an ability to express themselves in real contexts, to interact with each other and with others, and to solve real problems, all within an authentic Spanish context! Students learn by using authentic texts and tasks to inform their language learning and by reflecting upon their actions. The course does not use a textbook but integrates course content and authentic materials with other technological tools in order to enhance students’ Spanish learning experience. In the process, students learn varied strategies to help access and use Spanish, use multiple linguistic skills, create oral and written texts in the process, and learn about Spanish-speaking people and their cultures.

SPA 301 or 302
This course is designed for high intermediate students who wish to develop their compositional and conversational abilities in Spanish. Topics covered are broad and range from eating disorders, the changing Spanish family and sports activities to ecological, immigration, globalization and activism issues. The course uses authentic texts and tasks to inform language and content learning as well as wiki technology and web resources to further students’ understanding of course themes. Through the study abroad experience, students will be provided with opportunities to chat with native Spanish speakers about course topics, to analyze native Spanish speakers’ presentations on a variety of topics and to use Spanish television media to improve their conversational Spanish. This is a three-credit course.

SPA 312
This course is designed for high intermediate to advanced students who wish to learn more about the culture and civilization of Spain as it has evolved over time. Using a task-based approach, the course helps students to narrate, express and support an opinion and compare and contrast ideas to those in their own culture. The course also uses authentic, interdisciplinary texts and tasks to inform language and content learning as well as wiki technology and web resources to further students’ understanding of course themes.This is a three-credit course and involves intensive reading and writing experiences prior to and after the study abroad experience. The study abroad experience allows students to experience first-hand many of the ideas and values that they will be studying.

SPA 482/SPA 582 (if you are a graduate student, please sign up for SPA 582)
This summer course is designed to provide Spanish majors and minors with a deeper understanding of three different Peninsular cultures: those of Madrid and Barcelona as well as the culturally-rich region of Navarra. Building on participants’ general understanding of Spanish civilization, the course introduces students to regional perspectives on topics that might be of potential interest to participants such as women and men, art and culture, politics, the environment and environmental issues, work and leisure, urban vs. rural life, or religion and philosophy. Participants receive historical and thematic input from the instructor and then pursue their own research investigations on a particular topic of interest to them while in Spain, using field trips as well as periodical and primary sources of the region to inform their investigations. At the end of the course participants will be able to (1) engage in extended discussion of a particular aspect of Spanish culture and society (2) compare and contrast varied Peninsular cultures (3) demonstrate a general understanding of historical, geographical, religious, political, social, and/or cultural factors that have impacted Madrid, Barcelona or Navarre(4) demonstrate a more complex understanding of Spanish identity.

In addition to the course offerings, the program arranges social events and cultural excursions, including visits to historic sites, museums, churches, monasteries and palaces. Each program participant is housed in double-room accomodations and provided with daily breakfast, lunch and dinner. Undergraduate and graduate students from any university are encouraged to apply. The program fee includes tuition, housing, all meals, on-site orientation activities, program-sponsored activities, excursions, and administrative fees.

Paris, Intersession 2009--Prof. Michelle Cheyne

Course Title: "Une mine d’information: A Research and Experiential Learning Expedition in Search of ‘Value’ in Paris"

Course Description: Articulated around an 8-day research and experiential learning expedition in Paris, this intensive course examining how the concept of ‘value’ is constructed in French culture and society provides students with 45 total hours of instruction in methodology and analysis, collaborative practice in applying these techniques, and supervised research using primary documents available only in France.

As a group, we will study four units exploring the complex ways in which economic and symbolic value intersect in French culture and society. Each unit focuses on a separate body of text linked to one or more academic discipline. Unit 1 considers food, its commercialization, and its distribution from anthropological, sociological, and economic perspectives. Students will analyze Parisians’ relationship(s) to food and the impact of globalization on the value of food by studying the phenomena of the open-air neighborhood markets, the petits commerçants, and the grands surfaces. Unit 2 considers the value of art from literary and historical perspectives by setting the vision of the Poet given in four versions of the life of Cyrano de Bergerac (a historical account, Rostand’s eponymous play, Rappeneau’s film Cyrano, and the Comédie Française’s staging of Rostand’s play) in the context of the 17th century as seen through its art, architecture, and interiors. Unit 3 considers the iconography of value from the dual perspective of art history and gender studies by examining the ways in which portraits of wives and mistresses encode visually male wealth and power. Unit 4 considers the value of physical data from scientific and sociological perspectives by studying the ways in which the development, exploitation, and showcasing of specimen collection contributes to the vision of scientific inquiry as an endeavor of national importance.

In keeping with the intensive academic nature of the project, students will engage in work prior to the research trip, and they will receive course credit only after successful completion of the research expedition, submission of a final paper, and the public oral presentation of their work at a forum open to the university and local community, and if possible at a meeting of the Richelieu Club of Fall River.

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