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Spanish at Cottey College is designed to help students develop language skills as well as a cultural appreciation and understanding through a wide range of current societies and cultural histories of the Hispanic world. It provides students with the knowledge to better understand their own culture and language, to respect cultural diversity, to gain a capacity for critical thinking, and to function as responsible members of a global society.
At Cottey we offer a variety of Spanish courses, many of which include audio elements. Cottey has a state-of-the-art smart class/language lab providing students the opportunity to practice their language skills. In addition students receive individualized instruction in our classes.
If you want to immerse yourself in the Spanish experience, Cottey College can help you achieve your goal.
Elementary Spanish I
Structures of Spanish language are learned through aural-oral approach. Stresses creative use of Spanish. Reading and composition skills gradually acquired. Language laboratory assignments coordinated with classroom work. 4 credits
Elementary Spanish II
Emphasizes speaking and understanding through aural-oral study of the structure of the language. Reading and composition skills also acquired. Laboratory assignments coordinated with classroom work. 4 credits
Intermediate Spanish I
Includes a review of grammar, brief cultural readings, exercises in composition, vocabulary studies and limited supplementary readings. 3 credits
Intermediate Spanish II
Further review of grammar, numerous brief cultural readings, exercises in composition, vocabulary studies and limited supplementary readings. 3 credits
Readings of short stories, novels, drama and poetry. Literary works represent Spain or Hispanic America. Lectures, discussion, and oral and written reports. 3 credits
Hispanic Culture and Civilization
Surveys Spanish and Hispanic American history, customs, geography, intellectual and artistic development, and social and psychological realities. 3 credits
Develops fluency in speaking and comprehension with emphasis on use of contemporary vocabulary and idioms. Pronunciation included. 3 credits
Develops ability in written expression while acquiring new vocabulary and reviewing problematic grammar structures. 3 credits
Serves as an introduction to the business world in Latin American countries as well as to the interaction between U.S. and Latin American companies and professionals. Readings, journal articles, essays and interviews with business professionals open students to the inner workings of small businesses and large corporations alike. 3 credits
The Chicano Experience
Analyzes Chicano literature from post 1960s to the present, emphasizing major themes such as language, history, culture, identity and religion. Authors read in class include Sandra Cisneros, Ana Castillo, Ruben Martínez, Ignacio Padilla and Gloria Anzaldúa, among others. 3 credits
Contemporary Latin American and Spanish Women Writers
Explores the narrative of contemporary Latin-American/Spanish women writers such as Griselda Gambaro, Ferré, Isabel Allende, Carmen Laforet, Rosa Chacel, Carmen Martín Gaite, Rosa Montero and others, by examining the articulation of gender, race and class relations in different literary genres, and issues related to the women in Latin-American/Spanish society. 3 credits
A service-learning trip to Guatemala over the winter holiday
Madrid, Spain has been a destination for the International Spring Break Trip.
Students visited Barcelona, Spain for Cottey's International Spring Break Trip 2012.
Cottey College sponsors a Multicultural Fair with food, dance and displays from many nations representing the Campus Community.