Alvaro A. Bernal

Alvaro A. Bernal, Latin American Topics: Buenos Aires Then and Now, Spring 2016

Course Description

This interdisciplinary course explores the history, culture, and politics of the city of Buenos Aires from the Colonial times to the present. Through films and readings the course will also offer a panoramic study of the city (and the country), focusing on various cultural, political, and artistic manifestations including popular icons and symbols such as tango, Evita, Borges, Gardel, Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, soccer, and others. We will examine them as specific elements that construct national identity.

Required Texts:

- El informe de Brodie, Borges, Jorge Luis. Publisher: Biblioteca Borges, Alianza Editorial. Español.
- Oxford or Larousse Spanish/English dictionary.

Alvaro A. Bernal, Spanish For Healthcare Professionals, Spring 2016

Course Description:

This course is designed as a practical elementary/introductory Spanish course that will include technical vocabulary and idiomatic expressions needed by healthcare professionals who must communicate orally with Spanish-speaking patients. We will emphasize grammar, speaking and pronunciation skills. Students will learn and practice useful phrases within a medical context as well as acquire vocabulary and basic grammatical knowledge.

Required Texts:

-Spanish for Health Care. Patricia Rush and Patricia Houston. Second Edition, Pearson.Textbook and Workbook.
-English-Spanish/Spanish-English Pocket Oxford Spanish Dictionary [Paperback] Nicholas Rollin (Editor), Carol Styles Carvajal (Editor), Jane Horwood (Editor)

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Alvaro A. Bernal, Spanish For Business Professionals, Spring 2016

Course Description:

This course is designed as a practical elementary Spanish course that will include technical vocabulary and idiomatic expressions needed by business professionals who must communicate in both oral and written ways with Spanish-speaking companies and bilingual colleagues as well. The course will offer an essential foundation in grammar, vocabulary and speech related to functional business areas, and practice in carrying out simple business transactions in Spanish. This course is for non-native speakers ONLY. Knowledge of Spanish is not required. The course is not open to heritage or native speakers of Spanish. The course is not recommended for students who have completed intermediate Spanish courses or have taken more than three years of high school Spanish.

Required Texts:

- Spanish for Business. Patricia Rush and Patricia Houston, Pearson.Textbook and Workbook.
-Pocket Oxford Dictionary Spanish/English, Author: Rollin Cavayal, Publisher: Oxford. No electronic translators.

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Alvaro A. Bernal, Conversational Spanish, Spring 2016

Course Description

The aims of this course are to improve the learner's ability to understand and speak fluent Spanish. A native speaker instructor guides the student, but the learner does most of the talking. Emphasis in small classes is on vocabulary building and some basic structures. Daily participation is necessary. Prerequisite: SPAN 0212

Required Texts:

- Blanco, Revista: Conversación sin barreras. Vista Higher Learning, Boston, Massachusetts, 2010, third edition.
- El cuento hispánico. Mullen/Garganigo. Eight Edition, McGraw Hill.
- 501 Spanish Verbs with CD-ROM and Audio CD (501 Verb Series) by Christopher Kendris and Oxford or Larousse Spanish/English dictionary.

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Alvaro A. Bernal, Spanish for Reading and Translation, Fall 2015

Course Description

An intensive basic reading course in Spanish designed to all students who want to study Spanish for reading knowledge and translation. No prior knowledge of Spanish is required. Readings are drawn from many areas, including the Spanish language press, the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. Course for students headed for graduate school but open to anyone.

Required Texts:

- Spanish for Reading and Translation, by Annette Cash and James Murray. Pearson.
- Pocket Oxford Dictionary Spanish/English, Author: Rollin Cavayal, Publisher: Oxford.

Alvaro A. Bernal, Literary Translation, Fall 2015

Course Description

This course is intended to develop translating skills in literary (including scholarly and critical), journalistic, and advertising texts. (It is intended to develop translating skills for legal, business, or industrial texts.) It involves the discussion of translation problems and the ways to solve (or circumvent) them through the actual task of translating selected passages from fiction, poetry, plays, and articles.

Required Texts:

- Introduction to Translation, by Jack Child. University Press of America, 2010.
- 501 Spanish Verbs with CD-ROM and Audio CD (501 Verb Series) by Christopher Kendris
- Oxford or Larousse Spanish/English dictionary.

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Alvaro A. Bernal, Latin American Civilization, Fall 2015

Course Description:

Readings, lectures, films, and class discussions in Spanish on the historical development of Latin American civilization and its major social, economic, and cultural features. This course is required for Spanish majors. Prerequisite: SPAN 0212

Required Texts:

-Iberoamérica: Historia de su civilización y cultura por Carlos A. Loprete. (4 Edición).
-Diccionario bilingüe impreso

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Alvaro A. Bernal, Spanish For Business Professionals, Fall 2015

Course Description:

This course is designed as a practical elementary Spanish course that will include technical vocabulary and idiomatic expressions needed by business professionals who must communicate in both oral and written ways with Spanish-speaking companies and bilingual colleagues as well. The course will offer an essential foundation in grammar, vocabulary and speech related to functional business areas, and practice in carrying out simple business transactions in Spanish.

Required Texts:

- Spanish for Business. Patricia Rush and Patricia Houston, Pearson.Textbook and Workbook.
- English-Spanish/Spanish-English Pocket Oxford Spanish Dictionary [Paperback] Nicholas Rollin (Editor), Carol Styles Carvajal (Editor), Jane Horwood (Editor).

Alvaro A. Bernal, Spanish For Healthcare Professionals, Spring 2015

Course Description:

This course is designed as a practical elementary/introductory Spanish course that will include technical vocabulary and idiomatic expressions needed by healthcare professionals who must communicate orally with Spanish-speaking patients. We will emphasize grammar, speaking and pronunciation skills. Students will learn and practice useful phrases within a medical context as well as acquire vocabulary and basic grammatical knowledge.

Required Texts:

-Spanish for Health Care. Patricia Rush and Patricia Houston. Second Edition, Pearson.Textbook and Workbook.
-English-Spanish/Spanish-English Pocket Oxford Spanish Dictionary [Paperback] Nicholas Rollin (Editor), Carol Styles Carvajal (Editor), Jane Horwood (Editor)

Alvaro A. Bernal, Intermediate Spanish 1, Spring 2015

Course Description

This course is a continuation of the first-year sequence and includes a functional review of language structure and vocabulary. Primary emphasis is development of conversational skills, with topical reading and some writing. Prerequisite: SPAN 0112

Required Texts:

-Mosaicos Textbook 5th edition, Prentice Hall, 2010 and Workbook
-Spanish/English dictionary
-501 Spanish Verbs

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