Global Experience: Modern Cuba

HISP-X395 — spring 2019

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Days and Times
11:15A-1:15P F and Spring Break: March 9 - 17 Havana/ Santa Clara, Cuba
Course Description

Prerequisite:  HISP-S 280 or Departmental Consent

HISP-X 395 Composition and Conversation in Spanish (3 cr.), joint-listed with LTAM-L 426 Variable Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (3 cr.). Special topic: “Modern Cuba. A non-standard ten-week session with spring break in Cuba.” 

This ten-week course with spring break in Cuba provides an introduction to modern Cuban culture and language through discussions of history, literature, film, and music, and studies in phonology and pragmatic aspects of Caribbean Spanish, as well as methods of Second Language acquisition. Weekly Bloomington campus meetings will be followed by a one-week visit to Havana and Santa Clara, Cuba, including language exchanges with Cuban students.

In the linguistics classes, students learn about the phonology and pragmatic aspects of Caribbean Spanish as well as methods of second language acquisition. The course will be organized in two parts. The first part, conducted in Bloomington, will introduce students to Cuban culture and to the Cuban variety of spoken Spanish, during the first nine weeks of spring semester 2019. The second part will take place in Cuba, where we will travel from March 9-17 to spend four days in the city of Santa Clara, plus three days in Havana. The travel portion is a required part of the semester course. In Santa Clara, we will interact with Cuban students of IU’s partner university UCLV in a series of encounters that will be planned around linguistic exercises and common topics of conversation. Throughout their stay, students will be staying with Cuban families in “casas particulares” facilitated by our partner, Cuba Educational Travel. We will also visit local organizations in Santa Clara, as well as the colonial town of Remedios and the nearby, recently developed Santa María Keys, in order to better understand the on-the-ground cultural and linguistic reality in central Cuba. In Havana, students will visit historic and cultural sites such as the old colonial town and Regla. They will also attend workshops on Cuban literature, dance, music, Afro-Cuban culture, and the environment. Minimum number of participants is 10, and maximum is 22.

Course co-taught by Professors Anke Birkenmaier and Erik Willis.

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