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This advanced language course helps students better understand and communicate with their Hispanic clients by providing instruction about connections between Spanish language and Hispanic culture. We will examine how institutions—family, religion, government—along with differences in class and region inform communication in the Hispanic community. We will explore communicative strategies that teach students how to adapt phonetics, formality, and diction for specific rhetorical situations. We will practice these strategies and reinforce cultural instruction in experiential learning activities that put students in direct contact with native speakers.

Prerequisites: One year of college-level Spanish or successful completion of proficiency exam. In addition, during winter quarter interested students will complete a 20-minute assessment interview with the instructor which may also include a brief written component to determine level of fluency. Consent of the instructor will be required for course registration.