Department of Modern
Languages and Literatures
Capstoning Spanish:
Meditation on the past,
Metaphor for the future
Spanish Capstone Courses
Taught so Far
Latin A m eric an S p an ish
D r. O tilia C o rtez
(Fall 2 0 0 2 )
D ic tato rs hip in Latin A m eric an Literatu re
D r. O tilia C o rtez
(Fall 2 0 0 3 )
Paragu ay , an A rea Stdy
D r. Tracy Lew is
(F all 2 0 0 4 )
M exican T eath er
D r. G eo rgin a W ittin gh am
(I n pro gres s)
Latin American Spanish:
Significance of the Topic
Considering that the Spanish major fosters
understanding and appreciation of the
customs, traditions, and cultural values of
the Hispanic world, the Latin American
Course was designed as a capstone to
provide opportunities for the study of
literature rooted in diverse communities and
their own worldview, feelings, hopes, beliefs,
ideology, and other aspects of their cultural
make up.
Latin American Spanish
•Familiarizes students with the variety of
Spanish dialects spoken In Latin America
and raises awareness of the impact that this
diversity may have on teaching Spanish as a
second language.
•Improves all basic communicative skills and
provides training for comfortable interaction
with native speakers of the various regions.
Linguistic Map
Speech Production
Main Articulators
Latin American Spanish Course
 Most interviewees were
native speakers of
Spanish attending SUNY.
 Professor: Francisco
Arellano (from
 Dr. Tracy Lewis
(Specialist in Paraguayan
 Miel para Ochum
 Como agua para
 La Historia Oficial
Songs from Colombia,
Nicaragua, Costa
Rica, Venezuela,
Chile etc.
Latin American Spanish
 Text Book: John M.
Lipski. Latin American
Spanish. 1994
Additional readings:
 José G. Moreno de Alba.
El Español en América.
 D. Lincoln Canfield.
Spanish Pronunciation
in the Americas. 1981
Dictatorship in Latin American
Literature -Dr. Otilia CortezFall 2003
Significance of the course
 Explores the past from
the present and the
universal through the
 -Gives a broad knowledge
about one of the most
important issues in Latin
American countries.
 Facilitates students
their intellectual
growth through the
coalescence of the
Spanish language,
culture and history. Approaches students
to Spanish native
speaker real world.
-Helps students to reflect on their past
experience at the college.
-Empowers student to be a good professional
in the future.
-Helps students to understand culture and all
artistic expressions.
-Provides students more confidence on
themselves to speak Spanish.
Dictatorship in
Latin American Literature
Dictatorship in
Latin American Literature
 La mujer habitada
 La fiesta del chivo
Songs, poems, plays:
Students from college
and native speakers fr
the area.
Invited Speakers:
 Dr. Yolanda Rosas
 Dr. Elias Ramos
Paraguay: an Area Study
( Fall 200) Dr. Tracy Lewis
Paraguay: an Area Study
Significance of the Course:
 Aims at the student’s life and spirit.
 Gives an excellent overview of Paraguayan history
and daily life.
 It has much to say about The Latin American context
in which Paraguay exists.
 It offers meaningful analogs of the students personal
experience: the generation gap, love, sex, the quest
for identity, the struggle to create beauty.
 It offers students the chance to reflect on their majors
in terms which actually produce enduring learning:
the individual’s core of intimate concerns.
Bibliography and Films
Marcos, Juan Manuel
El invierno de Gunter.
Roa Bastos, Augusto.
Hijo de hombre.
Jara, Víctor. Canto Libre
Machado, Antonio.
Poesías Completas
García Lorca, Federico.
Obras Completas
Clastres, Pierre.“Mitos y
ritos de los indiosde la
América del Sur.”
-Mujeres en el mercado.
-Mujeres en el mercado.
-El gran chaco.
Stages of Discovery: Contemporary
Mexican Theatre
Dr. Georgina Whittingham
The founding of Mexico
(The eagle, the nopal and the stone)
Significance of the topic
Provides students with
understanding of the
major events and
figures in Mexican
cultural history
through the dynamic
medium of
contemporary plays.
Allows students to
experience what
happens when a
dramatic text is
performed, and most
performances engage
students in situations
that reflect Mexican
cultural values…
Significance of the topic:
Discussions and research
pave the way for
students’ critical
diaries and written
commentary on each
play and place it
within its social,
political and cultural
provide a re-creation
and a re-vision of the
past from the vantage
point of the present
and a meditation on
what the future may
hold as past and
present intersect in
Mexican plays.
Students have the opportunity to reflect on their
own concerns and on the linguistic and cultural
competency acquired, during their college career,
an required to succeed in the profession.
Students take charge of learning through a variety
of techniques: research, writing, performances,
technology assisted learning, and an archive of
personally created cultural images and texts.
Performance of Rabinal AchíBallet-Drama (Guatemala)
Rabinal Achí
Stages of Discovery:
Contemporary Mexican Theatre
Rabinal Achi
El Popol Vuh
El Libro de Chilam Balam
Los albañiles (Leñero)
Moctezuma (Magaña)
El sueño de Malinche
(Del Río Marcela)
Zapata Vive (Hoyos)
El Gesticulador (Usigli)
Chicles Joven (Galván)
Cuauhtemoc (Novo) etc.
El Rabinal Achi,etc.
Filmed Documentary:
Electronically Produced

Capstone Courses