Latinos in the USA

Aims

Aims

In this module, students will learn how the growing Latino community is reshaping the idea of cultural identity in the United States. We will explore the ideas of cultural assimilation through literature and media. We will look into the current debates on the role of Spanish, bilingualism and the use of Spanglish in the US.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites

 

 

Programme

Programme

Contact hours

Two hours per week: one hour tutor-led seminar and one hour dedicated to students’ projects (in student-led classes or individual sessions with the tutor).

Teaching programme

This is an option module which can be taken additionally to any core modules. The module is taught in Spanish. The module is designed to allow for flexibility and independent research within a supportive framework. A range of key issues will be discussed in class through the analysis of authentic materials and relevant literature during the tutor-led seminar hour. Early on in the module, students will choose a particular topic they want to research in depth for their dossier. During the hour dedicated to project work, they will be expected to report on their progress at regular points, either individually with the tutor or to the rest of the group. They will be expected to present key findings to their peers in order to practice their presentation skills as well as their analytical and critical skills.

Teaching materials

Teaching materials and bibliographical references will be supplied during the course.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on formative work

  • Oral commentary and dialogue within class on oral and written language work, given immediately both to individuals and to group
  • Oral commentary and dialogue on seminar presentation, given to the individual presenter following the seminar
  • Written comments and mark on University scale given to individual students for practice essays, with opportunity for individual consultation. The essays will be returned to students two weeks after seminar
  • Model answers may be given for class exercise/past exam papers, with class discussion of difficulties

Assessment and feedback

  • Written assignment – to be handed in by noon on Thursday of Spring Term, Week 1
  • Students research an issue related to the theme covered by the module and write a paper.
    • Length: 3000 words
    • Weight: 100%

Feedback: Comments on written assessed work will be available to view, under supervision, at an appointed time in the summer term.

 

About this module

  • Module name
    Latinos in the USA
  • Course code
    S38H (LAN00038H)
  • Teacher 
    María Muradás-Taylor
  • Term(s) taught
    Autumn
  • Credits
    20