Priscilla Chen

BA, State University of New York-Stony Brook. MA, Queens College. Currently completing a doctorate in Spanish literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Special interests include Golden Age peninsular literature, Latin American literature and culture in general, and fiction. SLC, 2004–

Current undergraduate courses

Intermediate Spanish I: The Fiction of Language

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Augusto Monterroso’s microfiction, “Cuando despertó, el dinosaurio todavía seguía allí,” exemplifies the complexity of the Spanish language and grammar through a single sentence that can generate many interpretations. This course is designed to revise and emphasize the fundamental Spanish grammatical structures, using literary fiction and social and cultural references as frames to understand the craft of the language and its richness. We will also pay special attention to oral communication, the use of new vocabulary, and writing formats to create a dynamic dialogue between and among grammar, literature, and culture in order to contextualize multiple meanings while increasing fluency in every aspect of language production. For conference, students will have a chance to explore various aspects and topics of Hispanic culture and the arts.

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Previous courses

Intermediate Spanish II: Grammar and Composition

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This course is intended for students who have already mastered the basics of Spanish and wish to continue a more advanced study of the grammar and vocabulary and to develop a more complex level of oral and written discourse, emphasizing subjective expression. Written and oral skills will be strengthened by oral presentations, class participation, and frequent essays (which include film reviews), based on a broad array of materials related to contemporary Latin American and Iberian culture. We will attempt to cover various sources: short stories, poems, novels, films, music lyrics, newspaper articles, etc. For conference, students will have a chance to explore various aspects and topics of Hispanic culture and the arts. We will take advantage of our local resources such as museums, libraries, and theatre. Weekly conversation with a language assistant will be required.

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Intermediate Spanish II: Latin America, A Mosaic of Cultures

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This course is intended for students who wish to hone their language skills while exploring the rich cultural mosaic of Latin America. Students will continue to develop their speaking, reading, and writing abilities while being exposed to various cultural and literary topics that will be introduced throughout the course. Part of the class will be dedicated to an intense grammar review, while increasing the student’s comprehension through various sources: short stories, poems, novels, films, music lyrics, newspaper articles, etc. For conference, students will have a chance to explore and develop topics related to the Hispanic culture. In order to enrich the student’s exposure to the mosaic of Latin American cultures, we’ll try to take advantage of our local resources such as museums, libraries, and theatre. Students will meet with a language assistant once a week in order to practice their speaking and oral comprehension.

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