Courses Taught (at the University of Florida)

Titles marked with an asterisk (*) indicate Moreland's courses for Fall 2008.  Please scroll down for current syllabi and the syllabus for an exciting new 2009 summer
study abroad course entitled "Contemporary Music in the Spanish-Speaking World."
If interested in the syllabi for other courses, please contact me via e-mail, < moreland @ >

SPN 2240   Intensive Aural and Reading Comprehension
SPN 2440   Intermediate Spanish for Business
SPN 3300   Spanish Grammar and Composition 1
SPN 3301   Spanish Grammar and Composition 2
SPN 3224   Latin American Civilization
SPN 3224   Religion in Latin America  
SPN 3224   U.S. - Latin American Cultural Relations
SPN 3224   Latin American Music
SPN 3224   Contemporary Music in Spanish (one credit)
ISA STUDY ABROAD, Contemporary Music in the Spanish-Speaking World (three credits, see below)
SPN 3224   Business and Culture of Sports in the Spanish-Speaking World (one credit)
SPN 3224   Sports in Spain and Latin America (three credits)
SPN 3224   Cities of the Spanish-Speaking World (upcoming, Spring 2009)
*SPN 3440   Commercial Spanish
SPN 3442   Marketing and Advertising in the Spanish-Speaking World
SPN 3520   Culture and Civilization of Spanish America
SPN 3930   Pop Culture in the Spanish-Speaking World
*SPN 4420   Advanced Composition and Syntax 
SPN 6166   Teaching Spanish for the Professions

NEW COURSE:  "Contemporary Music in the Spanish-Speaking World" (to be offered on the ISA in Guanajuato, Mexico Summer 1 Program, May 24 - June 27, 2009)
This course highlights the rich variety of pop(ular) music currently being produced and consumed in the Spanish-speaking world.  The focus is on Mexico and the United States, which combine to form a large and very profitable market.  We will also study selected artists from Argentina, Colombia, Puerto Rico and Spain, four other major players in the Spanish-language music industry.  We analyze musicians, bands and performers in terms of trajectory, lyrics and songs.  We highlight the cultural context in which the music is created, paying special attention to issues of image creation and music video.  The goal is to increase student awareness of and familiarity with this extremely important aspect of pop culture in the Spanish-speaking community.  Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to converse intelligently, in Spanish, on a wide variety of issues relevant to the music industry.
    A one-credit version of the course has been offered on-campus at the University of Florida for many years, and has been a resounding success.  However, the study abroad setting will allow for expansion to three credits and will prove to be of even greater benefit to the student.  The pervasiveness of music in everyday Guanajuato life--songs heard in host households and from windows and balconies while walking to class; Mexican college students on campus with their mp3 players; street and market CD vendors; open-air and arena concerts; background tunes sounding in department stores, banks, restaurants and nightclubs, etc.--will facilitate true cultural and linguistic immersion.  Class activities will take full advantage of the local surroundings.
    Required reading materials:  A course packet will be furnished at the first class session.  Additionally, the student will consult selected internet sites, and purchase local magazines/newspapers.
    Grading criteria:  Two exams = 40%; Participation = 20%; Group Project = 20%; Individual Presentation = 20%.  The "group project" (size of groups depends on class size) involves the organization and promotion of a "music festival" (a multi-group fictitious concert to be held somewhere in Mexico).  Specific details will be provided during the first week of class.  For the "individual presentation," the student will select a group/artist not extensively covered in the syllabus, and present on that topic.  Length of the presentation and minimum number of songs to be covered will depend on class size.  Specific details will be provided during the first week of class.
    Course schedule:
Semana 1
25 mayo            Introducción al curso; Actividades.
26 mayo            La 5ta Estación.  Flex.  +Otros...*
27 mayo            Alejandra Guzmán.  Jaguares.  +Otros...
28 mayo            Maná.  +Otros...
29 mayo            Paulina Rubio.  Thalía.  +Otros...
Semana 2
1 junio                Julieta Venegas.  +Otros...
2 junio                Aleks Syntek.  +Otros...
3 junio                Molotov.  Genitállica.  +Otros...
4 junio                Moenia.  Motel.  +Otros...
5 junio                Examen #1.
Semana 3
8 junio                Ha-Ash.  +Otros...
9 junio                Kalimba.  Reik.  +Otros...
10 junio              RBD.  Yahir.  Yuridia.  +Otros...
11 junio              Control Machete.  Jae-P.  Adassa.  Pitbull.  +Otros.
12 junio              Presentación de los Festivales de Música.
Semana 4
15 junio              Ivy Queen.  Daddy Yankee.  Don Omar.  +Otros...
16 junio              Jessy & Joy.  Presentaciones individuales.
17 junio              Belinda.  Presentaciones individuales.
18 junio              Presentaciones individuales.
19 junio              No hay clase.
Semana 5
22 junio              Allison.  Panda.  +Otros...
23 junio              Belanova.  Pambo.  Playa Limbo.  +Otros...
24 junio              Ricardo Arjona.  Amandititita.  +Otros...
25 junio              Examen #2.
26 junio              No hay clase.
*The designation "+Otros..." refers to "other artists" that will be covered that day.  This coverage will take the form of shorter readings and a one/two song presentation of their body of work.  These groups will be selected on the basis of their connection to the artist(s) being studied in that specific class session, and/or their timeliness (e.g. a tune that is currently #1 on the radio, a song that has particularly noteworthy lyrics, etc., etc.).      

*Syllabi for Fall 2008:
SPN 4420      Advanced Composition and Syntax  (Fall 2008)
REQUISITO:  SPN 3301 (con nota de "B"), o un curso equivalente aprobado por el instructor.
TEXTOS:  1.  A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish , Fourth edition, John Butt y Carmen Benjamin.  2.  Un buen diccionario inglés/español, español/inglés.
PROPOSITO:  El propósito del curso es ayudar a los estudiantes a perfeccionar su español escrito, por lo cual pasaremos la mayor parte del tiempo estudiando gramática y escribiendo.  La mayor deficiencia lingüística en el español de los estudiantes a este nivel es la tendencia a emplear estructuras gramaticales y léxicos provenientes del inglés.  Intentaremos contrarrestar esta tendencia, analizando las diferencias entre los dos idiomas.  OJO:  El perfeccionamiento de una lengua es una tarea que requiere innumerables horas de preparación y práctica, algunas de las cuales pasaremos en este curso.
EVALUACION:  1.  Composiciones (5 x 10 pts. =) 50%.  2.   Pruebas (5 x 10 pts. =) 50%.  3.  Asistencia y participación.  Cada sesión de clase vale 1/2 punto.  Perderá el medio punto el/la estudiante que falte, llegue tarde, o no participe interactivamente.  
Habrá cinco composiciones, de 250 a 300 palabras (dos en clase y tres en casa).  La primera versión será calificada y devuelta a los estudiantes.  A base de las correcciones sugeridas (ver el "Código", distribuido en clase), los estudiantes entregarán una segunda versión mejorada.  Esta versión también se someterá a una calificación.  La primera versión (e.g. C#1A) constituye un 70% de la nota; la segunda (e.g. C#1B) vale 30%.  OJO:  no se aceptan trabajos entregados después de la hora designada, excepto en casos extraordinarios.
Habrá cinco pruebas anunciadas sobre la gramática estudiada en el libro de texto.
08/25  Introducción.     08/27  "Preface...". "Conventions...".  Cap. 39, "Accent Rules...". Cap. 4, "Adjectives".  08/29  Cap. 5, "Comparison of adjectives and adverbs.  
Detalles, C#1A.
09/01  Labor Day (no hay clase).  09/03  C#1A (en clase).  09/05  Cap. 6, "Demonstrative Adjectives and Pronouns".
09/08  Cap. 7, "Neuter Articles and Pronouns".  Detalles, C#2A.  09/10   Cap. 8, "Possessive Adjectives and Pronouns".  Entregar C#1B.  09/12  Cap. 9, "Miscellaneous Words".
09/15   Cap. 10, "Numerals".  Entregar C#2A.  09/17  Prueba #1 (Caps. 4 - 10).  09/19  Cap. 11, "Personal Pronouns".
09/22  Cap. 12, "Le/les and lo/la/los/las".  09/24  Cap. 13, "Forms of Verbs".  Entregar C#2B.  09/26  Cap. 13, "Forms of Verbs".
09/29  Cap. 14, "Use of Indicative (non-continuous Verb Forms".  10/01  Cap. 15, "Continuous Forms of the Verb".  Detalles, C#3A.  10/03  C#3A (en clase).
10/06  Prueba #2 (Caps. 11 - 15).  10/08  Cap. 16, "The Subjunctive".  10/10  Cap. 16, "The Subjunctive".
10/13  Cap. 17, "The Imperative".  Entregar C#3B.  Detalles, C#4A.  10/15  Cap. 18, "The Infinitive".  10/17  Actividades.
10/20  Cap. 19, "Participles".  10/22  Cap. 20, "The Gerund".  Entregar C#4A.  10/24  Homecoming (no hay clase).
10/27  Cap. 21, "Modal Auxiliary Verbs".  Prueba #3 (Caps. 16 - 21).  10/29  Cap. 23, "Negation".  10/31  Cap. 24, "Interrogation and Exclamations".  Entregar C#4B.  Detalles, C#5A.
11/03  Cap. 25, "Conditional Sentences".  11/05  Cap. 26, "Pronominal Verbs".  11/07  Cap. 27, "Verbs of Becoming".  Entregar C#5A.
11/10  Cap. 28, "Passive and Impersonal Sentences".  11/12  Cap. 29, "Ser and Estar".  Cap. 30, "Existential Sentences".  11/14  Cap. 31, "Adverbs".  Entregar C#5B.
11/17  Cap. 32, "Expressions of Time".  11/19  Prueba #4 (Caps. 23-32).  11/21  Cap. 33, "Conjunctions and Connectors".
11/24  Cap. 34, "Prepositions".  11/26  Actividades.  11/28  Thanksgiving (no hay clase).
12/01  Cap. 35, "Relative Pronouns".  12/03  Cap. 37, "Word Order".  12/05  Cap. 38, "Diminutive, Augmentative and Pejorative Suffixes".
12/08  Repaso y Actividades.  12/10  Prueba #5 (Caps. 33 - 38).  12/12  Reading Day (no hay clase).

SPN 3440      Commercial Spanish  (Fall 2008)
PRE-REQUISITES:  SPN 3300 or SPN 3350.
COURSE DESCRIPTION:  The purpose of SPN 3440 is to introduce students to the vocabulary and business practices of the Hispanic world, further develop practical language skills, and contribute to greater cross-cultural awareness.  The goal is to help students successfully negotiate in an increasingly global marketplace.  To that end, SPN 3440 emphasizes effective (oral and written) communication.  The course also promotes critical thinking and teamwork via a pair of creative projects.
MATERIALS:  The required textbook is Exito comercial:  Prácticas administrativas y contextos culturales, Fourth Edition.  Michael Scott Doyle,  T. Bruce Fryer and Ronald Cere.
GRADING CRITERIA:  60% = Three Exams (No make-ups).  20% = Participation.  Each class is worth 1/2 point.  The student who is late, absent, or not actively engaged will lose the half point.  20% = Two Creative Projects (each worth 10 %):  (a) students, working in pairs, will produce a television commercial; (b) students, individually, will participate in a modified job interview.
08/25  Introduction.  08/27  Chap. 1.  08/29  Chap. 1.
09/01  Labor Day (no class).  09/03  Chaps. 1 and 2.  Activities.  09/05  Chap. 2.
09/08  Chap. 2.  09/10  Chap. 3.  09/12  Chap. 3.  Activities.
09/15  Chap. 4.  09/17  Chap. 4 .  09/19  Exam #1.
09/22  Chap. 5.  09/24  Chap. 5.  09/26  Chaps. 5 and 6.  Activities.
09/29  Chap. 6.  10/01  Chap. 6.  10/03  Chap. 7.  
10/06  Chap. 7.  10/08  Chap. 7.  Activities.  10/10  Chap. 8.
10/13  Chap. 8.  10/15  Chap. 9.  10/17  Chap. 9.  Activities.
10/20  Chap. 9.  Assign groups for the commercial.  10/22  Exam #2.  10/24  Homecoming (no class).
10/27  Chap. 10.  10/29  Chap. 10.  10/31  Chap. 11.
11/03  Chap. 11  11/05  Commercials (in class).  11/07  Activities.
11/10  Chap. 12.  11/12  Chap. 12.  11/14  Chap. 13.
11/17  Chap. 13.  11/19  Chap. 14.  11/21  Chap. 14.
11/24  Chap. 14.  Activities.  11/26  Activities.  11/28  Thanksgiving (no class).
12/01  Review.  Details of the Interview.  12/03  Exam #3.  12/05  Appendix #4.  Begin preparation for the interview ...
12/08  Interview prep continues ...  12/10  Interview (in class).  12/12  Reading Day (no class).

SPN 3520      Culture and Civilization of Spanish America  (Spring 2007)
NOTE:  Spring 2009 version of syllabus forthcoming ...
Prerequisito:  SPN 3300 ó SPN 3350.
Descripción:  Lecturas organizadas en ocho grandes temas:  introducción histórica; clases sociales; etnicidad/ urbanización; familia; educación; religión; cultura.  Hay una serie de lecturas para cada tema, tomadas del campo de la sociología, la antropología, las ciencias políticas, la literatura y el periodismo.
Objetivos:  (1) Familiarizarse con la cultura latinoamericana, enfocada en su tensión entre la tradición y el cambio.  (2) Ofrecer una comprensión multidisciplinaria de los temas estudiados:  hábitos, instituciones, productos sociales e intelectuales, valores y creencias culturales.  (3) Mejorar el uso de la lengua española por medio de la lectura de textos complejos, su discusión en clase, y su aplicación en los exámenes escritos.
Texto:  Tradición y cambio , Tercera Edición, Denis Lynn Daly Heyck & María Victoria González Pagani.
Evaluación:  80% = Cuatro Exámenes (no hay "make-ups"); 20% Asistencia y Participación (cada hora de clase = 1/2 punto:  se gana el medio punto llegando a tiempo y participando activamente en la clase; se pierde el medio punto llegando tarde, no participando o faltando a la clase).
Academic Integrity...
01-09 / 01-11    Introducción / Cap. 1
01-16 / 01-18    Cap. 1 / Cap. 1
01-23 / 01-25    Cap. 2 / Cap. 2
01-30 / 02-01    Película #1 / Examen #1
02-06 / 02-08    Cap. 3 / Cap. 3
02-13 / 02-15    Cap. 3 / Cap. 4
02-20 / 02-22    Cap. 4 / Cap. 4
02-27 / 03-01    Película #2 / Examen #2
03-06 / 03-08    Cap.5 / Cap. 5
03-13 / 03-15    Spring Break. No hay clase
03-20 / 03-22    Cap. 6 / Cap. 6
03-27 / 03-29    Película #3 / Examen #3
04-04 / 04-06    Cap. 7 / Cap. 7
04-11 / 04-13    Cap. 8 / Cap. 8
04-18 / 04-20    Película #4 / Película #4
04-25 / 04-27    Examen #4 / Reading Day.  No hay clase

SPN 3224      Sports in Spain and Latin America (three credits, Spring 2009) 
NOTE:  Spring 2009 syllabus forthcoming ...
Pre-requisites:  SPN 3300 or SPN 3350.  (Note:  While one need not be an "avid sports fan" to succeed in this section of SPN 3224, the student with a healthy interest in sports will most likely enjoy and profit more from the course.)
Description:  Sports have always occupied a prominent place in the landscape of pop culture.  With the advent of networks dedicated exclusively to sports coverage (e.g. ESPN), this tendency has become even more pronounced.  Athletes are more recognized than politicians; issues related to athletics permeate our daily conversations.  Sport as an economic enterprise is a multi-billion dollar industry.  Sophisticated sports marketing generates astronomical profits.  This is certainly true in the United States, and constitutes an equally important phenomenon in those nations where Spanish is spoken.  In this course, we will examine a wide variety of topics, beginning with the marketing and advertising of sport in the Spanish-speaking world, of which the World Cup serves as the prime example.  We then extensively analyze the "king" of sports in most Spanish-speaking countries, el fútbol/soccer.  We conclude with discussions of, in order, bullfighting, boxing, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, the Olympics, and sports reporters.  Of course, in a class that meets only once per week, we can barely scratch the surface of these topics.  However, the student who successfully completes SPN 3224 will leave with a better understanding of sports in general, and will possess the background knowledge required to converse, in Spanish, about a wide range of sports-related issues.
Reading Materials:  Readings come from (1) a course packet, and (2) internet sites.  In the initial class session, the instructor will describe the procedures for accessing these readings (...)

SPN 3224     Cities of the Spanish-Speaking World (one credit, Spring 2009)  
Pre-requisites:  SPN 3300 or SPN 3350.
Description:  In this course, conducted entirely in Spanish, we traverse approximately 30 cities throughout the Spanish-speaking world.  These particular urban areas have been selected for one (or more) of the following reasons:  architecture, culture, design, development, environment, history, nationalism, social issues, tourism, transporation and/or urban planning.  Our "tour" starts and ends in what will be--within a generation--the second-largest Spanish-speaking nation in the world:  the United States.  In between, we "travel" to Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republis, Cuba and Spain.  We will act as informed, Spanish-speaking "tourists," commenting on these cities from a critical and aesthetic perspective.  The goals of this course are, in order, to (1) increase linguistic competence, (2) highlight the rich diversity of urban form(s) in the Spanish-speaking world, and (3) whet the student's appetite for travel to these fascinating locales.
Reading Materials:  Readings consist of a combination of printed materials and internet sites.  In the initial class session, the instructor will describe the procedure for accessing these materials.
Class Preparation/Participation:  Before each class session the student is expected to read carefully the assigned material and do all accompanying activities.  Participation is a fundamental element of the course grade.  Each class session (excluding the first and last) is worth three points (in other words, 13x3=39% of the final grade).  To earn all three points, the student must arrive on time and be actively engaged in the class.  Tardiness and innattentiveness will result in the subtraction of points (one point reduction for each). An absence equals zero points for that day's session.  Bottom line:  if you plan to miss more than one session, or are habitually tardy, it is strongly advised that you not take this class.  These stipulations are not meant to be penal in nature, but rather are intended for the good of the class as a whole.  In a small class setting, consistent and punctual attendance creates a sense of community, contributes to more lively dialogue, facilitates the collection of assignments, and demonstrates respect for your instructor and colleagues.
Weekly written assignments:  To facilitate class participation and monitor individual progress, the student will turn in answers to a set of ten questions assigned for that week's class.  The instructor will distribute these questions in class, and the answers are to be delived at the beginning of the following class session.  There are no late turn-ins.  If you are absent, you must e-mail the answers to the instructor prior to the class you miss.  As in the case of class participation, there are 13 weekly assignments, and each is worth three points.  Therefore, this portion of the final grade is also 39%.
Project:  There will be no exams or quizzes during the semester.  Instead, the student will do a written and oral presentation on a city not covered in the syllabus.  The student may select the city, or s/he can seek advice from the instructor.  Further details will be provided at the mid-point of the semester.  Project length, time, and date(s) of presentation will depend on the specific number of students enrolled in the class.  This project represents 22% of the final grade.
Academic Integrity...
01-06            Introduction.
01-13            St. Augustine (United States).  Guanajuato (Mexico).
01-20            Mexico City (Mexico).
01-27            Puerto Vallarta, Cancún (Mexico).
02-03            Antigua (Guatemala).  Panama City (Panama).
02-10            Bogotá, Cartagena (Colombia).
02-17            Quito, Guayaquil (Ecuador).
02-24            Lima, Cuzco (Peru).  Details, Project/Oral Presentation.
03-03            Santiago, Valparaiso (Chile).
03-10            Spring Break.
03-17            Buenos Aires (Argentina).  Colonia, Punta del Este, Montevideo (Uruguay).  Oral Presentations.
03-24            Caracas (Venezuela).  San Juan (Puerto Rico).  Oral Presentations.
03-31            Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic).  Havana (Cuba).  Oral Presentations.
04-07            Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla (Spain).  Oral Presentations.
04-14            Los Angeles, San Antonio, Miami (United States).  Oral Presentations.
04-21            ...remaining Oral Presentations.

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