Program in Comparative Literature

John Destafney


Interests


My research interests center on intersections between literature and continental philosophy with particular emphasis on Brazilian literature, Drama, and the long nineteenth century.

Biography


Language Background: English (Native), Portuguese, Spanish, German
Supervising Faculty: Sonia Roncador, David Kornhaber

Courses


LAS 322 • Brazil: Race And Culture

39615 • Spring 2016
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM MEZ 2.102
(also listed as PRC 320E)

Focuses on significant issues in Brazilian society and culture.

SPN F601D • Introductory Spanish

88885 • Summer 2012
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-1:00PM BEN 1.126

 THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

DEPARTAMENT OF SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE

SPN 601D  INTRODUCTORY SPANISH   

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1.  PURPOSE, GOALS, AND OBJECTIVES OF THE LANGUAGE PROGRAM

The objective of the Spanish language program addresses the basic tenet of a liberal arts education: the development of a critical thinking approach towards the analysis of language in society. This objective is framed in an overall worldwide trend towards political and economical internationalization and an increasingly diverse and multicultural work environment.

The Spanish language program focuses on the development of multilingual literacies through the analysis and use of Spanish as a second language. The program focuses on the development of three major types of competencies (all equally ranked in terms of importance):

(1)  linguistic competence (Spanish phonetics / phonology, morphosyntax, lexicon, discourse, etc.)

(2)  communication / interactional competence (sociocultural uses of the language, pragmatics, cultural background / perspectives)

(3)  metalinguistic competence (language as a conceptual, symbolic system)

2. COURSE DESCRIPTION, GOALS, AND OBJECTIVES

A. SPN 601D is the first course in The University of Texas lower-division Spanish program. The course focuses on developing speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in Spanish while building vocabulary, learning basic rules and terminology of Spanish grammar, and gaining a better understanding of Hispanic cultures in order to communicate in an accurate, effective, and informed manner within a variety of sociocultural situations. 

B.  GOALS FOR SPANISH 601D:

By the end of the semester you should be able to do the following:

(a)  manage a basic vocabulary and grammatical database to achieve communicational success as detailed below;

(b)  analyze and understand spoken Spanish in conversations, lectures, radio advertisements, TV reports, etc;

(c)  speak in Spanish to communicate ideas and interact with Spanish speakers;

(d)  analyze and understand written Spanish conversations, lectures, radio advertisements, TV reports;

(e)  write short compositions, notes, letters, emails, etc in Spanish;

(f)  understand some of the cultural values and practices of the Hispanic world

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