Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Wilfredo Burgos Matos

Area of Expertise: Dominican music, literature and culture .

Doctoral Student



Caribbean music, gender and sexualities, masculinities, ethnography, sound studies, space and identity, voice studies, performance studies.


Wilfredo José Burgos Matos is a singer, writer, performance artist, musicologist and doctoral student. Wilfredo has training in a diverse set of disciplines such as literature, ethnography, performance, music, and cultural and media studies. He's one of the research writers in the National Endowment for the Humanities digital project “A History of Dominican Music in the U.S.” of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, and directs the teaching and performance project “Culture, Latinidad, and Academia: Reimagining Teaching Methodologies through the Poetics of Performance Art” at the CUNY Graduate Center's Teaching and Learning Center. Prior to continuing his doctoral studies at UT Austin, Wilfredo served as a Graduate Teaching Fellow in the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College, CUNY, where he taught course on performance and Latinidad, Latino cultural studies, and Dominican heritage. A recipient of national academic grants, his academic and artistic work has been presented and/or published in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Spain, and the United States. 

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SPN S611D • Second-Year Spanish

82785 • Summer 2020
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-1:00PM
Two-way Interactive Video


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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)




A. SPN 611D is the third course in The University of Texas lower-division Spanish program. This is a six-credit course.  The course focuses on further 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. PREREQUISITE FOR 611D: the prerequisite for this course is a passing grade (C or better) in SPN 610 D, equivalent credit transferred from another university, or credit by exam. If you do not have the prerequisite, please drop the course now. For questions concerning prerequisites or eligibility, talk to your instructor or make an appointment with one of the Liberal Arts Advisors for Spanish: Liz Hastings ( and Christine Fisher (  Their office is located in BEN 2.108.








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


(a) describing in detail 

(b) narrating in the  past

(c) narrating past events and reacting subjectively to them

(d) expressing opinions and reacting to dramatic events and situations

(e) reporting what other people said

(f) discussing past actions affecting the present

(g) recognizing dialectal, social and contextual variation

(h) talking about actions completed before other past actions

(i) talking about hypothetical situations in the future or past

(j) understanding the main ideas in moderately complex written texts (with improved skimming, cognate recognition, and inference skills)

(k) understanding the main ideas of  moderately complex oral discourse (with improved recognition of tone, content, context, intonation, etc.)

(l) maintaining conversations of a substantial length (with improved fluency strategies, such as circumlocution, discourse markers, etc.)

(m) producing written work of a substantial length (with improved organization, connectors, and appropriateness of register)

SPN 611D • Second-Year Spanish

44605 • Spring 2020
Meets MWF 3:00PM-4:00PM MEZ 2.122

Focus on the development of multilingual literacy through the analysis and use of Spanish to achieve linguistic competence (aspect, mood, compound tenses, passive voice), communication and interactional competence (pragmatics, cultural perspectives), and metalinguistic competence (critical analysis of oral and written texts, dialectal differences).


SPN 604 • Acc Intro Spn Heritage Learner

44260 • Fall 2019
Meets MWF 4:00PM-6:00PM PAR 302

Designed primarily for students who have a cultural and linguistic connection to Spanish.

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