Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Samuel Ellis Ginsburg


LecturerPhD, Iberian and Latin American Literatures and Cultures, University of Texas at Austin

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Biography


Samuel Ginsburg is a lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He recieved his PhD in Iberian and Latin American Literatures and Cultures from the University of Texas at Austin, along with a Master's in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University. He studies representations of technologies and biologies in Cuban, Dominican, and Puerto Rican science fiction. 

Courses


SPN 610D • First-Year Spanish II

44505 • Spring 2020
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM MEZ 1.210
Hybrid/Blended

Focus on the development of multilingual literacy through the analysis and use of Spanish to achieve linguistic competence (commands, subjunctive, hypotheticals, future), communication and interactional competence (disagreeing, suggesting, turn taking), and metalinguistic competence (critical analysis of oral and written texts, dialectal differences).

SPN 367P • Business In Hispan Life/Cul

44801 • Spring 2020
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM MEZ 1.204
GC

Develops vocabulary, grammar, expressions, and interactional skills that are related to foreign language for professional purposes. Also covers cultural issues that affect professional activities in Spanish-speaking communities.

Topic 1: Spanish for Health Care Professions. Designed to exercise fluency in both spoken and written language in health care situations. Focus on the complex grammatical concepts and cultural issues that affect professional activities in Spanish-speaking communities.

Topic 2: Business in Hispanic Life and Culture.

Topic 3: Translation Principles and Practice.

SPN 611D • Second-Year Spanish

44360 • Fall 2019
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM MEZ 1.210
Hybrid/Blended
GC

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 367P • Spanish Hlth Care Professns

44525 • Fall 2019
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM MEZ 1.102
CD

Develops vocabulary, grammar, expressions, and interactional skills that are related to foreign language for professional purposes. Also covers cultural issues that affect professional activities in Spanish-speaking communities.

Topic 1: Spanish for Health Care Professions. Designed to exercise fluency in both spoken and written language in health care situations. Focus on the complex grammatical concepts and cultural issues that affect professional activities in Spanish-speaking communities.

Topic 2: Business in Hispanic Life and Culture.

Topic 3: Translation Principles and Practice.

SPN 328C • Intro To Literatures/Culs

45220 • Spring 2019
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM MEZ 1.216
GC (also listed as LAS 370S)

The contact zone, as defined by literary and cultural studies scholar Mary Louise Pratt, is a “social spaces where cultures meet, clash, and grapple with each other, often in contexts of highly asymmetrical relations of power, such as colonialism, slavery, or their aftermaths as they are lived out in many parts of the world today.” With the contact zone as the organizing framework, this course is an introduction to literary and cultural texts produced in the complex social, historical, geographic, and political contexts of Iberian and Latin America. As opposed to the impossible task of a chronological march through hundreds of years and more than twenty countries, we will instead utilize a multidisciplinary approach utilizing concepts crucial to understanding Iberian/Latin American literary and cultural phenomena. In three major units focusing on conquest, colonialism & coloniality, imagined communities, and globalization, we will study concepts such as mapping and representation; physical and epistemological violence; social identities; inclusions and exclusions; and movements and migrations, among others. Throughout the semester you will acquire and practice the skills necessary to analyze and interpret a variety of written, visual, oral, and embodied texts, culminating in an original independent and group multi-media research project related to the course topic(s).

SPN 367P • Business In Hispan Life/Cul

45285 • Spring 2019
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM JES A217A
GC (also listed as LAS 322)

This course serves as an introduction to the study of the Business Spanish. The
primary goal of the course is to gain experience in verbal communication, so that
students can participate in meetings, exchanges, video conferences, presentations,
and professional discussion, in Spanish and in areas related to finance, marketing,
accounting, operations, etc. Grading in this course centers on two major
components. First, we focus on vocabulary acquisition of business-related
terminology. There are eight in-class vocabulary quizzes, based mainly from the
chapters in the textbook Éxito Comercial. Second, students prepare brief 3-4 minute
oral presentations on a number of business related topics. Grades on these ‘pass-
offs’ are based on the student’s ability to describe accurate content, use correct
grammar and vocabulary, give a polished presentation without being dependent on
notes, and provide answers to expansion questions and clarifications related to the
topic.

SPN 611D • Second-Year Spanish

45635 • Fall 2018
Meets MWF 3:00PM-4:00PM MEZ 1.208
Hybrid/Blended
GC

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 611D • Second-Year Spanish

45639 • Fall 2018
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM BEN 1.124
Hybrid/Blended
GC

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 611D • Second-Year Spanish

46405 • Spring 2017
Meets MWF 8:00AM-10:00AM BEN 1.102
GC

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 601D • Introductory Spanish

45260 • Spring 2016
Meets MWF 8:00AM-10:00AM BEN 1.124

Focus on the development of multilingual literacy through the analysis and use of Spanish to achieve linguistic competence (simple present and past tenses, pronouns, adjectives), communication and interactional competence (complimenting, thanking, requesting, giving opinions), and metalinguistic competence (parts of speech, sociolinguistic cues, dialectal differences).

SPN 601D • Introductory Spanish

47005 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 2:00PM-4:00PM BEN 1.104

Focus on the development of multilingual literacy through the analysis and use of Spanish to achieve linguistic competence (simple present and past tenses, pronouns, adjectives), communication and interactional competence (complimenting, thanking, requesting, giving opinions), and metalinguistic competence (parts of speech, sociolinguistic cues, dialectal differences).

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