Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Wilfredo José Burgos Matos


Area of Expertise: Dominican music (bachata), culture, and blackness, and sound studies

Doctoral Candidate

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Caribbean/Dominican music, sound studies, race and blackness, language and diaspora, and Spanish for mental health

Biography


Wilfredo José Burgos Matos is a singer, writer, performance artist, musicologist and doctoral candidate. 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. 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, Latinx 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. He is the founder of the training program Spanish for Mental Wellness. 

 

Courses


SPN 377C • Spn In Mental Health Contexts

45090 • Spring 2022
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM WAG 308
II

This course further develops the Spanish language skills needed to perform multiple interventions in the mental health field when providing care to Hispanic/Latino(x/e) LEP patients (with Limited English Proficiency). It focuses on the development of mental health terminology as it relates to euphemisms, idioms, expressions, and the role of cultural nuances in everyday clinical mental health interactions. The course will foster a greater understanding of the role of Spanish and bilingualism in the field and the importance of cultural awareness in Spanish speaking communities when tackling with mental health issues. At the same time, it will provide the students with language skills for LGBTIQ+ affirming exchanges, and it will serve as a solid foundation for understanding pharmacological concepts found in conversations of certain areas of the field (psychiatry, psychiatric centers and hospitals). At the end of the course, the students will be able to perform advanced practical interventions that range from clinical interpretation to translation of mental health records and files. At the same time, they will produce informational materials and glossaries relevant to multiple disorders giving them the opportunity to have a hands-on experience at creating more resources for the Hispanic/Latino(x/e) population in the United States. The course will be taught in Spanish with some readings only available in English.

PREREQUISITES: SPN327 or SPN328C or SPN330L.

SPN 610D • First-Year Spanish II

45660 • Fall 2021
Meets M 1:00PM-2:00PM MEZ 2.122
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 610D • First-Year Spanish II-Wb

45500 • Spring 2021
Meets MWF 3:00PM-4:00PM
Internet; Synchronous

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 604 • Acc Intro Spn Heritage Lrnr-Wb

43975 • Fall 2020
Meets MWF 12:00PM-2:00PM
Internet; Synchronous
CD

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

SPN S611D • Second-Year Spanish

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

 

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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 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 (eyhastings@mail.utexas.edu) and Christine Fisher (fisher@mail.utexas.edu).  Their office is located in BEN 2.108.

 

 

 

 

 

 

C. GOALS FOR SPN 611 D

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
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 604 • Acc Intro Spn Heritage Learner

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

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

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