Spanish in Latin America and bilingualism in the U.S.






100% coursework


SPAN2002. Spanish II.2




Elective Course

The main objective of the course is to offer an introduction to Spanish Dialectology as well as to develop students’ communicative competence in a horizontal way, that is, by linking theory and practice. The course intends to make students familiar with the main dialect areas of the Spanish-speaking world, their evolution, and the influence of other languages (mainly indigenous languages, creoles, Portuguese and English) on the Spanish spoken in certain areas of the world. The course will present basic concepts related to the fields of Sociolinguistics and Dialectology, and will also raise awareness of the current widespread extension of the Spanish language and its future prospects. There will be a special emphasis on the characteristics of each particular dialect area at the levels of phonology, lexis and grammar, as well as on the Spanish spoken in the U.S. and the different phenomena related to bilingual speech / bilingual language acquisition. The methodology of this course is a blended-learning one. Students will need to access Moodle on a weekly basis, read the corresponding document and do the language practice exercises and tests in preparation for the lecture. In class students will have the opportunity to discuss the contents of the lesson, previously prepared at home, and will be exposed to language excerpts taken from real printed and audiovisual materials which will help to illustrate the contents previously examined at home and further discussed in class. Different language activities will be conducted in class for students to put into practice what they have learned and to promote “learning by doing”, in some cases with the help of native speakers who will be attending the lectures in order to provide students with real language exposure.


Torrado Solo de Zaldivar, Pablo

Torrado Solo de Zaldivar, Pablo

Assistant Lecturer