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SPANISH Classes on Belmont Campus

Summer Session 1 / June:

SPA 1010 (4 credit hrs.)                                 12 – 2:10 p.m.                                                    Prof. Boero

SPA 2010 (3 credit hrs.)                                  9:30 -11:15 a.m.                                                Prof. Boero

Summer Session 2 / July:                                            

SPA 1020 (4 credit hrs.)                                  12 -2:10 p.m.                                                      Prof. Julseth

SPA 2020 (3 credit hrs.)                                  9:30 -11:15 a.m.                                                Prof. Boero

The summer can be a wonderful time to learn Spanish on the Belmont University campus. Classes tend to have fewer students, they meet every day of the week, and they progress at a steady and intense pace, all of which makes it easier for many students to excel in them. If you are interested in taking any of these Spanish classes on campus this summer and have any questions about what to expect, reach out to Professor Boero ( or Professor Julseth (


 CHN 3020                                                                                                                                          Li

Chinese 3010 is the third year and the 5th semester of the sequential Chinese language study, which represents an advanced stage of Chinese language acquisition.  Advanced Chinese will continue to focus on the development and integration of students’ four language skills.  In addition to the further learning of extensive grammar, this course will also aim to enlarge students’ vocabulary immensely, enhance students’ reading and writing abilities, and improve their spoken proficiency in communicating thoughts fluently regarding a wide range of topics. It will continue to strengthen students’ appreciation for and knowledge of Chinese culture as well.


FRE 3100 Intermediate Studies                                                                                                       Brown
In French 3100, students will continue to build on their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.  In this course, students should strive to move beyond their “plateau” of usage to transition from the short sentence-level speech characteristic of the Intermediate level of proficiency to the paragraph length elaborations that characterize Advanced-level language. 

Speaking skills focused upon include detailed narration and description as well as discussion of certain principles and ideas.  Students will work with circumlocution to become systematically more independent with the language.  Listening skills will be challenged as the students are exposed to spoken French on a variety of topics.  Students will read texts in order to understand concepts and expand their vocabulary and familiarity with more complicated sentence structures and will extract details to make appropriate inferences concerning French culture and the French language.  Finally, students will be given practice in note-taking and will be asked to write on a variety of topics in a journal.

One oral presentation will be assigned which will ask students to do Internet Research to present one francophone city to the class.  Students will imagine that they are tour guides taking the class on a guided tour of their city.  Detailed notes taken during the student’s research and a list of websites or other sources consulted will be submitted for a grade along with the script of the guided tour.  A PowerPoint presentation will be prepared to accompany the presentation.  More information on this presentation will be shared in mid-September when students randomly select a francophone city.

In addition, students will engage in two “excursions”—a campus tour and a visit to a campus art gallery which will involve pre-excursion activities and post-excursion activities. And, one day of the semester will be a murder mystery day, during which students will role-play.


FRE 3020  Introduction to French Literature and Civilization II                                                         Brown

French 3020 is an overview of French literary history from the Enlightenment through the Twentieth Century focusing on prominent writers and their work.  It is designed to help students grasp the basic structural relationships of a literary text in order to read more critically and imaginatively.  It will encourage the student to develop his skills of critical reading and discussion.  It will acquaint the student with some of the major authors and works in French literature of the Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twentieth Century and will begin to establish in the mind of the student a sense of the chronology of the movements and development of French literature in its various genres, and to relate insofar as time permits, the literature to its contemporary historical and cultural milieu.  It is designed to prepare students for more advanced study in literature.  French 3020 is also an overview of French civilization focusing on important events, movements, and persons in the political and artistic history of France.  In this course students will continue to build on their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.  Speaking skills focused upon include detailed narration and description and communication of reactions to and analysis of the assigned reading selections.  Listening skills will be challenged as the students are exposed to short lectures in French on a variety of topics.  Students will read texts closely, focusing on the structure and stylistics of the selection but also on the vocabulary and grammatical structures used.  Finally, students will be given practice in note-taking and will be asked to write short résumés, compositions, and written responses to comprehension questions relating to the reading selections.

 GER 3100.01G        Advanced German                                                                                      Schwarzmeier
Continued practice in all four skills - listening, speaking, reading, and writing - will be combined with grammar exercises, cultural study, vocabulary expansion, and conversation practice.


GER 3600.01 Contemporary Civilization                                                                                     Schwarzmeier
Through the close study of authentic texts from a variety of genres such as journalism, short story and song lyrics as well as films we will analyze and discuss aspects of German culture and society today. The course will also offer continued practice in writing.

 ITL 3010 Std. Italian Language, Lit & Culture                                                                              Muccini

This is a course in Italian culture and language with a streamlined review of grammar. It is an advanced course that emphasizes linguistic fluency and cultural awareness in contemporary Italian realities. It deals with the social, political, economic, demographic, and cultural issues of contemporary Italy and at the same time links are drawn between past and present, evidencing the importance of tradition and history in Italian society. The class is conducted exclusively in Italian, and it focuses on assessing spoken interpretative, interpersonal, and presentational communication as well as written interpersonal, interpretative, and presentational communication. Class discussions are both structured (debates), and semi-structured (open conversations conducted in pairs or in small groups). Students practice by keeping a journal or a blog, synthesizing, analyzing, and discussing videos, articles, songs, or literary texts. Students will also make their own recordings about personal observations.

SPA 3500 La Argentina y la producción artística después del “Proceso de Reorganización Nacional”   McCoy

This seminar on Argentine culture and literature will focus on 20th Century Argentine cultural and literary reactions to the Proceso de Reorganización Nacional, a recent, brutal military dictatorship (1976-1983). During the first third of the semester, students will participate in a “Reacting to the Past” interactive game from Barnard College at Columbia University, Argentina 1985: Contested Memories. The remainder of the semester will offer students the opportunity to read, watch and investigate literary, filmic and artistic reactions to the dictatorship. PREREQUISITE: SPA 3100/3110.  Note – With Professor McCoy’s permission a Spanish major may take SPA 3100 concurrently.

Game Description

Argentina 1985: Contested Memories

As this game begins, a six-year long military dictatorship has finally ended (October 1983), the democratically elected President Raúl Alfonsín has now formed a government, a Truth Commission has issued its devastating report of human rights abuses, and the generals who led the military rule from 1976-1983 are going on trial.

As the nation is beginning to address its recent past, Argentina 1985 takes place in a high school that is also asking how to respond to the social unrest in its own history and culture. Players in this game take the role of school Authorities (a teacher, prefect, and an alumnus) and fifth-year students (equivalent to U.S. high school seniors). They must investigate the school’s past, pose possible responses to this past, and vote on a “Memory Project” that seems the most beneficial to the entire school community.

The players have been by-standers to political violence, but all have some intellectual formation and/or experiences that have shaped their perceptions. All start with some sort of framework for making sense of the past. They will be challenged to decide if a memorial, a truth commission, or a trial of wrong-doers is the best way to respond to the school’s past. Or perhaps they will decide that doing nothing, keeping the past in the past, is the best choice.