1. Rationale. Course description.
Through this course we will study chronologically and apply in specific cases of study of the Spanish language the most meaningful pragmatic theories, such as: Context, Deixis, Speech acts, Implicature, Cooperative Principle, Politeness, Relevance, Pragmatic markers, Metaphors and Cross-cultural pragmatics.
Pragmatics, as we know, is a most helpful criterion in the interpretation of many different types of texts. As a course within our Department’s curriculum this instrument of rhetoric analysis is a basic tool in the comprehension of our students’ discourse in their literary, cultural, and critical papers. This discipline goes beyond the analysis of strictly forms or verbal utterances, hence its multidisciplinary applicability to a wide range of fields of studies in Spanish.
Whichever the student’s field of study might be, Pragmatics provides a valuable and accurate vocabulary that can be applied to any textual interpretation. In this course, the pragmatic perspective is a starting point to delve into the processes of communication in Spanish. After this first approach, the student will gain an insight into new aspects of the linguistics of language use in general and the use of Spanish in particular. Summarizing:
2. Objectives. Student learning outcomes.
The main objective of this course at the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures is double fold:
1. To learn new concepts of Pragmatic theories and the elements involved in the rhetoric process. To learn linguistic terminology and to use it accurately to analyze language uses in Spanish. To provide the students with academic criteria for analyzing Spanish beyond traditional component disciplines: Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax and Semantics, using the framework of the main pragmatics theories. Beyond sounds, words and sentences there are patterns that cannot be understood outside the context. We will try to explore how the pragmatic perspective tries to explain the usage-related aspects of the Spanish.
2. To improve not only the student’s linguistic and communicative competence in Spanish, but also their pragmatics skills while giving them ample opportunities to analyze and to performance their Spanish in their academic and social environments. To improve Academic Spanish by working with a wide variety of text genres, writing and reading skills in Spanish. In other words, we want to stimulate the cognitive flexibility enriching the understanding of new pragmatic concepts. Advanced-Superior Spanish level is required to register. Open to undergraduate students with instructor’s permission.
3. Evaluation criteria.
3.a. Participation and attendance 20 %
We will discuss and apply new pragmatic concepts in class. You must come to class prepared completing all the readings and activities. Cooperation and active collaboration is one of the key point in order to success in this course.
3.b. Five bibliography guides with activities 30 %
These five guides provide a wide range of activities that help students to understand some of the bibliography chapters with a critical analysis of the assigned texts through a close reading of the content but also aiming the academic writing in Spanish. Deadlines:
Guide 1. Weeks 1 and 2. September 13th.
-Guide 2. Weeks 3 and 4. September 27th.
-Guide 3. Weeks 5 and 6. October 11th.
-Guide 4. Weeks 7 and 8. October 25th.
-Guide 5. Weeks 9 and 10. November 8th.
-Pragmatic activities about the script Volver: weeks 11-14.
3.c. Learning diaries 20 %
Students must reflect on their progress in this class by analyzing their grasp of the new contents, articles and chapters, as well as new pragmatic concepts and their achievements and problems with Spanish uses. Students are provided with weekly templates throughout the semester. Deadlines:
3.d. Every week students must reflect on their progress in this class by analyzing their grasp of the new contents, articles and chapters, as well as new pragmatic concepts and their achievements and problems with Spanish uses. Students are provided with weekly templates throughout the semester. Deadlines:
- Diaries for weeks 1 to 8. October 25th
-Diaries for weeks 9 to 14. December 6th
3.e. Final project 30 % . December 6th.
100 = A+ 95-99 = A 90-94 = A-
87-89 = B+ 83-86 = B 80-82 = B-
77-79 = C+ 73-76 = C 70-72 = C-
60-69 = D
Students can find in courseworks all the materials and tools for this course, including:
- Worksheets for the activities in the classroom.
- Videos and links about uses of oral interactions.
- Presentations about the content for every session.
- Discussion boards.
- Learning diaries.
- PDF with all the bibliography.
- Bibliography guides.
- On line resources. See 7.
5.1. Late Assignments.
Assignments that are handed in late will be marked down in the following way: 1-2 days late, grade will be lowered by a half grade, 3 days to 1 week late, grade will be lowered one full grade. No papers are accepted that are more than one week late.
5.2. Class Preparation.
To prepare for class, you need to carefully read the due that day.
5.3. Attendance and absences.
Although attendance to all classes is mandatory, students will not be penalized for up to two absences throughout the semester. Absences beyond this limit will result in the lowering of the final course grade by half a grade for each additional absence (for example from A to A-). For absences in excess of these two, due to unforeseeable emergencies, you need to submit written documentation. Also, for each class missed beyond the two permitted absences, you have to submit the paragraphs from the missed class on the day that you return to class.
5.4. Academic Integrity.
The Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures fully supports and adheres to all Columbia University policies and procedures regarding academic dishonesty (plagiarism, fabrication, cheating, etc.). The work you submit in this class is expected to be your own. If you submit work that has been copied from any published or unpublished source (including the Internet) without attribution, that has been prepared by someone other than you, or that in any way misrepresents somebody else’s work as your own you will face disciplining by the university. It is expected that all students abide by the university’s Code of Academic Integrity:
and that they refrain from any activity constitutive of academic dishonesty as defined therein. For additional information, visit the section on Academic Integrity in the College and University Policies:
or consult your instructor in the event of any uncertainty on your part about what may constitute academic dishonesty
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