Spanish

¡Bienvenidos al departamento de español de Sewanee! Welcome to the Sewanee Spanish Department. Our department, which has seen rapidly growing demand in recent years, offers a comprehensive program, from beginning language classes to advanced courses in literature and culture.

Our culturally diverse faculty, from the United States, Spain, and Latin America, speak with a variety of accents and dialectical variants and conduct research in a broad range of geographical areas and time periods.

Students will find opportunities to hear and speak Spanish outside the classroom, at the Casa de España y las Américas, weekly Spanish Table, monthly tertulia gatherings, and occasional events such as lectures and film screenings.

The Spanish Department offers a number of study abroad programs. These include Summer in Spain, in which students hike the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route across the north of the country, Semester in Spain, which focuses on Spain and the European Union, and travel to Latin America, in recent years to Cuba and Brazil.

The Spanish Department works closely with other departments and programs whose offerings we complement, such as International and Global Studies, Humanities, and Women and Gender Studies.

News

Sandlin & Raulston Adopt Teaching Style Based on Language Acquisition Research
November 20, 2014
In the spring semester of 2014, Professors Steve Raulston and Betsy Sandlin received a $1500 grant from the Mellon Globalization Forum in support of innovative foreign-language teaching. For the past two years Raulston and Sandlin have piloted sections of Spanish 103 and 104 which do not use a textbook. These courses work, instead, on the theory, supported by research, that students acquire vocabulary and grammatical structures deeply and well by hearing language that they understand in an environment rich with repetition, physical movement, competition and other forms of play, and by reading. Creating and telling stories in Spanish have a central place in both professors’ classes. Raulston and Sandlin have used their grant money to purchase props, supplies, and games for their language classrooms. They are also building a library of level-appropriate novels that they will incorporate into their curriculum and also make available to students for free reading.
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Professor Sandlin named Interim Co-Director of the Center for Teaching
November 18, 2014
Professor Sandlin and Professor Deon Miles (Chemistry) have been named Interim Co-Directors of the Center for Teaching for the remainder of the year. They will be working together to offer programs on teaching for all Sewanee faculty, such as the new Teach & Tell series in which faculty gather once a month to share teaching techniques and ideas. They will also administer a faculty mentor program, sponsor events for new faculty, and publish a monthly newsletter. In addition, they are chairing the Center for Teaching task force, which will make recommendations for the future of the Center for Teaching based on their study of model Centers at peer institutions, faculty needs, and best practices in faculty development. While Professor Sandlin is excited about taking on this new challenge, she will continue to chair the Spanish department and teach Spanish courses as well.
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Dr. Raulston's Spanish 103 Class Makes Video
October 29, 2014
Language learning is always fun in Dr. Raulston's beginner Spanish class. In the unit on learning body parts, the class collaborated on this fun music video.
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