In lieu of more conventional advanced Spanish classes, paralleling a series of often disparate tutorials, with tutees working in relative isolation, the proposal is to allow students free reign over an idea for a final, term-long project, while concurrently offering them an educated, exoteric audience to assist in fleshing out their work. Faculty will provide key secondary and tertiary reading, common to all, some with immediate relevance to the projects in question, some deemed necessary for any culminating work, but the primary content of these sessions will be student-driven. Arguments, plans, and products will all be presented, defended or discarded, as defined by the progress of the group. Students will nurture their independent thinking through research, develop the sophistication of their writing and vocabulary in the creation of the project, and refine their pronunciation and intonation through discussions in class. The most tangible outcome of the course will be the submission of an informed, significant project at the end of the term.
Advanced level. Conducted in Spanish.