Spanish Through Song (SPA4259.01)

Lena Retamoso Urbano

Students in this course will continue to learn the Spanish language through an examination of music. The focus of discussion will be on social, cultural, historical, and aesthetical aspects present in music. A consideration, for instance, of local, national, regional, and transnational identity; social justice; expressions of freedom; gender identity; different styles; and experimental approaches will drive the student-generated conversation. We will use a variety of audiovisual material such as video-clips, concert videos, interviews, soundtracks, and documentaries to give students more chances to immerse themselves in the music coming from the Spanish-speaking world. The course will also provide specific and explicit support for the linguistic development necessary to communicate in increasingly complex ways, in both written and conversational Spanish. Conducted in Spanish. Introductory level.

Learning Outcomes:
1) Gain a basic understanding of cultural products and practices from the music world in Latin America and Spain.
2) Develop the ability to listen, speak, read, and write in Spanish about iconic music figures, songs, and music styles from Latin America and Spain.
3) Express opinions, preferences and feelings on music, and substantiate ideas on this topic with supporting examples.
4) Infer vocabulary, grammar, and content through context.
5) Identify essential information from the sound, lyrics, images, and/or moods arising from the music.
6) Design an academic and/or creative project associated with Latin American and/or Spanish music.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: 1 term of Spanish at Bennington or taking a brief oral and/or written test to evaluate proficiency. Email Lena Retamoso Urbano ( to express interest.
Corequisites: Attendance at 2 Language Series events.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 5
M/W/Th 8:30AM - 9:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Four Credit , Fully In-Person , Spanish