Semestral Program for International Students
Description of Courses
Linguistic immersion is a main component of this program. Basic I and II levels of Spanish as Second Language prepare the student to develop and acquire the necessary skills by using the Spanish Language in real life situations. Basic I level is designed for students that posses no knowledge of Spanish. The practices that correspond to these first two cycles of learning include reading, comprehension, intonation and elaboration of brief texts, notes and letters. A Grammar Course for this level is included in the fall and spring semesters – ESL-076 (3 credits).
Intermediate I and II levels of Spanish prepare the student for his/her first public communications and conversations at a normal rhythm. The students also learn how to express their opinions and clearly transmit their needs, preferences, tastes, etc. In the development of oral, written and comprehension skills for this level, the students will read newspaper articles, that will be interpreted by providing information about various categories of themes: economical, political, historical, social, cultural. The student will also prepare responses through written commentaries, summaries and brief reports. Structural goals emphasize and focus on areas of great complexity for better understanding and learning (uses and verbal functions, syntactic connectors, sentences, idiomatic expressions and proverbs, etc.) A Grammar Course for this level is included in the fall and spring semesters – ESL-077 (3 credits).
Advanced I and II levels of Spanish have been designed to teach Spanish at an accelerated pace for students with good comprehensive knowledge and skills of expression. Those levels focus on the creative capacity of each student and develop the ability to think in the Spanish language through the use of technical and literary texts, analysis, descriptions and reports. A Grammar course for the advanced level is included in the fall and spring semesters – ESL-078 (3 credits).
At this level the command of Spanish is expected to be almost equal to native speakers. The students will understand the subtleties of the language, and will work to correct and polish some structural problems, as well as to work towards perfecting his or her pronunciation. There will be emphasis on punctuation, leading to composition and writing exercises. The main focus of the course will be in oral production and common errors of speech will be corrected.
Another important component of this program is the Social and Community Service project. Students may volunteer to work 100 hours each semester in a Dominican community based organization, education center or other agency or institution which is available for volunteer service. This course allows student’s involvement in the community within an international setting and also enables students to practice their Spanish listening and speaking skills.
During this course students will discuss and analyze Dominican and Caribbean cultures which are a complex mix of diverse cultures. Individual topics will be looked at separately. Material covered in this class will be from selected chapters written by Caribbean and other American writers, from commercial films with a significant cultural component and from educational videos. Topics include a historical overview of social and cultural traditions, intercultural relations, arts, family life, business relations and international affairs. Field visits related to locations where students observe cultural activities will help students to better understand the tradition underlying some of the behavior they will observe while living in Dominican society.
This course will examine the Afro Caribbean history, literature, and culture from the colonial period to the present. Students will read articles in English concerning slavery, race relations, Afro Caribbean religions and Afro Caribbean political movements. These readings will provide a socio-cultural context from the analysis of selected texts by Caribbean authors from Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Central America, Jamaica and Cuba. The reading of the texts, class discussions, and written assignments will be done in English. Students will visit places where African Heritage remains a vital part of daily life, including Nigua, Villa Mella, San Juan de la Maguana and others. They will attend popular and religious celebrations.
This course explores works of classic and contemporary Caribbean literary figures such as Julia Álvarez and Junot Díaz (Dominican Republic), Alejo Carpentier, Nicolás Guillén, and José Martí (Cuba), Rosario Ferré and Judith Ortiz Cofer (Puerto Rico), Jamaica Kincaid (Antigua and Barbuda) Edwidge Danticat (Haiti), Derek Walcott (Saint Lucia) Hazel Dorothy Campbell (Jamaica) and others. Main literary movements such as Black Poetry, Magic Realism, Social Literature, and Oral and Folk traditions in the Caribbean Literature are studied and connected with other movements.
Students with advanced knowledge of Spanish can have a program which allows them to attend regular university courses with Dominican students for the entire semester. The Program for International Students was designed to accommodate students in any academic discipline. Some of the courses that may be taken are: Spanish for native speakers, Politics, Biology, Marketing, Business Administration, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Economics, Marketing, Law, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Education, Pedagogy, Religion and Theology, Dominican History, Latino-American Thinking, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Industrial Engineering and Computational Engineering. Students that take this program may also enrol in the other courses for International Students taught in English.