Bard College

Bard College – Division of Languages and Literature
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About the Program

Program Description

Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures comprise those programs which are based on the foreign languages currently taught at Bard: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Sanskrit, and Spanish. The programs? common philosophy involves the critical appreciation of one or more foreign cultures and literatures through the learning and mastery of the language of each. The Spanish program described below also includes translation subjects:

Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures Basic Intensive Spanish This course is designed to enable students with little or no previous knowledge of Spanish to complete three semesters of college Spanish in five months (eight credits at Bard and four credits in Mexico in January). Oral communication, reading and writing skills will be developed through a variety of approaches. Prospective students must interview with the instructor prior to registration.

Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures Accelerated First Year Spanish A course designed for the student who has had some prior exposure to Spanish or who has excellent command of another Romance language. All the major topics in grammar will be covered, and the course will provide intensive practice in the four skills (speaking, comprehension, reading and writing). We will be using a new textbook specially designed to provide a streamlined review of basic topics in grammar and provide more detail and exercises for advanced topics.

Intermediate Spanish I This course is designed to perfect the student?s command of all four language skills (speaking, aural comprehension, reading, and writing). This will be achieved through an intensive grammar review, conversational practice, reading of modern Spanish texts, writing simple compositions, and language lab work.

Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures Intermediate Spanish II

Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures This course continues refining and perfecting the student?s mastery of speaking, reading, comprehending, and writing Spanish. Advanced study of grammar is supplemented by a video series and authentic readings on a wide variety of topics related to Spanish and Latin American history, literature, music, and art.

Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures Introduction to Literary Analysis: Poetry, Narrative, Drama & Essays

Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures This course is designed to be a bridge between Spanish language classes and 300-level seminars of literature and culture from Spain and Latin America.

Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures Introduction to Spanish Literature This course provides an introduction to Spanishliterature through a variety of genres including poetry, short stories, novels, dramas, and essays.

Spanish Literary Translation Theoretical texts concerning translation will be discussed as a basis for every class meeting, and students will be required to write short reaction papers in Spanish. The first half of the semester will be dedicated to translation of brief texts from various genres, pre-selected by the professor. During the second half of the semester, students will choose their ownlonger texts to translate. The main intent of this course is to encourage a thoughtful examination of literary language as it manifests itself across linguistic and cultural boundaries.

Editor notes

A productive languages center, the Division of Languages and Literature is not so focused on translation though. There is only one subject on Literary Translation and only for the Spanish language, but it provides in-depth language, culture and literature knowledge that is necessary for a translator.


Contact Information

Bard College

PO Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000



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