Writing Intensive Classes
These skills may be regarded by all students as a base for further study. Help is available through the Neilson Library Reference Department's Ask a Librarian options.
What Majors Should Learn in Courses
Level II: SPN 125, 200, 220
Upon completion of this level students should
Students should be familiar with the following
Level III: SPN 230, 241, 244
The emphasis here should be on using skills the student has already mastered in English (use of a dictionary, word processing, and basic online searches), but refining them for Spanish language studies. This includes such things as: Spanish Spellcheck, etc., in MS Word; online dictionaries, and also reputable Spanish-English and Spanish-Spanish dictionaries.
Level IV: SPN 245, 246, 250 - 261
At this level students should have become familiar with scholarly Spanish-Spanish dictionaries, knowing when and how to use them.
Advanced Spanish majors at the seminar level should master the research skills necessary to make an original contribution to the field of Spanish studies. This requires that students be able to contextualize their claims within current scholarly discourse, drawing upon quotable and reliable resources and presenting their arguments cogently.
Beyond the skills required in levels III and IV (above), students should
ref LB 2369 .G53 2003
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At this level, students should familiarize themselves with basic American academic resources, while at the same time they begin to specialize their research methods to reflect a deeper engagement with Spanish studies.
In addition to the resources listed above, students in the 300 seminar level should be familiar with the following:
In What Ways Will Student Skills Be Assessed?
Students completing work on a paper at the 200 level should submit a bibliography in which primary and secondary sources listed reflect the use of the online catalog, at least some scholarly journals through the use of MLA International Bibliography. Students should be prepared to defend the credentials of authors cited if asked.
In 300 level seminars in Spanish students should routinely cite both supportive and oppositional arguments from primary and secondary sources in papers including book reviews or other articles found through the use of footnotes or scholarly databases. The seminar paper might include an annotated bibliography in which students are asked to indicate the source of their citation and its relative value to the argument within the paper.
An 'ethical use of information' means to make a clear distinction between received knowledge and the production of new knowledge. The incorporation of the work of others into his or her own must comply with such distinction. Therefore, every written and/or oral work in the discipline must clearly state its source, if it has any.
Approved by members of the Spanish & Portuguese Dept. faculty, May 4, 2009
Please NOTE: Content for Portuguese information literacy planning is under development, May 2009.