Spanish CBL Courses


"The Spanish and service combination has been responsible for so much of my personal growth and many of my fondest memories during college."  

~ Elizabeth Hillman, recipient of the 2016 Mara Fox Award

Spanish Community-Based Learning Courses

20810: Immigration and the Construction of Memory
Usual rotation: spring semesters
Prerequisite: ROSP 20202

This course has a required Community-Based-Learning (CBL) component in which students engage with the Latino community and will require weekly meetings at El Campito  (Thursdays 5:15p.m. - 6:15p.m.) working with your assigned community families. An advanced-intermediate culture-based Spanish course, this class serves as a bridge course between our four-semester basic language courses and advanced classes on literature and culture. Through literature, film, current events, and guest speakers, students will develop knowledge about migration issues, family immigration histories, and problems facing our Latino communities in general, and particularly in South Bend with a focus on the immigrant perspective. For the CBL part of the class, students through ethical engagements will work on a collaborative creation and preservation of memory (memory of experiences that shape everyday life and the future of their assigned family). Together through a series of interviews conducted on a weekly basis, they will document the powerful narratives that not only shape memory but signal possibilities of what is to come. Using storytelling techniques, students will work with families to create and record the family histories using a variety of methods that will result in a collaborative book detailing their life and path that has lead them to our community. This course will help create spaces of solidarity, empathy, and communication as legitimate points of departure for the politics of the future for both students and the community. Through this project, students actually see the face of immigration in a more personal way, a way that changes their perspective.  Required completed ROSP 20202.

20810: Community Based Spanish – Language, Culture, and Community
Usual rotation: fall semesters
Prerequisite: ROSP 20202

Through literature, film, and readings, students develop knowledge about challenges the local Hispanic community faces, including language barriers, financial constraints, and lack of mentors in post-secondary education who can serve as role models to a younger generation. Notre Dame students work as tutors and mentors with Hispanic youth at La Casa de Amistad, allowing them to become aware of the challenges facing the Hispanic community around them while encouraging Hispanic high school students to consider a future that might include an undergraduate education. This course is suitable for students who want to participate in civic engagement in the community in order to help foster a culture and of education and accomplishment. Students log their observations and experiences which will culminate in a final paper or poster presentation. They should expect to practice their Spanish-speaking skills extensively both in and out of the classroom.

20810: Bridging the Gap: Multiple Literacies and Connecting Society, Community, and Self
Usual rotation: spring semesters
Prerequisite: ROSP 20202

This is a fifth semester Community-Based Spanish course that bridges the language and literature sequences in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. The course is intended to develop and promote oral and written proficiency as well as cultural awareness through exploration of global, contemporary topics related to literacy development and multiple literacies in international contexts.  With our community partner, El Campito Child Development Center, we will actively engage the development of pre-literacy skills with the children in the 4’s room.  At the same time, the Notre Dame students will move forward in their second language skills and dispositions.  In addition to class meetings, the class will spend one hour per week (Fridays, 9:30-10:30 am) reading to a children and engaging them in conversation.  Students will work with child-partners to author an original storybook using the Story Jumper platform. Through reflective assignments, the Notre Dame students will describe their growing awareness of the connections between self, community and society as they learn about the challenges faced by El Campito families as they seek to build a better future.

30015: Once Upon a Time – Children’s Literature and Community Connections
Usual rotation: fall semesters
Prerequisite: ROSP 20202 or above or placement by exam; can count as an advanced elective toward the major.

Students will be introduced to Literatura Infantil y Juvenil (LIJ) in the Spanish-speaking world through a combination of considerable reading of LIJ across genres and levels and a critical perspective of LIJ via academic text and articles. Authors will include prolific writers of LIJ like Alma Flor Ada, as well as widely known writers like Cortázar, Paz, Pérez Revérte, Poniatowska, and Vargas LLosa who have also begun writing children’s books. Among genres read will be folklore, narrative, fiction (contemporary, realistic, historical, multicultural, fantasy, short story), poetry, and non-fiction. Students will also learn about various LIJ book awards and their evolution over time. In addition, students will develop criteria for evaluating quality LIJ. Through the Community-Based Learning (CBL) component, students will share LIJ with young Spanish speakers through a reading program at Holy Cross School once a week throughout the semester.  

30017: Introduction to Translation and Interpreting, Theory and Practice
Usual rotation: spring semesters
Prerequisite: ROSP 20202 or above or placement by exam; can count as an advanced elective toward the major.
Elena Mangione-Lora
Students explore translation theory, ethics, preparations, procedures and techniques. Together with an advanced language text to improve language skills, and selected readings to provide a strong preparation for meaningful interaction with their community partners, the course provides real-world opportunities for application and feedback for the skills the students develop.  Students will work with the community partner for 10-12 hours per semester, which typically entails a visit once per week to the partner site, Holy Cross School.
 

The following classes are taught by Prof. Marisel Moreno and include a CBL component working with La Casa de Amistad’s Adelante America and Crece Conmigo. Check Class Search in Inside ND for semesters offered.

40875: Migrant Voices

Migrant Voices is a course designed to bridge together the study of U.S. Latino/a literature and the pedagogy of community-based learning or community-based learning. Our primary focus this semester will be an exploration of the intersection and roles that memory, history, and art, play in the emergence of cultural identities in the US. Students will read foundational and contemporary works by U.S. Latinos/a authors from various backgrounds and nationalities (Mexican/Chicano, Salvadoran, Dominican, Colombian, Peruvian) that are representative of the local Michiana U.S. Latino population. Issues of memory, history, race, ethnicity, gender, class, and transnationalism will be central to our discussions and will be examined through both a literary lens and an experiential perspective. This course includes tutoring at La Casa de Amistad that allows students to deepen their ties to Latino South Bend.

40876: Race and Ethnicity in U.S.

In this course, students will examine the key issues of race and ethnicity in U.S. Latina/o literary production, particularly in the works of Afro-Latina/o, Andean-Latina/o (and other Latinos of indigenous descent), and Asian-Latina/o authors. The range of races, ethnicities, and nationalities of the established and emerging authors studied in the course will enhance the students' understanding of the complexity and heterogeneity of that group that we call "Latinos." The course will be divided into three major units: Caribbean, Central American, and South American Latinos. Students will read works by migrants from a range of countries, including Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panamá, Perú, Ecuador, Uruguay and Colombia. This course has a service-learning component. Students will be required to spend two hours per week volunteering at the local Hispanic community center La Casa de Amistad. The course will be conducted in Spanish.

40892: Borders, Borderlands, Bridges: U.S. Latino/a Literary and Cultural Production

What is a border? Who inhabits the borderlands? What function does the border play in the construction of a national or cultural identity? How do we bridge communities? How are borders represented, established, and challenged in the works of U.S. Latino/a writers? These are some of the questions that this course will address within the context of U.S. Latino/a literature and culture. Most of the course will focus on two geographical areas that we tend to associate with these concepts: the traditional US-Mexico border and the lesser studied Caribbean. Students will watch films and read literary works by Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, Dominican-American and Cuban-American authors in order to gain a deeper understanding of how the border and the borderlands inform contemporary discourse and culture. Students are expected to sign up for tutoring at La Casa de Amistad once a week for two hours, with either of two programs: Crece Conmigo or Adelante America. This course is designed for Spanish majors who have taken other advanced literature courses. The course will be taught in Spanish and is open to advanced non-majors who are very fluent in the language.

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January 2019

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2019 Social Concerns Fair
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February 2019

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Pre-Conference Workshop: Restorative Justice on Catholic Campuses
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2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
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2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
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Been & Seen Series
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Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS
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Labor Café
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Community Engagement Faculty Institute
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