Spanish Through Drama
Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao
Area of Study
Literature, Spanish Culture, Theater
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
DESCRIPTION AND GOALS
The main goal of the course is to improve students? communicative competence in Spanish.
Students? work will focus on literary, drama, and cultural contents by means of tasks based on
actual excerpts of plays by renown Spanish speaking playwrights from different literary periods
(mainly, but not necessarily, from the 20th century). Excerpts will be analyzed as literary texts,
but also as samples of aspects of Spanish culture (with an emphasis on interculturalism), and as
potential starting points of new texts to be created by students. At the end of the course, some or
all of the new scenes will be performed by students for their program mates.
Unit 1: Introduction to drama and the history of 19th-20th century main Spanish drama movements and authors.
Units 2-3: Task 1
Units 4-6: Task 2
Units 7-10: Task 3
Units 11-13: Task 4
Units 14-15: Rehearsal of scenes to be performed.
All contents will be structured around tasks based on excerpts of plays by well-known Spanish
playwrights (mainly 19th-20th century) such as Buero Vallejo, Mihura, Lorca, Zorrilla?
Every task will encompass the following:
-brief literary analysis: contextualization, author, intention, characters?
-analysis of cultural aspects of situations and characters
-drama activities, including body and oral expression activities and characterization activities
-communication activities focused on Spanish: intonation, gestures, colloquial expressions?
-new text writing by playing with characters, stories, setting?
The course will start with group-conscience activities.
Students may be encouraged to attend a play performance as a group. This possibility will
depend on the shows available in the city and nearby area every semester. (Note: tickets for
shows are not included in Program fees).
Grades will be calculated according to the following breakdown:
Tasks: 80% (20% per task; includes class activities and homework)
Rehearsal work: 10%
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.