The Language and Culture in Sevilla Here and Now

Universidad de Sevilla

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Language and Culture in Sevilla Here and Now

  • Host University

    Universidad de Sevilla

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Linguistics, Modern Languages, Spanish, Spanish Culture

  • Language Level


    Hours & Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES: In this Course Spanish will be learnt through the detailed observation of a range of features of the culture of both Sevilla and Spain, while attention will be paid to “the here and now” in each of the units to be studied.


    METHODOLOGY: As a key feature of this approach to the study of Spanish, a communicative, fully participatory method will be adopted in class, while specific vocabulary will be employed within each teaching unit. As the Course develops, a series of visits around the city will be undertaken so as to enable detailed practice of the Spanish language based on extramural cultural subject-matter. Each student will keep a personal diary, on a weekly basis, in which the new vocabulary learnt will be included, together with any of his/her personal reflections on time spent around the city.


    SYLLABUS CONTENTS: 1. Introduction to the Course. How to come to know the language and culture of Sevilla? Mindfulness as a way of approaching the reality of Sevilla, as well as its everyday and cultural life. The detailed observation of language and culture. 2. Mediterranean food. A diet to ensure health and well-being. Triana Market. Fruit. Vegetables. Spices. Fish. Popular tapas. Typical breakfasts Olive oil. Types of oil. Sevilla’s orange marmalade. Chocolate with churros. A study of the relevant language and vocabulary concerned. 3. María Luisa Park. Trees, plants and flowers. The Square known as La plaza de España. The tiles displayed there which depict the provinces of Spain. The architect Aníbal González. A study of the relevant language and vocabulary concerned. 4. Undertaking the detailed description of a painting by Murillo, or of one belonging to the Romantic Movement in Sevilla, from among the holdings in the Museum of Fine Arts. Spain’s Art. A study of the relevant language and vocabulary concerned. 5. Religious Art. The Churches of the Savior and of Christ the Almighty (El Salvador; El Gran Poder). Holy Week in Sevilla. The Virgin Macarena and the Triana Virgin of Hope. The Convent of Santa Paula. Sweetmeat confections made by the nuns of the City. The Convent of Santa Ángela de la Cruz. Sevilla’s nuns and their Mission. Sevilla’s patios and one in particular. The Palace of the Dueñas (the High-ranking Housekeepers). A study of the relevant language and vocabulary concerned 6. Modern architecture: The so-called Toadstools (las Setas) and the Pelli Tower. The Retail Sector and stores in Sevilla. A study of the relevant language and vocabulary concerned. 7. Music in Sevilla. The dance called la Sevillana. Flamenco. The April Fair. 8. The River. The port of Sevilla. The Gold Tower. Close-up observation of a stretch of landscape. A study of the relevant language and vocabulary concerned. 9. Sport in Sevilla. Sevilla FC and Betis. Watersports on the river. Yoga and Pilates as meditation and relaxation techniques. A study of the relevant language and vocabulary concerned. 10. Based on personal diary entries, the oral class-session presentation by each Course participant involving a cultural topic related to Spain or to Sevilla. What have I learnt from contact with the city’s language and culture? 

    ASSESSMENT: - Assessment will be based on a mid-semester exam (20% of the overall grade), the already-mentioned oral class presentation, as well as an end-of-semester exam (30% of the overall grade). Active participation in class sessions will count for 15% of the overall grade, while the handing-in of classsession work will count for the remaining 15%.


    BIBLIOGRAPHY: -Practicando el poder de ser consciente, Raúl de la Rosa, Edicionesi, Valencia, 2007 -A Mindfulness.Based Stress Reduction. Workbook, 2010. New Harbinger Publications, Oakland, CA by Bob Stahl and Elisha Goldstein. -Nuevo Prisma. Nivel B1. Libro del alumno. Equipo nuevo Prisma, Madrid, Edinumen, 2018. Coordinación pedagógica: María José Gelabert. -Cultura en España B1-B2. Nueva Edición. En Clave Ele, 2019

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