Thursday, September 22, 2011

Frases Creativas

Post your most interesting and creative sentences here using the vocabulary from pages 8-11 in your "texto". 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Oct. 17 Class Alternative at UW LAX

Maru Buendía-Sentiés, “Making Films on the U.S.-Mexico Border,” 260 Graff Main Hall, 6-7 PM followed by reception. Free hors d’oeuvres.

Maru Buendía-Sentiés, MFA, is a US-Mexico borderlands filmmaker whose work focuses on human rights and immigration. A recipient of the Cary Grant Film Award (2007) of the Princess Grace Foundation, Buendia-Senties was born in Mexico City and raised on the U.S.-Mexico border. Her award-winning films have been featured in film festivals in Europe and the Americas. Her short film “Bienvenido” (2010) portrays the struggle of a Mexican immigrant to overcome stereotypes. Her 2009 award-winning "Entre Líneas" is a story about two friends—Caroline and Ricardo—who live on different sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Their friendship allows the viewer to perceive at the U.S.-Mexico borderlands culture, conflicts between Mexicans and Mexican Americans, and the universal struggle to maintain and find identity in a multicultural society. Buendia’s presentation will discuss her work and screen 2 short films.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Bienvenidos Otoño 2011

Welcome Fall 2011 Class!
I am so psyched to be teaching this class again.  Day one is a chance for us to get to know each other, your needs in this class, and learn some Spanish right quick-super rapido.  Each of you come with unique experiences in relation to the language and the cultures of Spanish speaking communities.  We will have short, and I mean short mini lectures so you can work in pairs to practice dialogues.  I will speak in Spanish as much as possible to give you as much understandable input as I can.  Remember (?) how you or your children learned their first language?  A baby-child listened for a year before starting to speak in understandable words and phrases.  We will accelerate this process with you, but not too fast.  I will expect you to verbally practice immediately, in class and at home.  There is an opportunity for online homework, in class practice and independent study.  Every Monday evening will be a great one.  Our final exam will be a dinner out with first language Spanish speakers.  Bienvenidos todos.