Kathleen Bulger-Barnett, Ph.D.

SP320 - Hispanic Gothic Literature

death2 Spring 2013                                                   Instructor:  Colonel Bulger-Barnett
Telephone:  464-7457
Office:  428 Scott Shipp Hall
Office Hours:  Please email for appointment
Email:  Bulger-BarnettKD@vmi.edu 




Course Description: 

Spanish 320 is designed for the post-intermediate student to reinforce previously learned language skills through literature of a topical interest.  The topic for this particular course is the horror tale.  Students gain an overview of literary works in Spanish which treat horror.  This course emphasizes the refinement of previously acquired language skills such as speaking and writing and places additional emphasis on reading texts in Spanish for practicality. SP 320 is a student led discussion and readings course. As such, each student is dependent upon the other to come to class prepared and ready to share one's ideas about the works. This course is taught in Spanish.


  1. Edgar Allan Poe:  Cuentos.  vol. 1.  Prologo, traduccion y notas de Julio Cortazar.  Editorial Alianza, Madrid.  1994.
  2. Online materials
  3. A good English-Spanish dictionary for reference.

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Course goals: 

  1. Reach a level of sophisticated post-intermediate expression in written and oral Spanish. 
  2. Broaden vocabulary and grammar. 
  3. Improve pronunciation. 
  4. Improve listening skills through exposure to the language in and out of the classroom. 
  5. Utilize correct grammar, syntax and a choice of words in a style appropriate for composition.
  6. Gain knowledge of prominent authors.
  7. Read, discuss, and write about literary works of importance.
  8. Review Spanish grammar.

Grading scale: The grading scale will be as follows: 


Grade Distribution: 

Your grade will be based on 2 one- hour examinations (50%); quizzes (20%) and a final examination (30%).  

2 one-hour examinations............................. (50%) 

You will have 2 one-hour examinations. The dates will be announced on the class calendar.

Quizzes................. (20%) 

Quizzes will test vocabulary use, pronunciation ability, and reading comprehension. In case of absence, a quiz may be taken in advance or via email the same day as the class is taking it.  You may not take quizzes after the class has already done so. 

Final examination ...................................(30%) 

Help received clarification: Unless the assigned work is certified and specifically for a formal grade, cadets are encouraged to work together. However, FOR YOUR PROTECTION it should be noted in writing at the end of the assignment if help was received, and from whom. Computer drills are not certified and you have permission to work with others. Since computer drills are of a tutorial nature only and for supplemental practice purposes only and not for a numerical grade per exercise, students may help one another, get tutorial help, or even access the answers. However, note in writing or an email that you have done this.  You should rehearse with one another any oral reports assigned, and critique each other, as well. Correct each other's grammar when you are speaking Spanish outside of class. No help from another person whatsoever is permitted on compositions.

 All Institute's policies in the Academic Regulations and the booklet   Easy Access: The Reference Handbook for Writers are applicable to all work in this course.

Statement on disabilities: VMI abides by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which mandate reasonable accommodations be provided for cadets with documented disabilities. If you have a registered disability and may require some type of instructional and/or examination accommodations, please contact me early in the semester so that I can provide or facilitate provision of accommodations you may need. If you have not already done so, you will need to register with the Office of Disabilities Services, the designated office on campus to provide services for cadets with disabilities. The office is located on the 2nd floor of the VMI Health Center(Post Hospital). Please call or stop by the office of LTC Jones, Director of Disabilities Services, for more information, 464-7667 or jonessl10@vmi.edu If you are a cadet with a documented disability, who will be requesting accommodations in my class, please make sure you are registered with the Office of Disabilities Services, 2nd Floor, Post Infirmary, 464-7667, and provide me with an Accommodations letter outlining your accommodations. I will be glad to meet with you privately during my office hours to discuss your needs.  

Guard duty and absences: Cadets "standing guard" are authorized to miss class. Those cadets who are simply "on guard" must attend class. In either case, if an exam or other graded work is scheduled, cadets are expected to arrange a swap of guard duty.  

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