Summer intensive program

CRT EEE Verano 2022

Language Courses

The goal of our six Spanish courses is to develop holistic linguistic skills, on the basis of the appropriate grammar and practical contents corresponding to each level of proficiency. Also, we have five Spanish Workshops (mainly with oral and writing activities) to support the Spanish courses mentioned above.

 Español I:

▪ Total: 45 hours/ 4 credits
This course is planned according to the students’ needs; hence, it seeks to provide students with basic tools for them to relate to their new environment at an elemental level as well as to approach them to the culture. This way, students start acquiring Spanish by developing the four linguistic skills.

 Español II:

▪ Total: 45 hours/ 4 credits
In this course, students will develop their skills so as to be able to express their ideas, opinions, and exchange them using both oral and written production.

 Español III:

▪ Total: 45 hours/ 4 credits
Studying Spanish as a foreign language involves an educational reality that requires a methodology that encompasses the possibility of achieving proposed goals in the definition of teaching objectives, material selection and activities to be carried out as well as in the evaluation method and all resources through which students acquire the communicative proficiency in the target language. This course intends to help students learn Spanish in an integral way, considering that any language is basically a communication tool.

 Español IV:

▪ Total: 45 hours/ 4 credits
The objective of this course is to reinforce the grammar aspects acquired in the previous level. It involves improving the ability to speak about the past, even considering some complex aspects; making emphasis on the subjunctive mood, especially referring to the past; and, finally, increasing the ability to talk about what other people do, think, want, wish or feel.

 Español V:

▪ Total: 45 hours/ 4 credits
This course contemplates the necessity and convenience for foreign students to polish their communicative skills so as to understand, speak, read and write the language of our culture, focusing on Mexican Spanish, but also considering other Spanish varieties. Furthermore, the course takes into account all grammatical knowledge acquired in the previous levels as a theoretical supporting element for better language proficiency.

 Español VI:

▪ Total: 45 hours/ 4 credits
Español VI is for advanced Spanish learners. It gives them the opportunity to perfect their oral, writing and reading skills in order for students to be able to efficiently communicate in Spanish

 Spanish for Specific Purposes – Business:

▪ 45 hours total / 4 credits

Teaching Spanish for Specific Purposes consists on training students on the use of the appropriate language according to the professional situation in which they develop. Through this course, students will practice skills and necessary strategies pertaining to the area of businesses in order to be able to communicate in a concrete situation, through the understanding and knowledge of specific vocabulary.
This course is for students with a high intermediate, advanced and proficiency level.

Spanish Workshops

 Spanish Workshop I:

▪ Total: 30 horas / 3 créditos
Through this course, students will be able to put into practice their grammatical and functional knowledge in the four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

 Spanish Workshop II:

▪ Total: 30 hours / 3 credits
In this course, students will practice grammatical knowledge acquired in Español II Class addressing the four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. They will also know some Mexican cultural aspects: traditions, customs and history through reading activities and other types of activities.

 Spanish Workshop III:

▪ Total: 30 hours / 3 credits
Through the integration of the four skills, this course intends to help student acquire the necessary tools to narrate past events; express their feelings and desires; voice their opinions (agree and disagree); to talk about the future and express real and possible situations.

 Spanish Workshop IV:

▪ Total: 30 hours / 3 credits
In this course, students will be able to express their feelings, ideas and opinions using the four skills: Reading, writing, listening and speaking. The workshop will be focused on practicing the contents studied in Español IV; therefore, theoretical aspects will be addressed only if explicitly required by students.

 Spanish Workshop V:

▪ Total: 30 hours / 3 credits
This course will support all language knowledge and help students practice what they have learn so far. It will also function as a recycle course for those students who need to reinforce advanced Spanish knowledge. Finally, this course is also an indirect aid to Español V class.

 Spanish Workshop VI:

▪ Total: 30 hours / 3 credits
Students will perfect their knowledge by developing the four language skills which will enable them to be in several communicative situations and produce different types of texts.

Culture or Content Courses

 XX Century Hispano – American Short Stories:

▪ Total 30 hours / 3 credits
The objective of this course is to expose students to the work of some of the most outstanding short story writers in the Hispano-American literature of the XX Century: Horacio Quiroga, Jorge Luis Borges, Juan Rulfo, Juan Jose Arreola, Gabriel García Márquez and Rosario Castellanos among others, by reading and commenting on some of their texts, located in the literary movements to which they belong.

 Mexican Contemporary Novel:

▪ 30 hours total / 3 credits
This course’s objective is that the student understands the development of the XX century Mexican novel as a cultural phenomenon that arose parallel to social and historic events, and to be able to understand the advance of the literary techniques that characterize the Mexican novel from the revolutionary movement. Some of the novels that will be read in the course are Los de de abajo by Mariano Azuela, Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo and La muerte de Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes, among others.

 Contemporary Mexican Tale:

▪ 30 hours total / 3 credits
The objective of this course is to introduce the student to the study of the Mexican short-story of the last 25 years, as well as to analyze the main themes of these short-stories from a literary perspective and from the social context of its own time. In this course, the techniques and the styles that the most outstanding contemporary short-story writers have developed will be studied. This course will attempt to initiate the student in the use of some literary methodologies in the short-story analysis.

 Latin American Literature Written by Women:

▪ 30 hours total / 3 credits
The objective of this course is to introduce the students to the analysis and interpretation of the Latin American Literature written by women, as well as providing them with a panorama of this literature through texts such as: Cambio de armas by Luisa Valenzuela, Lección de Cocina by Rosario Castellanos, Como Agua para Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, Eva Luna by Isabel Allende, among others.

 Civilizaciones Prehispánicas:

▪ 30 hours total / 3 credits
The program of this course covers the time period of Mexican history, beginning with Pleistocene hunters and gatherers to the fall of Aztec Empire in 1521. The students will increase their knowledge on the Ancient Civilizations of America, learning to think of them as part of the history of the mankind. This knowledge can be useful in the understanding of the current sociocultural diversity.

 Contemporary Mexico:

▪ 30 hours total / 3 credits
This course explains the situation of the current reality in Mexico around the economic, political and cultural projects developed in this country in order to observe both its achievements and its failures. This way, it will be understood why there is an unequal growing and why needs and desires persist among the Mexican people that are living these early years of the 21th century. The students will know the most important economic, political and socio-cultural processes from 1920 to date and they will discuss their points of view (about it).

 Doing Business in Mexico:

▪ 30 hours total / 3 credits
▪ Offered in English and in Spanish

The objective of this course is that students know the real Mexican business environment, such as the problems of the Mexican companies, the new free trade agreements signed by Mexico, the programs offered by the Government to support Mexican companies and finally the customs to make business in Mexico.

 Identidad del Mexicano:

▪ 30 hours total / 3 credits
The objectives of this course is to reflect on identity and otherness; to know what it has meant ‘’to be Mexican’’ and approach to how Mexicans picture ‘’ the others’’. These specific objectives have the goal to achieve a comprehension about Mexicans through a sociocultural diversity and the concrete experiences students have during their stay in Mexico.

 Mexican Contemporary Art:

▪ 30 hours total / 3 credits
Through an artistic tour, this course attempts to bring the students closer to some thoughts, beliefs, values and customs that, due to their importance and rooting, have given identity to the Mexican people. The objectives are to make clear the influence that the popular and traditional culture has had on the works of Mexican artists, provide students with elements that will allow them to understand better the Mexican culture and to bring them closer to the contemporary history through plastic arts.

 Mexican Culture and Civilization:

▪ 30 hours total / 3 credits
▪ Offered in English

The course will highlight the most important facts and processes of almost five centuries of history. The course will focus on the evolution of the main indigenous groups that inhabited Mexico prior to conquest, and then the Spaniards and Black populations. We will underline the various ethnic groups participation during different time periods and their relationship with the Mestizos (Mixed populations) and the official Government leading up to today. We will finish the course by analyzing the ethnic participation in the Zapatist movement after 1994 and how the Mexican politics, economy and government have changed since then.