1. ESL-071 Spanish as Second Language Basic I, II (3 - 6 credits)
Linguistic immersion is a main component of this program. Basic I and II levels of Spanish as Second Language prepare the student to develop and acquire the necessary skills by using the Spanish Language in real life situations. Basic I level is designed for students that posses no knowledge of Spanish. The practices that correspond to these first two cycles of learning include reading, comprehension, intonation and elaboration of brief texts, notes and letters. Grammar course for this level is included in fall and spring semester.
2. ESL-072 Spanish as Second Language Intermediate I, II (3 - 9 credits)
Intermediate I and II levels of Spanish prepares the student for the first public communications and conversation at a normal rhythm. The students also learn how to express their opinions and clearly transmit their needs, preferences, tastes, etc. In the development of oral, written and comprehension skills for this level, the students will read newspaper articles, that will be interpreted by providing information about various themes: economical, political, historical, social, cultural and prepare responses through written commentaries, summaries and brief reports. Structural goals emphasize and focus on areas of great complexity for better understanding and learning (uses and verbal functions, syntactic connectors, sentences, idiomatic expressions and proverbs, etc.) Grammar course for this level is included in fall and spring semester.
3. ESL-073 Spanish as Second Language Advanced I, II (6 credits)
Advanced I and II levels of Spanish has been designed to teach Spanish at the highest degree for students with a good knowledge and skills of comprehension. Those levels focus on the creative capacity of each student and develop the ability to think in the Spanish language through the use of technical and literary texts, analysis, descriptions and reports. Grammar course for advanced level is included in fall and spring semester.
4. ESL-300 Dominican and Caribbean Culture (3 credits)
Course taught in English
During this course students will discuss and analyze Dominican and Caribbean cultures which are a complex mix of diverse cultures. Individual topics will be looked at separately. Material covered in this class will be from selected chapters written by Caribbean and other American writers, commercial films with a significant cultural component and educational videos. Topics include an historical overview of social and cultural traditions, intercultural relations, arts, family life, business relations and international affairs. Field visits related to locations where students observe cultural activities will help students to better understand the tradition underlying some of the behaviors they will observe while living in Dominican society.
5. ESL-301 African Heritage (3 credits)
Course taught in English
This course will examine the Afro Caribbean history, literature, and culture from the colonial period to the present. Students will read articles in English concerning slavery, race relations, Afro Caribbean religions and Afro Caribbean political movements. These readings will provide a socio-cultural context from the analysis of selected texts by Caribbean authors from Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Central America, Jamaica and Cuba. The reading of the text, class discussions, and written assignments will be done in English. Students will visit places where African Heritage remains a vital part of daily life, including Nigua, Villa Mella, San Juan de la Maguana and others. They will attend popular and religious celebrations.
6. ESL-302 Caribbean Literature (3 credits)
This course explores the works of classic and contemporary Caribbean literary figures. Among the authors works reviewed are Manuel del Cabral (Republica Dominicana), Alejo Carpentier (Cuba) Nicolás Guillén (Cuba), Luís Palés Matos, Rosario Ferré (Puerto Rico), Jacques Roumain and Edwidge Dandicat (Haití) Marisé Conde (Santa Lucia), Julia Alvarez (Dominican-American), Jamaica Kincaid and Dereck Walcott (Trinidad) Ernest Hemingway Main literary movements such as black poetry, magic, realism, social literature, oral and folk traditions in the Caribbean literature are studied and connected with other movements as the Harlem Renaissance, artistic avant-garde and popular music.and others. Some optional activities will be arranged each semester according to the cultural events in Santo Domingo.
7. ESL-200 / 201 Social and Community Services (3 credits)
Another important component of this program are the Social and Community Service projects. Students may volunteer to work 100 hours each semester in a Dominican community based organization, education center or other agency or institution which is available for volunteer service. This course allows student involvement in the community within an international setting and also enables students to practice their Spanish listening and speaking skills.
8. ESL-400 / 402 Independent Study (1, 2, or 3 credits)
Economic development in the Caribbean, Education, Multiculturalism, racial identity, gender issues, environmental concerns, interviews in Spanish, Indian influences and Caribbean traditions, Dominican history, contemporary literature, children and education in Dominican Republic are examples of topics that students can take for an independent study assignment. This course may be taken for one, two or three credits and is recommended for students that have been approved to do independent research or complete a project on a significant social or cultural issue. The individual research can be planned with the faculty advisor and developed under the tutelage of Dominican Scholars.
9. ESL-202 Internship - Independent work (3 credits)
This elective course is recommended for international students who want to add an new dimension to their professional development, are planning to work in a metropolitan area in the U.S. with a large population of Spanish speaking residents or who would like to work in a multi-national corporation which has operations in a Spanish-speaking country. Students can teach English, work in areas related to tourism, marketing or other areas of international business.
10. Direct Enrollment Program
Students with advanced knowledge of Spanish can have a program which allows them to attend to regular university courses with Dominican students for the entire semester. Program for International Students was designed to accommodate students in any academic discipline. Some of the courses that may be taken are: Spanish for native speakers, Politics, Biology, Marketing, Business Administration, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Economy for Business, Marketing, Laws, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Education, Pedagogy, Religion and Theology, Dominican History, Latino-American Thinking, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Industrial Engineering and Computational Engineering. Students that take this program may also enroll in the other courses for International Students ta ught in English.