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Spanish Program

The Spanish Program introduces you to the language, literature and linguistics of Spain and Spanish America.

Discover the fascinating social and cultural context of the Spanish speaking world. Our courses explore a range of topics from the development of the Spanish language to an examination of Renaissance and Baroque literature when Spain's prolific playwrights rivaled Shakespeare; from the literature of the Spanish Civil War to the vast, innovative work of Latin America's writers.

The Spanish Program enables students to:

  • Explore the rich cultural heritage of Spain and Spanish America, and develop a command of Spanish through intensive practice in listening, reading, writing and speaking;
  • Publish in the student literary magazine "Entre Voc/zes";
  • Connect with community and univerisity-wide activities, lecture series, theatre and music/literary events;
  • Gain valuable research and cross-cultural skills, and build your international networks by participating in faculty-led research projects

What Can Spanish Do for My Career?

Spanish is an ideal foundation for work in many different areas. Qualified bilingual and multilingual graduates are in demand in fields such as law, business and finance, media, social services, medicine, education and hospitality.

The ability to read and speak Spanish allows you to communicate in one of the major international languages. With the NAFTA agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, Spanish has become even more essential in the world of international commerce. Graduates have also gone on to graduate studies in literature, cultural studies and other fields.

Interesting Facts About Spanish

Spoken by over 400 million people, Spanish is the second most widely spoken language worldwide. It is the official language in over 20 countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ecuatorial Guinea, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela. A significant percentage of the world's Spanish-speaking population resides in North America (Mexico, U.S., Canada, with over 34%). In Canada it is the mother-tongue of growing and vibrant Latin American and Spanish communities and it is the fifth most common home language in Toronto.

Spanish Speaking Population by Region

Region Population
(Number of People)
Percentaje of the
Total Spanish Speaking Population
North America 154,276,438 34.10 %
Central America 40,982,389 9.06 %
South America 191,225,429 42.26 %
Islands 24,889,213 5.50 %
Europe 40,491,051 8.95 %
Africa 616,459 0.14 %
Total Worldwide 452,480,979 100.00

Spanish Speaking Population by Country

Country

Population
(Number of People)

Percentaje of the Total Spanish Speaking Population

1. Mexico 109,955,400 24.30 %
2. Colombia 45,013,674 9.95 %
3. United States 44,321,038 9.80 %
4. Argentina 40,677,348 8.99 %
5. Spain 40,491,051 8.95 %
6. Perú 29,180,899 6.45 %
7. Venezuela 26,414,815 5.84 %
8. Chile 16,454,143 3.64 %
9. Ecuador 13,927,650 3.08 %
10. Guatemala 13,002,206 2.87 %
11. Cuba 11,423,952 2.52 %
12. Dominican Republic 9,507,133 2.10 %
13. Bolivia 9,247,816 2.04 %
14. Honduras 7,639,327 1.69 %
15. El Salvador 7,066,403 1.56 %
16. Paraguay 6,831,306 1.51 %
17. Nicaragua 5,785,846 1.28 %
18. Costa Rica 4,195,914 0.93 %
19. Puerto Rico 3,958,128 0.87 %
20. Uruguay 3,477,778 0.77 %
21. Panama 3,292,693 0.73 %
22. Equatorial Guinea 616,459 0.14 %
Total Worldwide 452,480,979 100.00 %
 

Study Abroad

Students majoring in Spanish also have the opportunity to study in Spain.

Intermediate Spanish Abroad involves the intensive study of the Spanish language as well as of the culture of the Spanish-speaking country of immersion, four weeks at York University and four weeks in the Spanish-language locale.

York has established a relationship with the Catholic University of Ávila, the institution hosting our program. Ávila is an ideal location: a short distance from Madrid, Spain's capital and Salamanca, home to Spain's oldest university.

  Summer Advising Hours

Prof. Ellen Anderson will be holding regular office hours between 2pm and 5pm every Wednesday for Advising beginning May 28, 2014. To set up an appointment, please contact Prof. Anderson at eandersn@yorku.ca.

For the month of May, please contact Prof. Michol Hoffman (mhoffman@yorku.ca) or Prof. Shanna Lino (slino@yorku.ca) to set up an advising appointment.

  News

Professor Shanna Lino has just published an article titled "Víctima, detective y femme fatale: En busca de estrategias de empoderamiento femenino ante la inmigración en la novela negra española" (Dec. 2013) in L'Érudit franco-espagnol

In this study, Professor Lino analyses the portrayal of immigrant women as victims, detectives, or femmes fatales in Spanish crime fiction published since 2000. She considers the benefits and challenges of formulating these characters according to the generic codes of the Spanish novela negra and theorizes that the femme fatale is the most productive characterization of these protagonists for the development of an emancipatory feminine discourse.
Current Issue  |  Article

Announcing a research publication by Dr. Figueredo that studies the links between Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, Chilean poet Nadia Prado and Kristeva's threshold concepts of reading aesthetic experimentation as a possible correlative of sociopolitical transformation.

"Kahlo, Kristeva, Prado: Retratando 'el porvenir de la revuelta' poética." [Kahlo, Kristeva, Prado: Portraits of Poetic Revolt]. In Mexico in Its Revolutions. Universidad Autónoma de Morales, México, York University and University of Toronto, 2013.

Connect with Spanish-speaking international students: through the new Wor(l)d Buddy Project

New for 2013-2014: Connect with Spanish-speaking international students at York by becoming a Wor(l)d Buddy at DLLL! For more information, visit: www.yorku.ca/laps/dlll/buddy/

  Course News

SP 1001 and SP 1002 have been redesigned: Check out these two 3.0-credit beginners Spanish Language options

SP 1001 - Elementary Spanish for Professional Communication

This course introduces students to the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world, with a particular emphasis on communication for professional purposes. It focuses on developing comprehension and production for basic oral communication in a professional context (formal language skills). Students will have the opportunity to learn targeted Spanish vocabulary given their professional background and goals, including law, medicine, business, engineering or education. Course credit exclusions: AP/SP 1000 6.00, GL/SP 1000 6.00.

SP 1002 - Elementary Spanish Grammar & Writing

This intensive course exposes students to the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world through Spanish grammar and writing. While speaking and listening in Spanish are practiced and polished, this course focuses on developing explicit knowledge of the basic grammatical and orthographic principles required to advance to an intermediate course in Spanish, with a special emphasis on written forms of communication. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of Spanish gained at high school level or in other language training, according to Placement Testing procedures of the program; AP/SP1001 3.00. Course credit exclusions: AP/SP 1000 6.00, GL/SP 1000 6.00

New Study Abroad Course in Spain! - AP/SP 2020 6.0 Intermediate Spanish Abroad

Summer 2014

This course involves the intensive study of the Spanish language at the intermediate level as well as of the culture of the Spanish-speaking country of immersion, four weeks at York University and four weeks in the Spanish-language locale. Interaction with native speakers through cultural activities and excursions complements in-class development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through written exercises, compositions, oral presentations, and conversations. Course materials highlight the history and socio-cultural context of the destination country.

Ávila has been chosen for the inaugural year of Intermediate Spanish Abroad for a number of reasons: York International has established a relationship with the Catholic University of Ávila, the institution hosting our program. Ávila is an ideal location: a short distance from Madrid, Spain's capital and Salamanca, home to Spain's oldest university.

For advice on how to integrate a study abroad course in a Spanish-speaking country into your degree, contact the Coordinator of the Spanish Program, Dr. Ellen Anderson at: eandersn@yorku.ca.

Information on financial support for studying abroad from LA&PS is available online.

Visit the York International's Global Cafe to speak with students who've been abroad and to learn more about the opportunities available.

Make your degree as global and internationally-informed as it can be!

New Course! - Hispanic Caribbean Literature: The City, The Nation, and the Sea

AP/SP 3220 3.00 Hispanic Caribbean Literature: The City, The Nation, and the Sea

Instructor: Prof. Emiro Martinez-Osorio

Course Description: This course examines the construction of the Caribbean (Hispanic Caribbean) as a
geographic and cultural space whose boundaries have been charted by imperial rivalries.

Topics under consideration may include Early Modern European expansion, the search for 'El Dorado' and the 'Fountain of Youth,' colonization, piracy, migration, slavery, the New World Baroque, transculturation, identity, race relations, revolutions, and nation building.

Special attention is given to the representation of cities like Habana (Cuba), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Veracruz (México), and Cartagena (Colombia) in the works of writers like José Lezama Lima, Roberto Burgos Cantor, José Martí, Germán Espinosa, Reinaldo Arenas, Junot Díaz, Alejo Carpentier and others.

Prerequisite: AP/SP 2200 6.00

Language of Instruction: Spanish

New Course! - Epics of the Indies: Iberian Poetry of Exploration & Empire

AP/SP 4360 6.00 Epics of the Indies: Iberian Poetry of Exploration and Empire

Instructor: Prof. Emiro Martinez-Osorio

Course Description: This course examines the representation of the encounter between Europe and its "Others" in the epic and heroic poems written by Iberian poets in the XVI and XVII centuries. Topics may include the epic tradition in Western civilization, the Renaissance practice of poetic imitation, the campaigns of exploration and conquest of America, the epic topos of literary mapamundi, the first literary representations of Amerindian cultures, and narratives of shipwreck and captivity.

Prerequisite: AP/SP 2200 6.00 or equivalent.

Language of Instruction: Spanish

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Section Director: Prof. Emiro Martinez-Osorio

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New Course! - Nos/otras: Contemporary Poetic Expressions of Spanish American Women

AP/SP 4880 3.00 Nos/otras: Contemporary Poetic Expressions of Spanish American Women

Instructor by Prof. Maria Figueredo

Course Description: This course analyzes how Spanish American women poets (such as Alejandra Basualto, Cecilia Vicuña, Belén Gaché, Ida Vitale, Cristina Peri Rossi, Alejandra Pizarnik, Nadia Prado, Malú Urriola) since the 1980s have employed varied creative and receptive practices to shape new tendencies in poetic language. Examines their poems in tandem with selected films and electronic media created by these writers to reveal the cultural, historical and social threads emerging from the literary works..

Prerequisite: AP/SP 2200 6.00 or equivalent.

Language of Instruction: Spanish

  Events

Entrevoces 7th Edition Launch Wed March 26 5:30pm -- view pdf

March 26 - 5:30pm Entre Voczes Presents its 7th Edition

Peace through passion

Join us for an evening of art, music, and refreshments

Date: Wednesday March 26, 2014
Time: 5:30pm
Locaiton Founders Assembly Hall


  Publications

Poesía y canto popular: Su convergencia en el siglo XX. Uruguay, 1960-1985 [Poetry and Popular Song: Their Convergence in the Twentieth Century. The Case of Uruguay, 1960-1985] published "the work of Maria Figueredo on the resemantization of the poetic text when it is articulated with a musical structure, to integrate a new reality of language, that is, the song, is the first systematic investigation in this field. There existed periodic journalistic articles and reports on writers and musicians, as well as references inserted into various works of literary criticism, but never had a global and comprehensive work of this nature been undertaken on this fundamental aspect of contemporary culture" (Cosse, 9). The book studies the socio-cultural process of poetry that is set to music in relation to context of Latin America, with particular focus on the case study of Uruguay in response to particular socio-political challenges faced in the latter half of the twentieth century."

  Alumni News

We invite you to learn more about some of our recent graduates and share in their post graduation accomplishments.

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Call for Submissions Video for 7th edition Peace Through Passion Spanish Studies Program Brochure Entrevoces 7th Edition Launch Wed March 26 5:30pm -- view pdf