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Omar Velazquez Mendoza

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department for Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
Office location and address
New Cabell hall 457
1605 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Ph.D., University of California (Davis)
M.A., University of California (Davis)
B.A., California State University (Stanislaus)
SPAN 1010: Elementary Spanish
Credits: 4
Develops listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. SPAN 1010 and 1020 enable students to successfully perform linguistic tasks that allow them to communicate in everyday situations (e.g., greeting, narrating, describing, ordering, comparing and contrasting, and apologizing). Five class hours and one laboratory hour. Followed by SPAN 2010. Prerequisite: For students who have not previously studied Spanish.
SPAN 3000: Phonetics
Credits: 3
An introduction to the sound system of both Peninsular & Latin Am Spanish. Class discussions focus on how the sounds of Spanish are produced from an articulatory point of view, and how these sounds are organized & represented in the linguistic competence of their speakers. When appropriate, comparisons will be made between Spanish & English or Spanish & other (Romance & non-Romance) languages. Course seeks to improve the student's pronunciation.
SPAN 3010: Grammar and Composition I
Credits: 3
This course seeks to develop advanced literacy in Spanish through extensive reading, writing, analysis, and discussion of authentic literary texts and videos. Emphasis is placed on how grammatical forms codify meaning and how grammar and meaning interact to construct the language and textual structure expected in the following academic genres: the critical review, the persuasive essay, and the research paper.
SPAN 3030: Cultural Conversations
Credits: 3
Conversation course devoted to different aspects of Spanish, Spanish American, or Latino culture. Student-led discussion of materials ranging from films and music videos to radio programs, newspapers, and the Internet. Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or departmental placement.
SPAN 3300: Texts and Interpretation
Credits: 3
In this course we will be covering a variety of basic approaches to literary texts that enable us to analyze & understand them better. The course will be organized on the basis of literary genre (narrative, theater, poetry, etc.), with a portion of the semester dedicated to each. Short texts in Spanish for readings will be drawn from both Spanish & Latin Am literature, and from a range of time periods. Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or dept. placement.
SPAN 4040: Translation from Spanish to English
Credits: 3
Translation Spanish and English Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 and 3300, or departmental placement.
SPAN 4202: Hispanic Sociolinguistics
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: SPAN 3200 and 3010, or 3000 and 3010, or departmental placement.
SPAN 4210: History of the Spanish Language II
Credits: 3
The course examines the development of the Spanish language through texts produced from the Middle Ages to the present day. The main goal will be the interpretation of individual texts as a source of linguistic data and the analysis of language in its cultural, social and historical context. Including texts from Latin American and Spain, the commentary will cover the analysis of phonological, grammatical and lexical aspects. Prerequisites: SPAN 3000 or SPAN 3200
SPAN 4530: Special Topics Seminar: Language
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 and 3300, or departmental placement; instructor permission.
SPAN 4700: Spanish Culture and Civilization
Credits: 3
This course focuses on the major political events in the history of Spain, from 1900 to the present, as well as on the study of the most important Spanish artistic movements, and their most relevant contemporary representatives, in the fields of music, painting, architecture, and dance. Prerequisite: SPAN 3010, 3300, and 3 credits of 3400-3430, or departmental placement.
SPAN 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Prerequisite: instructor permission.
SPAN 7220: History of the Language
Credits: 3
The development of the Spanish language from its origins.
LING 9010: Directed Research
Credits: 3
Special Areas Students should choose electives in one or more of the following areas: anthropology, Asian and Middle Eastern languages and Cultures, comparative Latin and Greek, English language study, Germanic linguistics, Indic linguistics, philosophy, psychology, Romance linguistics, Slavic linguistics.

Research Support in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences—Buckner W. Clay Dean of Arts and Sciences & Vice President for Research, University of Virginia (2018).

Summer Research Stipend—College of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia (2017)

Research Support in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences—Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences & Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, University of Virginia (2015).

Research Support in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences—Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences & Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, University of Virginia (2013).

Excellence in Teaching—Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University of California (Davis) (2010).