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Paula Ann Sprague

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department for Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
Office location and address
NCH 465
1605 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Education
Ph.D., Modern Peninsular Spanish Literature; University of Wisconsin-Madison (2002)
M.A., Hispanic language and literatures; University of Wisconsin-Madison
B,A., Spanish; Knox College
SPAN 2010: Intermediate Spanish
Credits: 3
Further develops the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. SPAN 2010 enables students to successfully perform linguistic tasks that allow them to communicate in everyday situations (e.g., narrating present, past and future activities, and expressing hopes, desires, and requests). Students also read journalistic and literary selections designed for Spanish-speaking audiences. Three class hours. Laboratory work is required. Followed by SPAN 2020. Prerequisite: Passing grade in SPAN 1020 or 1060; a score of 520-590 on the SAT II test; 326-409 on the UVa placement test; or permission of the department.
SPAN 2020: Advanced Intermediate Spanish
Credits: 3
Enables students to successfully perform linguistic tasks that allow them to communicate in everyday situations and handle complications (e.g., asking for, understanding and giving directions, expressing happiness and affection, and persuading). Students may choose either SPAN 2020A, which includes reading literary and cultural selections or SPAN 2020C, which includes selected medical readings. Three class hours. Laboratory work is required. Prerequisite: Passing grade in SPAN 2010; SAT II test scores of 600-640; UVa placement test score of 410-535; IB exam score of 5 or 6; or permission of the department. Note: Prerequisite for the following courses: SPAN 2020 or the equivalent.
SPAN 2100: The Social Support Systems of Latin America
Credits: 1
A supervised internship fort students interested in the health care professions and sociology as a complement to SPAN 2020 during the UVa Summer Spanish program. The latter includes health care, education, and other social services like social security and old age benefits. Final research paper required
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 3020: Grammar and Composition II
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 comparative essay, the argumentative essay, and the research paper.
SPAN 3031: Conversation Cinema: Latin America
Credits: 3
Conversation course whose subject matter is Latin American cinema. Films will be discussed in the context of the history and culture of various countries. Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 and 3 credits of 3400-3430
SPAN 3040: Business Spanish
Credits: 3
SPAN 3040 is a Language for the Professions course intended for students with interest in Business and Economy related fields. Upon completion of this course, students will have acquired the vocabulary and the intercultural competence that will allow them to comfortably and successfully participate in professional settings in Spanish. Since SPAN 3040 is a Language for the Professions course, international students that are native speakers of Spanish are ineligible to take the course.
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 3410: Survey of Spanish Literature II (1700 to Present)
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 and 3300, or departmental placement.
ZFOR 3506: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
ZFOR 3507: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad

Facutly Initiated Project Grant, Institute of World Languages, UVA. 2016-2017.

Pilot of Spanish Language Writing Tutoring. 2016-2017.

UVA Institute for World Languages Faculty Development Grant; conference travel. 2015.