ERIC Number: EJ910349
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Reference Count: 17
A Responsive, Integrative Spanish Curriculum at UNC Charlotte
Doyle, Michael S.
Hispania, v93 n1 p80-84 Mar 2010
The Spanish program at UNC Charlotte is timely and responsive because it is designed to meet documented societal (job market) needs in today's and tomorrow's global village and economy by providing graduates with strong specialties in English-Spanish translating and in business Spanish. It is integrative in that it does so while maintaining its abiding commitment to and leveraging the benefits of the traditional curriculum in literature and culture such that, although students may choose between track emphases, each track allows for the inclusion of course work from its companion track. It has not been designed based on a philosophical question of an exclusive curricular "this" or "that"; rather, on an inclusive one of both "this" and "that," to better serve today's student of Spanish through a curriculum that provides or blends options. The successful program at UNC Charlotte is but one example of the possible curricular outcomes in response to the widespread exhortations, driven by the admonition that an academic program should always be engaged in the examination "to see if it is meeting today's and tomorrow's needs, or if it is still focused on yesterday's need." Curricular vision and implementation must always keep a finger on the pulse of the times in order to best prepare students for the world they will encounter upon graduation and in order for academic programs to retain and strengthen their relevance and centrality. This can be achieved while maintaining a commitment to the traditional curriculum in Spanish.
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Integrated Curriculum, Translation, Spanish, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Program Descriptions, Universities, Literature, Cultural Education, Futures (of Society)
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Inc. 900 Ladd Road, Walled Lake, MI 48390. Tel: 248-960-2180; Fax: 248-960-9570; e-mail: AATSPoffice@aatsp.org; Web site: http://www.aatsp.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina