Richard Clark Instructor in Spanish

RichardClark

Education:
M.A., University of Northern Iowa
B.A., Wheaton College

712-707-7337
rclark@nwciowa.edu
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Professor Clark is the 2007 and 2013 recipient of Northwestern's Teaching Excellence Award. In addition to teaching Spanish and working with the college's education majors, he serves as a translator in the community and is an assistant men's basketball coach for NWC. Born and raised in Ecuador as the son of missionary parents, Professor Clark has led summer study abroad trips to that country. He has also lived in Spain, led mission trips to Mexico and Ecuador, and served as a lay pastor for a Hispanic congregation. Prior to joining Northwestern's faculty, he taught for 22 years at the high school level.

SPA101 - Beginning Spanish Language and Culture

Combined study of language and culture. Study of major social systems and themes of Hispanic culture. Elementary study of the language in a communicative context. Emphasis upon integration of developing language skills with cultural understanding and sensitivity in oral communication settings.Prerequisite: No previous study of Spanish, or placement by the foreign language placement exam.(3 credits)

SPA102 - Beginning Spanish Language and Culture

Combined study of language and culture. Study of major social systems and themes of Hispanic culture. Building on previously acquired ability in Spanish, elementary study of the language in a communicative context. Emphasis upon integration of developing language skills with cultural understanding and sensitivity in oral communication settings.Prerequisite: SPA101, or placement by the foreign language placement exam.(3 credits)

SPA202 - Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture

Combined study of intermediate language and culture. Study of primary sources in print, audio and visual forms to develop appreciation for the ways culture in general and the language's culture in particular shape a variety of social contexts. Building on previously acquired ability in Spanish, continued study of language in a communicative context with considerable emphasis upon precision and expansion of linguistic skills.Prerequisite: SPA201, or placement by the foreign language placement exam.(3 credits)

SPA308 - Methods of Teaching Secondary Foreign Language

(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) Study of the methods and approaches most commonly used in secondary foreign language teaching. Discussion of recent research and methodology in adolescent foreign language acquisition. This courserequires a30-hour practicum and is required of each candidate seeking anendorsement in this content area. Notes: Does not count toward the Spanish major or minor. Students must earn a"C" or better in the special methods course in orderto fulfill program requirements for secondary licensure. Prerequisite: SPA202 or equivalent proficiency.

SPA311 - Advanced Spanish Conversation

The main goal of this course is to improve oral communication, which includes speaking as well as listening, comprehension. Since successful communication also involves cultural awareness of the Spanish speaker's feelings, thoughts and attitudes, part of this course involves studying sources of these important underlying constructs.Prerequisite: SPA202 or equivalent proficiency.(1 credit)

SPA327 - Hispanics in the United States

A wide-ranging study of the current situation of Hispanics in the United States. After an historical overview, a thematic approach will be taken to better understand the role of Hispanics in the United States and their growing influence. Possible topics include demographics, voting tendencies, purchasing power, Hispanic media, religion, labor laws, immigration, Spanglish and bilingualism, among others. Using interviews and research, the course will conclude with a study of our Hispanic neighbors here in northwest Iowa.Prerequisites: SPA202 and one 3-credit 300-level course.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)

SPA328 - Written Spanish Translation

This course is an introduction to the theory, methods, techniques and problems involved in basic translation. The first half of the semester will focus mostly on translating from Spanish to English. The second half of the course will involve general material from specific areas of life: popular culture, music, social sciences, education, business, medicine, the legal profession, etc., with translation exercises from both Spanish to English and English to Spanish. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: Spanish 202 and one 3-credit 300-level course. (3 credits; alternate years, consult department)

SPA351 - Survey of Hispanic Literature from Spain

A study of peninsular Spanish literature from El Cid to the present. Emphasis upon major literary movements and their representative masterpieces. Prerequisite: SPA314 or permission of instructor. (3 credits, alternate years, consult department)

Translation of Plymouth County Jail manual

Translation of 35 labels for Van Beek Scientific

Presentation at NACFLA Conference on Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages

Assistant Men's Basketball Coach, Northwestern College

Youth Director, Trinity Reformed Church, Orange City

Modern Language Association (MLA)

Christian Association of World Languages (CAWL)

Teaching Excellence Award, Northwestern College, 2007, 2013

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