Dean Rhodes

Associate Professor of Spanish

Dean Rhodes

Education

  • BA, University of Iowa, 1975
  • MAT, Coe College, 1996

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Courses

Fall 2011

Spanish 102 – Elementary Spanish II
Basic skills in understanding, speaking, reading and writing Spanish for beginners; class work includes collaborative learning. Prerequisite: Spanish 101 or equivalent on Placement Exam.
Spanish 201 – Intermediate Spanish I
A review of grammar and intensive oral practice. Prerequisite: Span 102 or equivalent.
Spanish 303 – Spanish Composition I
A thorough review of Spanish grammar with exercises in composition. Prerequisite: Span 201
Spanish 400 – Special Projects
Projects vary from studies in literature, history, the local community, to advanced practice of language skills. Reserved for Spanish majors.

Spring 2012

Spanish 102 – 01 & 02 – Elementary Spanish II
Basic skills in understanding, speaking, reading and writing Spanish for beginners; class work includes collaborative learning. Prerequisite: Spanish 101 or equivalent on Placement Exam.
Spanish 305 – Culture of Hispanic World
Course focuses on culture, history, literature and music of the Hispanic world, with particular emphasis on Spanish-speaking SST locations. Comprehensive experience in written and spoken Spanish. Prerequisite: Span 201
Spanish 400 – Special Projects
Projects vary from studies in literature, history, the local community, to advanced practice of language skills. Reserved for Spanish majors.

May Term 2012

MCLL 410 – Senior Integrating Seminar
For Spanish majors. Topics studied include vocations in foreign language, and other issues related to faith as it pertains to a life-long study of language, culture, and literature in a diverse and multilingual society.
SPAN 199 – Conversation in Spanish

     A course for ASL students who will be participating in the Fall 2013 SST unit to Peru.

May Term 2014

MCLL 375 – Spain and Morocco.

Students spend nearly 3 weeks in both Spain and Morocco studying the historical time period known as al Andalus – the Arabic / Islamic controlled period of time from 711 to 1492. By visiting synagogues, mosques, cathedrals and palaces, by staying with host families and by visiting significant cultural sites in both Spain and then Morocco, students gain a new understanding and appreciation for this time period when Jews, Muslims and Christians lived side by side in relative harmony.

Fall 2014

Spanish 101 – 01 & 02 – Elementary I

A basic introduction to the grammar and pronunciation structures of the Spanish language. Special emphasis is given to vocabulary learning, verb           conjugations and communication skills.

Spanish 102 – 01 – Elementary Spanish II

Basic skills in understanding, speaking, reading and writing Spanish for beginners; class work includes collaborative learning. Prerequisite: Spanish     101 or equivalent on Placement Exam.

Spanish 400 – Special Projects vary from studies in literature, history, the local community, to advanced practice of language skills. Reserved       for          Spanish majors.

Spring 2015 

Spanish 101 – 01 – Elementary I

A basic introduction to the grammar and pronunciation structures of the Spanish language. Special emphasis is given to vocabulary learning, verb          conjugations and communication skills.

Spanish 102 – 01 & 02 -Elementary Spanish II

Basic skills in understanding, speaking, reading and writing Spanish for beginners; class work includes collaborative learning. Prerequisite: Spanish     101 or equivalent on Placement Exam.

Spanish 400 – Special Projects vary from studies in literature, history, the local community, to advanced practice of language skills. Reserved       for          Spanish majors.

MCLL 410 – Senior Seminar

A capstone course for Spanish Majors only.

Grants & Fellowships

2004

Mininger Grant – Research grant in Lima, Peru to study rural to urban Andean migration patterns   during and following the Sendero Luminoso war in Peru.

2007

Mininger Faculty Development Grant to take a three week CIEE course in Spain and Morocco to study the historical, cultural and linguistic connection between these two neighboring cultures.

2010

CITL Grant to study El Camino de Santiago at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela in Spain for three weeks.

2012

Mininger Grant to develop a May Term course in northern Spain  – Pilgrimage as a Spiritual Discipline, El camino de Santiago.

2013

Leadership of Study-Service Term Units

In the summer of 2005, my wife and I led the first SST unit to Peru, South America. I had spent nearly 6 years in Peru previously as initially a  Mennonite Central Committee volunteer in the Amazon region of eastern Peru and then later as a family with Wycliffe Bible Translators where I worked as a liaison in bilingual education with Wycliffe and the Peruvian Ministry of Education. It was a pleasure to set up the first Goshen College unit in this interesting country and see students become interested  as well to the rich history and culture that Peru offers.

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