Division of Languages and Literature
The Division of Languages and Literature offers a Minor in Spanish and various electives at the elementary and intermediate levels. The Minor in Spanish is designed to equip students with foreign language skills to work in diverse fields. Students who complete the Minor have the opportunity to teach Spanish at elementary and high schools in the state of Mississippi. Our motto for the Spanish program is “Breaking linguistic and cultural barriers through the teaching of language” (Rompiendo barreras lingüísticas y culturales a través de la enseñanza de idioma).
Our main goal is to ensure that students attain communicative competence in Spanish, using the language appropriately and accurately in situational contexts. To achieve this goal, we have developed educational initiatives that integrate culture, bridge the cultural gap and differences, and eliminate linguistic barriers. Some of these include:
- TERTULIA: a forum that allows students to encounter live and authentic exchanges with other Spanish speaking persons, discussions, and educational games in the foreign language.
- CINE CLUB: a film festival held each semester to introduce students to the diverse cultural backgrounds of Spain and Latin America through cinematography. Films (movies and documentaries) of different genres and eras expose students to aspects of language and culture, followed by guided discussions.
- THE PULSERA PROJECT and the recognition of Hispanic cultural celebrations: Hispanic Heritage Day, Día de Los Muertos among others.
- SPRING BREAK STUDY ABROAD will be incorporated into SPA 403 courses beginning Spring 2021.
- SUPPLEMENTAL TEACHING ENDORSEMENT: completion of the minor in Spanish also qualifies education majors for a supplemental endorsement in the teaching of Spanish.
Every summer, Delta State offers face-to-face courses in biblical Greek that give students a reading knowledge of New Testament Greek. The New Testament is one of the most significant texts in the “western canon.” It has contributed to the history of western philosophy, theology, linguistics, and politics. The ability to read the New Testament in its original language—Koine Greek—puts the reader in a far better position for critical reflection on the meaning of the New Testament than those who have only a knowledge of the New Testament in an English version, e.g., the King James Version or the Revised Standard Version.
The schedule for summer Greek at Delta State begins in May and goes through to the end of the fall semester. The schedule runs as follows:
- May Intercession: GRK 101 Beginning Biblical Greek—the alphabet, beginning vocabulary, easy noun declensions, the verb “to be” and its conjugation
- June Summer I: GRK 102 Intermediate Biblical Greek—vocabulary, grammar, syntax, principle parts of verbs, verb tenses and their conjugation
- July Summer II: GRK 201 Advanced Biblical Greek I—grammar, syntax, verb tenses and their conjugation
- Fall Semester: GRK 202 Advanced Biblical Greek II—reading aloud the Greek New Testament, basic exegesis, using Zerwick’s Grammatical Analysis
Each of the summer course modules—GRK 101, 102, 201—are credited as a full, face-to-face semester, and so a student may complete his or her four-semester foreign language requirement in a period covering May to December. GRK 202 occurs in the regular fall semester and is a reading course in the Greek New Testament.
The grammar book that each student should have for the entire program is:
- Francis T. Gignac, An Introductory New Testament Greek Course (Revised Edition; Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America, 2015).
For the fall semester, the student should have the following texts:
- Nestle-Aland, Novum Testamentum Graece, 28th edition, large print (American Bible Society)
- Maximillian Zerwick, A Grammatical Analysis of the Greek New Testament (Subsidia Biblica; Rome: Biblical Institute Press, 2010)