Survey of Spanish Language Offerings at the University of Saint Thomas

We are asking past and current Spanish majors and minorswho have studied abroad (one month minimum) to take a few minutes to respond to this survey so that our Spanish language offerings at the University of St. Thomas can be evaluated for their effectiveness in meeting student needs.

Your responses will be completely confidential unless you choose to include your name voluntarily. If you are a current student, your grade will not be affected in any way if you decide not to participate, or if you do.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation and your insights.

Richard Raschio, Ph.D. Modern and Classical Languages



         

       

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  1. Please read and follow the instructions provided with each question.

    What preparation did the department/ study abroad program director provide that helped prepare you for your classes / life in the host country?
    Check ALL that apply.
    Orientation--culture shock
    Orientation--culture shock upon return home
    Orientation--outline of the on-site courses
    Orientation--life with host families
    Orientation--gender relationships
    Orientation--substance abuse/warnings


  1. What preparation should your department have provided prior to your study abroad experience and did not?
    Check ALL that apply.
    Orientation--culture shock
    Orientation--culture shock upon return home
    Orientation--outline of the on-site courses
    Orientation--life with host families
    Orientation--gender relationships
    Orientation--substance abuse/warnings


  1. Please use this space if you would like to mention other preparation other than those listed above that you felt should have been offered.


  1. What types of courses do you recommend that students take before studying abroad?
    Check ALL that apply.
    Elementary language courses
    Intermediate language courses
    Advanced language courses (conversation and composition)
    Introduction to literature
    History and culture
    Literature
    Linguistics


  1. Please use this space if you would like to mention other courses that students should take before studying abroad.


  1. Which course/-s in your study abroad experience was/were the most valuable?
    Check ALL that apply.
    Spanish language
    Study abroad in Spanish
    Literature in Spanish
    History and civilization, taught in Spanish
    Political science class taught in English
    Latin American studies course taught in English


  1. Please use this space if you would like to mention other courses in your study abroad experience that you considered to be the most valuable.


  1. What additional Spanish courses did you take since returning to campus following the study abroad experience?
    Check ALL that apply.
    Advanced language (conversation and composition)
    History and culture
    Literature
    Seminar / senior project
    Linguistics
    Advanced grammar


  1. Please use this space if you would like to mention other courses took/or have taken since returning to campus following the study abroad experience.


  1. Please read the list and rank the four (4) most useful ways the department could use your new skills and cultural perceptions.

    The number 1 indictes what your feel would be the BEST utilization of your skills, knowledge, and cultural insights.

          1 2 3 4    
      Student tutor   
      Facilitator of in-class groups   
      Conversation group leader   
      Grade papers   
      Recruit for future programs   
      Share study abroad experiences with other classes (Spanish)   
      Share study abroad experiences with other classes (non-Spanish)   
      Participate in video-taped cultural situations   
      Video-taped discussions of preparation for study abroad   
      Student panelist in orientation sessions   


  1. The courses listed below are offered to fulfill a major / minor in Spanish at UST.

    Please read the list of courses and check the courses that you took for the major or minor in Spanish.

    Please check all that apply
    Oral and Written Spanish
    Advanced oral and Written Spanish
    Hispanic Linguistics
    Business Spanish
    Advanced Spanish Oral Expression
    Survey of Spanish Culture and Civilization
    Survey of Latin American Culture and Civilization
    Temas hispánicos
    Introduction to Spanish Literature
    Survey of Spanish Literature I
    Survey of Spanish Literature II
    Spanish American Literature I
    Spanish-American Literature II
    Modern Spanish-American Short Story
    Contemporary Spanish-American Novel
    Hispanic Women Writers
    Spanish Genre Studies
    Experiential Learning
    Individual Study


  1. Indicate how strongly you agree with the following statement about the courses in the Spanish curriculum.

    This course was a valuable componenet of the curriculum.

            1 2 3 4 5      
      Oral and Written Spanish Strongly Agree Did Not Take   
      Advanced oral and Written Spanish Strongly Agree Did Not Take   
      Hispanic Linguistics Strongly Agree Did Not Take   
      Business Spanish Strongly Agree Did Not Take   
      Advanced Spanish Oral Expression Strongly Agree Did Not Take   
      Survey of Spanish Culture and Civilization Strongly Agree Did Not Take   
      Survey of Latin American Culture and Civilization Strongly Agree Did Not Take   
      Temas hispánicos Strongly Agree Did Not Take   
      Introduction to Spanish Literature Strongly Agree Did Not Take   
      Survey of Spanish Literature I Strongly Agree Did Not Take   
      Survey of Spanish Literature II Strongly Agree Did Not Take   
      Spanish American Literature I Strongly Agree Did Not Take   
      Spanish-American Literature II Strongly Agree Did Not Take   
      Modern Spanish-American Short Story Strongly Agree Did Not Take   
      Contemporary Spanish-American Novel Strongly Agree Did Not Take   
      Hispanic Women Writers Strongly Agree Did Not Take   
      Spanish Genre Studies Strongly Agree Did Not Take   
      Experiential Learning Strongly Agree Did Not Take   
      Individual Study Strongly Agree Did Not Take   


  1. Do you feel that the requirements for the major or minor are appropriate in quantity?
    Yes
    No


  1. Do you feel that the requirements for the major or minor are appropriately challenging?
    Yes
    No


  1. What suggestions would you have to improve the effectiveness of the Spanish major and/or minor?


  1. What is the LONGEST experience in a Spanish-speaking country/countries prior to your study abroad experience through the University of Saint Thomas?
    less than 1 week
    1-2 weeks
    2-4 weeks
    1-3 months
    3-6 months
    6-12 months
    12-24 months
    24+ months


  1. Please name the Spanish-speaking country/countries wher you spent time as indicated in the previus question.


  1. What was your principal reason for the visit?

    CHECK ONLY ONE OPTION
    Travel alone or with friends
    Study
    Military service
    Job related
    Volunteer work
    Visit relatives
    Family vacation
    Family lived there


  1. What length of time did you study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country while attending the University of Saint Thomas?

    CHECK ALL THAT APPLY
    2-4 weeks
    1-3 months
    3-6 months
    6-12 months
    12-24 months
    24+ months


  1. Please name the Spanish-speaking country/countries wher you spent time as indicated in the previus question.


  1. Please complete the personal data (CONFIDENTIAL).

    GENDER
    FEMALE
    MALE


  1. Please indicate the age range that best describes you. (CONFIDENTIAL)
    17-20
    21-23
    24-35
    36 or above


  1. Are / were you a Spanish Major or Minor?
    MAJOR
    MINOR


  1. Are you seeking / did you seek a certification to teach Spanish?
    YES
    NO