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Diane Forbes

Associate Professor
Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-6765
Office Location
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01-3197

Diane Forbes

Associate Professor
Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BA, State University College at Geneseo; MA, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

585-475-6765

Currently Teaching

MLSP-302
3 Credits
This is the second course in the Intermediate Spanish sequence (second year). Intermediate Spanish II is a Composition course, emphasizing grammar review, composition, business-letter writing, Spanish for the Professions, and culture, while also including work in speaking and listening. The basic skills learned in the first year courses are now put into practice. In addition to the language work, there is significant work on cultural topics of Spanish-speaking countries at the intermediate level: both formal and informal culture (the arts and daily behavior). Students must take the placement exam if this is their first RIT Spanish class, and they have some prior study of Spanish.
MLSP-315
3 Credits
Hispanic Culture and Civilization, taught completely in Spanish, examines the history and cultures of the Spanish-speaking countries of the world. Detailed history, regional identities, regional characteristics, connections, similarities and differences, important historical events, cultural expressions, and contemporary issues are discussed, based on readings, documentary films, and research.
MLSP-310
3 Credits
Spanish Grammar Review is an intensive review of the major grammar components of the Spanish language as typically studied by U.S. college students. Classroom exercises and discussion are supplemented by a textbook and online activity program. The course intends to help students progress in their language study and solidify their grammar skills. In addition to particular exercises in the textbook topics, weekly class work includes an open forum for questions and spontaneous exercises.
MLSP-449
1 - 4 Credits
An in-depth exploration of the Spanish language and culture focusing on skills/topics that are not covered in sequential regular language courses. Prerequisite: varies; contact the instructor.

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Formal Presentation
Forbes, Diane J. “Manuel Maples Arce: Su trayectoria de vanguardista a existencialista.” Annual Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), Guadalajara, Mexico. 10 July 2010. Presentation.