Juan Carlos Rocha Osornio
Juan Carlos Rocha Osornio
Assistant Professor of Spanish, Teaching Stream
Department of Spanish & Portuguese
SPA120Y: Accelerated Spanish Through Community-Engaged Learning
This course is a combination of SPA100Y1 and SPA220Y1. It is designed for students with prior knowledge of Spanish, but whose level is not appropriate to enroll in SPA220Y1. The focus is on the fundamentals of Spanish grammar and cultural understanding through community-engaged learning. CEL will be achieved by partnering students with local community organizations whose focus is on the Spanish-speaking population of Toronto and the GTA, thus supporting and encouraging the practice of Spanish for real-world purposes. Course activities will integrate a holistic communicative and action-oriented approach ranging from listening and reading comprehension, oral expression, and development of writing skills. In the first weeks, we will review the basics of Spanish for beginners (A1-A2), and then we will get into more complex grammatical structures and acquisition of vocabulary at the A2 and B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students who successfully complete this course are eligible to continue their studies of Spanish at the advanced level (SPA320Y1).
SPA320Y: Advanced Spanish
This course of Spanish as a Foreign Language is designed for students who have successfully completed a second-level university course (SPA 120Y, SPA220Y, or equivalent). The goal of SPA 320Y is to improve students’ oral and written proficiency in Spanish, with an emphasis on vocabulary, cultural acquisition, and grammar control. The course combines lecture classes and tutorials. It thus seeks to develop further students’ communication skills through exposure to a wide variety of styles and registers in Spanish. Students will review complex aspects of Spanish grammar, expand their vocabulary, and increase their reading, written, listening, and oral proficiency. Tutorial sessions will support vocabulary practice and emphasize oral and written expression and listening skills based on the reading of authentic literary and journalistic texts and watching videos. All classes will be conducted in Spanish.
- CTV National News. (2018, November 1). Day of the Dead – Juan Carlos Rocha Osornio [Video]. Facebook.
- Rocha Osornio, J. C. (2023, March 1). Tendieno puentes de reciprocidad en tiempos de pandemia: El aprendizaje-servicio en un contexto digital [Conference presentation]. Coloquio, “Los efectos de COVID-19 en la enseñanza, aprendizaje y evaluación del español como lengua extranjera (ELE) y la cultura,” Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
- Visconti, A. (2019, May 22). Making language learning more interactive – and fun. University of Toronto Faculty of Arts & Science.
- Rocha Osornio, J. C., & Maldonado Castañeda, D. (2023). Tender puentes de reciprocidad global en tiempos de pandemia: Diseño e implementación de un programa internacional de aprendizaje-servicio virtual (APSv). Decires, 24(30), 109-134.