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Spanish Language and Culture for the Agricultural Professional (11:035:215)

Note: This syllabus is for general information about the course. The instructor will provide you with an updated syllabus specific for the semester of enrollment.

Course Information

Credits: 1.5
Hybrid: Lecture: Two 3-hour class meetings: Week 1 & Week 7
Online: Canvas

Course Description

As the number of Spanish-speaking individuals seeking employment in the agricultural field continues to grow, "it is not surprising that language and cultural differences are becoming significant challenges for farmers (and others) hiring Hispanic labor. One strategy for addressing these issues is for farm managers to invest in language and cultural training" (Baker and Chappelle, 2012). Being able to connect with the workforce, both at the linguistic and cultural levels is an important skill for today's agricultural professional. This course is designed to respond to those needs. Students will engage in beginning, conversational Spanish designed specifically for a supervisor of an agricultural workforce. At the same time, students will explore the cultural diversity of the Spanish-speaking world. The course will also assist the student in understanding the basics of the Spanish language and will provide a technical vocabulary in a wide range of related fields such as crop production, landscaping, horticulture and food science.

Baker and Chappelle. 2012. In Vermont, Se Habla Español: Using Occupational Spanish to Help Dairy Farmers Manage a Changing Workforce. Journal of Extension. Volume 50. Number 3. https://joe.org/joe/2012june/a7.php

Learning Goals

As a result of this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize and utilize simple spoken and written words and phrases common to workplace communications in an agricultural setting.
  • Recognize select common gestures and cultural practices associated with the target culture and relevant to the workplace environment.
  • Explore and understand basic Spanish linguistic structures associated with the agricultural industry.

Course Materials

Putting Spanish to Work: Spanish for Agriculture
Author: Cynthia W Barnett
Copyright: 2017; Pages: 274; ISBN #978-1-5249-9200-2
Kendall Hunt Publishing

Assignments/Responsibilities, Grading, and Assessment

Grading

Each assignment in the course has an assigned point value. Students will accumulate points for each assignment. Final grade will be assigned as a percentage of points earned/points available.

Grade Range
A 90.0% – 100%
B+ 87.0% – 89.9%
B 80.0% – 86.9%
C+ 77.0% – 79.9%
C 70.0% – 76.9%
D 60.0% – 69.0%
F 59% >

Course Schedule

The students will have assigned readings each week from the workbook and from other appropriate agriculturally based materials.

Weekly Topics

Accomodations for Students with Disabilities

Please follow the outlined procedures. See full policies and procedures.

Final Exam/Paper Date and Time

No final exam. Due date for final project determined each semester.

Academic Integrity

Per Rutgers policy.

Student Wellness Services

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Counseling, ADAP & Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

848-932-7884 / 17 Senior Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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Violence Prevention & Victim Assistance (VPVA)

848-932-1181 / 3 Bartlett Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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Scarlet Listeners

732-247-5555
Free and confidential peer counseling and referral hotline, providing a comforting and supportive safe space.

Instructor

John Allen, MAT

jea52@njaes.rutgers.edu

Office Hours:
Virtual Office via Canvas or by appointment to arrange conference call, phone or video chat.