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Dan Tight

Associate Professor of Spanish
Degree
Ph.D., Hispanic Linguistics, University of Minnesota.
M.A., Hispanic Linguistics, Indiana University.
B.A., Spanish, Religion, Gustavus Adolphus College.
at Saint Thomas since 2007
Office
OEC 465
Hours
On Sabbatical - Spring 2017
Phone
(651) 962-5157
Fax
(651) 962-5266
Mail
#5027

I teach courses in Spanish language and linguistics (e.g., Intro to Hispanic Linguistics, Phonetics and Pronunciation, Applied Linguistics) and also serve as the coordinator of the first four semesters of Spanish language instruction. My research focuses on how Spanish is processed, acquired, and used by adults learning in a classroom setting. Specifically, my most recent work (see below), has focused on the relationship between learning styles and vocabulary acquisition/retention and on the role that word order plays in how second language learners interpret Spanish sentences. Currently, I’m working on an observational study of how today’s upper-level Spanish students use the computer to write in their second language.

Recent publications:

Klee, Carol A.; Daniel G. Tight; and Rocío Caravedo. 2013 (2011). Variation and change in Peruvian Spanish word order: Language contact and dialect contact in Lima. Southwest Journal of Linguistics 30(2).5-31.

Tight, Daniel G. 2012. The First Noun Principle and non-canonical structures. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 5.351-67.

Tight, Daniel G. 2012. The First Noun Principle and ambitransitive verbs. Hispania 95.103-15.

Tight, Daniel G. 2010. Perceptual learning style matching and L2 vocabulary acquisition. Language Learning 60.792-833.

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
SPAN 212 - 01 Intermediate Spanish II M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 OEC 313
CRN: 40300 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Daniel G. Tight Continuation of SPAN 211. Emphasis on Hispanic culture, conversation, writing, and expansion of vocabulary based on thematic discussions and cultural readings. Prerequisite: SPAN 211 or its equivalent with a grade of C- or better.

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SPAN 212 - 02 Intermediate Spanish II M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 MHC 211
CRN: 40301 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Daniel G. Tight Continuation of SPAN 211. Emphasis on Hispanic culture, conversation, writing, and expansion of vocabulary based on thematic discussions and cultural readings. Prerequisite: SPAN 211 or its equivalent with a grade of C- or better.

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SPAN 317 - 01 Spanish Phonetics and Pronunc. M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 OEC 317
CRN: 42720 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Daniel G. Tight This course provides undergraduate students with an understanding of the basic concepts of phonetics and phonology. Students apply these concepts to achieve more native-like pronunciation in Spanish. Tasks include recognizing, producing, transcribing and describing in linguistic terms the sounds of Spanish. Prerequisites: Successful completion of SPAN 301 and 305 or their equivalents with a C- or better in each course, (may be taken simultaneously with SPAN 305).

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
SPAN 111 - 06 Elementary Spanish I - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 302
CRN: 22294 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Daniel G. Tight Pronunciation, essentials of grammatical structures, aural-oral practice, writing, reading of simple Spanish prose, introduction to the culture of the Spanish-speaking world.

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SPAN 301 - D02 Adv Written Spanish & Culture - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OEC 318
CRN: 20590 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Daniel G. Tight Intensive practice in written Spanish using selected materials to acquire a high level of competence in writing Spanish. This writing course aims to improve technique, expand syntactic depth, increase vocabulary and learn good writing through a process approach involving stages of idea development, thesis construction, structural development, bibliographic notation, evaluation of ideas and rewriting of the text. Lectures and class discussions are based on major topics that relate to the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Written skills will be assessed. Prerequisite: Completion of SPAN 300 or its equivalent with a C- or better.

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