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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
MWF 11:00 - 12:00
Phone
(651) 962-5157
Fax
(651) 962-5266
Mail
2115 Summit Avenue mailbox#5027
St Paul, MN 55105

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 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
SPAN 301 - 02 Adv Written Spanish & Culture M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OEC 318
CRN: 41777 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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SPAN 434 - 01 Spanish Applied Linguistics M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 OEC 302
CRN: 42926 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Daniel G. Tight This course focuses on the theory and development of the field of Spanish second language acquisition and pedagogy. Special attention will be dedicated to the most common grammatical, linguistic, and methodological issues related to teaching Spanish to English native speakers. Topics covered will also include the role of technology in language teaching and methods for evaluating the linguistic competence of learners of Spanish. Prerequisites: Successful completion of SPAN 300, 301, 305, and 315 or their equivalents with a C- or better in each course.

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J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
SPAN 300 - 01 Advanced Spanish Grammar M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 OEC 319
CRN: 20392 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Daniel G. Tight Advanced Grammar with emphasis on review of grammatical structures, language development, mechanics, and expansion of vocabulary. Writing of basic structures in expository prose. Prerequisite: Completion of SPAN 212 or its equivalent with a C- or better average in all lower division language courses (SPAN 111, 112, 211, 212).

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SPAN 300 - 02 Advanced Spanish Grammar M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 OEC 319
CRN: 20433 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Daniel G. Tight Advanced Grammar with emphasis on review of grammatical structures, language development, mechanics, and expansion of vocabulary. Writing of basic structures in expository prose. Prerequisite: Completion of SPAN 212 or its equivalent with a C- or better average in all lower division language courses (SPAN 111, 112, 211, 212).

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SPAN 317 - 01 Spanish Phonetics and Pronunc. - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 OEC 319
CRN: 22162 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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