So my course is designed for senior majors, honors students, and M.A. students in our program as well as some other disciplines where it can count as an elective. Therefore, it is given in English, although the ideal audience will also have Spanish. It needs 10 students to make and this is the census:
2 – High school English teachers taking graduate hours for the M.A. + 30. They are cultured people who have read some Latin American literature in translation, but speak no Spanish.
1 – M.A. student in French who speaks somewhat reasonable Spanish.
1 – STEM student. Emigrated from Cuba five years ago and speaks very good English. Is in the course to fulfill a required Humanities elective.
4 – Senior majors in Spanish, originally from Caribbean coasts of Colombia, Venezuela, and Mexico. All of these students speak English and some speak it very well.
1 – Senior major in Spanish whose native language is English, but who has taken other courses at this level already.
1 – Sophomore major in Spanish with other major in a technical field; is taking this course now despite the fact that its content is too advanced for hir because it is being given in English and we do not have a lot of other options toward the major; it will count and ze has space in hir schedule now, so ze is taking it.
1 – Student in a social sciences field, on exchange from a grande école in Paris. Is in the course to improve skills in English and Spanish. Speaks more Spanish than English. Has been in this country 10 days so far. Is concerned that the intellectual level of the course, the amount of background assumed, and the level of expertise required to pass might be beyond hir capacities, since our topic is out of field for hir.
How truly good do the papers have to be, the Parisian asked with great concern, which I found picturesque in anyone coming from hir university. I am far more concerned about hir simply following what is said in semi-colloquial, Gulf and Caribbean coast English and Spanish than hir ability to comprehend the course material and write.
In addition, this course is new to me and not quite in field. I am both overprepared — I have too much material — and underprepared, as I am not in full control of this material. Altogether, we are a motley crew. And that, señores, is my fifth course this semester. I met four classes yesterday and this one today; I will meet four tomorrow.