I told you I will finally be able to blog a lot now that I got my new computer. So here are some more funny statements from student midterms:
"La Celestina is the story of people all of whom are complete idiots." (This is a great way of defining this work of literature, in my opinion.)
"The name of Don Quijote's sidekick is Pancho Sanchez." (This is so cute I don't think I can even lower the grade for this.)
"The name of Don Quijote's servant is Pancho Villa."
"Don Quijote likes reading fantasy novels."
The rest of the exams were really good. It's especially curious that students who took a literature course with me last semester have improved their language skills dramatically. The use the kind of sophisticated vocabulary that makes me feel extremely proud. I wish I knew how to make more students realize that yet another advanced grammar course will never be able to take their language skills to the same heights as a simple literature course. The word "literature" in the course description terrifies them for some incomprehensible reason, and they just want to take language courses in perpetuity. When I was an undergrad, I was forced to take an advanced literature course right after Intermediate Spanish, and that proved to be a fantastic idea.
I believe that advanced language courses should be cancelled altogether and substituted by literature and culture courses in the target language.