Alla Fil received her PhD in Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies from Georgetown University. Her field of studies is twentieth century Spanish literature with focus on travel narratives and touristic phenomena in Francoist Spain.
Prior to coming to Middlebury College in 2012, Alla taught at New York University Department of Spanish and Portuguese for 11 years, where she also coordinated first-year Spanish Program and teacher assistants’ training. She has also taught at the Middlebury College Spanish Summer School.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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SPAN0102 - Beginning Spanish II
Beginning Spanish II
This course is a continuation of SPAN 0101. (SPAN 0101) WTR
Winter 2013, Winter 2014, Winter 2016
SPAN0103 - Beginning Spanish III
Beginning Spanish III
This course is a continuation of SPAN 0102. Intensive reading, writing, and oral activities will advance students' proficiency in Spanish in an academic setting. (SPAN 0102) 5 hrs. lect./disc.
Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016
SPAN0105 - Accelerated Basic Spanish ▲
Accelerated Basic Spanish
This accelerated course is designed to reinforce, in one semester, the basic linguistic structures that students need in order to reach the intermediate level of proficiency in Spanish. Strong emphasis will be given to reading and composition. SPAN 0105 is designed specifically for students with 2-3 years of high school Spanish, but who have not yet achieved intermediate proficiency. (Placement test required) 5 hrs. lect./disc.
Fall 2013, Fall 2016
SPAN0201 - Intermediate Spanish ▲ ▹
This accelerated course is designed to review, reinforce, and consolidate the linguistic structures that students need in order to reach the intermediate level of proficiency in Spanish. A grammar review will accompany intensive language acquisition, vocabulary expansion, readings, discussions, and compositions. (Placement test required) 3 hrs. lect., 1 hr. drill. LNG
Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017
SPAN0220 - Intermediate Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish II
A course for students seeking to perfect their academic writing skills in Spanish. The course is also an introduction to literary analysis and critical writing and will include reading and oral discussion of literary texts. The course will also include a thorough review of grammar at a fairly advanced level. This course may be used to fulfill the foreign languages distribution requirement. (SPAN 0201, SPAN 0210, or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc. LNG
Spring 2013, Spring 2015
SPAN0301 - Advanced Spanish Grammar
Advanced Spanish Grammar
This course offers a detailed study of complex aspects of Spanish grammar and syntax. Designed to build upon students' existing knowledge of Spanish grammar, the course will begin with a reconsideration of all the tenses in both the indicative and subjunctive moods, their values and their uses. After briefly reviewing the structure of simple sentences, we will analyze in depth all the different types of dependent clauses. Within the context of sentence structure, we will also look at several key aspects of Spanish grammar (ser and estar, prepositions, the infinitive, and the gerund, among others). Students will demonstrate their understanding of the material through a variety of practical and creative exercises. (SPAN 0220 or placement; not open to students who have taken SPAN 0380). LNG
Fall 2013, Fall 2014
SPAN0500 - Independent Study ▹
The department will consider requests by qualified juniors and senior majors to engage in independent work. (Approval only)
Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Winter 2017
SPAN0705 - Senior Honors Thesis ▹
Senior Honors Thesis
The department will award honors, high honors, or highest honors on the basis of a student's work in the department and performance in SPAN 0705. (Approval only)
Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Winter 2016, Winter 2017