Assistant Director (Undergraduate Studies)
Manel Lacorte, from Barcelona, Spain, earned his Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK). He is Associate Professor of Spanish Applied Linguistics, Director of the Spanish Language Program, and Coordinator of Instruction and Professional Development in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Maryland. His research and publications focus on language classroom interaction, language use and identity, social and cultural issues in second language and heritage language teaching and learning, and applied linguistics. He has edited Romance Languages and Linguistic Communities in the United States (2002); Contacto y contextos lingüísticos: El español en los Estados Unidos y en contacto con otras lenguas (2005); Lingüística aplicada del español (2007); and Spanish in the United States and Other Contact Contexts: Sociolinguistics, Ideology and Pedagogy (2009). He is co-editor with Judy Liskin-Gasparro of the Prentice Hall Second Language Professional Series. Manel is now writing an academic book on interaction and sociopolitical contexts in foreign language teaching and learning, and a textbook for beginning Spanish.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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SPAN 6796 - Teaching Language Methodology
In this courses students will become familiar with the current trends in foreign-language teaching and connect their own experience as language learners and language teachers with the concepts and ideas encountered in the readings. Through personal and group reflections and discussions, students will develop a vision for improving the teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language. By the end of the course, students will be able to critically evaluate existing teaching practices and materials based on their understanding of theory and research in second language acquisition and develop teaching materials for the classroom. (1 unit)
Required text: Concha Moreno Garcia, Materiales, estrategias y recursos para la enseñanza del español como 2L (Madrid: Arco Libros, 2011) http://www.arcomuralla.com/detalle_libro.php?id=839; other materials provided electronically at Middlebury.Pedagogy
Summer 2010, Summer 2011