Carlos Cabrera, from Spain, earned his Ph.D. at the Universidad de Salamanca, where he received the distinguished Premio Extraordinario de Doctorado. He is professor of Spanish in the University of Salamanca, where he served for several years as the Assistant Director of the Department of Spanish. Dr. Cabrera has participated in review committees for the Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera of the Ministry of Education in Spain. For over 25 years has taught Spanish in various U.S. programs: AIFS, IES, Emory Univ., Penn State Univ., Wake Forest Univ., Ohio Wesleyan Univ., James Madison Univ, SUNY Cortland, and in specialization classes for teacher of Spanish as Spanish as L2. He has made several visits to various American universities in New York, Washington, Delaware, Virginia, Massachusetts, Vermont, North Caroline, California, Atlanta, etc., where he has held meetings with officials of Study Abroad, Academic Advisors, faculties and students of Spanish in USA. Currently he is the Academic Advisor of the AIFS program in Salamanca and he teaches a course titled "Teaching Spanish as a Second Language," within the MA program of the University of Salamanca. Also he is a member of an important research project of the University of Salamanca and the University of El Cairo in order to open a Master of Spanish in Egypt, in collaboration with other prestigious universities. He has served in the Middlebury College Spanish School since 1990. In addition to a variety of works on the history of Spanish and Spanish grammar, his latest book Gramática visual del español, for upper advance/superior level students and teachers of Spanish as a 2L, will be published shortly.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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SPAN 6502 - Adv Grammar & Intro Hisp Ling
Advanced Spanish Grammar and Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
This mandatory course for first summer graduate students is a two-hour class. One hour is focused in some of more relevant topics on Spanish grammar such as: a) uses of ser and estar; b) uses of indicative tenses, paying special attention to past forms; c) the subjunctive; d) study of subordinate clauses, focusing on the uses of subordinate conjunctions and values of indicative and subjunctive in these sentences. This part has a theoretical and a practical approach in order to improve the comprehension of Spanish grammar issues and how they can be explained. In the other hour, the course will serve as an introduction to the basic concepts of Hispanic linguistics in order to provide a better understanding of the linguistic courses throughout the MA program. (1 unit)
Required text: a) Grammar: Electronic material provided at Middlebury; b) Hispanic Linguistics: José Ignacio Hualde, Introducción a la Lingüística Hispánica (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2ª ed. 2010) (ISBN: 978-0521513982).Linguistics
Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013
SPAN 6609 - Uses Subjunctive Spanish
Values and Uses of the Subjunctive in Spanish
Subjunctive constitutes one of the basic topics of Spanish grammar and is one of the most important problems in the acquisition of Spanish as a second language. This course focuses on the study of how, when, and why the subjunctive is used in Spanish. In addition, it will also pay attention to other issues such as the values and uses of subjunctive in independent and subordinated sentences, and how these values and uses can be explained by teachers of Spanish in their classes. The course will have not only a theoretical dimension but also a practical orientation, with exercises designed to improve the comprehension of subjunctive in Spanish. (1 unit)
Required text: Electronic material provided at MiddleburyLinguistics
Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013
SPAN 6615 - History of Written Spanish
This course will study the history of Spanish language through texts, from Medieval Ages through the present. By the end of the summer, students will be able to read texts of any period, understanding their linguistic differences in order to identify in which historic moment each was written. The objectives of this course are: a) to improve students’ capacity for reading literary texts of any period based on the knowledge of their linguistic features; and b) to study from a historic perspective many aspects of the modern Spanish language (orthography, grammar, varieties of Spanish, etc). All these topics can be most useful to understand linguistics problems that are generally taught in classes of Spanish as a second language (1 unit)
Required text: Material in course pack form to be purchased at Middlebury; additional material in electronic form on Segue.Linguistics
SPAN 6711 - Prepositions in Spanish
Values and Uses of Prepositions in Spanish
Prepositions are considered one the most difficult topics in the acquisition of a second language. This course focuses on the study of uses and values of prepositions in Spanish in depth, and how they can be explained by teachers of Spanish in their classes. The course pays attention to some preposition with specific problems for an English speaker: A, EN, DE/DESDE, POR/PARA… Other issues will be studied such as uses of prepositions with verbs, adjectives, and nouns, and the role of prepositions in some grammatical matters (prepositional phrases, prepositional groups, etc.) The course will have not only a theoretical dimension but also a practical orientation, with exercises designed to improve the comprehension of prepositions in Spanish. (1 unit)
Required text: Electronic material provided at Middlebury.
This course is cross-listed with Professional Preparation for Teachers.Linguistics Pedagogy
Summer 2010, Summer 2012, Summer 2013