Middlebury Language School Graduate Programs

 

Mercedes Fernández Isla (Degree in Romance Languages Philology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Master of  Arts in Translation of French, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Ph.D. in Hispanic Language and Literatures, Boston University). Prof. Fernández Isla has experience of more than 25 years teaching and coordinating Spanish courses in France, The United States and Spain. She is currently a professor at the Middlebury College and the New York University programs in Madrid, where she teaches at the graduate  and undergraduate levels. She is a Certificate Interviewer of the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages. She has participated in several projects on second language acquisition, where her area of interest lies, especially everything related to the motivation in the learning of a second language.

 

Courses

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SPAN 6502 - Advanced Spanish Grammar      

This is a mandatory course for first summer graduate students. The class is focused in some of the more important topics on Spanish grammar such as: a) some uses of ser and estar; b) uses of indicative tenses, paying special attention to past forms; c) uses of the subjunctive; d) study of subordinate clauses, focusing on the uses of subordinate conjunctions and values of indicative and subjunctive in these sentences. The course will have not only a theoretical dimension but also a practical orientation, with exercises designed to improve the comprehension of all these subjects. (1 unit)

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Linguistics

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6505 - Adv Academic Writing      

The course aims at developing students academic writing skills through the understanding of key concepts of discourse analysis such as reference, cohesion, and coherence. A variety of text types will be analyzed in class. Rhetoric devices such as argumentation, hypothesis, and exposition will be presented and practiced through writing tasks, with group work integrated into the course. Special attention will be given to the articulation of class activities with the requirements of other courses at the same level. (1 unit).

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Language & Stylistics

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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