Dolores Lima


Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dolores Lima earned her MA in Spanish Language and Literature and her PhD in Latin American Literature from University of Maryland. Her research interests include twentieth-century literature, literary and critical theory, avant-garde legacy, and humor and laughter. She taught Spanish language, culture and literature courses at Southern Connecticut State University, Montgomery College, University of Maryland and Catholic University of America. In 2015 she was appointed Director of the Spanish Language Program at University of Pittsburgh. She teaches at Middlebury College Summer School since 2009.



Course List: 

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SPAN 3301 - Adv Intermed SP in Context      

Advanced Intermediate Spanish in Context

This course will stress the expansion of the student's active vocabulary and language skills at the third-year level. Classroom activities will center on a thorough review of the most important aspects of Spanish grammar, as well as active oral use of the language. The oral exercises will expose students to extended discourse and will develop content and context as appropriate for students moving from the intermediate to the advanced proficiency levels. The grammar explanations will be complemented by extensive oral and written exercises in contextualized and communication-based activities. This approach, together with the other courses taught at the third-year level as well as the linguistic experiences the student has outside of the classroom, will provide immediate reinforcement of new structures and are intended to maximize the student's linguistic competence. This course meets for two hours each day. (1 unit)

Required text: García-Serrano, De la Torre and Grant-Cash, ¡A que sí/! (4th edition, text + SAM + audio) (Cengage, 2013).

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3406 - Professional Communication      

Professional Communication: Written and Oral Strategies

This course is designed to expose students to the conventions of business and professional communication in Spanish. Communicating clearly and comfortably in both oral and written formats is a valuable and essential skill for any professional career. This course will give students the opportunity to develop and strengthen skills in preparing and presenting public oral presentations in professional and academic settings, as well as practice patterns of professional communication to deliver clear and effective writing messages. Students will learn basic theories and principles on communication, and will gain practical experience delivering different types of speeches and texts. Students will also develop their ability to target communications for a specific reader/audience and sharpen their skills in critical listening as well as reading and writing.
(1 unit)

Required Text: Material in electronic format will be made available upon arrival at Middlebury.

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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SPAN 3460 - Contemporary Hispanic Issues      

Contemporary Hispanic Issues: Social Movements and Resistance

This course is designed to introduce the student to a set of concepts and debates in relation to the study of the societies, cultures, and histories of the Americas. We will focus on the concepts of resistance and social activism: how social movements and activism are organized, exercised, enacted, and contested. From everyday forms of resistance to organized movements, we will examine some concrete historical and cultural situations in relation to major topics: the legacy of past revolutions, human rights and memory, Neoliberalism and globalization, environmental issues, arts and politics, and Hispanic immigration to the US. Through critical and fictional texts, films and documentaries, music and visual arts, students will gain a multidimensional understanding of contemporary Hispanic issues and different ways and instances of social resistance.

Required text: Materials for this course will be accessible online.

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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The Spanish School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
Spanish School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Audrey LaRock, Coordinator
6-week Program

P: 802.443.5539