Middlebury Language School Graduate Programs

 

Eva Núñez

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Eva Núñez Méndez is Full Professor of Spanish Linguistics at Portland State University, Oregon, USA. She received her Ph.D. from University of Salamanca (Spain). She has taught linguistics and translation courses at various universities in the USA and Europe, including Middlebury College (Vermont), the University of Houston (Texas), Hope College (Michigan), the National University of Ireland (Galway), the University of Portsmouth (England), and the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). Her main field of research focuses primarily on theoretical linguistics (phonetics, syntax and history of Spanish language) and on applied linguistics (teaching Spanish as a second language, and text analysis). She has authored three books: Fundaments of the History of the Spanish Language (Yale U. Press 2012), Fundaments of Spanish Phonetics and Phonology, (Lincom 2012 2nd ed. & 2005), and Spanish Version of Troilus and Cressida: a Bilingual Translation (Edwin Mellen Press 2008). Her recent publications include articles in linguistics and text analysis in journals such as Hispanófila, Linguistica, Hispanic Research Journal, Romance Studies, Languages for Specific Purposes, Neophilologus, Lingüística y Literatura, Lasso, and Revista de Estudios Hispánicos.

 

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SPAN 3409S - Academic Writing      

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT AT MILLS CAMPUS

This course is designed for students who wish to develop their writing skills at a formal, academic level. We will focus on strategies to formulate a strong thesis, develop and cite supporting arguments, summarize and counter opposing arguments, transition between arguments, and introduce and conclude essays in an interesting and appropriate manner. Writing assignments will involve research topics dealing with a wide range of social issues.

Required Text: Mejia et al. Miradas. NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008.
ISBN-13: 978-0-13-194412-1

Summer 2013

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SPAN 3430S - Hispanic Culture Through Film      

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT AT MILLS CAMPUS

This course expands our understanding and appreciation for Spanish-speaking cultures and communities through the study of popular films. It explores language and culture through the analysis of themes steeped in cultural, historical and political significance. Students will have the opportunity to experience an integrative learning experience with readings, activities, films, and a writing content. Students will use language in a meaningful way to discuss the different cultural aspects portrayed in the films, while further developing their historical and cultural knowledge.

Required Text: Sacchi et al. Más allá de la pantalla. Boston: Thomson Higher Education. ISBN 9781413010107

Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3436S - Dialects of Spanish      

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT AT MILLS CAMPUS

Spanish is the official language of Spain and over twenty American countries, and it is the de facto second language of the United States. But even those with a superficial knowledge of Spanish know that there are vast geographical and social differences in the language. In this class we will explore variation in the Spanish language, focusing on the historical sources of modern-day dialects, the lexical and grammatical features that distinguish them, the social factors that determine current usage, and the future of the language in the different contexts where it is used.

Required Text: Alvar, Manuel (2007). Introducción al español americano. Madrid: Arco Libros. ISBN 978-84-7635-696-8

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6620A - History of Spanish Language      

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN BUENOS AIRES

This course offers a historical-linguistic vision of the Spanish language evolution from its Latin roots to its modern form. It proposes theoretical and practical fundaments in the field to understand phonetic, morphological, and lexical changes, which have being developed from the 11th-century until our modern days. The class presents the most important aspects of the evolution of the Spanish language: the linguistic situation of the Peninsula before the Romans arrived, the relevance of the spoken Latin (Latín vulgar), the Arab linguistic influence, the origins of the primitive peninsular romance languages, and the particular transformation of one of them: Castilian, the relevant linguistic changes, the political and geographical expansion of Castilian, and its latest flourishing as a national and transatlantic language. (1 unit)

Required text: Núñez-Méndez, E.: Fundamentos teóricos y prácticos de historia de la lengua (New Haven: Yale University Press. xiii + 315 pp. 2011 ISBN : 978-0-300-17098-6 (available at the Middlebury College Bookstore in Vermont).

Linguistics

Summer 2012

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SPAN 6620M - History of Spanish Language      

History of the Spanish Language

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN GUADALAJARA

This course offers a historical-linguistic vision of the Spanish language evolution from its Latin roots to its modern form. It proposes theoretical and practical fundaments in the field to understand phonetic, morphological, and lexical changes, which have being developed from the 11th-century until our modern days. The class presents the most important aspects of the evolution of the Spanish language: the linguistic situation of the Peninsula before the Romans arrived, the relevance of the spoken Latin (Latín vulgar), the Arab linguistic influence, the origins of the primitive peninsular romance languages, and the particular transformation of one of them: Castilian, the relevant linguistic changes, the political and geographical expansion of Castilian, and its latest flourishing as a national and transatlantic language. (1 unit)

Required text: Torres Alvarez, Evolucion e historia de la lengua española Text available at the Middlebury, Vermont College Store.

Linguistics

Summer 2011

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SPAN 6796A - Teaching Language Methodology      

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN BUENOS AIRES

This class provides a modern and general vision of the most recent pedagogy research in teaching Spanish as a second language in the discipline of Applied Linguistics. Special emphasis is given to those methodological issues that the Spanish language presents when it comes to teaching language and grammar to English speakers. Students will have the opportunity to analyze current studies in the theory of language acquisition and, at the same time, will practice with specific language matters related to teaching Spanish. There will also be a revision of all the methodologies used for teaching foreign languages, altogether with morphological, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics factors intrinsically dependent on teaching and learning Spanish as a second language. (1 unit)

Required text: Dale A. Koike & Carol A. Klee, Lingüística aplicada (New York: Wiley & Sons, 2006) (available at the Middlebury College Bookstore in Vermont).

Pedagogy

Summer 2012

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