Middlebury Language School Graduate Programs


Bibiana Diaz


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Bibiana Díaz, from Colombia, completed her M. A. in Spanish and Linguistics at California State University, Long Beach. She is currently an ABD candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Irvine, with a specialization in Latin American literature and Theater. She has taught language, literature, and culture courses at UC Irvine, Chapman University and California State University, Fullerton. She is currently working on her dissertation, a study of novels published between 1950 and 2010 by Colombian authors on gender, homosexuality, social discrimination, human rights violations and violence, addressing how they have been a crucial instrument in re-defining margins by questioning the hegemonic notion of national identity.  In her research, she is also interested in queer literature and Latin American theater. She has presented conference papers at the American Comparative Literature Association, Latin American Studies Association, LAGO Conference, UCI Mexican Conference, Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies (PCCLAS) and international conference as well in Cádiz, Spain, and Río de Janeiro, Brazil. In addition to her research and teaching, she also works for "Gestos, Revista de teoría y práctica de teatro hispánico".



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SPAN 3103 - Beginning Writing      

This course is designed to develop writing skills through a process approach that includes strategies and techniques such as composing, revising, paraphrasing, editing, and using a bilingual dictionary. In connection with the cultural contents provided in other courses at the same level, students will produce writing of various kinds, such as messages, descriptions, comparisons, and brief narratives that integrate the content areas, tasks, and structures from the other courses in the program. (1 unit)

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3104 - Beginning Reading & Culture      

This course is designed to develop reading strategies by providing abundant opportunities to read a variety of authentic text types, such as newspapers and magazine articles, realia, and brief literary selections. In addition to expanding the vocabulary base, the topics presented will serve as a springboard for listening, speaking, and writing activities. The information presented in the readings will offer a broad foundation in Hispanic cultural knowledge. (1 unit)

Required text for Level 1: Ramos & Davis, Portafolio (McGraw Hill, 2008). This is a special package created for Middlebury College's Spanish School.

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3203 - Inter Writing & Composition      

Intermediate Writing and Composition

In this class, students improve their written expression in Spanish by studying models of good writing in Spanish and producing a variety of text types; the course also serves as an introduction to academic writing. The language functions covered include past and future narration, extensive descriptions, comparisons, expressing opinions, and hypotheses. Students will expand on previous knowledge of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and integrate other content areas into their work. (1 unit)

Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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SPAN 3204 - Inter Culture & Civilization      

Intermediate Culture and Civilization

Students expand on existing knowledge of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world to arrive at a deeper understanding of the concepts of cultural identity and nation. Topics include traditions, customs, and artistic manifestations of culture from Spain and Latin America, as well as a basic outline of the history of these regions. Materials include extensive readings (literary and journalistic texts) and audiovisual sources (film). Class activities include in-class discussion, interviews with native speakers, and compositions. (1 unit)

Required texts for Level 2: Foerster, Lambright, & Alonso-Pino, Punto y Aparte, 4th edition (McGraw-Hill, 2011).

Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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