Chiara Donà was born in Italy. She earned an M.A. in German as a Foreign Language, and Spanish and Portuguese Philology from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich (Germany). She has also an M.A. from the Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf (Germany) in an interdisciplinary degree on The Americas, with a specialization in Latin American literature and culture. She is currently writing her Ph.D. dissertation on fetishism and materiality in the works of Mexican writer Margo Glantz. She lived in Argentina from 1991 to 1997, where she worked at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, in Córdoba. While in Argentina, she also studied Guaraní, and Translation. She has worked at the UNAM (Mexico) from 2000-2004, and since 2009 she is visiting professor at the Facultad de Estudios Superiores Acatlán (UNAM) with a fellowship from DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). In addition to her dissertation, she is also preparing a translation (from Italian into Spanish) of the manuscript of Guido Boggiani's travel diary through South America and his communal life with the Kadiweus, a native Brazilian tribe from Mato Grosso do Sul.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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SPAN 3154 - High Beginner Reading & Cult
High Beginning Reading and Culture
This course is designed to develop and consolidate 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. The topics presented will integrate vocabulary and functions from other courses in the program, in addition to increasing cultural proficiency and knowledge. (1 unit)
Required text for Level 1.5: Marinelli & Mujica Laughlin, Puentes: Spanish for Intensive and High Beginner Courses 5th edition (Cengage, 2011). This is a special package created for Middlebury College's Spanish School.
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 2014 Language Schools
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 2014 Language Schools