Joseph Casillas was born in Phoenix, Arizona and has lived in Washington State and Cádiz, Spain. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Western Washington University and his M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College. Joseph is currently studying Linguistics at the University of Arizona where he also teaches Phonetics in the Spanish for Heritage Learners Program. His thesis research explores the perceptual abilities of early Spanish-English bilinguals on English-specific vowel contrasts. In general, his interests involve second language learning, laboratory approaches to phonology, and formal syntax. After spending two years in both the Spanish School and the French school, Joseph is excited to be back in the Spanish School for his fifth summer at Middlebury, and his first as a bilingual assistant.
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SPAN 3151 - High Beginning Span in Context
High Beginning Spanish in Context
Designed for students with some previous study of Spanish, experience in a Spanish-speaking country, or study of another Romance language, this course builds on and rapidly expands control of basic grammatical structures and vocabulary. Students consolidate their ability to negotiate basic survival situations in the target-language cultures, and prepare themselves for continued study of the language. New language functions will be presented in meaningful activities that emphasize speaking and listening, and that prepare the student for the reading and writing activities of the other High Beginner courses. Cultural knowledge that will build a deeper understanding of how Spanish-speaking peoples communicate is a crucial component of the course content. This course meets two hours a day. (1 unit)
Summer 2014 Language Schools