Middlebury Language School Graduate Programs

 

Assessment Requirement

In order to assess progress, students entering the M.A. program in 2012 and later are required to do a public presentation in the form of a conference paper. This will evaluate the following areas:

a)       oral expression
b)       written expression
c)       academic content
d)       professional capacity

This public presentation will consist of the following procedure:

After completing 6 credits--

  • a third summer in Vermont or Buenos Aires;
  • or Fall semester in Madrid for those wishing to complete the program in the spring;
  • or Spring semester in Madrid for those who will finish in the following summer,

students will present a draft of their proposed paper (approximately 8 pages) to the designated professor representing one of the areas covered by the program: language/linguistics, literature, culture, pedagogy.  The professor will read the draft and give the student feedback on how to improve the paper for a public presentation.

The Spanish School will organize a forum as a professional meeting, divided by specializations in language/linguistics, literature, culture, or pedagogy.  In Vermont and Buenos Aires, a day will be designated for this activity (most likely one Saturday) during the third week of July. In Madrid, also a day will be designated (most likely a Friday) during the month of April.

Presentations will be 15 minutes in length (approximately 8 written pages), and should focus on the main themes that students have explored in their readings. They should be as specific as possible, avoid unneeded information (in the case of literature, biographical data about writers, long descriptions of plots, etc.), and demonstrate analytical skills. Two printed copies should be given in advance to the presentation evaluators.

There will be two professors on each panel, in order to evaluate the work of students. One of the professors will serve as moderator of the panel. A rubric will be established to determine the expectations and evaluation criteria of the presentations.

At the end of the presentations, the two faculty members will meet to make an evaluation. The presentations will be evaluated on a pass/ non-pass basis. The rubric (also given to the respective students) will help the director of the School to assess strengths and weaknesses of the program. In the case of a non-pass situation, students will need to re-do their presentation within a two-week period. A passing score will be necessary to obtain the degree. The public presentation will not be recorded on the academic transcript.

For students with special needs, the director and the ADA coordinator will discuss how to best accommodate their circumstances in order to fulfill this requirement.

NOTE ABOUT TRANSFER COURSES: Students may not transfer in their last three courses since they must be in residence to present their papers.