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SPAN3101 - Beginning SP: Comm in Context      

This course is designed to introduce students to the grammatical structures and vocabulary necessary to express personal meaning on basic topics (e.g. family, daily routines, and leisure time) and negotiate basic survival situations (making travel arrangements, ordering meals, and making purchases, etc.). Language topics and functions are integrated into contextualized activities that emphasize all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), with special attention given to speaking and listening. Cultural knowledge that will build a deeper understanding of how Spanish-speaking peoples communicate will be integrated into the course content. This course meets two hours a day. (1 unit)

Required text: Choose only one option:
Option 1. Printed Loose Leaf text of “Mosaicos” with MySpanishLab 5 month access (includes eText): ISBN:0134306325
**MySpanishLab includes the digital SAM + additional resources
Option 2. MySpanishLab for “Mosaicos” with eText of Mosaicos (no print component) 5 month access. ISBN:0205849709

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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SPAN3103 - Beginning SP: Oral & Written      

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)

Required text: Choose only one option:
Option 1. Printed Loose Leaf text of “Mosaicos” with MySpanishLab 5 month access (includes eText): ISBN:0134306325
**MySpanishLab includes the digital SAM + additional resources
Option 2. MySpanishLab for “Mosaicos” with eText of Mosaicos (no print component) 5 month access. ISBN:0205849709

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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SPAN3104 - Beginning SP:Hisp Soc/Cultures      

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: Choose only one option:
Option 1. Printed Loose Leaf text of “Mosaicos” with MySpanishLab 5 month access (includes eText): ISBN:0134306325
**MySpanishLab includes the digital SAM + additional resources
Option 2. MySpanishLab for “Mosaicos” with eText of Mosaicos (no print component) 5 month access. ISBN:0205849709

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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SPAN3151 - High Begin SP: Comm in Context      

High Beginning Spanish: Resources for Communication 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)

Required text: Choose only one option:
Option 1. Printed Loose Leaf text of “Mosaicos” with MySpanishLab 5 month access (includes eText): ISBN:0134306325
**MySpanishLab includes the digital SAM + additional resources
Option 2. MySpanishLab for “Mosaicos” with eText of Mosaicos (no print component) 5 month access. ISBN:0205849709

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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SPAN3153 - High Begin SP: Oral & Written      

High Beginning Spanish: Oral and Written Communication

This course is designed to develop existing writing skills through a process approach that includes the techniques of 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 integrate previous knowledge and the content areas, tasks, and structures from the other courses in the program to produce descriptions, comparisons, narratives, and other types of written texts. (1 unit)

Required text: Choose only one option:
Option 1. Printed Loose Leaf text of “Mosaicos” with MySpanishLab 5 month access (includes eText): ISBN:0134306325
**MySpanishLab includes the digital SAM + additional resources
Option 2. MySpanishLab for “Mosaicos” with eText of Mosaicos (no print component) 5 month access. ISBN:0205849709

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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SPAN3154 - High Begin SP:Hisp Soc/Culture      

High Beginning Spanish: Hispanic Societies and Cultures

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: Choose only one option:
Option 1. Printed Loose Leaf text of “Mosaicos” with MySpanishLab 5 month access (includes eText): ISBN:0134306325
**MySpanishLab includes the digital SAM + additional resources
Option 2. MySpanishLab for “Mosaicos” with eText of Mosaicos (no print component) 5 month access. ISBN:0205849709

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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SPAN3201 - Intermed SP: Comm in Context      

Intermediate Spanish: Resources for Communication in Context

This course continues students' development of proficiency in Spanish by expanding vocabulary and grammar. All four skills are integrated, with special attention to speaking and listening. Target language functions include past and future narration, extensive description, and comparisons, all on topics of current and personal interest. Cultural knowledge that will build a deeper understanding of how Spanish-speaking peoples communicate will be integrated into the course content. After successfully completing this course, students should find themselves well prepared for advanced coursework in Spanish language, literature, and linguistics. This course meets two hours a day. (1 unit)

Required texts: Choose only one option:
Option 1. “Fuentes: Conversación y gramática”, 5th edition – Print Book
ISBN: 9781285455471
Option 2. eBook: (students can purchase from www.cengagebrain.com)
AND
(required in print version)
“Student Activities Manual for Fuentes: Conversación y gramática”, 5th edition ISBN: 9781285733500.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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SPAN3203 - Intermed SP: Oral & Written      

Intermediate Spanish: Oral and Written Communication

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)

Required texts:
“Fuentes: Lectura y redacción”, 4th edition – eBook ISBN: 9780495898641

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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SPAN3204 - Intermed SP: Hisp Soc/Cultures      

Intermediate Spanish: Hispanic Societies and Cultures

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: “Fuentes: Lectura y redacción”, 4th edition – eBook
ISBN: 9780495898641

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SPAN3301 - Adv Intermed SP:Comm in Contxt      

Advanced Intermed Spanish: Resources for Communication in Context

This course will stress the expansion of the student's active vocabulary and language skills at the third-year level. Classroom activities will center on a thorough review of the most important aspects of Spanish grammar, as well as active oral use of the language. The oral exercises will expose students to extended discourse and will develop content and context as appropriate for students moving from the intermediate to the advanced proficiency levels. The grammar explanations will be complemented by extensive oral and written exercises in contextualized and communication-based activities. This approach, together with the other courses taught at the third-year level as well as the linguistic experiences the student has outside of the classroom, will provide immediate reinforcement of new structures and are intended to maximize the student's linguistic competence. This course meets for two hours each day (1 unit)

Required text: García-Serrano, De la Torre and Grant-Cash, ¡A que sí! (4th edition, text + SAM + audio) (Cengage, 2013).
Or, eBook ISBN: 9781305443723 SAM ISBN: 9781111838010

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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SPAN3401 - Advanced SP: Comm in Context      

Advanced Spanish: Resources for Communication in Context

The course is based on a teaching philosophy that considers language as an oral/aural means of communication. The study of grammar is not an end in itself, but rather a means to accelerate language learning and make it a more effective process. The dynamic use of language will be the basis of this approach. Through significant grammar practice that combines both formal and communicative approaches, students will develop and integrate the four language skills: listening comprehension, reading comprehension, oral expression and written expression. The course’s content will include five main areas that will be integrated in the proposed activities: 1) Functional content: the communicative elements, enumerating the functions which students should know in order to make effective use of the language; 2) Grammatical content: the grammatical elements, and the communicative functions associated with them, which will allow students to effectively express the communicative functions; 3) Subject content: lexical content, subjects and situations that facilitate the social use of language and transmit a real and current image of Spanish society and of the Spanish-speaking world; 4) Phonetic content: activities which will enable students to practice reading and writing in Spanish, as well as improve pronunciation by listening to differentiation exercises, by repeating sounds, words, and sentences, and by reading targeted texts; 5) Lexical content: exposure to texts representing different registers (1 unit)

Required Texts:
“Gramática en contexto”. Main text (Edelsa). ISBN: 978-84-7711-716-2
http://edelsa.es/venta/index.php?route=product/category&path=63_162
AND
“Gramática en contexto”. Answer key (Edelsa). ISBN: 978-84-7711-719-3

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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SPAN3405 - Creative Writing      

In this course we will focus on creative writing as a way to develop a deeper understanding of the Spanish language. We will achieve this goal by using the language and our imagination to tell stories. This course will also provide the opportunity to read and discuss present literary works of important Hispano-Americans authors (Onneti, Borges, Rulfo, Cortázar, Méndez,etc) We will also read theoretical texts by Francisco Guzmán Burgos, Pablo Fernández, Alex Grijelmo, Ricardo Piglia, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Juan Bosch, Mempo Giardinelli, Rosario Ferré, Guillermo Samperio, Hernán Lara Zavala, Enrique Anderson Imbert, Anibal Ponce, Alberto Manuel, etc. (1 unit)

Required Text: Material in electronic format will be made available upon arrival at Middlebury.

Summer 2017 Language Schools

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SPAN3406 - Professionl Comm:Written &Oral      

Professional Communication: Written and Oral Strategies

This course is designed to expose students to the conventions of business and professional communication in Spanish. Communicating clearly and comfortably in both oral and written formats is a valuable and essential skill for any professional career. This course will give students the opportunity to develop and strengthen skills in preparing and presenting public oral presentations in professional and academic settings, as well as practice patterns of professional communication to deliver clear and effective writing messages. Students will learn basic theories and principles on communication, and will gain practical experience delivering different types of speeches and texts. Students will also develop their ability to target communications for a specific reader/audience and sharpen their skills in critical listening as well as reading and writing.
(1 unit)

Required Text: Material in electronic format will be made available upon arrival at Middlebury.

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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SPAN3407 - Writing to Persuade      

This course focuses on the development of skills for the writing of comments, perspectives, and critiques through a variety of grammatical and rhetorical tools needed for effective persuasion. Students will work on several types of writing, and analyze texts from both formal and informal sources: letters, applications, film reviews, blogs, etc. dealing with current issues in politics and culture. At the end of the course, students will have a chance to analyze indirect forms of persuasion in literary materials. (1 unit)

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SPAN3409 - Persuasive Writing      

This course focuses on the development of skills for the writing of comments, perspectives, and critiques through a variety of grammatical and rhetorical tools needed for effective persuasion. Students will work on several types of writing, and analyze texts from both formal and informal sources: letters, applications, film reviews, blogs, etc. dealing with current issues in politics and culture. At the end of the course, students will have a chance to analyze indirect forms of persuasion in literary materials. (1 unit)

Required Text: Material in electronic format will be made available upon arrival at Middlebury.

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SPAN3411 - Stylistics      

This course is designed for those students who need to develop their writing production skills, and who are making the transition from fourth-semester (Intermediate) to Advanced coursework in Spanish. Throughout the course, students shall analyze different discursive genres (text types), establish the base from which to improve their syntax, learn orthographical rules, refine their use of discursive connectors, and expand their vocabulary. The main goal is for the students to create their own texts intended for different communicative objectives, and acquire the necessary tools to develop their own style in Spanish writing. (1 unit)

Required text: Material in electronic format will be made available upon arrival at Middlebury.

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SPAN3412 - Childhood Through Culture      

The objective of this course is to analyze childhood as a social construction, as a period of psychological development, as a horror story, as a time when lessons about human nature become formative tests, and as a stage when myths, for example as created by children’s literature, trigger certain imaginary beliefs. Through theoretical and literary texts, students will reflect on these aspects and their pedagogical possibilities. (1 unit)

Required Text: Material in electronic format will be made available upon arrival at Middlebury.

Summer 2017 Language Schools

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SPAN3431 - Hispanic Cult through Theater      

Hispanic Culture through Theater/Performance

The course combines the study of theatrical Spanish texts with the practice of some acting and performing skills. The class explores various theatrical styles and schools, analyzing their chronological development and examining how they relate to Hispanic culture, history and traditions. The students will also put into practice some of the creative techniques that integrate the theatrical panorama of Ibero-American theater. Taking the “performer's place” should provide the students with self-confidence and independence in the use of the language, considering that they have to perform and even improvise theatrical scenes. (1 unit)

Required texts: Materials in electronic or photocopy form to be made available upon arrival at Middlebury.

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SPAN3433 - Cultural Hisp. Music Heritage      

Hispanic Music Heritage: Cultural Interrelations

This course will allow the student to appreciate the importance of music and tradition in the history of Hispanic cultures. We shall approach the current musical and historic panorama of Spain and Latin American countries by examining its origins and the different esthetic currents, taking the mid-19th Century as our starting point. Listening will be the central line of this course, which covers the fields of popular and classical music. By analyzing styles, rhythms, dances, and songs, we shall understand how materials were shared and how music became transformed across the Ocean by adapting to the different social and cultural Hispanic contexts. (1 unit)

Required text: Material in electronic format will be made available upon arrival at Middlebury.

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SPAN3435 - Latin American Lit to Film      

Adaptations of Latin American Literature to Film

The relationship between Latin American literature and cinema has been very prolific. However, the transposition of texts to the screen is not a simple exercise of turning words into images. What operations technical, verbal, and visual should be applied to the written page in order to make a successful film? How can the reader/spectator appreciate and criticize both narratives, the visual and verbal, without privileging one over the other? What can we learn about a short story, a play or a novel from its film adaptation and vice versa? Along with an introduction to the basic concepts and tools for the analysis of film in Spanish, this course answers the previous questions and presents a panoramic view of some of the main movements of Latin American film. Some of the works to study include novels and short stories by writers: Elena Poniatowska, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, Juan Rulfo, Sabina Berman, and Sergio Ramírez.

Required text(s): García Márquez, Gabriel. Crónica de una muerte anunciada. New York: Vintage Español, 2003. ISBN: 978-1400034956.

Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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SPAN3439 - Visual Cultures Hispanic World      

Visual Cultures in the Hispanic World

The course revisits the process of modern nation building and the dissemination of nationalism through visual culture and mass media in Latin America. Most cases and artifacts for study will come from Mexico, an extremely important Spanish-speaking media market. However, examples and readings by critics from other Latin American countries (Chile, Argentina, Colombia, and Nicaragua) will help us define the theoretical and methodological approaches to diverse visual artifacts including: serial novels, comics, photography, film, telenovelas and videogames.


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Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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SPAN3440 - 20C Latin American Revolutions      

20th Century Latin America Revolutions: Literature and the Arts (Mexican Muralism, Cuban Film and Nicaraguan Poetry)


Since the early part of the nineteenth-century and marked by the Wars of Independence, Latin America has experienced a great deal of political turmoil. It is generally accepted that independence from Spain did not represent for the new nations a radical change in social and political institutions. Therefore, it was not until the twentieth century, and in some cases influenced by crucial events in the political sphere such as the advance of socialist and communist ideologies, that many Latin American countries looked inward and attempted to make radical changes in their colonial and neocolonial institutions. This is the case of the 1910 Mexican Revolution against the dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz and his plan of modernization that mostly benefited the wealthy and continued to suppress the mestizo and indigenous population. Almost fifty years later, and in a Caribbean island, another extremely important and radical political event took place: the Cuban Revolution of 1959. The outcry against governmental corruption, social injustice and racism, foreign political and economic intervention in the daily affairs of Cuba, among others reasons, led to the formation of a guerrilla movement which eventually reached power and later established a communist government which has lasted until the present. The still current tensions between Cuba and the United States and the challenges to resolve them, attest to the complexity and repercussions of this revolution that began 56 years ago. [NOTE: On July 20, 2015, the US reopened its Embassy in Cuba after its closure in 1961.] During the 1970s and 1980s, and in an economically marginalized region, Central America, other revolutionary movements emerged. But it was the 1979 Nicaraguan Revolution with its socialist agenda that received international attention.

Beyond the possible successes and failures that these three crucial events had in the history of both their respective countries and of Latin America, this course will explore the extremely productive artistic environment that emerged as a direct and indirect consequence of these political uprisings. The new political language created by the radical changes, the innovative interpretation of reality, and the repositioning and prevalence of social and socialist discourses, transformed the language of art and allowed new voices –in some cases marginal ones— to engage in a dynamic process of artistic representation. In the case of the Mexico and before moving into the second and third decades of the 20th century we will discuss the short novel Los de abajo (1915) as a means to introduce us to the revolutionary world. We will then examine the relationship between revolution and the visual arts, concentrating primarily on the famous Muralist movement (Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco). In the second case, and among the extraordinary artistic production that came out of postrevolutionary Cuba, this course will emphasize film: Lucía (1968) by Humberto Solás, Memories of Underdevelopment (1968), and Strawberry and Chocolate (1993) by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío. We will end this segment with the discussion of the short novel Máscaras (1997) by Leonardo Padura Fuentes. Finally, we will engage in the study of revolutionary poetry as it emerges particularly in Nicaragua, by poets such as Ernesto Cardenal and Gioconda Belli.

The coordinated study of cultural, artistic and political aspects in Latin America should offer the student a strong notion of the interdependence and fruitful interaction among various forms of discourse, and how radical political changes interact with the exploration of more subjective languages and artistic interpretations of reality.

Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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SPAN3441 - Spanish for Business      

Business Spanish is a class directed to those students who wish to acquire the vocabulary and the linguistic resources necessary to begin to develop in the context of a business company.

The theoretical content is articulated around two complementary points. The first one provides a general knowledge of the business and financial world. In the second, a project is developed creating a virtual company in the classroom. In addition to the lexical work, special attention is paid to written and oral communication texts, common in the business world

Summer 2017 Language Schools

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SPAN3451 - Women through their Writing      

In this course through the reading of text written by women --diaries, autobiographies, and letters-- we will examine the process of construction of gender identity at various stages of history and the perception that women had of their own situation. We will also analyze the political, social, and legal discussions which made possible the emergence of feminism in Spain and Latin America. (1 unit)

Required text: A selection of excerpts from the following texts and authors available in electronic form at Middlebury: Anna Caballé (dir.), La vida escrita por las mujeres. La pluma como espada. Del romanticismo al modernismo (Madrid: Círculo de Lectores, 2003); Birute Ciplijauskaité, La novela femenina contemporánea. Hacia una tipología de la narración en primera persona (1970-1985) (Barcelona: Antrophos, 1988); Isabel Morant (dir.), Historia de las mujeres en España y América Latina (Madrid: Cátedra, 2005).

This course is cross-listed with Literature and Culture.*

Summer 2016 Language Schools

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SPAN3460 - Social Movements in Latin Amer      

SPAN 3460 Contemporary Hispanic Issues: Social Movements in Latin America

This course is designed to introduce the student to a set of concepts and debates in relation to the study of the societies, cultures, and histories of the Americas. We will focus on the concepts of resistance and social activism: how social movements and activism are organized, exercised, enacted, and contested. From everyday forms of resistance to organized movements, we will examine some concrete historical and cultural situations in relation to major topics: the legacy of past revolutions, human rights and memory, Neoliberalism and globalization, environmental issues, arts and politics, and Hispanic immigration to the US. Through critical and fictional texts, films and documentaries, music and visual arts, students will gain a multidimensional understanding of contemporary Hispanic issues and different ways and instances of social resistance.

Required text: Materials for this course will be accessible online.

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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SPAN3471 - Lat Amer Voices Short Stories      

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The Spanish School
Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
Fax: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
Spanish School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

7-week Program
Holly Stark, Coordinator
P: 802.443.5538
spanishschool@middlebury.edu

Graduate Program
Audrey LaRock, Coordinator

P: 802.443.5539
spanishgraduate@middlebury.edu