Middlebury Language Schools

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SPAN 3101 - Beginning Spanish 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)

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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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 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, 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 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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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 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3153 - High Beginner Writing      

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)

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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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.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3201 - Intermed Spanish in Context      

Intermediate Spanish 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)

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, 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 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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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 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3301 - Adv Intermed SP in Context      

Advanced Intermediate Spanish 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).

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3401 - Adv Spanish in Context      

Advanced Spanish 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: Manual de gramática: En español (2nd ed.) by Iguina and Dozier (Cengage, 2014)

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3405 - 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 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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SPAN 3407 - 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)

Summer 2011, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3409 - Academic Writing      

This course is designed for those students who plan to continue their education at the graduate level in Spanish (or other disciplines), or any student who wishes to develop his or her writing skills at a more advanced and sophisticated level. It is intended to give the students the practice they need to be able to write at a formal, academic level. We will focus on activities that provide students with strategies to formulate their thesis, to choose an appropriate organization to develop their thesis, and to introduce and conclude their essay in an interesting and appropriate manner. Writing assignments will include, among others, literary analysis and research topics.

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

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3411 - 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.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3412 - 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 2011, Summer 2012

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SPAN 3430 - Hispanic Culture Through Film      

Hispanic Culture Through Literature and Film

This course will serve as an introduction to various key cultural moments in 20th-century Hispanic societies: the Mexican Revolution; the Cuban Revolution; and dictatorship and post-dictatorship periods in Chile and Spain. We will study and analyze the historical-cultural backgrounds of each of these moments, as well as interpret key literary and filmic texts associated with them. Students will learn the tools of cultural, literary and filmic analysis in the reading and discussion of the literary and cinematic works.

Writers will include Ramón López Velarde, Nellie Campobello, Eliseo Alberto, Pedro Lemebel, Adelaida García Morales and Carme Riera. Films will include “Ensayo de un crimen,” “Memorias del subdesarrollo,” “Machuca,” and “Cría cuervos.”

Required Text: Course readings will be provided online.

Summer 2011

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SPAN 3431 - 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 text: Materials in electronic or photocopy form to be made available upon arrival at Middlebury.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3433 - Hispanic Culture Thru Music      

Hispanic Culture through Music

This class will allow the student to approach the historic and musical panoramas of Spain and the Latin American countries by digging into the origins of today’s Hispanic music. We will explore how artistic and musical currents were developed generally in Spain and South America, by analyzing the musical history of different periods from an aesthetic point of view and placing them in the social and cultural contexts. Listening will be the central line of this course that will cover the fields of popular music as well as classical. songs, dances, and the rhythms of Flamenco and Caribbean, among others. In addition, folk material treated by the classic composers will be analyzed in class. We will see how important music and tradition have been, and still are, in today’s Hispanic cultures. (1 unit)

Required text: Material in course pack form to be purchased at Middlebury.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3471 - Lat Amer Voices Short Stories      

Latin American Voices through Short Stories

Most Latin American countries gained their independence from Spain between 1810 and 1824, though they soon all fell in the hands of despotic governments, even in 20th century. Few times allied with these governments but mostly against them, writers have attempted to give their people a space to breath and dream, to raise their ‘voices’. This course aims to study the works of these writers as a common cultural heritage through which they poetize, humorize, protest, depict reality, or dream magically of a sociopolitical utopia that would transform the world that we see into the world that we want. From Argentine Esteban Echeverría (The Slaughterhouse, 1838), to Cuban Reinaldo Arenas (With Eyes Closed, 1972), and Mexican Elena Poniatowska (Tlapaleria, 2003), we will follow voices across Latin American geography and history, seeking to apprehend the elusive ‘voice of the voiceless’.

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

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3473 - Hisp Culture:Lit Film Painting      

Hispanic Culture through Literature, Film, and Painting

This course is an introduction to the culture of Spanish-speaking Latin America through the study of literature, film and painting. We will discuss Latin American historical and cultural development as well as major features and issues of its social, artistic, and intellectual life today. Through the analysis of different arts and media from the Spanish-speaking world, students will be introduced to the different cultures of Latin America. They will also consider how these cultural productions reflect and contribute to questions of identity and power.

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

Summer 2013

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SPAN 6501 - Intro to Advanced SP Grammar      

This course utilizes an integrated approach to bridging the gap between intermediate and advanced levels of language, putting particular emphasis on some of the most essential topics of Spanish grammar such as: 1) Rules of orthographical accents; 2) Ser vs. Estar; 3) Uses of past tenses, indicative mood; 3) Prepositions (a, por, para); 4) Basic uses of the subjunctive/subordinate clauses; 5) Indicative vs. subjunctive mood; 6) Conjunctions.
The approach to these grammar topics will take into consideration the theoretical aspects as well as the practical use in speech and writing. Authentic cultural readings of diverse types and sources will serve as a context for linguistic practice and written exercises in the classroom. (1 unit) This course meets two hours a day.

Required materials: Theory, practical exercises, articles, and other reading materials are provided by the professors at Middlebury online in “Moodle”. Language & Stylistics

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6502 - Advanced Spanish Grammar      

This is a mandatory course for first summer graduate students. The class is focused in some of the more important topics on Spanish grammar such as: a) some uses of ser and estar; b) uses of indicative tenses, paying special attention to past forms; c) uses of the subjunctive; d) study of subordinate clauses, focusing on the uses of subordinate conjunctions and values of indicative and subjunctive in these sentences. The course will have not only a theoretical dimension but also a practical orientation, with exercises designed to improve the comprehension of all these subjects. (1 unit)

Required text: Electronic material provided at Middlebury. Linguistics

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6505 - Adv Academic Writing      

The course aims at developing students academic writing skills through the understanding of key concepts of discourse analysis such as reference, cohesion, and coherence. A variety of text types will be analyzed in class. Rhetoric devices such as argumentation, hypothesis, and exposition will be presented and practiced through writing tasks, with group work integrated into the course. Special attention will be given to the articulation of class activities with the requirements of other courses at the same level. (1 unit).

Required text: Electronic material provided at Middlebury. Language & Stylistics

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6560 - Literary Analysis      

This course will introduce the graduate student to the techniques of literary analysis, critical thinking, reading, and interpreting Hispanic literary texts. It is divided into three segments, each of which is devoted to the analytic strategies pertinent to one major genre: narrative, poetry, and drama. Each student will write several papers and actively participate in class discussions. (1 unit)

Required texts: Antonio Sobejano-Morán, Tornasol (Panda Publications, newest edition); Lope de Vega, La dama boba (Madrid: Cátedra, newest edition). Literature

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6561 - Span Am Film New Millennium      

Spanish American Film of the New Millennium

Three-week course, second session

Between 2000 and 2011, a young Spanish American film emerges, taking at times a minimalist point of view to narrate individual stories with a subjective tone, or continuing a tradition of the historical panorama to present national tragedies that occurred in the last two or three decades. This course will focus on this new type of film from different countries, with such titles as Historias mínimas, Los colores de la montaña, El casamiento, La mirada invisible, Cosas insignificantes, Cinco días sin Nora, Mal día para pescar, La vida útil, A un metro de ti, Contracorriente, among others. (.5 unit)

Required text: Films to be seen at lab and additional bibliography to be included in the course website at Middlebury. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2011, Summer 2012

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SPAN 6580 - Literary Theory      

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the various schools that set the grounds for modern literary and cultural criticism. Class discussions will concentrate on the understanding of theoretical texts, as well as, on the reading and analysis of literature and cultural products. We will engage with the main theoretical currents of our time such as structuralism, postructuralism, feminism, and cultural studies. (1 unit)

Required text: Electronic material provided at Middlebury. Literature

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6605 - Spanish Language Dictionaries      

The course introduces a modern and historical panorama of Spanish language dictionaries. The course will include a theoretical introduction to lexicography and the production of dictionaries; in this way it will establish a foundation for lexical commentary. We will analyze the most important Spanish language dictionaries, starting with the bilingual Nebrija dictionaries to the Pan-Hispanic dictionary of the RAE (Real Academia Española -Spanish Real Academia-), which will be used as the reference text. Lastly, the course will finish the study of theory by using databases that facilitate the production of dictionaries. (1 unit)

Required text: A. M. Medina (coord.), Lexicografía española, (Barcelona: Ariel Lingüística, 2003). Linguistics

Summer 2013

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SPAN 6609 - Uses Subjunctive Spanish      

Values and Uses of Subjunctive in Spanish

Subjunctive constitutes one of the basic topics of Spanish grammar and is one of the most important problems in the acquisition of Spanish as a second language. This course focuses on the study of how, when, and why the subjunctive is used in Spanish. In addition, it will also pay attention to other issues such as the values and uses of subjunctive in independent and subordinated sentences, and how these values and uses can be explained by teachers of Spanish in their classes. The course will have not only a theoretical dimension but also a practical orientation, with exercises designed to improve the comprehension of subjunctive in Spanish. (1 unit)

Required text: Electronic material provided at Middlebury Linguistics

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6613 - Grammar of Colloquial Spanish      

Although students in this course already have an advanced level of standard Spanish used in the formal register, they need to know colloquial uses which will make them closer to the competence of native speakers in the communicative processes of everyday life. This course has two objectives: 1) to make students able to know explicitly the pragmatic and grammatical resources of oral discourse and 2) to make them able to use them automatically. In order to achieve this goal, we will concentrate on the uses of morphological and syntactic elements which offer expressive possibilities to the communicative intentions of the Spanish speaking person. We will include colloquial "panhispanic" features, although we will refer to some relevant features of some dialects both of America and Spain. As a methodology we will combine the study of the required text and other material provided by the teacher, with practice based on the analysis of real conversations recorded in video.

Required text: Margarita Porroche Ballesteros, Margarita. 2009. Aspectos de gramática del español coloquial para profesores de español como L2 (Madrid: Arco/Libros, 2009). Language & Stylistics

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6617 - Art & Technology - New Media      

Contemporary Art, Technology, and New Media
*Three-week course, first session*

This course is conceived like a trip around the interesting and problematic relationship between Art and Technology. Since the beginning, Art and technè have been inseparable concepts. The historical Avant- gardes of the beginning of the 20th-century modified this view and deeply examined this relationship. The new technological discovers and the media that appeared during this century changed completely the Art landscape. Our course purposes an overview of the different art manifestations focusing in Latin-American productions such as video art, net art, interactive art, installations, urban interventions, performance art, blog art; and also will analyze the changes in the new spectators, as users or /operators and the social consequences that this situation involves. (.5 unit) Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6620 - History of Spanish Language      

We will study a broad introduction to the history of the Spanish language. From its distant origins in Latin learned by the early inhabitants of the Iberian Peninsula, to its privileged position of language in today's world, and in its Peninsular and Atlantic variants. We will study the evolution (phonetic, morphological, syntactic, and lexical) of Spanish at successive stages (origins, medieval, modern, classic, current). We will reflect on it's relationship to historical events that have shaped the Hispanic civilization and the development of the Spanish language. Finally, we will analyze significant texts of each historical moment and discuss their most relevant linguistic and stylistic characteristics. (1 unit)

Required text: Mª Jesús Torrens Álvarez, Evolución e historia de la lengua española (Arco / Libros, 2007). Linguistics

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6621 - Syntax of the Spanish Language      

The purpose of this course is to provide a balanced combination of theory and practice concerning the structure of a sentence in Spanish and the basic problems when teaching Spanish grammar. The course focuses in the grammatical relationships between the components of the simple and dependent sentences. Course topics include: the Spanish order of the words, the alternance between the indicative and the subjunctive in the different types of dependent sentences, the different values of SE, the use of the prepositions, etc. Students will analyze texts in order to better understand the most complex questions of Spanish grammar. (l unit)

Required text: Mariluz Gutiérrez Araus, Problemas fundamentales de la gramática del español como 2 / L (Madrid: Arco Libros, 2012, 4ª ed.). Linguistics

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6630 - Migration & Exile Contemp Thea      

Migration and Exile in Contemporary Spanish American Theater

This course will examine Spanish American plays from both the 20th-and 21st-centuries that explore the topic of migration in thematic and symbolic terms. We will study the various manifestations of migration—immigration, emigration, exile, and return—as each of them are connected to social, political, economic, psychological, linguistic, and physical realities. The movement of peoples and communities from one continent, country, or region to another has become a frequent occurrence, and playwrights have seen, interpreted, and staged the drama and instability behind this uprooting. The goal is to study Spanish American plays from countries and regions that have experience significant amounts of internal and external migration, as well as countries that have experienced massive emigration. The course will be divided in both regions and topics: Argentina: Displacement and disappearance; Mexico/U.S. Borderlands; The Caribbean: “Sailing” Away; Pilgrimage and Memory: The Andean Region. Some of the playwrights to be studied include René Marqués (Puerto Rico); Roberto Cossa (Argentina); Arístides Vargas (Argentina/Ecuador), Sabina Berman (México); Grupo Yuyachkani (Perú); Hugo Salcedo (México). (1 unit)

Required text: Roberto Cossa, La nona (Corregidor, January 1, 2006) (ISBN: 10-9500515369 ISBN 13:978-9500515368); René Marqués, La carreta: Drama entres actos (Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico: Editoral Cultural, 1983 or most recent edition (ISBN-10: 8428306737 ISBN-13: 978-8428306737). Stuart Day, Las fronteras míticas del teatro mexicano (LATR Books, University of Kansas (ISBN: 978-1-61539-743-3). Literature

Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6633 - Survive Mem/Resist Dictatorshp      

Surviving Memories: Resisting Dictatorships

One of the most serious phenomena of the 20th-century was the rise of totalitarian regimes in different nations. In Latin America and Spain there emerged new regimes that monopolized power, dominated society through a systematic mechanism of control and propaganda and also exercised unprecedented repression. In opposition to these regimes, voices that resisted opening up new margins of freedom arose. The aim of this course is to develop insight into the American and Spanish dictatorships through the study and discussion of writings and diverse reports from witnesses who were able to keep their memories alive. (1 unit)

Required texts: A selection of excerpts from the following authors: Mariano Constante, Los años rojos (Barcelona: Círculo de Lectores, 2004), Cristina Peri Rossi, El museo de los esfuerzos inútiles, en Lo mío es escribir: Siglo XX, ed. Anna Caballé (Barcelona: Círculo de Lectores, 2003); Victoria Kent, Cuatro años de mi vida, 1940-1944 (Barcelona: Bruguera, 1978); Ernesto Sábato, La resistencia (Barcelona: Seix Barral, 2000); Jorge Semprun, La escritura o la vida (Barcelona: Tusquets, 2002). Excerpts provided in electronic form at Middlebury.

Summer 2012

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SPAN 6649 - Music & Narrative Hisp Caribbn      

Music & Narrative in the Hispanic Caribbean

Music, particularly popular music, is considered the oldest, most significant, and best recognized contribution of the Hispanic Caribbean to world culture. This course will study the development of the narrative genre in the Greater Antilles (Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico) from its origins in the 19th-century until now, focusing on how music is presented and is incorporated in narrative discourse. In selected readings from this period we will examine how writers of the region have dealt in their works with the almost overwhelming presence of melody and rhythm in the daily life of the cultures in and about which they write. This course is for students who are interested in research, or who are considering continuing to the Ph.D. or DML level. (1 unit)

Required text: Juliá Rodríguez Edgardo, El entierro de Cortijo (Río Piedras: Ediciones Huracán, 2006. ISBN: 978-0940238213); other material in electronic form on Segue. Literature

Summer 2011

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SPAN 6667 - Creative Writing      

This class is designed to teach basic and fundamental techniques for improving reading and writing skills for poetry and creative essay. In order to achieve this objective, consider it fundamental to have an understanding of “other” styles of writing from “other” cultures, which in this case is that of Latin America. To that end, we will use as models of analysis, a selection of classic essays, short stories and poems from Contemporary Latin American Literature, written after 1900. Upon accessing a different world-vision through literature, the student will have the sufficient elements to better her/his use of written language, whether as a form of expression or communication. In order to achieve part of the course’s premise, which is to learn skillful writing, the student must first learn to read well, and to discover the “secrets of writing” from those authors who contributed new literary resources and forms of expression to literary history. The class will be conducted as a workshop, with the students’ essays, short stories, and poems as the principal subjects of weekly discussions. (1 unit) Linguistics Literature

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6711 - Prepositions in Spanish      

Values and Uses of Prepositions in Spanish

Prepositions are considered one the most difficult topics in the acquisition of a second language. This course focuses on the study of uses and values of prepositions in Spanish in depth, and how they can be explained by teachers of Spanish in their classes. The course pays attention to some preposition with specific problems for an English speaker: A, EN, DE/DESDE, POR/PARA… Other issues will be studied such as uses of prepositions with verbs, adjectives, and nouns, and the role of prepositions in some grammatical matters (prepositional phrases, prepositional groups, etc.) The course will have not only a theoretical dimension but also a practical orientation, with exercises designed to improve the comprehension of prepositions in Spanish. (1 unit)

Required text: Electronic material provided at Middlebury.

This course is cross-listed with Professional Preparation for Teachers. Linguistics Pedagogy

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6715 - Intro to Spanish Phonetics      

Introduction to Spanish Phonetics

This course is an introduction to: (1) the fundamental notions and concepts that allow the analysis of the sounds used in natural languages, and (2) the system of sounds and phonemes in contemporary Spanish. Hence, no previous training in phonetics or phonology is needed. The course has two components: (a) a descriptive one: which are the sounds of Spanish? What are they like and how are they pronounced? In which contexts and situations do they appear?, and (b) an applied-practical one: contrasting these sounds with those in English, identifying the pronunciation challenges for students of Spanish as a Second Language and addressing them. The goal will be to help remove the foreign accents as regards phonic units. (1 unit)

Required texts: Armin Schwegler, Juergen Kempff, A. Ameal-Guerra, Fonética y fonología españolas (Wiley & Sons, 4th ed., 2010).

This course is cross-listed with Professional Preparation for Teachers Linguistics Pedagogy

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6716 - LA Independence in Literature      

Latin American Independence in Literature
*Three-week course, first session*

The process of independence of the new Latin American nations that broke off from the old Spanish Catholic monarchy were accompanied by a major renovation of continental letters. The transition from neoclassical to romantic poetry in Andrés Bello, José María Heredia, and José Joaquín Olmedo, and the first prose works of José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi or Esteban Echeverría, are representative of the literature of the first generation of Republican Spanish America. The purpose of this course is to reconstruct the aesthetic and political project that rested on the early works by Spanish American writers, including in these politicians whose prose formulations achieved great influence, as in the case of Simón Bolívar and Fray Servando Teresa de Mier. The course emphasis will be placed on the analysis of various strategies of narrating the birth of new republics within the poetry or prose of those writers. (.5 unit)

Required text: Electronic material provided at Middlebury.

This course is cross-listed with Literature. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2011, Summer 2012

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SPAN 6721 - Women through their Writing      

History of Women Through Their Writings

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. Civ Cul & Soc Literature

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6727 - Humor in Contemp SA Narrative      

Humor in Contemporary Spanish American Narrative

Humor is one of the least studied aspects of the literature of Hispanic America. In the midst of revolutions, injustice, political repression, and all manner of natural and man-made disasters, the literature of Hispanic America has produced a body of work in which laughter, or at least a smile, may have multiple functions. What are some of these functions? What shape does humor take in the narrative of these countries? Is it a recent phenomenon, or does it have a tradition and a history? This course is for students who are interested in research, or who are considering continuing to the Ph.D. or DML level. (1 unit)

Required text: Alfredo Bryce Echenique, La última mudanza de Felipe Carrillo (Barcelona: Plaza y Janés ISBN: 978-8401429682). Literature

Summer 2011, Summer 2012

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SPAN 6729 - The Indicative      

This course studies the indicative mood in Spanish verb structure and its relation to other moods of the verbal system. It gives special attention to the reflexive use in order to develop the student's proficiency in this aspect of the Spanish language. One of the goals for this course is to improve the use of such linguistic forms in different contexts and situations by practicing effective communication. The course will combine descriptive presentations by the professor with active participation and exercises by students. (1 unit).

Required text: Electronic material provided at Middlebury. Linguistics

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6742 - Classic Works of Spanish Lit      

Classical Works of Spanish Literature

During the Middle Ages the world was a reflection of the will of God, a design of the Providence that did not admit the possibility of change. Each element of this social order had to humbly its place in the world. Rebelling against the financial, sexual, political status quo, was deemed a criticism of the perfection of the divine creation. Immobilism was, therefore, absolute. It wasn’t until the Renaissance that such a state of affairs was questioned. In Spain, in 1499, a converted Jew (converso) wrote a book that will open the door to a different view of human demeanor in society, its understanding and interpretation of the inherited world and prompted the debate of the relationship between knowledge and experience. It was an enormous change, with fundamental implications in order to understand the subsequent course of History. The book in called Celestina and its author, Fernando de Rojas. From this moment on, literature took a different path from the one it had followed until then, and blossomed into what has been called the Golden Age of Spanish literature. In the course, Obras clasicas de la literature española, we will read and discuss the most famous texts of Classical Spanish literature. This will be done through a reading of the text in depth, but nevertheless adapting the classical text to our present sensitivity. In addition this course will help to better understand the language and history of Spain. (1 unit).

Required texts: Fernando de Rojas, La Celestina, ed. Patricia S. Finch (Newark: Delaware: Cervantes&CO., Juan de la Cuesta) (ISBN 1-58977-011-0); Lazarillo de Tormes, ed. Francisco Rico (Madrid: Cátedra) (ISBN 978-84-376-0660-6); Calderon de la Barca, La vida es sueño, ed. Ciriaco Moron (Madrid: Catedra); also electronic material provided at Middlebury. Literature

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6743 - Avant-Garde Arts & Lit in Arg      

Avant-garde Arts & lit in Argentina (1920-1930)

Three-week course, first session

In the decade of 1920-30, the ideas of the European avant-garde were redefined for the Latin American environment by painters working mostly in Buenos Aires, at the time one of the most cosmopolitan and modern cities in the continent. In this course we will study the process beginning with the works of Xul Solar and Pettoruti, its most radical proponents, continue with artists such as Alfredo Guttero, and the Grupo de París, and up to and including the introduction of surrealism and abstraction by painters like Antonio Berni and Juan Del Prete. The course will place this development within the framework of artistic nationalism and social art prevalent at the time. (.5 unit)

Required reading will be provided by the Professor upon arrival.
Patricia M. Artundo, “Buenos Aires 1921-1933: modernidad y vanguardia”. En María Dolores Jiménez-Blanco y Pablo Jiménez Burillo, Capitales del arte moderno, Madrid, Instituto de Cultura – Fundación Mapfre, 2007, p. 241-275. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2011

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SPAN 6745 - Readings Cont Mex &Arg Theatre      

From the Rio Grande to the Rive Plate: Readings in Contemporary Mexican & Argentine Theatres

The main goal of this course devoted to Spanish American contemporary theatre is to pursue a comparative study of the historical, political, cultural, and artistic trajectories followed by Mexican and Argentine theatres during the 20th- and 21st-centuries. The course will center on the examination of the two most distinguished and prolific theatrical expressions of Spanish American theatre—those of Mexico and Argentina—with the purpose of exploring the factors and trends that have determined their respective developments. The course will be divided into four segments: 1) Introduction to Spanish American theatre; 2) Examination of selected works of contemporary Mexican theatre focusing on historical and social theatre (i.e. Usigli, Carballido, Garro); 3) Examination of selected works of contemporary Argentine theatre centering on its relation the country’s political history (i.e. Gambaro, Pavlovsky, Cossa); 4) A comparative discussion of the elements that have shaped the respective evolutions of Mexican and Argentine theatre. (1 unit)

Required texts: Stuart Day ed., Las fronteras míticas del teatro mexicano: Sabina Berman, Entre Villa y una mujer desnuda. Vicente Leñero, Todos somos Marcos. Víctor Hugo Rascón Banda, La mujer que cayó del cielo (LATR Books, University of Kansas, Colección Antología Frank Dauster No. 2); Rosario Castellanos, El eterno femenino (Mexico: Fondo de Cultura Económica 1992 or most recent); 9 dramaturgos hispanoamericanos: Antología de teatro hispanoamericano del siglo XX: Tomo III (Yo también hablo de la rosa), eds. Frank Dauster, Leon Lyday & George Woodyard (Ottawa: Girol Books2nd ed., 1983 or most recent); Roberto Cossa, La nona (Buenos Aires: Corregidor 2006 or most recent). Literature

Summer 2011

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SPAN 6748 - The Mexican Muralists      

Three-week course, first session

Mural painting has a long and influential place in the history of Mexican art. This course will concentrate on the initial period of the movement through the works of Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José C. Orozco, and Rodolfo Montenegro. We will study the technical aspects of mural painting and the didactic applications of the works themselves. The course will place the works of the muralists and other artists, craft people and teachers in the context of the larger project of rebuilding the country after the Mexican Revolution. (.5 unit)

Required reading will be provided by the Professor upon arrival. Rida Eder, “Muralismo mexicano: modernidad e identidad cultural”, en: Maria de Moraes Belluzzo (organizadora), Modernidade: vanguardas artísticas na América Latina (Editora Unesp, 1990, p. 99-120).

Recommended reading will be available in the Middlebury College Library: El nacionalismo y el arte mexicano: (IX Coloquio de Historia del Arte) (Mexico, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1986). Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2011

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SPAN 6756 - Contemp Mexican Short Story      

Contemporary Mexican Short Story
*Three-week course, second session*

Through a selection of relevant stories —some of the "classics" in the second half of the 20th-century— students will get acquainted with the most important features in contemporary Mexican short story. The course will also cover recent stories by younger writers. The brevity of the stories will allow us to analyze and interpret them with detail. (.5 unit)

Required text: Electronic material provided at Middlebury. Literature

Summer 2012

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SPAN 6757 - Revolution Populism...20C LA      

Revolution, Populism and Mourning in 20th Century Latin America

The history of Latin America in the 20th-Century is marked by the experience of revolutions and social movements that built a mythology rooted in popular culture and sedimented in the collective memory of nations. From the Mexican Revolution to the Cuban Revolution, from Peronism and the Varguismo to the Sandinistas and Chavismo, the region's cultural history is incomprehensible without the landmarks and heroes of revolutionary nationalism. The literature, in all genres, has played a central role in the construction of these national narratives. The strength of popular representations in this process has engaged other forms of popular culture, film, corridos, tango, waltz, son, trova, and other Latin American music genres, as well as graphic and street art. The purpose of this course is to reconstruct the processes of grief that accompanied some of these revolutions and social movements of the 20th-Century in Latin America, through literature and other forms of popular culture. Our goal is for students to become familiar with texts and documents from the history of Latin American culture that have helped shape the collective memory of various generations. (1 unit)

This course is cross-listed with Literature. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2013

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SPAN 6758 - Contemp Span Am Short Story      

Contemporary Spanish American Short Story

Three-Week course, second session.

This course will analyze with special attention short forms of narrative (short story as genre in its current forms), poetics, themes, and aesthetics of a literature that inherits and at the same time breaks with the tradition of the “nueva novela” from the 1960s. It will use some of the texts by Roberto Bolaño, Mario Bellatín, Ena Lucía Portela, Cristina Rivera Garza, Rodrigo Fresán, Jorge Volpi, Alberto Fuguet, Patricia Suárez, and others, studying the "new sensibility" produced in the historical framework of the new millennium. (.5 unit)

Required Text: Electronic material provided at Middlebury. Literature

Summer 2011, Summer 2012

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SPAN 6768 - Latin American Women Writers      

Three-week course, second session

This is a course on women writers from Spanish America. A question would be established from the beginning: Is there a "feminine literature"? Several texts, by the most representative writers of the 19th and 20th-centuries, have been chosen to answer that question. As an important antecedent, we would also look at the work by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, a leading figure of literature written in Spanish, in a male-dominated context, who was the most important intellectual of the 17th-century. Departing from Sor Juana, we would trace various “feminine” marks in the writing of later authors, noting the sociocultural context in which they appear. Such marks will allow us to answer that initial question. (.5 unit)

Required text: Electronic material provided at Middlebury. Literature

Summer 2012

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SPAN 6769 - Reading of Span & LA Poetry      

A Close Reading of Spanish and Latin American Poetry

The course will center on a textual explanation of poems ranging from the Middle Ages to Contemporary poetry. Each poem will be looked into with a fine comb, analyzing each line, word by word, in order to establish and reinforce a given theory or manner of explaining the text in question, based on the biography of the author, the times in which he/she lived, and the way language functions in the poem. Above all, language will be the primary force to be studied, the way it conveys, hides, enriches the text or demolishes itself, and/or its historical period. We will look into poems by such diverse authors as Lope de Vega, Góngora, Juan Ramón Jiménez, San Juan de la Cruz, some Spanish Romances, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Darío, López Velarde, Vallejo, Neruda, Armando Uribe, Marosa Di Giorgio, Coral Bracho, among others. (1 unit)

Required text: Course materials will be available at Middlebury. Literature

Summer 2011

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SPAN 6778 - Cinematic Genres Hispanic Cine      

Cinematic Genres in Hispanic Cinema

In this class, we will study the development of cinematic genres in transnational Hispanic cinema and how the esthetic and narrative repetitions they employ have evolved due to the development of international filmmaking techniques, national ideology, and business models that financially determine the final product. Among the genres selected for the class, we will study melodramas such as Aventurera and El hijo de la novia, musicals such as El día que me quieras, Angelitos negros, and Chico y Rita, Catholic narratives such as Marcelino pan y vino and Camino, and horror films such as Santo contra las mujeres vampiro and Juan of the Dead. Genre cinema is often associated with conservative corporate structures, however, we will also analyze some samples of avant-garde films that twist genre conventions for political purposes, such as Luis Buñuel’s Los olvidados, Humberto Solás’ Lucía, and Fernando Solanas’ Tangos: El exilio de Gardel.
(1 unit)

Required text: Pablo Migliozzi, Tango (ISBN 978-84-8443-864-9) (Colección Marca America Latina). Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2013

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SPAN 6795 - Second Language Acquisition      

This course is an introduction to the field of Second Language Acquisition and its pedagogical applications in the Spanish-language classroom. The course will be structured around the topic of second language learning theories and will focus on the psychological and linguistic challenges of learning and teaching Spanish. By the end of the course students will have a working knowledge of theory and research that explains how a second language is acquired. (1 unit)

Required text: Kim Griffin, Lingüística aplicada a la enseñanza del español como 2/L. 2a ed. (Arco Libros, 2011); other materials provided electronically at Middlebury.

This course is cross-listed with Language/Linguistics. Linguistics Pedagogy

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6796 - Teaching Language Methodology      

In this courses students will become familiar with the current trends in foreign-language teaching and connect their own experience as language learners and language teachers with the concepts and ideas encountered in the readings. Through personal and group reflections and discussions, students will develop a vision for improving the teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language. By the end of the course, students will be able to critically evaluate existing teaching practices and materials based on their understanding of theory and research in second language acquisition and develop teaching materials for the classroom. (1 unit)

Required text: Electronic material provided at Middlebury. Pedagogy

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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The Spanish School
Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
F: 802.443.2075

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

6-week Program
Audrey LaRock, Coordinator
P: 802.443.5539
larock@middlebury.edu

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