Middlebury Language Schools


Robert Davis

Associate Director

Phone: work802.443.5538

Robert L. Davis is Professor of Spanish and the Director of Language Instruction in the Department of Romance Languages, University of Oregon. He teaches courses in Spanish language and linguistics and teaching methodology. His interests include language pedagogy and materials development, in particular the development of language skills within content-based instruction. He has co-authored two introductory textbooks on the language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world--Entrevistas (McGraw Hill, 2004) and Portafolio (McGraw-Hill, 2008), an advanced oral skills textbook (Tertulia, ITP, 2001)--and articles on language pedagogy, materials development, and language program direction. He was also lead pedagogical consultant for Spanish in the development of the 3D virtual world in Middlebury Interactive Languages, an online learning environment.



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SPAN 3410S - Spanish Phonetics      


In this class, the students will learn basic linguistic tools to analyze the phonetic and phonological systems of Spanish. Topics include the phonetic alphabet, syllabification, and thorough review of Spanish spelling system and accent marks. Students will use these linguistic tools to diagnose and correct possible deficiencies in the pronunciation of Spanish that give the student a non-normative accent. We will also study the range of regional and social accents and dialects of Spanish. This contextualization of phonetics within the geographical and social realities of the Spanish-speaking world make this class a perfect complement to the study of the cultures and literatures that are the core of the humanities-oriented curriculum.

Required Text: Morgan, Terrell (2010) Sonidos en contexto. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300149593

Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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SPAN 3436S - Dialects of Spanish      


Spanish is the official language of Spain and over twenty American countries, and it is the de facto second language of the United States. But even those with a superficial knowledge of Spanish know that there are vast geographical and social differences in the language. In this class we will explore variation in the Spanish language, focusing on the historical sources of modern-day dialects, the lexical and grammatical features that distinguish them, the social factors that determine current usage, and the future of the language in the different contexts where it is used.

Required Text: Alvar, Manuel (2007). Introducción al español americano. Madrid: Arco Libros. ISBN 978-84-7635-696-8

Summer 2011

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