José Gómez Asencio


José J. Gómez Asencio, from Spain, received his doctorate from the Universidad de Salamanca (1980). He is a Full Professor in Lengua Española at the Universidad de Salamanca since 1989. He has been, at the same institution, Director of Cursos Internacionales (1992-1995), Director of the MA degree La enseñanza de español como lengua extranjera (1996-2004), Vicerrector de Profesorado y Organización Académica (Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs) (2007-2009), and Rector (Chancellor) (2009).

He has delivered lectures, courses, and seminars on a wide range of topics within the following research fields in many universities (Alicante, Amberes, Autónoma de Madrid, Barcelona, Bolonia, Complutense de Madrid, Cádiz, Córdoba, Évora, Extremadura, Gerona, Graduate Center of City University of New York, Granada, Heidelberg, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, La Laguna, León, Málaga, Milán, Murcia, New York University, Oviedo, París-XIII, Porto, Sevilla, Santiago de Compostela, UIMP, Valencia, Valladolid, Washington in St. Louis, Zaragoza; and in the Cervantes Institutes in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Istambul, El Cairo, Munich and Tokyo): acquisition and teaching Spanish as a foreign language; synchronic Syntax of standard Spanish; historiography of grammatical and linguistic ideas in Spain; synchronic Spanish phonetics and phonology. He worked for Middlebury's Spanish School in 1983-1988, 1992, 1996, and 2010-2015.

He has published books and articles on the above-mentioned topics, including: Gramática y categorías verbales en la tradición española (1771-1847) (1981), Temas de gramática española (1982), Subclases de palabras en la tradición española (1771-1847) (1985), El subjuntivo. Valores y usos (1986), Viaje al español (1992), Aspectos de sintaxis del español (2000), Antiguas gramáticas del castellano (2001); Nebrija vive (2006), El castellano y su codificación gramatical. Vol. I: De 1492 (A. de Nebrija) a 1611 (John Sanford) (2006), Vol. II: De 1614 (Jiménez Patón) a 1697 (Francisco Sobrino) (2008), Vol. III: De 1700 a 1835 (2011), La economía de la enseñanza de español como lengua extranjera (2009), Hablamos español (2010), Los principios de las gramáticas académicas (1771-1962) (2011), Gramática de referencia de español para italófonos (2013) and Procedimientos de conexión discursiva en español: adquisición y aprendizaje (2014).



Course List: 

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SPAN6502 - 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. Language & Stylistics

Summer 2013, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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SPAN6503 - Intro to Hispanic Linguistics      

Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

This course is offered as a regular class instead of 6502 for students with high level in the placement exam. It will serve as an introduction to the basic concepts of Hispanic linguistics in order to provide a better understanding of the linguistic courses along the mastery. This class covers several topics relative to different areas of the discipline: phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, historical linguistics (Spanish language changes), the Spanish linguistic variation, and sociolinguistic issues. 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: José Ignacio Hualde, Introducción a la Lingüística Hispánica (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2ª ed. 2010) (ISBN: 978-0521513982). Language & Stylistics

Summer 2013

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SPAN6715 - 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 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools

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SPAN6729 - 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 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools

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7-week Program
Holly Stark, Coordinator
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Graduate Program
Audrey LaRock, Coordinator

P: 802.443.5539