Middlebury Language Schools


Rafael Sánchez Sarmiento, from Spain, is a professor of Spanish as a Foreign Language. He works at "Máster Universitario en Profesor de Educación Secundaria, Obligatoria, Bachillerato, Formación Profesional y Enseñanza de Idiomas" (Universidad de Salamanca, Spain).

Professor Sánchez Sarmiento received his PhD from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) in Spanish Philology. He has taught at universities and other institutions of higher education in Spain, Italy, the UK, and Brazil.

Dr. Sánchez Sarmiento has published several articles on translation and more that one hundred articles on teaching Spanish as a Foreign / Second Language. He has collaborated with the Espasa-Calpe publishing house as “asesor didáctico” for  the Instituto Cervantes (Madrid).



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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 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012

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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: TBA.

Summer 2013

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