Manuel González de la Aleja Barberán, from Spain, earned his Ph.D. at the Universidad de Salamanca. He is currently a professor of American Literature and Culture and Spanish language in the University of Salamanca. Dr. González de la Aleja has taught Spanish language, culture and cinema in a variety of study abroad programs and in classes for professors specializing in Spanish as second language. He has been Academic Coordinator of the Penn State University, Georgetown University and Wake Forest University programs at the University of Salamanca. He has published books on American authors such as Truman Capote, Norman Mailer and Raymond Chandler and he has translated into Spanish several horror short stories by Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, Algernon Blackwood, Ambrose Bierce, etc. He most recent book is a study on the presence and role of American volunteers during the Spanish Civil War.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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SPAN6501 - Intro to Advanced SP Grammar
Introduction to Advanced Spanish 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 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools
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