Manuel González de la Aleja Barberán


 work(802) 443-5538
 Sunderland Language Center

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.



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SPAN 3301 - Adv Intermed SP:Comm in Contxt      

Advanced Intermed Spanish: Resources for Communication 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, ebook + SAM) (Cengage, 2013)1. Print Text + SAM
ISBN: 9781305523265 or eBook ISBN: 9781305443723 and SAM
ISBN: 9781111838010

Summer 2017 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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SPAN 6501 - 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 provided by the professors at Middlebury online in “Canvas”. Language & Stylistics

Summer 2014 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session, Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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School of Spanish
Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
Fax: 802.443.2075

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

7-week Program
Holly Stark, Coordinator
P: 802.443.5538

Graduate Program
Audrey LaRock, Coordinator

P: 802.443.5539