Middlebury Language Schools

Bibiana Diaz

Faculty

 

Dr. Bibiana Díaz, originally from Colombia, completed her PhD with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Irvine, with a specialization in Latin American literature and theater, and an emphasis in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She has taught language, literature, theater and culture courses at UC Irvine, Chapman University and California State University, Fullerton. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Spanish for the Department of World Languages and Literatures at California State University, San Bernardino. At this institution, she is also the director of the student theater group Acto Latino: Teatro Universitario en Español. Her research on Colombian fiction and theater, focuses on issues of gender, homosexuality, social discrimination, human rights violations and violence, addressing, specifically, how particular works have been instrumental in re-defining the margins, and questioning the hegemonic notion of national identity. She also has written on Latin American queer literature and Theater. She has presented papers for the American Comparative Literature Association, the Latin American Studies Association, the LAGO Conference, the UCI Mexican Conference, the Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies (PCCLAS), and at international conferences in Cádiz, Spain, and Río de Janeiro, Brazil. In addition to her research and teaching, she is also a member of the editorial board for the journal Gestos, Revista de teoría y práctica de teatro hispánico.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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SPAN 3103 - Beginning Writing      

This course is designed to develop writing skills through a process approach that includes strategies and techniques such as composing, revising, paraphrasing, editing, and using a bilingual dictionary. In connection with the cultural contents provided in other courses at the same level, students will produce writing of various kinds, such as messages, descriptions, comparisons, and brief narratives that integrate the content areas, tasks, and structures from the other courses in the program. (1 unit)

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3104 - Beginning Reading & Culture      

This course is designed to develop reading strategies by providing abundant opportunities to read a variety of authentic text types, such as newspapers and magazine articles, realia, and brief literary selections. In addition to expanding the vocabulary base, the topics presented will serve as a springboard for listening, speaking, and writing activities. The information presented in the readings will offer a broad foundation in Hispanic cultural knowledge. (1 unit)

Required text for Level 1: Ramos & Davis, Portafolio (McGraw Hill, 2008). This is a special package created for Middlebury College's Spanish School.

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 3203 - Inter Writing & Composition      

Intermediate Writing and Composition

In this class, students improve their written expression in Spanish by studying models of good writing in Spanish and producing a variety of text types; the course also serves as an introduction to academic writing. The language functions covered include past and future narration, extensive descriptions, comparisons, expressing opinions, and hypotheses. Students will expand on previous knowledge of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and integrate other content areas into their work. (1 unit)

Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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SPAN 3204 - Inter Culture & Civilization      

Intermediate Culture and Civilization

Students expand on existing knowledge of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world to arrive at a deeper understanding of the concepts of cultural identity and nation. Topics include traditions, customs, and artistic manifestations of culture from Spain and Latin America, as well as a basic outline of the history of these regions. Materials include extensive readings (literary and journalistic texts) and audiovisual sources (film). Class activities include in-class discussion, interviews with native speakers, and compositions. (1 unit)

Required texts for Level 2: Foerster, Lambright, & Alonso-Pino, Punto y Aparte, 4th edition (McGraw-Hill, 2011).

Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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The Spanish School
Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
F: 802.443.2075

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

6-week Program
Audrey LaRock, Coordinator
P: 802.443.5539
larock@middlebury.edu

7-week Program
Holly Stark, Coordinator
P: 802.443.5538
spanishschool@middlebury.edu