Middlebury Language Schools


Emily Colbert Cairns received her BA in Spanish and Mathematics from Hamilton College and is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Irvine.  Her dissertation is entitled "The Other Sephardic Diaspora: Feminine Representations of Sephardic Identity in the Early Modern Atlantic World."  She has taught Spanish language and composition courses at UCI and will begin as an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Salve Regina University in the Fall.



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SPAN 3151 - High Beginning Span in Context      

High Beginning Spanish in Context

Designed for students with some previous study of Spanish, experience in a Spanish-speaking country, or study of another Romance language, this course builds on and rapidly expands control of basic grammatical structures and vocabulary. Students consolidate their ability to negotiate basic survival situations in the target-language cultures, and prepare themselves for continued study of the language. New language functions will be presented in meaningful activities that emphasize speaking and listening, and that prepare the student for the reading and writing activities of the other High Beginner courses. Cultural knowledge that will build a deeper understanding of how Spanish-speaking peoples communicate is a crucial component of the course content. This course meets two hours a day. (1 unit)

Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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