Joseph Casillas was born in Phoenix, Arizona and has lived in Washington State and Cádiz, Spain. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Western Washington University and his M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College. Joseph is currently pursuing his PhD in Linguistics at the University of Arizona where he also teaches Spanish and Linguistics in the Spanish and Portuguese Department. His main interests are centered on second language speech learning & bilingualism. Specifically, he investigates native phonetic experience and its influence on L2 speech production, perception and lexical processing. He is also interested in how dialectal variation affects linguistic attitudes. After spending time in both the Spanish School and the French school, Joseph is excited to be back in the Spanish School for his eighth summer at Middlebury.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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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 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools