Associate Professor

Gabriel Guillen
400 Pacific Street D207
(831) 647-3085

Gabriel is a seasoned practitioner and researcher in the field of language learning and technology. He created the first community of blogs dedicated to the interchange of languages, back in 2007, and recently founded Team Tandem (, connecting Spanish and English learners in the county of Monterey. His own doctoral dissertation centered on online intercultural exchanges and the use of language learning social networks in the context of hybrid language education. 

At MIIS Gabriel teaches content-based Spanish courses focusing on social entrepreneurship and the use of media in the Hispanic world. In the past, he has been a Frontier Market Scout, a recipient of the prestigious AECID Spanish Lectureship, a study abroad coordinator, a journal editor, a web developer, and a reporter who published more than 300 articles in Spanish. His teaching has been recognized with the Excellence in Teaching Year Award from the UC Davis Department of Spanish & Portuguese and the HOPE Award from the Southern Methodist University. He is an active member of the CALICO organization and regularly publishes about language learning in the Huffington Post. 

In 2020, he co-authored the third edition of Brave New Digital Classroom (Georgetown University Press), an overview on key concepts and challenges of teaching and learning languages with technology, with a new focus on social Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL).

Courses Taught

Courses offered in the past two years.

  • Current term
  • Upcoming term(s)

This Team Tandem course will be an opportunity for Spanish students to participate in an online exchange program, allowing them to develop intercultural communicative competence, learning autonomy, global citizenship skills, and proficiency at the intermediate high/advanced levels. Students will be collaborating with Spanish speakers in English and Spanish and work together on a relevant advocacy project.

Spring 2021 - MIIS, Fall 2021 - MIIS

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This Spanish course offers you a space to develop a professional digital project in Spanish, addressing an individual or collective need in your area of expertise. This project will allow you to develop research competence and critical digital fluency, while working on interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational skills in Spanish at the continuum of the advanced level.  

Fall 2021 - MIIS

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This Spanish course offers you a space to develop intercultural communicative competence and professional skills at the intermediate high/advanced low level. Each week, you will travel to a neighboring community and interact with English learners who are native speakers of Spanish. Through a sequence of tasks and projects, you will also build community, learning autonomy, and second language confidence. Finally, you will work on language needs for the workplace such as job interviews, resume building, professional correspondence, digital identity, and networking strategies.

Spring 2020 - MIIS

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Areas of Interest

Gabriel is passionate about genuine social impact, language learning in the community, general linguistics, social media, viral communication, international cinema, meaningful photography, and traveling with a purpose. As a practitioner, he is relentlessly willing to improve and develop spaces and resources for online and face-to-face second language learning, such as Onda Global and Recicle. For more information, please see his personal blog.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. Spanish Linguistics & SLA, University of California, Davis 
  • M.A. Applied Linguistics, Antonio de Nebrija University, Spain 
  • Certificate in Social Enterprise Management and Impact Investing, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey 

Professor Guillen has been teaching at the Institute since 2014.


  • Guillén, G., T. Sawin, & Avineri, N. (2020). Zooming out of the crisis: Language and human collaboration. Foreign Language Annals 53, 320– 328.
  • Blake. R. & Guillén, G. (2020). Brave New Digital Classroom. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.
  • Guillén, G. (2018) Aspiración rasgada: Representación del habla de la calle en el cine realista de España. Hispania 101(2), 267-277.
  • Guillén, G., T. Sawin & Springer, S. (2018). The Lingo of Language Learning Startups: Congruency between Claims, Affordances, and SLA Theory. In S. Link & J. Li (Eds.) Assessment Across Online Language Education (198-218). CALICO Book Series. Sheffield: Equinox Publishing.
  • Guillén, G. & Blake R. (2017). Can you repeat, please? L2 complexity, awareness, and fluency development in the hybrid “classroom”. In: Sanz-Sánchez, I, Rivera-Mills, S V and Morin, R. (eds.) Online Language Teaching Research: Pedagogical, Academic and Institutional Issues (55-77). Corvallis: Trysting Tree Books.
  • Guillén, G. (2017). La represión del deseo en el cine cubano. Ética & Cine Journal, 7(3) 51-56.
  • Guillén, G. (2016). Intercultural Exchanges Assessment: Heating the Warm Little Pond. In J.  Dai (Ed.), Innovative Pedagogy and Ecological Perspective (161-173). Taipei: Sharing Publisher.
  • Guillén, G. (2016). Awareness and Corrective Feedback in Social CALL, Tandems, and E-Tandems. IALLT Journal of Language Learning Technologies, 44(2) 1-42.
  • Guillén, G. (2016). ¿Revolución o Candy Crush? Una conversación con Duolingo. Huffington Post.
  • Guillén, G. (2015). Review of Language MOOCS: Providing Learning, Transcending Boundaries. Language Learning & Technology 19(3) 61-64.
  • Blake, R., G. Guillén & Bradley, T. iCultura (2014). Davis, CA: University of California, Davis. Multimedia textbook for Spanish learners at the intermediate level.
  • Guillén, G. (2014). Best Practices for an Online Spanish Course. The FLT MAG.
  • Guillén, G. (2014). Jaime Rosales, sin aditivos: “El arte no surge por consenso”. Huffington Post.
  • Guillén, G. (2014). La aplicación que nos quitará el trabajo (mecánico). Huffington Post.
  • Guillén, G. (2013). El ocio y el negocio de aprender una segunda lengua. Huffington Post.
  • Guillén, G. (2013). Tandem Learning, Autonomous Learning, and the Rise of Social Networks: An Interview with Gabriel Guillén. Brave New Digital Classroom. Washington, DC: Georgetown. 
  • Guillén, G. (2012). Multimedia lessons for Spanish learners at the novice level. Davis, CA: University of California, Davis.
  • More than 300 articles published in the Spanish media, since 2001.

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