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 (Recicle.org), 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 offered in the past two years.
- Current term ●
- Upcoming term(s) ○
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 2019 - MIIS, Fall 2019 - MIIS, Spring 2020 - MIIS
This course will facilitate interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational skills development in Spanish at the advanced low/mid level. You will watch, analyze, and discuss TED talks in Spanish, while working on a personal and/or professional story of your own.
Fall 2019 - MIIS, MIIS First Half of Term
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 advanced mid/high level.
Fall 2019 - MIIS, MIIS Second Half of Term
This course will facilitate interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational skills development in Spanish at the advanced high/superior level. You will explore traditional media, trending topics, and fake news in the Spanish speaking world and in your area of expertise. A weekly publication in our own site (OndaGlobal.org) and a final project will help you develop transnational awareness, critical thinking, and persuasion skills in Spanish.
Fall 2019 - MIIS
This course explores social innovation theories and cases in Latin America and Spain and provides a space for developing interpretive, interpersonal, intercultural, and presentational skills in Spanish. This is accomplished through discussions, research in the target language, interviews, creativity exercises, elevator pitches, presentations, and a final project related to a social need in the student's area of interest.
Spring 2019 - MIIS
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.
- 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.