Assistant Professor; Summer Intensive Spanish Program Coordinator
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.
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 level. Each week, students will travel to a neighboring community and interact with language learners who are speakers of their target language. Through a sequence of tasks and projects, learners will build community, develop intercultural competence, learning autonomy, oral proficiency, and language confidence. Simultaneously, students will work on language needs for the workplace such as job interviews, resume building, professional emails, digital identity, and networking in Latin America and/or Spain.
Spring 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 2018 - MIIS, Spring 2019 - MIIS
This course will facilitate interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational skills development in Spanish at the upper intermediate level. Learners will watch, analyze, and discuss TED talks in Spanish, while working on a personal and professional story of their own.
Fall 2018 - MIIS
This course will facilitate interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational skills development in Spanish at the advanced level. Learners will explore traditional media, trending topics, and fake news, peeling the Spanish cultural onion. A weekly publication in our own site (OndaGlobal.org) will help develop transnational awareness, critical thinking, and persuasion skills in Spanish.
Fall 2018 - MIIS
Each Friday, you will travel to Salinas and interact with Salinas Adult School ESL learners who are speakers of Spanish. Through a sequence of online and onsite activities, you will collaborate with community members and develop language awareness, language confidence and language proficiency; problem posing and problem solving skills in Spanish; interpersonal and intercultural competence; and learning autonomy. This course will meet two days a week and you will be required to work on Spanish assignments on a regular basis, meet with the course instructor, and submit a final deliverable (a solid blend of oral and written work).
Fall 2018 - MIIS
This course allows learner to develop intercultural communicative competence in Spanish. Each Friday, students will travel to Salinas and interact with English learners who are speakers of their target language. Through a sequence of tasks and projects, learners will develop language skills, creativity, critical thinking, community awareness, intercultural competence, language confidence, and learning autonomy.
Fall 2017 - MIIS, Spring 2018 - MIIS
This course will facilitate interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational skills development in Spanish at the advanced level. Discussion on topics related to contemporary trends and current events in the Hispanic world will be combined with audiovisual and news analysis, within a project-based framework.
Fall 2017 - MIIS
This course will explore both traditional and social media in the Hispanic world, paying attention to “glocal” voices and events. News, debates, social media analysis, and a weekly publication will help develop transnational awareness and critical thinking in Spanish.
Fall 2017 - 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.