Pablo Oliva
Office
McCone Building M111
Tel
(831) 647-4173
Email
poliva@middlebury.edu

Pablo M. Oliva is an Associate Professor and Program Chair in the Language Studies Department (LS) and has more than 20 years of experience in second language acquisition and teaching. His expertise includes consulting work in private companies in Argentina, as well as teaching languages at all levels at public and private educational institutions. Dr. Oliva came to Monterey from Argentina in June 2006 to teach during the Summer Intensive Language Program and was subsequently asked to join the Institute’s Spanish faculty.
 
Dr. Oliva is a proponent of the Institute’s signature pedagogy of “CBI” (Content-Based Instruction), integrating relevant content (international policy, environment, human rights) with the teaching of second language skills. His international experience includes six years teaching Spanish as a Second Language and EFL in Argentina and two years in Spain teaching summer school for prospective Spanish practitioners at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has also taught at Empire State College in New York and California State University, Monterey Bay. In addition to teaching classes, Oliva coordinates the Institute’s Spanish courses and served as coordinator of the Summer Intensive Language Program until 2016. In 2009, he received the Institute’s award for excellence in teaching and the Allan Griffin Award for excellence in teaching at the graduate level.

Courses Taught

Course Description

Human Trafficking in Latin America
The objective of this course is to provide students with a holistic comprehension of sex trafficking as one of the most complex problems with numerous contributing factors mainly rooted in intersecting inequalities. In this class, we will focus largely on the Spanish speaking countries and students will have weekly readings, research and class discussions. We will examine the dynamics of sex trafficking, its causes and effects, prevalence, types of trafficking and methods of traffickers, the role of international communities, and grassroots efforts to prevent and respond to sex trafficking. This course will also facilitate interpretive, interpersonal and presentational skills development of Spanish Language at the mid/upper intermediate level. It will also aim at communication, the development of critical thinking, communication, and civic engagement. Open to students with any appropriate level of Spanish language proficiency. Contact Angie Quesenberry (aquesenb@middlebury.edu) for access to proficiency test.

Terms Taught

Spring 2022, MIIS courses in College Term

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Course Description

This course is an intermediate level class designed to strengthen language skills and the development of cultural competence. This course will emphasize communication and seeks to develop different skills in: conversation, reading comprehension, listening comprehension and writing in appropriate contexts. The course also seeks to develop cultural competence in second language acquisition.

Terms Taught

Fall 2022 - MIIS

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Course Description

The Spanish Language and Culture II course provides a panoramic view of some of the most relevant aspects of the language, culture and society of the Spanish-speaking world, particularly Latin America. The course provides a space for participants to effectively develop their Spanish communication capacity at a high intermediate level. The course is designed for graduate students of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey interested in deepening their knowledge of the Spanish language and some social and political aspects of Latin American society in order to be able to apply them in their personal and professional field.

Terms Taught

Spring 2022 - MIIS

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Course Description

The objective of this course is to provide students with a holistic comprehension of sex trafficking as one of the most complex problems with numerous contributing factors mainly rooted in intersecting inequalities. In this class, we will focus largely on the Spanish speaking countries and students will have weekly readings, research and class discussions. We will examine the dynamics of sex trafficking, its causes and effects, prevalence, types of trafficking and methods of traffickers, the role of international communities, and grassroots efforts to prevent and respond to sex trafficking. This course will also facilitate interpretive, interpersonal and presentational skills development of Spanish Language at the mid/upper intermediate level. It will also aim at communication, the development of critical thinking, communication, and civic engagement.

Terms Taught

Spring 2022 - MIIS

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Course Description

This is a content-based, learner-centered class designed to provide students with ample opportunities to develop and practice their language skills in high intermediate/advanced level. This course will focus on communication in meaningful contexts related to the different challenges in the social, political and economic life in Latin America

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Terms Taught

Fall 2021 - MIIS

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Course Description

Peace Education for the 21st Century

The objective of this course is to discuss and generate ideas on how peace education awareness can be created and purported. In this course, we will examine the dynamics of a few approaches to peace education based on the learner’s thinking about the concept of peace in different contexts. This course will also facilitate interpretive, interpersonal and presentational skills development of Spanish Language at the upper intermediate level. It will also aim at communication, the development of critical thinking, communication, and civic engagement.

Terms Taught

Fall 2022 - MIIS

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Course Description

In this course, we will discuss the relationship between human rights and different issues of identity, gender and inclusion. The course will also attempt to analyze this relationship through public policies and different agents of change.

Terms Taught

Spring 2021 - MIIS

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Areas of Interest

Content-based Instruction (CBI), (CLIL), Latin American Politics, Learner motivation in L2 and autonomy, curriculum design and scaffolding in CBI/CLIL, testing, distance/ hybrid Learning. Spanish linguistics. Recent research has focused on heritage speakers(Code-Switching) and languages in contact.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Foreign Languages Education (Spanish), with a Concentration in Applied Linguistics, Universidad de Granada, Granada Spain, 2016
  • MA in Educational Leadership & Linguistics, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, 2000
  • BA in English as a Foreign Language and Linguistics, Universidad Nacional Entre Ríos, Argentina, 1990

Professor Oliva has been teaching at the Institute since 2006.

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