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

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

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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Course Description

This course will facilitate interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational skills development in Spanish at the intermediate level. Students will work on projects and materials related to the past and present of Latin America, beyond geopolitical borders.

Terms Taught

Fall 2020 - 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 2020 - MIIS

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Course Description

Population & Environment in Latin America

The objective of this course is to explore the rich diversity of peoples and cultures in Latin America. It will also highlight on the different challenges that these groups may experience when dealing with environmental issues. Students will be given a chance to work on projects related to the topics dealt in the course as well as their professional interests. This course will also facilitate interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational skills development of Spanish Language at the low- advanced level. It will also aim at communication and the development of critical thinking.

Terms Taught

Spring 2020 - 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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