Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Formerly the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Gabriel Guillén

Assistant Professor

I am passionate about (equal access to) second language learning, social entrepreneurship, web development, applied linguistics, world cinemas, and traveling with a purpose.

At MIIS, I am excited about the possibility of creating knowledge and projects with students and colleagues who are genuinely motivated to challenge the way we learn and live beyond physical borders. That and the happy hour on Fridays! ... In all seriousness, I am looking forward to join a learning community where students and faculty, theory and practice, seem to go hand in hand.  


My main area of expertise is second language development & technology. In particular, my dissertation focuses on Language Learning Social Networks (LLSNs) and the interchange of languages as part of the curriculum. In this field I like to see myself not only as a researcher but also as a practitioner, relentlessly willing to improve and develop spaces and resources for open online language learning. Other areas of research and professional experience include journalism, study abroad, and social entrepreneurship.

Recent Accomplishments

Excellence in Teaching Year Award from the UC Davis Department of Spanish & Portuguese. 2013-2014.

Coauthor of iCultura: Multimedia textbook for the intermediate level in Spanish. 2012-2014.

Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores (MAEC) & Asociación Española de Cooperación Internacional y Desarrollo (AECID) Lectureship at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX). 2008-2010. 

Previous Work

Associate Instructor (University of California, Davis): 2010-2014.

Visiting Lecturer (Southern Methodist University): 2008–2010. 

Coordinator for Student Affairs & Integration (Middlebury College in Spain): 2005–2008.

Online Project Manager (Cepal Formación, Spain): 2002–2004.

Journalist (Madrid, Spain): 1997-2007.                


Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics. Designated Emphasis on Second Language Acquisition. (University of California, Davis). 2010-2014.    

M.A. in Applied Linguistics for the Teaching of Spanish (University of Antonio de Nebrija, Spain). 2005-2008.

B.A. in Humanities (University of Carlos III, Spain). 1997-2001.


With Blake, R., Bradley, T., and Comins, D. (2014). iCultura: Multimedia textbook for the intermediate level in Spanish. University of California: Davis.

With Blake, R. Best Practices for an Online Spanish Course. The FLT Magazine. March 20, 2014.

La aplicación que nos quitará el trabajo (mecánico). Huffington Post.  November 2, 2013 http://www.huffingtonpost.es/gabriel-guillen/la-aplicacion-que-nos-quitara_b_4173508.html

El ocio y el negocio de aprender una segunda lengua: estira la red. Huffington Post. September 27, 2013 http://www.huffingtonpost.es/gabriel-guillen/el-ocio-y-el-negocio-de-aprender-lengua_b_3982667.html  

More than 300 articles published in newspapers, magazines, and digital publications (2000-2007). In the last months I have also submitted two articles for publication on peer reviewed journals.

Web projects 

http://www.blogs-exchange.com Community of blogs dedicated to the learning and interchange of languages

http://www.gacetahispanica.com Middlebury College & NYU in Spain academic journal 


Course List

Courses offered in the past four years.
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SPLA 8216 - Latin America & Its People      

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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SPLA 8262 - Communication and Society      

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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SPLA 8291 - EvolvngSoc-HispanicCountries      

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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SPLA 8310 - Hispanic Language & Culture I      

Covers Spanish grammatical structures and idioms, combining oral practice and a systematic study of vocabulary. Expression of ideas on discussion topics related to contemporary trends, current events and everyday life.

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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SPLA 8315 - CurntEvnts/ProjctsHispanicWrld      

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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SPLA 8320 - Contemp Language & Culture II      

Continuation of Language and Culture I, review of structures, idiomatic expressions, and features of Hispanic cultures of several regions and countries. Written exercises, frequent oral reports, discussions of current issues from authentic sources.

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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SPLA 8354 - Entreprenrship&Spanish5thState      

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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SPLA 8372 - SoclEntrprnrshpInHispanicWorld      

This course will explore the creation and characteristics of organizations that seek the fulfillment of social needs in the Hispanic world. Through readings, in-class discussions, presentations, and a final project, students will develop a better understanding of the topic (emprendedurismo social) while developing interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational skills in Spanish.

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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