Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Gabriel Guillén

Assistant Professor

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, connecting Spanish and English learners in the county of Monterey (Soledad and Salinas). 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.


Gabriel is passionate about genuine social impact, language learning in the community, 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. 

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.


Guillén, G., T. Sawin & Springer, S. (2018). The Lingo of Language Learning Startups: Congruency between Claims, Affordances, and SLA Theory. In S. Link & J. Li (Eds.) Assessment Across Online Language Education. CALICO BOOK Series. 

Guillén, G. & Blake R. (2017). Can you repeat, please? L2 complexity, awareness, and fluency development in the hybrid “classroom”. In: Sanz-Sánchez, I, Rivera-Mills, S V and Morin, R. (eds.) Online Language Teaching Research: Pedagogical, Academic and Institutional Issues. Pp. 55–77. TBC: Trysting Tree Books. 

Guillén, G. (2017). La represión del deseo en el cine cubano: los antihéroes sexuales de Memorias del subdesarrollo, Cecilia y Fresa y Chocolate. Ética & Cine Journal. Forthcoming 

Guillén, G. (2016). Intercultural Exchanges Assessment: Heating the Warm Little Pond. In J.  Dai (Ed.), Innovative Pedagogy and Ecological Perspective (161-173). Taipei: Sharing Publisher.

Guillén, G. (2015). Awareness and Corrective Feedback in Social CALL, Tandems, and E-Tandems. IALLT Journal of Language Learning Technologies, 44(2) 1-42. 

Guillén, G. (2015). Review of Language MOOCS: Providing Learning, Transcending Boundaries. Language Learning & Technology 19(3) 61-64.

Blake, R., G. Guillén & Bradley, T. (2014). iCultura: Multimedia Textbook for the Intermediate Level in Spanish. Davis, CA: University of California, Davis. 

Course List

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SPLA 8200 - Intermediate Spanish I      

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SPLA 8201 - Intermediate Spanish I      

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SPLA 8243 - Spanish in the Community      

Each Friday, we will travel to a neighboring community and interact with English learners who are speakers of Spanish. Through a sequence of reflections, language tasks, and projects, students will develop language skills, intercultural competence, and learning autonomy.

Fall 2016 - MIIS, Spring 2017 - MIIS, Fall 2017 - MIIS, Spring 2018 - MIIS

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SPLA 8250 - Intermediate Spanish II      

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SPLA 8251 - Intermediate Spanish II      

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SPLA 8280 - Intermediate Spanish III      

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SPLA 8281 - Intermediate Spanish III      

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SPLA 8315 - Spanish Current Events      

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

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SPLA 8354 - Spanish 5th Estate      

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 2016 - MIIS, Fall 2017 - MIIS

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SPLA 8372 - SpanishSocialEntrepreneurship      

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 2017 - MIIS, Spring 2018 - MIIS

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