Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

María Jesús Iglesias-Barca

Assistant Professor

Pursuing my passion for languages and foreign cultures, I studied English Philology at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia (Northwestern Spain) from which I received a “Licenciatura” (five-year degree) in 1991. I then decided to move to Oxford, U.K. in order to experience the British language and culture first hand; I worked as a translator for i-Tech Translations and tutored Spanish for University of Oxford’s St. Anne’s College. My interest in the study of language and grammar led me to immerse myself in a Master degree in Theoretical Linguistics at Reading University from where I graduated in 1993. Fruit of my research at Reading University was my Master’s dissertation on Romance languages. I was invited to present my thesis at the University of Oxford’s 4th International Conference on Galician Studies in 1994. Washington, D.C. metropolitan area was my next international adventure, where I taught Spanish and served as the Liaison Officer for Howard School of Continuing Education in Silver Spring, MD. Two years later, I was offered a position as a Lecturer in Spanish at Penn State University, PA, where I worked until my family and I decided to move and settle in California in 2001. Since then, I have enjoyed a wide variety of teaching experiences both privately and at various institutions: Monterey Peninsula College, Santa Catalina High School, the Panetta Institute, the Monterey County Herald, the International School of Monterey, All Saint’s Episcopal School, Custom Language Services at MIIS, and finally, here, at the GSTILE department of MIIS since 2012.

I feel privileged to be a part of this rich and multicultural environment, to work with supportive and inspiring colleagues, and to teach students that are passionate about finding the best solutions to the world’s problems.

My most recent research has dealt with the integration of technology in the classroom; exploring ways to improve and maximize my students’ language proficiency through digital debates and digital diaries. Most recently, I offered a workshop in collaboration with my colleague, Prof. Oliva, about content-based instruction methodology and curriculum design at the 2015 CLTA conference in Sacramento.


Theoretical linguistics, English and Spanish grammar and composition, curriculum design, Integrating content and language in the L2 curriculum, Culture and Society in the Hispanic World.


MA, Theoretical Linguistics, Reading University, Reading, United Kingdom.

BA, English Philology, University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

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