Pablo Oliva

Assistant Professor, Summer Intensive Spanish Language Coordinator

I have a passion for languages and developing instructional materials to enhance students’ language abilities in different contexts.

As a teacher, I most enjoy discovering ways to integrate content that is relevant and interesting to the students and using the target language as a vehicle to teach. As an undergraduate, I used to teach in Argentina to students in elementary, middle and high school levels. I emigrated from Argentina to the United States in order to start graduate school and I have had the opportunity to teach at all levels and age groups. At the institute, I have been Spanish courses through Content-Based Instruction and distance learning since 2006.

I am passionate about teaching, and I am a firm believer that I learn something from my students every day. I felt honored to be the recipient of the “Excellence Teaching Award” and the “Allan Griffin Award” (2009)

My research interests span cultural studies, second /foreign language acquisition, distance learning.

Expertise

Second language acquisition, Content and language integration, curriculum design, autonomy and motivation in L2 learning, Latin American culture and society 

Education

Ph.D., candidate at the University of Granada, Spain.

DEA (Diploma Estudios Avanzados) University of Nebrija, Spain

M.A., Educational Leadership, East Carolina University

BA. Instituto Nacional Superior del Profesorado: University of Entre Rios, Argentina

Course List

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SPLA 8232 - Topics in the Hispanic World I      

It is an intermediate course that establishes vocabulary and grammar as the foundation of the well-balanced development of listening, speaking, reading and writing. At the same time, the incorporation of vocabulary and grammar within the readings allows students to see grammar and vocabulary as part of the content.

Spring 2012 - MIIS

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SPLA 8262 - Communication and Society      

Spring 2012 - MIIS

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SPLA 8280 - Intermediate Spanish III      

Summer 2014 Language Programs

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SPLA 8281 - Intermediate Spanish III      

Summer 2014 Language Programs

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SPLA 8282 - Explorng Hispanic Countries II      

Fall 2011 - 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 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - 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.

Spring 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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SPLA 8353 - Advanced Conversation/Politics      

Spring 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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SPLA 8374 - Currnt Evnts in Hispanic World      

La clase de acontecimientos de actualidad en el mundo hispano estará enfocada en temas de política y sociedad. El estudiante trabajará con bibliografía adecuada como lecturas de carácter autentico, películas y noticias de diferentes medios de comunicación. Este curso le permitirá al estudiante desarrollar su destreza lingüística y entender temas de contenido que han dado forma a la sociedad en la actualidad.

Spring 2011 - MIIS

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SPLA 8384 - Culture & Conflict in Latin Am      

Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS, Fall 2013 - MIIS

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SPLA 8386 - Spanish for Interns      

Este curso ha sido pensado para estudiantes que deseen trabajar en un país de habla hispana y se concentren en el mejoramiento de destrezas lingüísticas. Para acceder al mismo es conveniente asistir a la sesión programada el día 15 de diciembre del 2010 de 10 a 4 de la tarde en Casa Fuente 434.

Spring 2011 - MIIS, Summer 2011 - MIIS, Spring 2012 - MIIS, Spring 2013 - MIIS, Summer 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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SPLA 8486 - Spanish for Interns      

Este curso ha sido pensado para estudiantes que deseen trabajar en un país de habla hispana y se concentren en el mejoramiento de destrezas lingüísticas. Para acceder al mismo es conveniente asistir a la sesión programada el día 15 de diciembre del 2010 de 10 a 4 de la tarde en Casa Fuente 434.

Spring 2011 - MIIS, Summer 2011 - MIIS, Spring 2012 - MIIS, Summer 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS, Summer 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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SPLA 8490 - Spanish Pedagogical Grammar      

The objective of the course is to learn to apply advanced principles of grammar in order to attain power and sophistication when constructing sentences, as well as to demonstrate comprehension of syntax in controlling and bettering writing skills in Spanish. The course will also empower students to present and explain grammatical points to prospective students at different levels of competence. Research work will be based on experts in the field will also be commented on and discussed.

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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