Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

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.


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


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 8291 - EvolvngSoc-HispanicCountries      

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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SPLA 8292 - Topics in the HispanicWorld II      

Spring 2016 - 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 2015 - MIIS

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SPLA 8353 - Advanced Conversation/Politics      

Spring 2015 - MIIS, Spring 2016 - MIIS

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SPLA 8486 - Spanish for Interns      

Students who are doing an overseas internship may be able to earn language credits during their time in country. Please talk with your language Program Coordinator.

Summer 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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