Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Pablo Oliva

Associate Professor

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., from 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      

This course is an intermediate level class designed to strengthen language skills and the development of cultural competence. This course will emphasize communication and seeks to develop different skills in: conversation, reading comprehension, listening comprehension and writing in appropriate contexts. The course also seeks to develop cultural competence in second language acquisition.

Fall 2016 - MIIS, Fall 2017 - MIIS

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SPLA 8292 - Topics in the HispanicWorld II      

This is a content-based, learner- centered course that aims at developing and enhancing the students' cultural competency and their language skills. This course will focus on authentic communication in contents related to students’ academic needs and interests. It will seek to develop and strengthen different skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

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

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SPLA 8353 - Advanced Conversation/Politics      

This is a content-based, learner-centered class designed to provide students with ample opportunities to develop and practice their language skills in high intermediate/advanced level. This course will focus on communication in meaningful contexts related to the different challenges in the social, political and economic life in Latin America


Spring 2016 - MIIS, Spring 2017 - 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.

Spring 2017 - MIIS

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