McGowan Building 200B
Assistant Professor, Language Studies
Professor Morera teaches courses such as Hispanic Language and Culture, Public Speaking and the Spanish-Speaking World in the 21st Century. His content-based courses focus on issues related to democracy, migration and human rights. In addition to teaching, he has extensive experience working as a free-lance translator and interpreter for the Costa Rican government, the U.S. Embassy and international organizations. He has also undertaken studies in diplomacy and has served as Minister Counselor for Cultural Affairs and Education of the Costa Rican Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Spanish-English translation, English and Spanish linguistics, Language and Translation Pedagogy
MA, Translation Spanish-English, MIIS
Certificate, Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages, MIIS
BA, English, University of Costa Rica
Courses offered in the past four years.
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▹ indicates offered in the upcoming term[s]
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 2010 - MIIS, Fall 2011 - MIIS
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 2013 - MIIS
SPLA 8370 - Span Speaking Wrld-21st Cent ▹
Based on authentic material from newspapers, magazines, cinema, internet resources, this course surveys briefly all the Spanish-speaking countries, including the United States. Students write brief essays, research and report on short items each week, and prepare a major presentation for a final project. Language study is based on student background.
Fall 2010 - MIIS, Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS, Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS
SPLA 8377 - Democracy/Governanc LatinAm I
This course introduces the students in gaining deeper understanding of the complexity of democracy and governance in Latin America. It explores key aspects related to the functioning of transitional democracies in the region. Through the study of materials containing complex lexical and syntactic aspects, students gain deeper insight into current debates about the myths and challenges faced by the region in consolidating democratic systems.
Spring 2012 - MIIS
SPLA 8435 - Prfsnl Pub Speakng in Spanish
This course seeks to develop key linguistic skills in Spanish to deliver informative and persuasive speeches on complex topics related mainly to political and social issues. Other public-speaking situations such as panels are also practiced as a means to cover a wider variety of public-speaking interventions that students may encounter in their professions. Phonetic, syntactical and lexical skills are developed as appropriate to attain the goals pertaining to the various public-speaking genres.
Spring 2011 - MIIS, Spring 2012 - MIIS, Spring 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS
SPLA 8445 - Security & Dvlpmnt in Latin Am ▹
Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS
SPLA 8477 - Democracy/Governance Latin Am
This course provides students with a deeper understanding of the complexity of democracy and governance in Latin America. It explores key aspects related to the functioning of democratic systems in the region. Through the study of materials containing complex lexical and syntactic aspects, students gain deeper insight into current debates about the myths and challenges faced by the region in consolidating democratic systems.
Spring 2011 - MIIS, Spring 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS
SPLA 8484 - US ForeignPolicyInLatinAmerica ▹
Fall 2012 - MIIS, Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS
SPLA 8497 - Human Security
The course introduces the concept of human security, its development and real-world applications, and implications for international policy through case examples in Latin America. This course is part of the unique multilingual Monterey Model course which allows students to share their views on human security issues in Spanish with the other language sections (English, French and Japanese) and with the aid of interpreters. Given the relevance that citizen security has recently gained in Latin America, citizen security will also be explored within the broader concept of human security.
Spring 2012 - MIIS