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Office Location
McCone Building 124A

Email Address
vicki.porras@miis.edu

Phone Number
831.647.3541

Language(s)
Español

Vicki Porras

Assistant Professor


After teaching  all levels of Spanish and English as A Second Language at Prince George’s Community College, I served  first as Coordinator of ESL and Director of Spanish, then as Chair of the Foreign Language Department.  I have also taught Spanish at  the University of Maryland,  American University,  and California State University.

Ever since I joined the Institute in the year 2000, I explored content- based instruction and the  Mini-Monterey Model.

While at MIIS, I  have taught and developed courses in Business Spanish, Green Business, Colombia, Environmental Topics I and II, Sustainable Development and Business and Policy Studies.  I have also designed tutorials on Medical Spanish for Professionals and Doing Business in Spanish.

Most recently, I created an Immersion Green Business Course in which the students traveled to Chile.  The purpose was to immerse students in the Spanish language, culture of Chile, Business and Green Business,  and to make professional contacts, possibly leading to internships.

Expertise

Spanish Language and Culture; Pedagogy;  Business Spanish; Green Business, Second Language Acquisition, Environmental Topics in the Hispanic Countries and Sustainable Development

Education

MA in Education, Spanish, University of Maryland; Post-graduate studies in Spanish at the University of Vigo, Spain; University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain; Business Culture and Green Business, Universidad Católica, Santiago, Chile

Courses

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SPLA 8375 - Adv Conversatn:Business/Policy      

This is an advanced Spanish conversation course focusing on business/policy topics and current events in the Spanish speaking countries. Class discussions and activities emphasize active use of the language in different situational contexts including business/professional discussions, interviews, cultural exchanges, debates on current topics, or other areas determined by participant interest. It provides students with the opportunity of refining their speaking abilities, improving listening comprehension and building vocabulary while mastering conversational strategies. In addition, to improve the students’overall language use, a portion of the class time will be devoted to reviewing grammar as needed.

Fall 2010 - MIIS, Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS

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SPLA 8378 - EnvironmntlTopics-HispanicWrld      

Class discussions and activities emphasize active use of the language in different situational contexts including professional discussions, interviews, cultural exchanges, debates on current topics, etc. The course has two distinct goals: (1) to expand the vocabulary related to environmental issues, as well as the ability to read, analyze and discuss articles on said topic; and (2) to present an overview of environmental issues and questions in the Hispanic countries today. Students will engage in vocabulary-expanding exercises, review of advanced grammar rules as needed, individual and group presentations, writing and speaking assignments related to the most current environmental issues today.

Spring 2011 - MIIS, Spring 2012 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS

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SPLA 8379 - Env Topics-Hispanic World II      

Fall 2011 - MIIS

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SPLA 8380 - Business Spanish      

Spring 2010 - MIIS

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SPLA 8443 - IntrnetMediaConflct:HspncCntry      

This course is designed to explore the profound influence of the Internet and the media on our political and financial views and perspectives; how conflicts arise due to misinformation and emotion evoked by the media. It also focuses on why the rise of the Internet - due to its immediate availability - speeds up the conflict process, and how governmental censorship controls people’s perspectives. It examines the broad range of activities associated with the globalization of media production, distribution and reception. The course seeks to raise communicative and cultural competence by providing students with fundamental concepts on the Internet, Media, and Conflict in the Hispanic World.

Fall 2011 - MIIS

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SPLA 8450 - EnvirnTopics:HispanicCountries      

Spring 2013 - MIIS

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SPLA 8464 - ConductBus in LatAmerica/Spain      

This course is designed for advanced students of Spanish who seek to do business and communicate effectively in the Hispanic community within the context of globalization and its impact on cross-cultural business relations.
It seeks to raise communicative and cultural competence by providing students with fundamental business concepts and terminology as used in various contexts in the Hispanic world. Strong emphasis will be made on continuous self-learning.

Spring 2012 - MIIS, Fall 2013 - MIIS

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SPLA 8465 - Green Business      

Spring 2010 - MIIS

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SPLA 8467 - Modern Day Colombia      

Fall 2010 - MIIS

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SPLA 8482 - Business Spanish      

This course is designed for advanced students of Spanish who seek to communicate effectively in the Hispanic community within the context of globalization and its impact on cross-cultural business relations.
It seeks to raise communicative and cultural competence by providing students with fundamental business concepts and terminology as used in various contexts in the Hispanic world. Strong emphasis will be made on continuous self-learning.

Spring 2011 - MIIS

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SPLA 8487 - Sustain Dev Hispanic Countries      

Fall 2010 - MIIS

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