Donna Hertz

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French Program Director

Donna Hertz tried to retire from teaching, but after a post-retirement year in Aix-en-Provence, knew that she wasn’t done with her dual mission to teach French and foster in her students, a deeper understanding of the complex multi-cultural world in which we live.  The position as French Instructor and Coordinator for SILP was the right venue for this passion.

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Wei Liu

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Chinese Program Director

Wei Liu is currently a preceptor at Harvard University, where she teaches advanced business Chinese. Since 2005, she has also taught Chinese at Brown, Wesleyan, and Duke.

A native of the People’s Republic of China, she got her Ph.D. in Political Science in Education at China Capital Normal University in Beijing. Her dissertation topic, The Confucius Institute’s Cultural Soft Power Role, reflects her background in Chinese politics and culture. She went on to develop and teach a course on the Transformation of Beijing at Middlebury College in 2010.

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María Jesús Iglesias-Barca

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María Jesús
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McCone Building 125
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Monterey, CA 93940

Maria Jesus Iglesias Barca is currently an Instructor in the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education (GSTILE). She is also a Spanish Instructor for the Custom Language Services (CLS). Before coming to the Monterey Institute, she taught Spanish at All Saints’ Day Middle School, International School of Monterey (5th ­to 8th grades), and Santa Catalina Lower, Middle, and Upper School. Prior to coming to Monterey, she was a Lecturer of Spanish at Pennsylvania State University for five years.

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SPLA 8216 - Latin America & Its People      

Fall 2012 - MIIS

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SPLA 8291 - EvolvngSoc-HispanicCountries      

Fall 2012 - MIIS, Fall 2013 - MIIS

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SPLA 8292 - Topics in the HispanicWorld II      

Spring 2012 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - 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 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - 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 2012 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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SPLA 8350 - ContmprarySoclPolMvmntsLatinAm      

Spring 2012 - MIIS

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SPLA 8384 - Culture & Conflict in Latin Am      

Fall 2014 - 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 2012 - MIIS

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Spanish grammar and composition, Spanish advanced conversation

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MA, Theoretical Linguistics, Reading University, United Kingdom

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