Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Language Studies

Gabriel Guillén

First Name
Gabriel
Last Name
Guillén
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Assistant Professor
Location
400 Pacific D207
Phone
(831)-647-3085
Language(s)
Español
Français

I am passionate about (equal access to) second language learning, social entrepreneurship, web development, linguistics, tandem learning, world cinemas, and traveling with a purpose.

At MIIS, I am excited about the possibility of creating knowledge and projects with students and colleagues who are genuinely motivated to challenge the way we learn and live beyond physical borders. That and the happy hour on Fridays! ... In all seriousness, I am looking forward to join a learning community where students and faculty, theory and practice, seem to go hand in hand.

Expertise

My main area of expertise is language learning & technology. In particular, my dissertation focuses on Language Learning Social Networks (LLSNs) and online tandems (the interchange of languages on the internet) as part of the curriculum. In this field I like to see myself not only as a researcher but also as a practitioner, relentlessly willing to improve and develop spaces and resources for language learning. Other areas of research and professional experience include journalism, study abroad, and social entrepreneurship.

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Recent Accomplishments

Excellence in Teaching Year Award from the UC Davis Department of Spanish & Portuguese. 2013-2014.

Coauthor of iCultura: Multimedia textbook for the intermediate level in Spanish. 2012-2014.

Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores (MAEC) & Asociación Española de Cooperación Internacional y Desarrollo (AECID) Lectureship at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX). 2008-2010.

Previous Work

Associate Instructor (University of California, Davis): 2010-2014.

Visiting Lecturer (Southern Methodist University): 2008–2010.

Coordinator for Student Affairs & Integration (Middlebury College in Spain): 2005–2008.

Online Project Manager (Cepal Formación, Spain): 2002–2004.

Journalist (Madrid, Spain): 1997-2007.

Education

Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics. Designated Emphasis on Second Language Acquisition. (University of California, Davis). 2010-2014.

M.A. in Applied Linguistics for the Teaching of Spanish (University of Antonio de Nebrija, Spain). 2005-2008.

B.A. in Humanities (University of Carlos III, Spain). 1997-2001.

Bibliography

With Blake, R., Can you repeat, please? L2 complexity and fluency development in the hybrid “classroom”. (Forthcoming).

Awareness and Corrective Feedback in Social CALL, Tandems and E-Tandems (2015). In International Association for Language Learning Technology Journal 44 (2): 1-42.

With Blake, R., Bradley, T., and Comins, D. (2014). iCultura: Multimedia textbook for the intermediate level in Spanish. University of California: Davis.

With Blake, R. Best Practices for an Online Spanish Course. The FLT Magazine. March 20, 2014.

La aplicación que nos quitará el trabajo (mecánico). Huffington Post. November 2, 2013

El ocio y el negocio de aprender una segunda lengua: estira la red. Huffington Post. September 27, 2013

More than 300 articles published in newspapers, magazines, and digital publications (2000-2007)

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Sean Curran

First Name
Sean
Last Name
Curran
Sean Curran
Job Title
Adjunct Faculty
Location
McCone Cubicle 8
Phone
(831)-647-4185
Language(s)
Español

I am passionate about human rights, the ocean, languages, and foreign policy.

Learning a new language opens one’s mind to new experiences. I strive to provide my students with the Spanish and cultural skills necessary for employment, studies, and life in the Spanish-speaking world. With content-based instruction I guide and motivate students to pursue their academic and professional interests in Spanish. This is so exciting and gratifying because my students often find jobs, internships, and fellowships in Spanish-speaking countries.

Expertise

I have completed postgraduate studies in didactics and linguistics in the Spanish Basque Country. I currently teach content-based Spanish language classes related to social justice, history, Latin American history, US-Latin American policy, international trade, economics, and international relations. I learned to speak Spanish and Basque fluently while living in Spain and teaching ESL(English as a Second Language). Because of my strong belief in both grammar fundamentals and immersion, I also lived and worked in Puerto Rico and Chile--where my love for the ocean and Spanish combined beautifully.

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Graduated from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in May 2012

Taught as a Spanish TA at MIIS 2012

Became a Spanish Professor at MIIS in 2013

Surfed Waimea Bay, Hawaii, March 2014

Previous Work

Monterey Institute of International Studies, Custom Language Services: English and Spanish Instructor. Winter 2014-Present

Monterey Institute of International Studies. Summer Intensive Language Program: Tutor and Activity Guide. Summer 2013

Monterey Institute of International Studies. Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education: Spanish TA. 2012

American Translator’s Association: Spanish-English Translator and Interpreter. 2005-2010.

Home School Instructor. 9th Grade, Bilingual Education. Isabela, Puerto Rico. 2007.

Elduaien Language Academy: Professor of English Language. San Sebastián, Spain. 2004-2006.

Colegio Erain: Professor of English Language and Spanish Literature. Irún, Spain. 2003.

Education

2012 The Monterey Institute of International Studies: M.A., International Policy Studies.

2005 The University of the Basque Country: Psicodidáctica de la lengua y la literatura.

2002 University of California, San Diego, B.A., English and Spanish Literature.

1998 Loyola High School of Los Angeles, Jesuit College Preparatory.

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Valentina Freeman

First Name
Valentina
Last Name
Freeman
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Location
McCone Cubicle H
Phone
831-647-8108
Language(s)
Русский

I enjoy engaging and motivating students to learn a foreign language. Whether it be for business or personal reasons, speaking a foreign language opens up a world of possibilities and opportunities for further learning.

I specialized in teaching Russian language and culture and teach courses such as Contemporary Russian Politics, Traditional Human Security in Russia, and Russia in Transition.

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Russian Language and Culture; Pedagogy; Contemporary Russian politics.

Education 

Master of Arts, Teacher of English Language: Kiev State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages (new name: Kiev State Pedagogical University of Foreign Languages), Kiev, Ukraine  

Master of Science, Teacher of Physics: Leningrad State Pedagogical Institute (new name: St. Petersburg State Pedagogical University), St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Courses
RULA 8325 - Current Social & Political Issues      
RULA 8353 – Contemporary Russia      
RULA 8425 - Russia in Transition
RULA 8392 – Traditional Human Security in Russia  
RULA 8342 -  Politics & Society In Modern Russia I
RULA 8349 -  Politics & Society in Modern Russia II
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Adjunct Faculty

Abdelkader Berrahmoun

First Name
Abdelkader
Last Name
Berrahmoun
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Job Title
Assistant Professor, Summer Intensive Arabic Language Coordinator
Location
IIRC Building 2
City, State, ZIP
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone
831-647-6500
Language(s)
العربية
Français

Abdelkader Berrahmoun hails from Oran, Algeria in North Africa. After completing a B.A. in Philosophy from Oran University in 1991, he left Algeria to pursue a master’s degree at Creteil University in Paris, France.

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Pedagogy of language acquisition, integration of technology and cultural studies into the language curriculum, conflict and peace in the MENA (Middle East-North Africa) region, the history of colonialism and its aftermath in North Africa, socio-political and economic roots of popular uprisings in the Arab world, and political Islam

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Miyuki Takeuchi

First Name
Miyuki
Last Name
Takeuchi
Miyuki Takeuchi
Job Title
Adjunct
Location
McCone Cubicle M
Phone
831-647-4185
Language(s)
日本語

I am passionate about knowing how people develop language proficiency. 

I enjoy teaching not only Japanese language but the content areas related to Japan and people there. It is very interesting to discuss various issues in Japan with students from various cultures and countries at MIIS. It enables me to see my own country from broader perspectives. 

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Second language acquisition (I am particularly interested in the pragmatic and grammatical development among learners of Japanese.)

Foreign language pedagogy

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Recent Accomplishments

Completion of my PhD dissertation (2014)

Presentation of my research on the acquisition of subject referential forms among learners of Japanese at SLRF (Second Language Research Forum, 2013) and ASPAC (Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast, 2013) conferences.

Previous Work

My career as an instructor of Japanese started at Indiana University, where I obtained MA and PhD degrees. Before the current engagement at MIIS, I taught Japanese at Santa Clara University.

Education

PhD in Linguistics at Indiana University, Bloomington

MA in TESOL and Applied Linguistics at Indiana University, Bloomington

BA in English and American at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies

Bibliography

Takeuchi, M. (2014).  Subject referential expressions and encoding of referential status in L2 narrative discourse by L1-English learners of Japanese. Doctoral Dissertation, Indiana University.

Takeuchi, M. (2010).  The Perception of Geminate Stops by L1 English Learners of Japanese.  Indiana University Linguistics Club Working Papers Online, Vol. 10.

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María Jesús Iglesias-Barca

First Name
María Jesús
Last Name
Iglesias-Barca
Maria Iglesias2
Job Title
Assistant Professor
Location
McCone Building 125
City, State, ZIP
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone
831.647.3562
Language(s)
Español

Pursuing my passion for languages and foreign cultures, I studied English Philology at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia (Northwestern Spain) from which I received a “Licenciatura” (five-year degree) in 1991. I then decided to move to Oxford, U.K. in order to experience the British language and culture first hand; I worked as a translator for i-Tech Translations and tutored Spanish for University of Oxford’s St. Anne’s College.

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Theoretical linguistics, English and Spanish grammar and composition, curriculum design, Integrating content and language in the L2 curriculum, Culture and Society in the Hispanic World.

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MA, Theoretical Linguistics, Reading University, Reading, United Kingdom.

BA, English Philology, University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

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Rana Issa

First Name
Rana
Last Name
Issa
Rana Issa
Job Title
Lecturer
Location
McCone Building 235
Phone
831.647.4601

Rana Issa is specialized in teaching Arabic language and culture and teaches courses such as Arabic, Arabic Speaking Countries, and Media in the Arabic World. She has extensive experience coordinating language programs, translating documents, and working in a professional Arabic-speaking environment.

Rana has received the Commandant Coin of Excellence for superior dedication to teaching and curriculum development in the Defense Language Institute.

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Arabic language, Arabic culture

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MA, Teaching Foreign Languages (Arabic), Monterey Institute of International Studies, May 2011 Candidate

BA, Business Administration, University of Balamand, Elkoura, Lebanon

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Alexandra Velikoshapko

First Name
Alexandra
Last Name
Velikoshapko
Job Title
Adjunct Faculty
Location
McCone Cubicle 5
City, State, ZIP
Monterey, CA
Phone
831.647.6517

Alexandra Velikoshapko teaches courses such as Current Social and Political Issues and Political and Ethnic Conflict in Modern Russia. Her expertise is in creative learning environments and cooperative learning. She has extensive teaching experience and has helped to develop and implement comprehensive lesson plans that accommodate all levels of learners.

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Russian language, Russian Literature, Russian Culture

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MA, Russian, Magadan, USSR

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Mahmoud I. Abdalla

First Name
Mahmoud
Last Name
Abdalla
Mahmoud I Abdalla
Job Title
Associate Professor
Location
IIRC Building 7
City, State, ZIP
Monterey, CA
Phone
831.647.4607
Language(s)
svenska

Mahmoud Abdalla earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in applied linguistics at Essex University and the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. He has taught and lectured extensively on linguistics, Arabic language, and Arab culture and media in several universities and academic institutions in Egypt, Europe, and the United States. He was previously the academic director of the Arabic Language Flagship Program and the coordinator of the Arabic Program in the Department of Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages at Michigan State University.

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Arabic language, Arab culture and media, linguistics, second language acquisition, language culture and identity.

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