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Introduction to Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language

Bilbao campus

Course content


Seminars focusing on theory and practice to make students aware of what it means to be a Spanish teacher. They will acquire the basic knowledge, skills, tools and technique needed to begin teaching. The course addresses the main problems that teacher trainees experience and presents the latest developments in Spanish/foreign language teaching.

From the most general questions (What does teaching Spanish consist of? What job opportunities are open in the field?) to very specific ones (How to correct my students? How to approach this grammar question? What book should I choose? How can I check my students' progress?) These are just a few of the many questions that the course focuses on answering.

Course contents:

  • Introduction. Basic concepts and communicative approach. 5 hrs.
  • The four skills I: reading comprehension and writing. 5 hrs.
  • The four skills II: listening comprehension and speaking. 5 hrs.
  • Dealing with grammar: pedagogic grammar. 5 hrs.
  • Workshop on producing materials. 5 hrs.
  • Teaching resources I: cinema and literature when teaching Spanish as a foreign language. 5 hrs.
  • Teaching resources II: press, comics and Internet when teaching Spanish as a foreign language. 5hrs.
  • Teaching resources III: ICT and virtual learning environments. 5 hrs.
  • Teaching resources IV: Gamificating the classroom: we learn playing. 5 hrs.
  • Assessment: principles and techniques. 5 hrs.
  • Observation and internships. 10 hrs.



Many foreign students come to the University of Deusto each year, which makes it possible to round off this course with in-class observation and internships in some of the many S/L2 classes at the University. Each student will be assigned a tutor to guide classroom observation and internships. (From November 20th to 30th)

Further information on the course 


The course will use a highly practical approach.The aspects studied in the different classroom sessions will require a theoretical framework. However, the main focus of the course centres on putting them to practical use in the classroom in specific situations. This requires active participation from students working in pairs and groups. The methodology seeks to put the course objectives into practice.


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Bibliography for course preparation:

MARTÍN PERIS, E.: El perfil del profesor, Expolingua, 1993.