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Introduction to Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language

Bilbao campus

Past courses

Treatment of error as a teaching resource in second language learning

Speaker: Gracia Lozano López (Co-author of Abanico. Advanced Spanish course and El Ventilador. Higher Spanish Course).
Course dates: 12 and 13 November 2010 (10 hours).

Course aims:

  • Reflect on the treatment of error in language teaching based on the beliefs and teaching practice of course participants.
  • Analyse and reflect on the different causes of the errors in language learners’ production with regard to their language, pragmatic and sociolinguistic skills.
  • Analyse and develop techniques, resources, materials and activities for error correction, both in written and oral production.
  • Analyse and develop techniques to provide an “affective” approach to error treatment, addressing students’ beliefs and expectations, and creating classroom activities focused on cooperative correction.

The media as a teaching resource: The use of the press, radio and television in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language Teaching (ELE, in Spanish).

Speaker: Nuria Vaquero (Editor and teaching consultant. Author of ELE teaching materials).
Course dates: 23 and 24 October 2009 (10 hours).

Course aims:

  • Reflect on the teaching potential of documents from different media (press, radio and TV) for the development of ELE students’ communication skills.
  • Become familiar with teaching techniques for the use of materials from the press, radio and TV in ELE Teaching.
  • Develop practical skills to plan and develop activities based on real documents from different media.


Grammar: a challenge in second language teaching

Speaker: Alejandro Castañeda Castro (University of Granada).
Course dates: 7 and 8 November 2008 (10 hours).

Course aims:

  • Define a communicative and operational concept of the role played by grammar in language teaching and learning.
  • Address the cognitive principles and fundamentals of grammar teaching.
  • Study practical examples of techniques for grammar teaching in the classroom based on this operational and cognitive approach to language.

Written language in second language learning

Speaker: Carmen López Ferrero (Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Barcelona).
Course dates: 19 and 20 Octobre 2007 (10 hours).

Course aims:

  • Analyse and assess the different approaches on written language teaching.
  • Adapt written activities to students’ communicative needs based on the types and forms of discourse used in different contexts (general and specific).
  • Interrelate written expression with the various communication skills (understanding, interaction and oral expression).
  • Address text revision as a key competence in text production and acquire criteria, techniques and resources to assess and correct written texts.
  • Plan written activities.

Assessment in the foreign language learning process. Design and management of assessment and proficiency tests.

Speaker: Alfonso Martínez Baztán (Modern Language Centre, University of Granada).
Course dates: 24 and 25 November 2006 (10 hours).

Course aims:

  • Understand and use tools to design and validate assessment and proficiency tests.
  • Define criteria for reliable assessments between different evaluators.
  • Become familiar with different test and item models.
  • Analyse the factors affecting data collection.
  • Learn the psycometric and statistical techniques for the validation of items, language tests consisting of sets of items, and sets of skills assessment tests.
  • Reflect on the training and supervision of evaluators and their reliability. 


The development of oral competence: Teaching pronunciation in second language learning

Speaker: Joaquim Llisterri (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona).
Course aims: 11 and 12 November 2005 (10 hours).

Course aims:

  • Analyse the phenomenon of phonetic interference in second or third language learning.
  • Provide guidelines for teaching pronunciation and phonetic correction.
  • Offer criteria for the development of materials and the assessment of pronunciation. 


The new technologies applied to Spanish language teaching: Integration of language and culture through the application of multimedia technologies in second language teaching

Speakers: Mar Cruz Piñol (University of Barcelona). Elena Auzmendi (Institute of Education Sciences. University of Deusto).
Course dates: 22 and 23 October 2004

Course aims:

  • Analyse the use of teaching techniques in second language teaching based on the Internet.
  • Offer keys to the integration of language and culture through the application of new technologies.