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Introduction to Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language

Course content

Description and contents

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: 

  • Module I: Basic Concepts. Communicative Method and Pedagogical Grammar.
  • Module II: Oral Communication Skills. Analysis of Materials and Teaching Resources.
  • Module III: Written Communication Skills. Assessment Criteria and Tools.
  • Module IV: ICT and Virtual Learning Environments. 

 

Methodology

The course focuses on both the acquisition of basic tools and the development of the necessary skills to start out as a teacher of Spanish as a foreign language. A variety of practical activities will be offered, such as discussions in forums, a reflection upon certain issues related to teaching, the analysis and adaptation of teaching materials, and the use of new technological tools.

As a complement to the course, participants will have the chance to observe actual classes taught by their course teachers. 

Course content

Description and contents

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: 

  • Module I: Basic Concepts. Communicative Method and Pedagogical Grammar.
  • Module II: Oral Communication Skills. Analysis of Materials and Teaching Resources.
  • Module III: Written Communication Skills. Assessment Criteria and Tools.
  • Module IV: ICT and Virtual Learning Environments. 

 

Methodology

The course focuses on both the acquisition of basic tools and the development of the necessary skills to start out as a teacher of Spanish as a foreign language. A variety of practical activities will be offered, such as discussions in forums, a reflection upon certain issues related to teaching, the analysis and adaptation of teaching materials, and the use of new technological tools.

As a complement to the course, participants will have the chance to observe actual classes taught by their course teachers.