Course Objectives: This course is aimed at two types of students: future Spanish teachers and those who want to learn certain aspects of the language to improve their linguistic skills while developing a greater understanding of the cognitive processes involved in teaching second languages. The course is oriented towards clarifying important aspects of language and culture, as well as language acquisition processes, with special emphasis on aspects that can be more problematic for non-Spanish speakers, especially English speakers.
The aim is to strengthen the pre-existing knowledge students have of Spanish and the relationships between language and society. This is not a grammar course. Any grammatical explanation will be linked to the practice of teaching it in the classroom, taking into account the different levels of language acquisition in the language learning process.
Since one of the objectives is to develop students’ critical thinking, they will reflect on the “why” and “how” of different theoretical aspects and linguistic phenomena that support the curriculum of a language course. For this purpose, students will design their own curriculum plan in a specific thematic and grammatical area. This project will be presented in the classroom as part of the student’s final assessment.
The curriculum is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), in accordance with the design of the Cervantes Institute.
– Selection of grammatical elements and their teaching to foreigners.
– Introduction to the teaching of Hispanic culture to foreign students.
– Introduction to the teaching of Hispanic literature to foreign students.
Assessment and Certification: Class attendance is mandatory. Missing four sessions (equivalent to a full day) will result in a 10% reduction in the final grade. Missing more than three sessions will result in the student not earning credits.
The final grade consists of 35% for class attendance/debates and 65% for the Curriculum Plan project presented by each student.
Credits: ECTS Credit Recognition.
The price includes: Classroom sessions, activities outside the classroom, and 1 excursion.
The price does NOT include: Airport pickup, family accommodation, medical and accident insurance, transportation to the airport at the end of the course.
Medical Insurance: For students who wish to have it, medical insurance is available for a price of 70.00 €
Number of Students: Minimum 5 and a maximum of 10. The Center reserves the right to cancel the course if the minimum number of enrolled students is not reached.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2024