The course is designed for native or non-native speakers of Spanish who teach the language as a second or foreign language. Course participants must have at least a C1 level of Spanish by the CEFR. Participants must have a desire to improve their language teaching skills, an interest in acquiring practical didactic knowledge in the classroom, theoretical and methodological pointers and in learning about the preparation and elaboration of authentic material for these purposes.
7 – 28 July 2017 (course is two weeks in length)
The course is a total of 50 hours. 40 hours will be theoretical classes during which participants will discuss the practical implementation of what they learn. These classes will take place 9am-1pm, Monday – Friday. The final 10 hours will allow the participants to act as teaching assistants, during which participants will have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge in a real world classroom with groups of multicultural students of different levels studying in the Spanish school. These practical hours will take place the second week of the course from 2pm-4pm, Monday to Friday.
The course will focus on the theoretical frameworks of varying teaching methods of existing ELE and will demonstrate to participants the different methods of incorporating the communicative method within a classroom setting. The course will also provide participants with the practical tools they will need to structure their own ELE classrooms by offering a range of resources including:
- Structuring a class
- Managing teacher-student interactions
- Identifying and teaching to differing learning methods in students
- Presenting grammar and vocabulary
- Adapting and preparing didactic materials
- Using images, audio, and video (ICT)
- Incorporating educational games and activities in a classroom productively
- Distinguishing and correcting common mistakes and errors
- Evaluating student progress
Course Evaluation and Certification
At the conclusion of the course participants will be evaluated by a final exam and two practical submissions. The practical submissions will be preparing first a sample class and second didactic material (both physical and audiovisual). Punctuality and attendance will also be taken into account. Participants will need a minimum of 80% attendance to the theoretical classes and 100% attendance to the practical classes. If all these requirements are met satisfactorily students will be issued a certificate of participation in the course.
This course will be demanding and require not only in-class participation but also independent work outside of the class hours. Participants should be aware of their responsibility and willing to give the course the dedication needed to succeed.