Our course for teachers of Spanish as a foreign language combines the application of innovative approaches and methods in second language teaching, as well as the analysis of the most complex aspects of grammar.
The aim is to improve your professional development and to share your professional experience with teachers from different parts of the world, as well as to get to know the teaching-learning context offered by our school with its more than twenty years of experience.
Course for teachers of Spanish as a foreign language at a glance
Minimum level of Spanish required for non-native teachers: B2
Course duration: 1 week
20 class sessions + 10 observation sessions of our courses.
Maximum 10 students
Includes digital course material and recommended bibliography for further course information
Certificate of attendance
Real-time observations of our classes and direct contact with our teachers and students
Extracurricular activities that you can enjoy with our students and teachers
The course is supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme
Goals of the course
If you are a non-native Spanish teacher:
- The essential thing is that you have the opportunity to reflect on your professional work in Spanish language. It is a great opportunity to practice the language, deepen your knowledge and use of the language
- Normally, non-native teachers give Spanish classes in their mother tongue. With us you will learn how to teach a class completely in Spanish to students of different nationalities
It doesn’t matter if you are a native speaker or not:
- Discover different Spanish teaching contexts, from private academies to compulsory education institutes and universities
- Obtain information about new resources and teaching methods to complement and improve your work
- The course is both theoretical and practical and you, as a participant, will not only be able to update your knowledge but also reflect on your own educational experiences and exchange ideas with the other participants
- Share the experience of being in Tenerife with professionals who love their work and enjoy it as much as our students do
My name is Kateryn and I have more than ten years of experience in teaching Spanish as a foreign language. I have a degree in Hispanic Philology and a Master’s degree in Teaching-Learning Spanish as a Second Language. I am also a DELE examiner accredited by the Instituto Cervantes at all levels, as well as DELE and SIELE responsible for our examination centre. Over the years I have not stopped training professionally and, personally, I believe that teaching this course is the perfect opportunity to share and enrich myself with the experience of so many other colleagues in the profession.
My name is Haridian and I have been a teacher of Spanish as a foreign language since 2019. I studied Spanish: Language and Literature at university and I studied a Master’s Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. I am also an accredited examiner for the DELE exams at all levels. Currently, I teach face-to-face classes, although online teaching is my passion. I believe that digital tools offer great potential for teaching, so they can be really useful in the classroom, both face-to-face and online.
Methodological approaches in teaching Spanish as a second language
This first day consists of the introduction of the participants and the presentation of their work contexts. We will establish the guidelines for the observations of the classes that the school has available that week and we will present the theoretical framework that will serve as the basis of the course.
New technologies applied to education
ICTs have become fundamental tools for our students’ learning. The intention of this lesson is to learn about resources that will help to develop digital competence in the classroom and we will do it using our own material for this course as an example. Yes! The material included in this course is an interactive book that you can consult whenever you want and that will always be kept up to date.
The role of grammar in the classroom
Grammar should not be the focus of classroom explanations. It should be treated as the raw material that our students use to communicate effectively. We will look at the main problems that Spanish grammar poses to students from a cognitive approach.
We have the methodology, the tools and the raw material with which we work in a Spanish for foreigners class. Now we will see that the best way to contextualise the real use of the language in the classroom is with games that make learning fun, allow us to practice the language and keep our students motivated.
Assessment in the classroom of Spanish as a foreign language
Meaningful assessment of learning is the culmination of the teaching process. We will study the different ways of assessing the achievement of the objectives of a course. We will also discuss the official DELE and SIELE certifications: the structure and development of the tests, the preparation of the students and the differences that characterise them.
Leisure Time Activities
Participants are offered many free leisure activities in the afternoon, including:
A visit to the botanical garden
Surf trial lesson
On the weekend we can organise:
A fun day at Siam Park – the water kingdom of Europe
A travel day to the neighbouring island La Gomera, the hippie paradise
A hiking trip to magic Masca valley
An excursion to the Nº 1 destination of the Canary Islands: the Teide National Park