ES  Lacunza IH San Sebastián

The teacher training course: to learn and teach

With the years, the borders have opened and the possibilities of teaching Spanish as a foreign language have multiplied: either because of vocation or a way to exchange and spread Spanish as a foreign language (here or in other countries), all the people who are interested have a wide array of courses at their disposal.

To those we want to propose the question: “what makes our course stand out from other courses? We could start by giving a two-word-summary: “practical orientation”. Our teacher training course E/LE is very much organised for you to get your hands dirty immediately. You learn how to give a Spanish class in Spanish: structure, content, student material and methodology…., all so that the participants can practice these skills and this knowledge in our following practice sessions that are done with real classes and voluntary students.

What is the profile of the people who take this course?

  • People with the intention to work, study or further educate themselves abroad and want to take this experience with them so that it opens more doors on the working market of their destination: “travel and work”.
  • Language teachers of primary or secondary school that want to refresh their knowledge, learn a new methodology, have a change of scenery or just be open to new offers and possibilities.
  • Non-native Spanish speakers that work as a Spanish teacher. In these cases the required Spanish level is C1.

What is the course content?

There are two main pillars, "theory", which is dealt with during the mornings, and "practice" during the afternoons.

Within the theory you will find:

  1. Methodology
  • How do you introduce the language
  • How do you practice in a more organised manner
  • How to work on your abilities. There are five abilities: productive (writing and speaking), receptive (understanding and reading) and interaction.
  • How to learn vocabulary
  • Forms of correcting
  1. Analysis of the language:

Above all, grammatical topics that are difficult for students of Spanish as a foreign language are discussed: past tenses, the subjunctive tenses, the verbs ´ser/estar´ or the prepositions ´para/por´ for example.

During the practice:

From the first practice classes, the students of the course are confronted with classroom situations that are also recorded to give proper feedback through analysis and reflection.

In the second week (of the four weeks in total), the course participants will start to give actual classes. For that they count on the help of a tutor that shows them how to approach, prepare and plan for a class and schedule their sessions.

The practice has three parts:

  1. Give classes to a group of voluntary students
  2. Analysis of what happened in the given classes
  3. Preparation of the class of the next day

The teachers in training take turns. Some days they give class, while being observed by the tutor, others they observe classes with the tutor

Finishing the course, what title is obtained?

Our course is recognized by International House and you will receive a certificate and personal rapport of your development in the practice sessions.

If you are a graduate, you can also obtain the recognition of the IL3 University of Barcelona which is worth 6 ECTS (an equivalent of 150 hours of course).

Come and visit Lacunza International House

After reading all, if you feel curious or want to know more details or simply clarify some doubts regarding the course, we invite you to visit and get to know us. We will organise a personal interview with our director of studies to discuss the course in detail and afterwards you can see where and how we teach our students and people doing the teacher training course. You will be able to attend classes to better understand our vision.