Spanish Education

Overview

If you wish to teach Spanish for proficiency in grades K-12, you’ll appreciate this degree program. With on-campus courses focusing on acquiring linguistic and cultural skills and a required Study Abroad program, you will engage in personal interaction and discover the Argentine or Spanish civilization first-hand. You will also have the opportunity to develop a dynamic Christian worldview as you encounter differing cultural values and beliefs. This experience, along with a strong core of professional education courses and the experience of student teaching will become the basis for an excellent teaching career in Spanish.

Students will be equipped to interact in authentic situations in the Spanish language and to live intentionally as global citizens, with a focus on proficiency, specifically developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as cultural awareness. Furthermore, through the Study Abroad experience, students will be enrolled in advanced Spanish and civilization courses in one of Grace College’s member institutions in Argentina or Spain and have opportunity to apply their faith in the context of one of these cultures. Included in the degree program are 40 hours of professional education courses, including the student teaching experience.

Course Requirements for a B.A. Spanish Education

Courses

Examples of courses in this major:

SED 4630 Methods of Teaching a Foreign Language

A study of curriculum and methods of teaching a foreign language on both the elementary and secondary level, with special emphasis on performance objectives and methodology with classroom practice.

SPA 1010–1020 Beginning Spanish Language and Culture I and II

Students are put in the presence of authentic, unsimplified Spanish and are trained to use it in the dynamic context of communication. The emphasis is placed on oral proficiency, the development of skills, self-expression and cultural insight.

SPA 2010–2020 Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture I and II

Continuation of language study advancing students toward comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing while gaining a deeper appreciation for the Spanish-speaking culture, language, and people.

SPA 2050 Spanish Conversation

This course is an advanced proficiency-based approach to oral skill development. Students speak the language in a range of contexts likely to be encountered in the Spanish-speaking culture, carrying out a range of functions likely to be necessary in dealing with others in the Spanish-speaking culture. Students are exposed to a repertoire of methods or techniques of speech in order to increase sociolinguistic competence.

SPA 2100 Advanced Communication and Civilization

This course provides a link between basic language work done thus far and the increasingly diversified advanced work students will encounter overseas. The class is designed to prepare students for the academic standards and teaching style in Latin countries. Students are exposed to a variety of genres in their readings, compositions and conversation, training them to analyze and synthesize their material and learning to become more articulate in the Spanish language.

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