The Spanish Education degree prepares you to be a K-12 classroom Spanish teacher. 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.
You will be equipped to interact in authentic situations in the Spanish language and to live intentionally as a global citizen, with a focus on proficiency by developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as cultural awareness. Furthermore, through the Study Abroad experience, you will be enrolled in advanced Spanish and civilization courses in one of Grace College’s member institutions in Argentina or Spain, where you will have the opportunity to apply your 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.
Examples of courses in this major:
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.
Continuation of language study that advances students toward comprehension, speaking, reading and writing while gaining a deeper appreciation for the Spanish-speaking culture, language and people.
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.
This course provides a link between basic language work 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 in order to become more articulate in the Spanish language.
An introduction to the profession of teaching. Learning experiences are structured both in and out of the classroom with the purpose of assisting the college student in making career decisions relative to this profession such as to teach or not, at which level, and in which subject area. Students observe in local schools.
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.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.S. in Elementary Education, Eastern Illinois University; M.A. in Education, Ball State University; Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education, Walden University
Laurinda Owen joined the Grace faculty in 2001 after 17 years of teaching elementary education in the public school system. In 2010, she was appointed dean of the School of Education, but continues to teach all levels of Education students. She was recognized for her hands-on, practical, applied and innovative teaching with Grace College's Alva J. McClain Excellence in Teaching award in 2004. Owen is actively involved in her community by participating in local scholarship committees. Her family attends Warsaw Community Church, where she is a storyteller for the 4-year old room, serves on the Thread Team, and volunteers as a barista in the coffee shop. Laurinda lives in Winona Lake with her husband, Randy. They have four children—two of whom have already graduated from Grace.
E.N.E.T., the Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo diploma from the Instituto Biblico Palabra de Vida, Argentina; M.A. in Intercultural Studies, Grace Theological Seminary
Benjamin Navarro was born and raised in Argentina. After receiving his bachelor's degree, he taught Spanish in Buenos Aires for seven years before receiving an invitation to teach Spanish at Grace College in 1996. Since arriving at Grace, he has taught for the institution's Prison Extension Program at the Indiana State Penitentiary in Michigan City and at the Miami County Correctional Facility. He has been recognized multiple times in the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Navarro is active in his community, having served on the Board of the Kosciusko County Soccer League and participated in the planting of a Hispanic Ministry through his local church. He has spoken at conferences in Washington, California, Indiana, and also in Argentina, Uruguay, Panama, Mexico and Spain.
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What others are saying:
Grace has shown me how to teach my students out of a heart of service. I have found the Grace faculty, staff and student body to be united in growing in integrity, knowledge and love for each other and for our world.
- Valerie Swart, B.A. Spanish Education, 2013
I love the Christian community I have found at Grace. I'm so blessed by the many great friends I've made who I can share life with and who challenge me to grow spiritually. I've also found community in the classroom—my professors care not only about providing me with an excellent education, but also seeing me mature in my walk with Christ.
- Elizabeth Heuss, B.A. Spanish Education and Math Education (double major), 2012