Introduction to Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language

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About the course



Teacher training course recognized by the Instituto Cervantes.

Course for beginners (A) in semipresential mode, from 16/10/2023 to 20/11/2023.

Director: Itziar Muñoz.


Participant profile

The Spanish language is becoming increasing important on today's international scene. It is now the second most widely studied language..

However, teaching Spanish, either in Spain or abroad, requires special training, which is the purpose of this course: overall training to teach Spanish as a second language (L2).

University graduates or students now completing their degree studies in Modern Languages, Philology, the Humanities, Pedagogy..

Teachers now employed or interested in working as Spanish teachers.



Reflect on what being a Spanish teacher means and what language teaching consists of.

Acquire the tools, techniques and abilities to teach different skills. Manage group dynamics and interaction in the classroom.

Become familiar with the reference material and studies on teaching Spanish.

Become familiar with pedagogic grammar and learn to apply it in the classroom.

Learn the fundamentals for assessment of language competences and apply evaluation instruments. Reflect on how to manage errors in Spanish/foreign language classes.

Obtain real teaching experience in the classroom with assistance from a tutor, participate in observations and classes.


Academic qualifications

Level A (Less than 300 hours work experience. Less than 30 hours specialist training). 


Educational format

  • Language teaching and learning approaches.
  • Planning and evaluating teaching and learning.
  • Classroom resources and dynamics.

Useful information

Seminars focusing on theory and practice to make students aware of what it means to be a Spanish teacher. They will acquire the basic knowledge, skills, tools and technique needed to begin teaching. The course addresses the main problems that teacher trainees experience and presents the latest developments in Spanish/foreign language teaching.

From the most general questions (What does teaching Spanish consist of? What job opportunities are open in the field?) to very specific ones (How to correct my students? How to approach this grammar question? What book should I choose? How can I check my students' progress?) These are just a few of the many questions that the course focuses on answering.

Course Contents:

  • Module I: Basic Concepts. Communicative Method and Pedagogical Grammar.
  • Module II: Oral Communication Skills. Analysis of Materials and Teaching Resources.
  • Module III: Written Communication Skills. Assessment Criteria and Tools.
  • Module IV: ICT and Virtual Learning Environments. 

The course focuses on both the acquisition of basic tools and the development of the necessary skills to start out as a teacher of Spanish as a foreign language. A variety of practical activities will be offered, such as discussions in forums, a reflection upon certain issues related to teaching, the analysis and adaptation of teaching materials, and the use of new technological tools.

As a complement to the course, participants will have the chance to observe actual classes taught by their course teachers. 

Modality: Semi-presence

Duration: 30 hours (15 face to face hours and 15 non face to face hours.)

Course calendar: From October 16th to November 20th, 2023

Face-to-face classes will take place on:

October 20 and 27 and November 3, 2023: from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (CEST).

November 10, 2023: from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CEST).

Deadlines for homework:

  • October 29 module I.
  • November 5 module II.
  • November 12 module III.
  • November 19 module IV.

Participants must:

  • Have a computer with webcam. audio and microphone.
  • Web browser installed (Google Chrome recommended)
  • Internet connection 

Knowledge and management of basic computer tools (user level) is required.

Students who have taken part in this course will receive a certificate of attendance issued by the University of Deusto with the recognition of the course by the Instituto Cervantes  with a Secure Verification Code that will be sent by this university to the interested party. Attendance is compulsory and absences, regardless of the cause, may not exceed 15% of the total duration of the course. In addition, participants must actively participate in the communication activities of the online phase and pass the course evaluation tasks.


Job opportunities in Spanish L2

  • Spanish teachers at language centres in Spain or abroad.
  • Lectureships in Spanish at foreign universities, for instance those promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Fulbright Program.
  • Spanish Ministry of Education grants:
  • Spanish teachers at the Instituto Cervantes.
  • Heads of reception classrooms in primary and secondary schools.
  • Cultural mediators.
  • NGOs.
  • Professionals in the field of tourism.
  • Translators

Other web pages related to job searches for Spanish L2 teachers:

Fees and enrolment

350 EUROS.

The material students receive during the course and issue of a certificate stating attendance/credits earned and internships at the University of Deusto are included in the course fees.


  • 20% OFF for University of Deusto students.
  • 10% OFF for University of Deusto alumni.

You can pre-register on this link.

Deadline September 30, 2023

Further information on enrolment at:

Centro Internacional de Español (CIDE)
Universidad de Deusto
Avda. de las Universidades, 24
48007 Bilbao
Telf. 94 413 90 92 / 94 413 90 00 (ext. 2292)
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