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About the course

The University of Deusto is organizing, in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes, a course for teachers of Spanish as a foreign language.


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.

Spanish in today's world

According to data provided by the MEC, Spanish is the most studied language at all educational stages in the United States. It ranks second in number of students in France, Sweden, Brazil and most of the United Kingdom. In Germany, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, New Zealand, Portugal and Italy it is the third language. On the other hand, Spanish has the status of Foreign Language 1 (LE1) especially in Anglo-Saxon countries, where students generally study one or no foreign language; and its position as Foreign Language 2 (LE2) is in the majority in France, Sweden and Brazil.

329 MillionsNative Speakers

Spanish is used by some 450 million people (natives and speakers of Spanish as a second language). It is undergoing continuous growth and predictions indicate that 535 people million will be speaking Spanish in 20 years.

650,9%Increased web usage

In only ten years time (2000-2009), the use of Spanish on the Internet has experienced this great leap, making it the third most widely used language on the web. 7.9% of web users (of the 1700 million users worldwide) communicate in Spanish. As for the number of documents requested, Spanish ranks as the fourth most popular language.

1000Average number of students per year in courses for foreigners at the UD

Since 1989, the University of Deusto has offered Spanish classes for foreigners though CIDE (International Centre for Spanish), based in the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences. An average of 1000 students study here every year, coming from all over the world and participating in international programmes.

CIDE has been a Cervantes DELE Exam Centre for Official Spanish Diplomas since 1997. Since 2004, it has taken part in the Training Programme for Teachers of Second Languages in collaboration with the Cervantes Institute, in addition to course design for the Educational Council of the Spanish Embassy in the USA for Spanish teachers.

2050Year in which the U.S. will be the first Spanish-speaking country

It is estimated that by the year 2050, the U.S. will be the world's leading Spanish-speaking country. And interest in our language in China is on the rise. Since 2005, the so-called Spanish Law has been in force in Brazil, obliging all secondary schools, both public and private, to offer the teaching of Spanish during school hours. To this end, 200,000 teachers will be trained or hired.

Data from the German Federal Statistical Office reveal that in the 2000/2001 academic year, some 115,000 German students were studying Spanish, while in the 2007/2008 academic year, the figure rose to 285,000 students, an increase of almost 150%.

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 18th to November 22th, 2021

* Face-to-face classes will take place on 22 and 29 October and 5 November from 3:00pm to 7:00pm and 12 November from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.

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 Instituto Cervantes. Attendance is compulsory and students may not miss more than 15% of the total classes for any reason.


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 October 1st

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)
E-mail: bastuy@deusto.es
Web page: http://www.cide.deusto.es/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CIDE.UniversidadDeusto
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/deustocide/
CIDE's Blog: http://blogs.deusto.es/cide/ 

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Avda. Universidades, 24 (48007) Bilbao

(+34) 94 413 90 92cide@deusto.es

Monday through Thursday:
8:30am to 2:00pm and from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
8:30am to 2:00pm