University of Barcelona

Training of Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language

Objectives and competences

Objectives

  • Acquire an understanding of the basic concepts of teaching and learning foreign languages and the ability to apply them to specific teaching contexts.
  • Assimilate theoretical and practical knowledge of how the formal and functional systems of the Spanish language operate, in order to give them the didactic treatment that the teaching context requires.
  • Acquire an understanding of the different approaches to the teaching of SFL, and the capacity to apply them to the planning and evaluation of the teaching-learning process in a manner consistent with the teaching context.
  • Acquire the capacity to analyse teaching-learning activities and adapt and apply them in the classroom to foster learning opportunities and create new activities.
  • Learn to critically read research on L2 and carry out research into the teaching and learning of SFL.
  • Learn to use tools that facilitate self-analysis and reflection on the learning process, in order to evaluate teaching performance with respect to the requirements of the teaching context.
  • Acquire the capacity to take on different responsibilities within the professional world of SFL.

Competences

General competences:

Upon completion of the master's degree, students will be able to:

  • manage (identify, organize and systematize) information in order to build knowledge on the processes of teaching and research;
  • observe, evaluate and reflect to analyse their own teaching performance and learning processes;
  • work in teams, displaying a commitment to of cooperation and consideration for diversity.

    Specific competences:

    With regard to the specific applications of their knowledge, students will be able to:

    • identify and apply the fundamental concepts involved in the teaching and learning of foreign languages;
    • interpret how the formal and functional systems of the Spanish language operate and give them the didactic treatment that the teaching context requires;
    • describe in depth the formal levels of linguistic analysis ' phonetic, morphosyntactic, lexical and discursive;
    • plan and evaluate the teaching and learning of languages in a manner consistent with the teaching context and the required methodological approach, as established in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
    • design and implement diverse activities and learning opportunities in the classroom that encourage the development of effective communication skills in learners of Spanish at all CEFR levels;
    • select and develop teaching materials adapted to different contexts and learning situations;
    • integrate information and communication technologies (ICTs) into SFL teaching;
    • make use of diverse manifestations of Hispanic culture, such as film and literature, as teaching resources in SFL teaching;
    • develop the strategies to understand research into L2 teaching and learning;
    • collect, analyse and interpret empirical data from research in the field of SFL learning and teaching;
    • use ICT resources in the collection and analysis of data for research in the field of SFL;
    • respond to the demands of a specific teaching context and take on different responsibilities as a teacher and as member of teaching staff.
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