During the programme
You learn what it is to be a teacher and how to teach Spanish language and literature to young people, with a work placement at a training school from year one.
What will you do?
Our Teacher Education in Spanish programme covers five disciplines:
- The Spanish language: Literature, grammar, linguistics and the Spanish-speaking world
- Methodology: acquiring a second language
- Research: practice-based research at a school
- Profession: pedagogics, child development, developmental psychology
- Internship/work placement
You will regularly spend time in a Spanish-speaking environment to further improve your language skills.
Many of your classes will be taught in Spanish, so your fluency and understanding of the language will increase quickly. From early on you'll know what it's like to be a teacher, as you will be in front of a classroom from November onwards! During an excursion to Spain you will be able to use your newly-improved language skills.
By now, you've found out what kind of teacher you want to be and which school type suits you. You teach one day a week and study teaching methodology. By the end of year 2, you choose at which Dutch school type you want to teach.
In your second year you also deepen your knowledge about Spanish language, culture and education by spending a few months in Spain or South America. While being there you will do an internship at a Spanish speaking secondary school.
From year 3, you spend two days a week in front of the classroom. You learn about language learning in practice and how you can help your students master the Spanish language.
Your final year focuses on completing your degree. About half of your time is spent doing an internship at a Dutch secondary school, where you teach your own classes and undertake a research project for the school, supported by us and your school supervisor. The other semester is free for you to fill in, for instance by doing a minor.
- 60%individual work
Are you ambitious? Do you want more from your degree? You can follow our Honours programme alongside your regular coursework. Once you have completed your coursework and a final graduation project, you will be awarded the Honours Certificate.
From day one, you are allocated a personal study career coach (SCC), who supports you during your time with us. Your SCC helps you with all study-related issues, from time management to study methods and career planning.
During HU's Teacher Education in Spanish programme you will encounter the following teaching methods:
- Project groups
- Skills training
- Consultation and discussions
Courses conclude with exams, tests, assignments, essays or portfolios. Exams may also be broken down into partial exams (or partial tests). Exams are held at the end of each term and are posted on the examination timetable.
At the end of your first year you will receive a binding recommendation on whether or not you may continue your studies with us. To continue your course, you need to have earned at least 50 out of the possible 60 ECTS. If you fail to do so, you will be asked to leave the programme.
You will work in learning teams: small groups of students who learn together to build their knowledge and skills collectively and individually. A learning team consists of five to seven students, guided by a professional development coach and lecturers.
Talented and ambitious students can opt for a five-year course that leads to a double Bachelor’s degree: one in Spanish and one in another language. You will have an additional workload of around eight to ten hours a week.
As our Teacher Education in Spanish programme trains you to become a teacher, internships at Dutch schools and teaching practice are a key part of the programme from day one.
Why choose HU?
You are taught in Spanish
Having your classes taught in Spanish means you are immersed in the language from the start, allowing you to become fluent and confident quickly.
It is possible to obtain a double degree, making you qualified to teach two languages and boosting your prospects of finding a teaching position.
Teaching practice is at the heart of the programme
Since HU places a strong emphasis on practice, you will be able to use what you've learnt straight away.