Practicum in Education – Summer in Seville, Spain

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Program information

The Practicum in Education offers students with an interest in teaching and Spanish the chance to gain valuable professional experience over the course of a summer in Seville, Spain. Students enrolled in the Practicum work as Teacher’s Assistants in our Center’s “Playschool” or Teenschool program for Spanish children aged four to sixteen.

Playschool is a 6-week language immersion program in an urban summer camp setting. Playschool students attend an hour of English class each day, but the goal is for Playschool students to learn through context-rich activities and routines that happen throughout the day. These include theater, cooking, science experiments, field trips, and more. In fact, much of the learning happens outside of the class, as students naturally acquire the language from the English immersion setting.

Activities

Practicum students who will work with these children will participate in all the activities the teachers do:

  • Prepare small activities during class time (such as ones that reinforce a grammar point or vocabulary set)
  • Aid with classroom management
  • Assist with crafts and manual activities
  • Help with preparation and clean up
Keep in mind that this is not a “theory only” practicum: it is an opportunity to get real life experience working with children both in and out of the classroom setting. It gives you the chance to see various learning methods applied within an immersive setting, from project based learning to context rich class time.

Selection criteria

The ideal candidate is a student with a strong interest in both the theoretical and practical aspects of language acquisition. To qualify, applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • 3.0 overall GPA required
  • Working knowledge of Spanish preferred
  • Coursework in the field of education
  • Experience working with children, especially through teaching
  • Skills in leadership, communication, organization and problem-solving
  • Responsibility and dedication

Practicum Contact Hours

The contact hours are divided in the following way:

  • Structured Field Experience: 125 hours in the classroom
  • Second Language Acquisition Study: 25 hours of individual study
  • 15 hours focused on the issues in first and second-language acquisition that are most relevant to children.
  • 10 hours dedicated to the planning and preparation of learning and creative activities in coordination with Playschool staff.

Practicum Options

You may apply to just the 6-week practicum, however, many students choose to combine the Practicum with the Summer Term 1 and/or May Term. In addition to the academic benefits, the additional time allows students time to settle into Seville before taking on the Practicum responsibilities and interacting with Spanish students, making them more qualified teachers. Also, Spanish Studies Abroad provides a special tuition waiver and an extra week of room and board, free of charge, for students who enroll in both summer terms, making this unique internship a financially viable option for study abroad.

Choose a term

Start Date: May, 2021
Apply by: Apr 15, 2021
End Date: Jul, 2021
Start Date: Jun, 2021
Apply by: Apr 15, 2021
End Date: Jul, 2021
Start Date: Jun, 2021
Apply by: Apr 15, 2021
End Date: Jul, 2021

Choose your courses

Language
SPAN 312M - FOUNDATIONS OF SPANISH CULTURE
This course focuses on the historical and cultural development of Spain today, from its foundations into the 21st century. Students study Roman colonization and Moorish conquest, through the passage from the dictatorship of Franco to today’s democracy. Using the unique resources of Seville and her surroundings, students experience Spain’s past and present in music, art, architecture, and popular cultural expression, including flamenco and film. Multiple excursions throughout Seville illustrate the topics and themes discussed in class. Please note: SPAN 312M the course is only worth 3 credits.
Pre-requisites: One year of intermediate college Spanish or the equivalent.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
May
Language
SPAN 310M - ADVANCED SPANISH II
For students with a solid knowledge of Spanish structures. Development of completeness and correctness in comprehension, oral expression, reading and writing.
Pre-requisites: Minimum of one course in advanced college Spanish or the equivalent.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
May
Language
SPAN 309M - ADVANCED SPANISH I
For students with a solid knowledge of Spanish structures. Development of completeness and correctness in comprehension, oral expression, reading and writing.
Pre-requisites: One year of intermediate college Spanish or the equivalent.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
May
Language
SPAN 204M - INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II
Development of comprehension, oral expression, reading and writing. Systematic vocabulary building on a variety of practice themes. Guided discussions.
Pre-requisites: Minimum of one semester of intermediate college Spanish or the equivalent.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
May
Language
SPAN 203M - INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I
Development of comprehension, oral expression, reading, and writing. Systematic vocabulary building on a variety of practice themes. Guided discussions.
Pre-requisites: Two years of high school Spanish or one year of elementary college Spanish or the equivalent.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
May
Language
SPAN 102M - ELEMENTARY SPANISH II
This course is a continuation of SPAN 101M that further develops students’ ability to use basic structures and practical vocabulary. Emphasis on oral communication. Only offered in May.
Pre-requisites: One semester of elementary Spanish or the equivalent.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
May
Language
SPAN 101M - ELEMENTARY SPANISH I
Basic structures, practical vocabulary, extensive oral practice. (60 hours, 4 credits)
Pre-requisites: No previous knowledge of Spanish is necessary.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Summer Term 2
Living the Culture
LTC 491SVL - SERVICE LEARNING
Students enrolled in a Service Learning experience are expected to engage in one aspect of the culture by helping others and contributing to different fields. Community service will be held at local charity institutions, child and elder care, etc. (15 hours, 1 credit). Please note that there are additional fees for LTC courses. The additional price for LTC 491SVL is $350.
Pre-requisites: One semester of advanced college-level Spanish course.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 15
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2
Living the Culture
LTC 491PS - PADDLE SURF
A hands-on workshop that teaches the basic techniques of Stand-Up Paddle Surf, both with and without waves. Taught by specialized instructors on the beaches of the province of Huelva, one hour northwest of Seville. Please note that there are additional fees for LTC courses. The additional price for LTC 491PS is $350.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 15
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2
Living the Culture
LTC 491D - REGIONAL FOLK DANCE
Students learn to dance sevillanas that characterize the folk music and fiestas of the South of Spain. This studio course is taught in the flower-lined patio of the Center. (15 hours, 1 credits). Please note that there are additional fees for LTC courses.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 15
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2
Education and Psychology
EDML 394S - THE PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING A SECOND LANGUAGE
Taught in English. This course focuses on the motivational factors, personality traits, cognitive and learning styles, the degree of adaptation to a foreign language context, and other psychological factors (such as emotional and multiple intelligences), which influence second language acquisition. Students acquire tools to identify the psychological aspects that facilitate and sometimes impede the learning of a foreign language. Taught in English.
Pre-requisites: Previous study of education recommended
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Summer Term 1
Business
SPAN 302S - LANGUAGE AND PRACTICE OF SPANISH BUSINESS
Development of Spanish language skills specifically for use in the business world, including vocabulary, writing letters and memos, and oral practice. Discussions of business news, student presentations on business topics, and visits to local firms introduce students to the culture of business in Spain.
Pre-requisites: One year of intermediate college Spanish or the equivalent.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2
Communication and Media Studies
SPAN 326S - DIGITAL STORYTELLING
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2
History, Politics and Culture
SPAN 380S - MOSAIC: JEWS, MUSLIMS, CHRISTIANS AND THE SPANISH EXPERIENCE
This thematic course studies the influences of Jews and Muslims in political, intellectual, and artistic life from the earliest history to the present. Particular attention is paid to the period of convivencia, when Jews, Muslims, and Christians co-existed in medieval Spain. The course will also examine the influences from this period still visible in Seville and Spain.
Pre-requisites: Minimum of one course in advanced college Spanish or the equivalent.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Summer Term 1
History, Politics and Culture
SPAN 312S - FOUNDATIONS OF SPANISH CULTURE
This course focuses on the historical and cultural development of Spain today, from its foundations into the 21st century. Students study Roman colonization and Moorish conquest, through the passage from the dictatorship of Franco to today’s democracy. Using the unique resources of Seville and her surroundings, students experience Spain’s past and present in music, art, architecture, and popular cultural expression, including flamenco and film. Multiple excursions throughout Seville illustrate the topics and themes discussed in class. Please note: SPAN 312M the course is only worth 3 credits.
Pre-requisites: One year of intermediate college Spanish or the equivalent.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2
Literature
SPAN 360S - 20TH-CENTURY SPANISH THEATER
The rich tradition of Spanish theater and current innovations focus on the playwrights of Seville and Andalucí­a.
Pre-requisites: Minimum of one course in advanced college Spanish or the equivalent.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Summer Term 1
Language
SPAN 309S - ADVANCED SPANISH I
For students with solid knowledge of Spanish structures. Development of completeness and correctness in comprehension, oral expression, reading, and writing.
Pre-requisites: One year of intermediate college Spanish or the equivalent.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2
Language
SPAN 308S - SPANISH FOR THE HEALTH PROFESSIONAL
A course designed to help students develop language skills for health-related professions. Students participating in this course will learn how to communicate more effectively with Spanish-speaking patients and their families as well as how to consult with other health professionals. Medical health terminology, patient/client-interviewing skills, and cultural factors affecting health care delivery will also be studied.
Pre-requisites: Two semesters of intermediate college Spanish or the equivalent.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2
Language
SPAN 204S - INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II
This course is a continuation of SPAN 2013 that further develops the 4 areas of learning acquisition.
Pre-requisites: 3 semesters of college Spanish or the equivalent.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2
Language
SPAN 203S - INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I
Development of comprehension, oral expression, reading and writing. Systematic vocabulary building on a variety of practice themes. Guided discussions.
Pre-requisites: One year of elementary college Spanish or the equivalent.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2

What are you spending your program fee on?

For a specific price for this program please reach out to us, as fees vary depending on the destination.

What does the program fee include?

Tuition

Double occupancy room & full board

Laundry

Overnight & local study visits & cultural activities

Orientation

Health Insurance

Spanish Studies transcript

Support of onsite staff

Special Dietary Needs

Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other medical conditions that require a special diet may incur an extra fee to cover related dietary expenses. Please contact Spanish Studies for additional details.

All fees are in U.S. dollars and based on current exchange rates. Any considerable decrease in the value of the dollar will affect fees.

How much spending money should I budget for?

These costs are merely orientative*

The figures below are high estimates for your term abroad. We figure the average student will spend about $75 per week while in Seville. Of course, some will spend more and others will spend less. Think about your lifestyle and budget accordingly.

In total, we recommend that semester students budget a minimum of about $1,000 per month for expenses in Seville. Though lodging, all meals, laundry, and study tours are included in the program fees, students will want to have extra spending money for going out with friends, making weekend trips on their own, or buying gifts to take back home.

Meet your Resident Director

Dr. Michelle Durán, a native of Puerto Rico, is both the Resident Director for Seville and the Director of Academic Affairs for Spanish Studies Abroad. She is responsible for course development, assessment and overall academic quality of Spanish Studies programs in Spain, Argentina, Cuba and Puerto Rico. Prior to assuming her duties as Academic Director, Michelle served as both faculty member and Resident Director of the Spanish Studies Seville Program. In that capacity she has been responsible for the introduction and implementation of new methods of assessment on-site in Seville. She did her undergraduate work at Amherst College, and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University.

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