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.


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.

Practicum in Education - Summer Programs

Start Date: May 12, 2021
Apply by: Apr 15, 2021
End Date: Jul 31, 2021
Cost: $8.100
Start Date: Jun 3, 2021
Apply by: Apr 15, 2021
End Date: Jul 31, 2021
Cost: $5.100
Start Date: Jun 24, 2021
Apply by: Apr 15, 2021
End Date: Jul 31, 2021
Cost: $3.500

Course Catalog

Education and Psychology
Theoretical study of language acquisition combined with hands-on teacher assistance in the Center’s English language program for children. Limited number of positions; separate application required. Please reach out to Spanish Studies Abroad Admissions staff for more information.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 180
Summer Term 2

Costs include


Double occupancy room & full board


Local study visits & cultural activities


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.

Meet your Resident Director

Michelle Duran is a native of Puerto Rico, is the Academic Director of 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 theSpanish 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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