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The bachelor’s degree in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language prepares well-trained professionals in teaching the language with linguistic, pedagogic and research knowledge and skills.

Enrollment profile

The applicant to enter the degree in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language must possess features in terms of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values.

The knowledge the applicant must possess to enter the program is:

  • Knowledge of the Spanish Language that allows performing tasks that require a certain academic/cognitive domain of the language.
  • General notions of the Spanish linguistics.
  • A high level of knowledge of Spanish grammar.
  • (In the case of foreign students whose native tongue is not Spanish, they must accredit the domain of the Spanish language with the minimum level B2 according to MCER. For this program, the following is considered equivalent: DELE level B2.)

The minimum skills the applicant for this degree must possess are:

  • Skill to express orally and written in Spanish.
  • Capable of communicating clearly and concise.
  • Capable of comprehending, reflect and synthetize texts.

The desirable attitudes for the applicant are:

  • Commitment with their academic formation.
  • Calling for teaching.
  • Willingness to work both autonomously and in team.
  • Critic, constructive attitude.

The desirable values for the applicant are:

  • Respect to oneself and the others.
  • Valuing and tolerance of the cultural, social and human diversity.
  • Academic honesty.
  • Social commitment and responsibility.
Graduate profile

The graduate fromo the degree in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language will possess the owngeneric competencies of the University of Guanajuato. The development of those are transversal and complementary to the study plan determined by the graduate’s UG’s educative model

  1. Plans the educational and life project under the principles of freedom, respect, social responsibility and justice to contribute as an agent of change in their environment.
  2. Communicates orally, written and digitally in Spanish and in a foreign language to widen their academic, social and professional networks which allows a regional insertion with international perspective.
  3. Responsibly and ethically handles the information technologies in their academic and professional processes.
  4. Sustains a personal posture about topics of interest and general relevance, considering other points of view in a critic, respectful and reflective manner.
  5. Chooses and practices healthy life styles that allow an equilibrated professional and academic performance.
  6. Maintains a respectful attitude towards interculturality and diversity to create spaces of human, academic and professional and build coexistence inclusive societies.
  7. Is sensitive to art and participated in the appreciation and interpretation of its expressions in different genders that promote their comprehensive formation.
  8. Recognizes the strengths and opportunities of people and, in an ambiance of trust, propitiates the necessary collaboration to achieve the fulfillment of goals or projects.
  9. Is an innovative and competitive leader in the discipline of field of their choosing, who continuously learns about oneself and new concepts, processes and methodologies that allow to contribute solutions and take decisions with moral integrity, social commitment and sustainability focus.

Observing the needs of the discipline of teaching Spanish as a second language, the program encourages to develop the following specific competencies (SC), according which the student when graduates:

  1. Acts professionally as a representative of the culture and tongue before the students, through which she/he must promote to tolerate and respect these languages.
  2. Critically analyzes the most important linguistic, psychological and didactic trends and their contribution to teaching Spanish to apply them in the practice and communication in different contexts related with teaching.
  3. Design didactic materials and applies innovative techniques for teaching/learning Spanish as a second language with the purpose to efficiently, creatively and originally acquire new skills.
  4. Develops and uses different methods of evaluation by observing the progress of the students while they learn Spanish as a second language to value their domain of the skills related with criteria of equity and impartiality.
  5. Participates in research about aspects related to teaching Spanish in personal and collaborative projects with the purpose to contribute the growth of knowledge in the field with ethic and methodologic responsibility.
  6. Gets involved in her/his own disciplinary and collective development through axis of collaboration, communities of practice and continuous formation to be constantly updated with professional awareness.
Study plan

According the current UG’s Academic Statute (2008), the plan for the degree of Teaching Spanish as a Second Language works with a schooled system. The new enrollment period is annual with semiannual school periods. The Learning Units will be taught throughout the week addressing the school calendar. The total number of credits of the program is 242.

  • First enrollment
  • Mexican culture and society
  • General linguistics I
  • Critic reading and writing
  • Principles and techniques of self-learning and its teaching
  • Fundaments of teaching Spanish
  • Ethics
  • Comprehensive development activities*
  • Co0mplementary academic activities*
  • Second enrollment
  • Intercultural communication
  • General linguistics II
  • Academic writing
  • Acquiring and learning a second language
  • Methodology of teaching Spanish as a second language
  • English I
  • Comprehensive development activities*
  • Complementary academic activities*
  • Third enrollment
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Didactic material design
  • Reflection about the experience of learning another language
  • Optative I**
  • Optative II**
  • English II
  • Comprehensive development activities*
  • Complementary academic activities*
  • Fourth enrollment
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Morphology of Spanish
  • Didactic of the oral expression and hearing comprehension
  • Observing and analyzing language classes
  • Applied linguistics to teaching Spanish
  • Optative III**
  • English III
  • Comprehensive development activities*
  • Complementary academic activities*
  • Fifth enrollment
  • Educative means I
  • Syntax of Spanish I
  • Didactic of reading and writing
  • Practice of supervised teaching: linguistic skills
  • Research methodology
  • Optative IV**
  • English IV
  • Comprehensive development activities*
  • Complementary academic activities*
  • Sixth enrollment
  • Educative means II: online learning
  • Syntax of Spanish II
  • Didactic of Spanish Grammar as a second language
  • Practice of supervised teaching: grammar
  • Seminar of research methods
  • Optative V**
  • English V
  • Comprehensive development activities*
  • Complementary academic activities*
  • Seventh enrollment
  • Speech analysis in teaching Spanish as a second language
  • Theories and techniques of the evaluation of learning
  • Professional practice in pairs: analysis and reflection
  • Degree seminar I
  • Optative VI**
  • English VI
  • Comprehensive development activities*
  • Complementary academic activities*
  • Eighth enrollment
  • Individual professional practice: analysis and reflection
  • Degree seminar II
  • Optative VII**
  • Comprehensive development activities*
  • Complementary academic activities*
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Campus Guanajuato, Division of Social Sciences and Humanities (DCSH)
Calzada de Guadalupe s/n; Downtown; 36000; Guanajuato, Gto.
Phone: (473) 73 2 00 06
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