314 syllabus final

314 syllabus final - SPA 314 Teaching Methods Dr. Mara...

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SPA 314 Teaching Methods Dr. María Fidalgo-Eick Grand Valley State University Winter 2011 Office: MAK B-2-263 Phone number: 331-8567 (checked daily M-Th) / 331-3202 (MLL Dept.) E-mail: fidalgom@gvsu.edu (checked daily M-F) Blackboard Website: bb.gvsu.edu you are responsible for all the information on the course Website. Deadline to drop with a “W”: March 11 th , 2011 at 5:00 PM “The cornerstone of educational excellence at Grand Valley is its focus on liberal education as the foundation for all academic programs. Students engage ideas from diverse traditions in the humanities, creative and performing arts, natural and social sciences, and mathematics. They develop critical thinking and communication skills, gain self- knowledge, and learn to make ethical judgments that prepare them for responsibility as local, national, and global citizens.” 2010-11, p.6 Course description. This course provides future Spanish teachers with an introduction to the basic concepts of Spanish pedagogy, with particular emphasis on the communicative approach. Students will learn to write lesson plans, design and teach communicative activities, and create appropriate evaluation materials such as exams. This is not, however, a course on the specifics of elementary and/or secondary education in Michigan (or anywhere else); you will take ED courses for that purpose. This is an introductory course, for all future teachers of any level of Spanish, on the fields of Applied Linguistics and SLA (Second Language Acquisition). According to the ACTFL (www.actfl.org ) guidelines, you should be at least at the level of Advanced Low when you finish your Spanish studies. Course goals . The purpose of this course is to prepare future Spanish teachers for classroom instruction, acquiring knowledge about applied linguistics, teaching theories and methods developing skills in critical analysis through selected assignments designing activities for teaching and testing honing your teaching philosophy preparing a teaching portfolio practicing teaching skills in front of classmates observing real teachers in their classrooms and reflecting about the experience continuing the development of your language proficiency
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