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Spanish Teacher Education

Program Details

The major in Spanish teacher education includes coursework in language, literature and culture, as well as professional education courses and student teaching. Students with prior study of a language or who are heritage speakers should complete a placement exam and are eligible for advanced placement credit after successfully completing one to two courses in the department. Minors are also available in French, German and Spanish.

The department is committed to promoting foreign languages both as a means of communication and as the prerequisite to cultural understanding. Classes with the prefix of SPAN are taught in Spanish and promote students’ active use of the language in a culturally and communicatively meaningful context. Classes with the prefix FL are taught in English and allow students the opportunity to reflect critically on cultural practices and products of non-English-speaking countries and people prior to obtaining advanced proficiency in the target language.

Special Opportunities in Spanish Teacher Education

In the WIU Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, students will be taught by experienced, dedicated professors and instructors from many different countries. Small class sizes allow for individual attention from teachers and a friendly classroom environment. In addition, the department provides free tutoring in the languages offered. The Foreign Language Computer Lab (Morgan Hall 303) is available for individual student use. The departmental DVD collection includes a variety of feature films in Spanish that can be checked out by students and viewed in the lab.

Students may practice their language skills in any of the weekly conversation groups/coffee hours in Spanish. In addition, faculty regularly sponsor film series and organize activities in cooperation with student language groups. Outstanding students of Spanish are encouraged to apply for membership in Sigma Delta Pi, a National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.

Study abroad is required for teacher education majors in order to improve linguistic and cultural expertise through an extended immersion experience. A wide variety of options are available, including departmental faculty-led programs in Spain and Costa Rica, as well as programs through partner universities in various countries. The Office of Study Abroad is an excellent resource for students who wish to identify an appropriate program. Students attending approved study-abroad programs earn academic credit applicable to their degree requirements. Spanish teacher education majors can apply for scholarships to assist in covering the costs of study abroad.

Department Minors

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Additional Resources

Spanish language class

Professional education courses, including Foreign Language Methods, prepare students for student teaching

Possible Spanish Teacher Education Career Paths

Learning languages promotes appreciation and respect for cultural diversity, can increase marketability to employers and graduate schools and opens the door to life-changing opportunities for study and work abroad. Students completing the Spanish Teacher Education program develop pedagogical skills and proficiency in the language which lead to licensure to teach the language in Illinois at the K–12 level.

Courses in Spanish prepare students to pass state content exams and to complete the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Students are required to achieve a rating of Advanced Low on the ACTFL Proficiency Scale as determined through the OPI. Professional education courses, including EDUC 439: Foreign Language Methods, prepare students for student teaching, completion of the required professional portfolio (EdTPA) and the Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) Exam.

Spanish & Foreign Languages Courses

Please refer to the undergraduate catalog for detailed program information and course requirements.

EDUCATION (EDUC)

439 Foreign Language Methods. (3) An exploration of current foreign language teaching methodologies and techniques through assigned readings, discussion, and practical application such as microteaching. Prerequisite: EIS 301 or consent of instructor.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE (F L)

101 Introductory Seminar in World Languages and Cultures. (3) (General Education/Humanities) (Global Issues) Introduces the content and methods of foreign language scholarship. Centers on a particular topic or theme within the context of (a) non-Englishspeaking culture(s). Methods may include linguistics, cultural studies, film studies, literary studies, interdisciplinary approaches, and/or pedagogy.

151 Self-Instruction I. (1–3, repeatable to 3) Less commonly taught languages. Emphasis on spoken language. Memorize corpus and practice with native speaker. Oral examination. By permission of department chairperson.

350 Introduction to Contemporary Critical Theory. (3) (General Education/Multicultural Studies) This course, to be taught in English, will introduce students to critical theories that shape literary, artistic, and cultural studies as they apply to foreign languages. Prerequisites: ENG 180, 280; junior standing or consent of instructor.

392 French Cinema. (3) Historical survey of the French film industry, with particular attention to the works of major filmmakers. English subtitles. Prerequisite: for French majors or minors, FR 224; for others, permission of the instructor.

480 (Cross-listed with GER 480) Sexuality in German and Austrian Culture. (3) Examines the representation of sexuality in film, literature, and nonfiction of German-speaking countries in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Students requiring German credit must enroll in GER 480; all others in F L 480. Not open to students with credit for GER 480. Prerequisite: GER 326 or QS 100 or junior standing.

490 Senior Capstone. (1) Students practice acting as educated resources in their primary foreign language and culture. Self-reflection and future goals are formulated in individual portfolios that serve as final assessment for the major. Students are required to take an oral proficiency interview. Prerequisites: senior standing or permission of the department chairperson.

499 Selected Topics in Foreign Languages and Literatures. (3) Seminar in topics related to foreign languages, literatures, and cultures. Taught in English. Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of the instructor.

SPANISH (SPAN)
(Language Skills Courses)

121 Elementary Spanish I. (4) (General Education/ Humanities) Development of the four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Not open to students who have had two years of high school Spanish without permission of the department chairperson.

122 Elementary Spanish II. (4) (General Education/ Humanities) Continuation of Elementary Spanish I. Development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills along with cross-cultural insights and appreciation. Prerequisite: SPAN 121 or appropriate score on placement examination administered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

223 Intermediate Spanish I. (3) (General Education/ Humanities) Continued development of the four basic language skills with increased emphasis on reading and culture. Class conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 122 or appropriate score on placement examination administered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

224 Intermediate Spanish II. (3) (General Education/Humanities) Continuation of Intermediate Spanish I. Prerequisite: SPAN 223 or appropriate score on placement examination administered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. IAI: H1 900.

302 Spanish for Business. (3) An introduction to business practices in Spain and Latin America, with emphasis on business vocabulary, written and oral communication, and the role of culture and cultural differences in business transactions. Prerequisite: SPAN 224 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

320 Spanish for Heritage Speakers. (3) Designed to make heritage speakers of Hispanic background aware of their cultural origins and the diversity that exists across Hispanic cultures through intensive practice in writing, reading, and grammar for heritage speakers. Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) course. Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280, SPAN 224 or equivalent, and consent of the instructor.

325 Spanish Conversation. (3) Intensive practice in oral expression and conversation. Prerequisite: SPAN 224 or equivalent

326 Spanish Composition. (3) Intensive practice in written expression and composition. Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) course. Prerequisites: SPAN 224 or equivalent; ENG 280.

340 Spanish for Law Enforcement. (3) Attention is focused on oral proficiency in the contexts likely to be useful to law enforcement personnel. Vocabulary specific to the profession is taught, as well as practical cultural information. Prerequisite: SPAN 224 or permission of instructor.

342 Spanish for Health Care. (3) This course focuses on communicative proficiency for health care personnel. Communicative tools specific to health care contexts are taught, together with relevant cultural information. Prerequisite: SPAN 224 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

344 Spanish for Social Work. (3) Intensive Spanish practice through simulations involving real-life situations in intercultural settings. Provides vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and cultural information for the specific needs of professional social workers. Prerequisite: SPAN 224 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

392 Spanish and Latin American Cinema. (3) Historical survey of the film industry in Spain and Latin America, with particular attention to the works of major filmmakers and genres. Prerequisite: SPAN 224 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

401 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics. (3) Introduction to the main concepts and methods of linguistic analysis, focusing on the Spanish sound system, social dynamics, and dialectal variation. Prerequisite: SPAN 326 or equivalent.

402 Introduction to Spanish Morphology and Syntax. (3) Introduction to the systematic study of the morphological and syntactical elements of Spanish with practice in application. Prerequisite: SPAN 326 or equivalent.

449 Spanish for Content-Based Instruction. (3) The study of Spanish vocabulary and phrases for the teaching of different subjects of the school curriculum including mathematics, science, social studies, and grammar. Prerequisite: SPAN 224 or permission of instructor.

457 Contemporary Spanish American Prose. (3) Selected prose works of major contemporary Spanish American writers. Prerequisite: SPAN 327 or equivalent.

(Literature and Civilization Courses)

327 Introduction to Hispanic Literature. (3) An introduction to critical reading and appreciation of Hispanic literature, surveying representative texts from major periods and genres. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 224 or equivalent. IAI: H3 916.

328 Masterpieces of Spanish Literature. (3) A study of selected masterworks representing major periods and genres of Spanish literature. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 224 or equivalent. IAI: H3 917.

361 Field Study Travel. (1–3, repeatable in one language to a maximum of 9) Field study project. The student submits a written report and fulfills other requirements set up by the instructor. Prerequisite: 6 s.h. of intermediate college Spanish or equivalent.

408 Spanish Civilization and Culture. (3) A survey of Peninsular civilization from the prehistoric past to the post-Franco present, emphasizing cultural achievements of universal significance. Conducted in Spanish.

409 Spanish American Civilization. (3) The study of fundamental historical and cultural facts concerning Spanish America; the role of contrasting value systems of Spanish America and the United States in intercultural communication. Conducted in Spanish.

452 Spanish Literature of the 19th Century. (3) Study of major works with emphasis on Romanticism and Realism. Prerequisite: SPAN 327 or equivalent.

453 The Generation of 1898. (3) Representative works of the major figures of early twentieth-century Spanish literature. Prerequisite: SPAN 327 or equivalent.

454 Spanish Literature of the 20th Century. (3) Study of major works of prose, poetry, and drama from the Generation of 1898 to the present. Prerequisite: SPAN 327 or equivalent.

456 Masterpieces of Spanish American Literature. (3) Selected works of prose, poetry, and drama from the Colonial period to the present. Prerequisite: SPAN 327 or equivalent.

492 Individual Studies in Spanish. (1–5, repeatable to 5) Prerequisites: advanced standing and consent of department chairperson.

499 Selected Topics in Spanish Language and Literature. (3, repeatable for different topics to no maximum) Prerequisite: SPAN 327 and consent of the instructor.

Contact Information

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Dr. James A. Schmidt, Interim Chairperson
Email: JA-Schmidt@wiu.edu
Location: Morgan Hall 332
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-1558

Foreign Languages and Literatures Website

Foreign Languages and Literatures Directory

College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)

Dr. Susan Martinelli-Fernandez, Dean
Email: Martinelli-Fernandez@wiu.edu
CAS Email: cas@wiu.edu
Location: Morgan Hall 114
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-1828

CAS Website

Foreign Languages and Literatures Advising

Sharon Hunter
Morgan Hall 028
Phone: (309) 298-1846
Email: SL-Hunter2@wiu.edu

Morgan Hall