Teachers

 

What do we offer you as a teacher?

Since its formation, the Federation of Schools of Spanish as a Foreign Language (FEDELE) has opted for training as a one of its privileged courses of actions, with the aim of promoting both excellence and educational innovation among the Federated centers.

FEDELE Quality

The main objective of FEDELE is to preserve and promote the quality status in each of its schools that, in addition, pass the quality inspection granted by the Stamp of Accredited Center by Instituto Cervantes. The possession of the stamp is an indispensable condition for a school to enter the corresponding Regional Association, and therefore be a member of FEDELE.

In the same order of concern for quality, FEDELE has established an internal regulation that is included in the quality charter, by which all schools commit to following specific guidelines in all the services they offer (facilities, teaching staff, programs, accommodation, , activities, insurance, etc.).

In addition to the Quality Chart, FEDELE has approved a DECLARATION OF STUDENT’S RIGHTS AND DUTIES and has instituted the figure of the STUDENT GUARDIAN, who takes care of the claims that a student may have. This system is new in language programs and placed FEDELE among the most serious and respectful organizations with its students and agents.

Training to teachers

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Courses organized by FEDELE

This training program has been growing exponentially to be able to respond fully to the demand of the Spanish teaching professionals who work at the FEDELE schools, along with institutions that have supported us from the beginning, especially, Instituto Cervantes, and the editorials of the sector with whom we have created a deep draft training proposals the last years.

Courses organized by the federated centers

Many of our schools offer specific courses for Spanish teachers as a foreign language, supported by their own experience in the field.

Below, we include a list of the courses organized by FEDELE centers for all those Spanish teachers who want to consolidate and keep their knowledge up to date. Do not miss them!

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Travel with your students to Spain

It is noteworthy the importance of the Spanish language and culture at an international level being a language spoken in 23 countries, with a total of 600 million speakers worldwide and is studied by approximately 21 million students, so it has become a sector of great importance.

There are many people (young students, adults who want to learn Spanish, families who decide to live the experience of ELE linguistic immersion, etc.) who, in search of new horizons and adventures, embark into a specific plan for learning Spanish as a foreign language to continue their training and learns Spanish in Spain.

Whether it is a short stay or for long-term stays, the Spanish learning experience at any FEDELE Accredited Center is enriching and gives the person the possibility to grow, become independent, and experience our culture, while optimizing great social and interpersonal skills such as assertiveness, respect, communication, teamwork, willingness to provide solutions, patience, courtesy, self-confidence, ability to express oneself, adaptability, flexibility and even leadership.

We know that taking linguistic immersion trips can lead to difficulties for the teacher who seeks to do so with their students, regardless of their level. In underage students, these difficulties are usually due to not knowing where they would like to study. To solve these difficulties, we recommend the Spanish teachers to trust in one of our FEDELE Accredited Centers.

FEDELE Accredited Centers guarantee the safety and confidence of being able to travel with your students to Spain and complete a learning experience of Spanish as a highly satisfactory foreign language, since all FEDELE schools meet all the required quality levels. Among them, we would like to highlight:

  • They are companies that comply with the legislation and guarantee the safety and quality of the service and are accredited at an educational and logistic level to carry out these linguistic stays.
  • Its information is clear and truthful about the characteristics of each course and activities.
  • They are responsible for managing the student’s stay abroad effectively, by signing clear and written contracts with all the institutions and companies that are part of the student’s stay.
  • Offer complete personalized assistance and permanent support throughout the student and teacher’s stay.
  • Professionals who are at all times accompanying the student: teachers, monitors, etc.
  • Specific courses for teachers who want to improve and/or adopt certain resources, as well as resolve certain doubts in the management of the ELE classroom group.

How to become an ELE teacher?

At present no qualification or certification accredits you as a teacher of Spanish as a second and foreign language; and although the Instituto Cervantes is working on the development of such a qualification, it is not yet available.

We can find specialisation courses such as Masters in teaching Spanish as a foreign language offered by different universities or other institutions, and other specific courses for teachers. In this case, FEDELE has a series of training courses for ELE teachers and our federated centres also have specific training plans for native teachers which you can consult on our virtual campus.

You can also consult other courses:

  • Instituto Cervantes course programme in collaboration with FEDELE – Instituto Cervantes course programme – Instituto Cervantes course programme in collaboration with Spanish and foreign institutions (to take these courses you must be a native speaker of Spanish or have a minimum level of C1 and you must have a diploma, degree or bachelor’s degree, or be in the final year of your university studies).
  • Many private and public Spanish language schools abroad consider a degree in Hispanic Philology to be a great incentive for hiring teachers. If the degree is accompanied by a Master’s degree in teaching, it helps in the competition for a job. However, each university or private centre has its requirements which should be consulted in the job offers published but, in general, it is important to have particular training in the ELE sector, as well as knowledge of the DELE and CCSE tests and teacher training.

TEACHING ACCREDITATION DIPLOMAS (DAD)

The Instituto Cervantes is developing a system of professional accreditation which consists of a series of diplomas that accredit the professional training of teachers of Spanish as a foreign language. The first is the DAD autonomous level, which certifies that the teacher has the basic skills necessary to face the challenges of the ELE classroom.

A teacher who holds this diploma can take responsibility for his or her group without the need for a supervisor or tutor. Therefore, it accredits the holder that he/she can carry out his/her work as an ELE teacher with the guarantees of the Instituto Cervantes.

This qualification is obtained using on-site tests held at Instituto Cervantes centres and assessed by the same organisation. In Spain, it is taught at the headquarters of the Instituto Cervantes in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid.

MASTER

The Instituto Cervantes together with the Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP) develops the official Master’s Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, accredited by both institutions. It has a syllabus of 60 ECTS credits that are taken over two consecutive summers in Santander.

More info: UIMP Website

The Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) and the Instituto Cervantes offer the Master’s Degree in Teacher Training in Spanish as a Second Language. It consists of 65 credits and is recognised by both institutions.

How to become an ELE examiner?

To be accredited as an examiner for the Oral Expression and Interaction test (EIO) of the DELE exams, it is necessary, on the one hand, to have the appropriate profile and, on the other hand, to have completed the relevant training.

Profile of ELE examiners:

  • Hold a higher university degree.
  • Have specific training in Spanish language teaching.
  • Have experience in teaching Spanish.
  • Non-Spanish-speaking Spanish teachers must also have a degree in Hispanic Philology or have a DELE C1 Diploma (to take part in the A and B level exams) or a degree in Hispanic Philology or have a DELE C2 Diploma (to take part in the C level exams).
  • Have passed the corresponding accreditation course as a DELE examiner.

Those who meet the above profile can begin the process of accreditation as DELE examiners by taking the specific DELE examiner accreditation courses that the Instituto Cervantes designs and offers at the Instituto Cervantes Headquarters or at any of its centres around the world, in classroom, blended or online format, depending on what is on offer.

After completing a first accreditation course, examiners receive an accreditation code which identifies them in the DELE examiner database and which is also used to monitor their work as examiners in the various examinations in which they participate.

Those who meet the above profile can begin the process of accreditation as DELE examiners by taking the specific DELE examiner accreditation courses that the Instituto Cervantes designs and offers at the Instituto Cervantes Headquarters or at any of its centres around the world, in classroom, blended or online format, depending on what is on offer.

After completing a first accreditation course, examiners receive an accreditation code which identifies them in the DELE examiner database and which is also used to monitor their work as examiners in the various examinations in which they participate.

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