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Master's Degree in Training of Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language

Universitat de Barcelona
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Master's Degree in Training of Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language

Program description

Master's Degree in Training of Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language

The master's degree in Training of Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language (FPELE) prepares future professionals for research and teaching in the field of Spanish as a foreign language (SFL). It provides comprehensive theoretical and practical training in the teaching of foreign languages in general and in SFL in particular, as well as introducing students to the different research areas related to the field.

This interuniversity master's degree is coordinated by the Faculty of Teacher Training at the University of Barcelona in collaboration with the Department of Translation and Language Sciences at Pompeu Fabra University.

The degree provides pioneering training for prospective SFL teachers from the academic, scientific and professional perspectives. Many professionals now working in the field ' in departments of Spanish at foreign universities, at Cervantes Institute centres, and in language schools, publishing houses, etc. ' have graduated from one of the 25 past editions of the course.

Admission requirements

In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:

  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

In this program, students will:

  • Acquire an understanding of the basic concepts of teaching and learning foreign languages and the ability to apply them to specific teaching contexts.
  • Assimilate theoretical and practical knowledge of how the formal and functional systems of the Spanish language operate, in order to give them the didactic treatment that the teaching context requires.
  • Acquire an understanding of the different approaches to the teaching of SFL, and the capacity to apply them to planning and evaluation of the teaching-learning process in a manner consistent with the teaching context.
  • Acquire the capacity to analyse teaching-learning activities and adapt and apply them in the classroom to foster learning opportunities and create new activities.
  • Learn to critically read research on L2 and carry out research into the teaching and learning of SFL.
  • Learn to use tools that facilitate self-analysis and reflection on the learning process, in order to evaluate teaching performance with respect to the requirements of the teaching context.
  • Acquire the capacity to take on different responsibilities within the professional world of SFL.

Tuition fees

For more information about tuition fees, please visit the university website.

Career opportunities

Successful graduates will have the skills and capacities to teach in a variety of educational areas related to SFL, to work in the educational publishing industry in a related area, or to pursue a research career in the area of language teaching.

The strong reputation of the coordinating universities makes this master's degree a benchmark for graduate employment and employability.

About this institute

Universitat de Barcelona 

The University of Barcelona, founded in 1450, is a comprehensive higher education institution that presents deep academic tradition coupled with frontier scientific knowledge. It is located in the city of Barcelona, one of the main cosmopolitan hubs in the Mediterranean...

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Why study at Universitat de Barcelona

Why choose the University of Barcelona?

  • It is the top-rated Spanish university in the most prestigious international university rankings.
  • It is among the 25 best universities of the world with more than 400 years of history.
  • It is situated in Barcelona, one of the best university cities in the World.
  • It offers a wide range of course offerings: bachelor’s degree courses, master’s degree courses, doctoral programs and other specific courses and programs.

Contact info

Universitat de Barcelona

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585
08007 Barcelona Catalunya

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