Training course for ELE teachers

Training course for ELE teachers

Training for sSpanish Teachers

About this course






The ELE teacher training course of the Spanish Language School of the University of Salamanca in Strasbourg aims to provide teachers with all the necessary tools to implement ELE teaching based on an intercultural context.


There is now a consensus in language teaching about the need to produce speakers who can communicate effectively and appropriately in pluricultural and plurilingual contexts, i.e. who can act as social agents, as reflected in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


ELE USAL Strasbourg has taken up the challenge of organising a course that takes these aspects into account and offers a course in which each module is presented from the perspective of intercultural language learning.


This edition will include some new features, both in terms of format and content. The course will last 50 hours and will run three days a week for 8 weeks, with two hours per class.


The course consists of 4 blocks in which the theoretical and methodological foundations of foreign language teaching are presented and the application of these with each of the skills necessary for the language learner to achieve the communicative competence needed to function in Spanish as a foreign language. In this way, it presents the instruments that a teacher needs to focus on the preparation and implementation of an ELE course.



Aimed at undergraduate students, ELE teachers, language centre managers and enthusiasts of Spanish language teaching who wish to deepen their knowledge of the development of intercultural competence in the ELE classroom. We study each case individually.



It is divided, first of all, into a theoretical part in which we will study the evolution of foreign language teaching and analyse the main methodological approaches. Grammatical, lexical and socio-cultural language skills will be addressed from an approach based on the development of intercultural competence. Secondly, a practical part is proposed in which current EFL textbooks will be analysed and didactic units oriented towards the acquisition of the student’s cultural competence will be produced, examining how to deal with each of the communicative competences in the EFL classroom.


The course will take place online, with live classes and always in constant contact with the teachers.



  • Main methodological approaches in foreign language teaching: This is the most theoretical part of the course. We will build the basis for the proper functioning of the course. We will define the notions of approach and method and examine their evolution and development. We will focus on the role of the CEFR in language learning. We will look at the different levels, analyse the competences and see the importance of the competences in the process of learning communicative competence for learners of Spanish as a foreign language.


  • Teaching grammatical competence in the ELE classroom: The aim of this module is to show the future teacher the different tools available to develop this skill in the ELE classroom. The emphasis is on practice, confronting the future teacher with certain difficulties and seeing together how to deal with them in the ELE classroom.


  • Teaching socio-cultural competence in the ELE classroom: This module focuses on defining the key notions when developing this competence in the EFL classroom while providing the tools and resources necessary to make the EFL classroom a space in which the development of intercultural competence based on communicative functions that actually provide the learner with the necessary component to be able to communicate in a context is promoted. In addition, the theme of Hispanic diversity and the importance of developing this diversity for intercultural learning is addressed.


  • Didactic and Pedagogical Guidelines for Teaching Ele – The Teaching Unit: In this unit, we will start by defining method, approach and methodology in order to give a chronology of the different approaches and methods used in foreign language teaching and we will examine the evolution of methodology in foreign language teaching. We will focus on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and the Cervantes Institute Plan to analyse the advantages and disadvantages of these two materials. Some preliminary clarifications will be made about communicative competence in the EFL classroom. We will get to know each of the skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) and we will see how each of them can be promoted in the classroom. In this module we will also analyse the importance of interaction and mediation, skills that are playing an increasingly important role in language learning.



We have a platform where you will be registered. The courses are live and interaction between students is encouraged so that we can learn through the experiences of everyone involved in the course. This is important because, as it is an online course, students can come from anywhere in the world, which leads to different visions and ways of working depending on the culture of each person and where they are. Thus, during the course, interculturality is developed and we learn from each of the visions that are shared during the training. The courses take place at slightly different times each day so that you can participate as much as possible. In addition, they are recorded and uploaded to the course platform, along with the presentations and materials used, so that you can all keep up to date with the content and not lose momentum if you have to miss them. For each module you will be asked to complete an assignment, a reflection and participate in the forum. In this way, you will be able to integrate the content and put it into practice in your daily work as a teacher.



  • The acquisition of new knowledge and the application of this knowledge in the specific field.


  • The application of the concepts and methodology in the classroom.


  • Make judgements on the basis of personal criteria and reflections.


  • The development of autonomous training and research.


  • The development of a positive attitude towards the cultural component, concretising this attitude in intercultural learning.


  • The ability to critically analyse their experience as language learners and teachers according to new learning models.


  • Innovation in the design of online assessment tools and resources with the development of communicative competence based on the cultural component.


  • Managing multilingual environments that support intercultural learning.



Each of these modules will be presented by ELE specialists:


  • César Maloof Avendaño. PhD from the University of Montreal, specialising in grammatical competence. In his thesis, he studied the Spanish of French-speaking students, in particular the prepositional system. He is currently a professor at HEC Montreal (University of Montreal).


  • Alfredo Segura Tornero. He holds a doctorate in Linguistics from the University of Castilla-La Mancha and has completed the Master’s degree in Spanish as a Foreign Language at the University of Salamanca. He is currently coordinator of the Department of Modern Philology at the UCLM. He is the author of articles in different specialised journals on his two main areas of research: discursive enunciation applied to literary and cinematographic discourse, and foreign language didactics. He is also the author of several textbooks for Spanish and French as a foreign language published by Nathan: Visión Gobal, ¡Buen viaje !, Planeta, Textos y métodos… He has taught at the universities of Bretagne-Sud, Libreville, Toulouse, Castilla La Mancha, Liège and Zaragoza. In the international courses of the University of Salamanca, he taught ELE and training from 2004 to 2011.


  • Vicenta González Argüello. She has a degree in Hispanic Philology and a PhD in Philosophy and Educational Sciences from the University of Barcelona, where she is also a lecturer for the Bachelor’s degrees in Early Childhood Education, Primary Education and for the Master’s degree in Teacher Training of Spanish as a Foreign Language (Faculty of Education). She is also co-director of the online Master in Teacher Training of Spanish as a Foreign Language (UNIBA-UB). Her research interests include gamification in foreign language teaching, reflective processes in teacher education and the portfolio as a tool for teacher education.


  • Diana Bravo Moreno. PhD in Hispanic Studies from the University of Montreal and her research focuses on the cultural component and the development of intercultural competence in ELE students. She is also the coordinator of ELE courses at USAL Strasbourg. Her experience with different structures, audiences and cultures allows her to develop ELE courses with different objectives and for different audiences, always with the same objective: that students succeed in communicating and coping with Hispanic culture.


  • Isabel Iglesias Casal. PhD in Spanish Philology, professor in the Department of Spanish Philology and coordinator of the official Master of Spanish as a Foreign Language at the University of Oviedo. She has collaborated with numerous Spanish and foreign universities in teacher training courses, including the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, Campus Comillas, Universidad Antonio de Nebrija, Universidad de Zaragoza, Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación (Santiago de Chile), Universidad de Braga, Instituto Cervantes de Lisboa and the Université Lumière de Lyon.



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*Timetables are agreed with students before the course starts. Usually, students from different countries around the world participate, so in the event of a time conflict, the lessons are always recorded so that everyone can watch them at their convenience.



At the end of the course, the student will obtain a certificate from the Spanish Language Schools of the University of Salamanca.



Le prix total du cours est de 450 euros. Le paiement peut être effectué en deux versements : un avant le début du cours, à titre de frais de réservation, et le second à mi-parcours.




  • Once you have completed the form, please send it back to us with a CV and a covering letter.


  • You will receive a reply within a few days; if your application is accepted, you will receive an invoice for the full cost of the course.




*A minimum of 6 students is required to complete the course.


Our course begins with the first step for generating great user experiences: understanding what people do, think, say, and feel. In this module, you’ll learn how to keep an open mind while learning.

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