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Spanish Teaching

  • Available as a minor
    ¿Quieres enseñar español? Ven a Olivet!

  • At ONU, our Spanish teaching students don’t just learn to speak, write, read, and understand the spoken and written language. They must also learn the special techniques required to teach Spanish as a foreign language.

    As a part of the Spanish teaching program, students will gain mastery of the language, understanding of various cultures and histories, as well as pedagogical knowledge.

    Students will take courses from both the School of Education and College of Arts and Sciences. All graduates will be prepared to teach Spanish in grades 1-12.

    The University’s Christian mission is integrated throughout the program, making it a priority to teach our majors to embody the love of God in their teaching — treating learners fairly, believing in their ability to learn, and teaching them respect for people and God’s creation.

    Putting knowledge to work

    The department works in cooperation with the School of Education to meet the requirements for certification for the State of Illinois. In addition to field experiences within the classroom, students will complete a professional semester while student teaching.

    To further enrich their learning, students are required to study abroad. While abroad, students will study language while experiencing the history and culture of the country. Students will have the opportunity to live with native speakers, fully immersing themselves in the language. They can also participate in mission and service projects while abroad.

    Students must take a language proficiency exam recognized by the American Council on the Teachers of Foreign Languages via the telephone. This is a national exam that certifies student proficiency for teaching.

    Spanish Teaching is part of the Department of English and Modern Languages within the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education.