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What courses are most helpful to be a Spanish teacher and which ones would you recommend?

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LaTricia T.’s Answer

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To become a Spanish teacher, you will need to be really good with language arts, literature, English and Spanish courses. Anything that you can do to learn about how words are formed and even the history of language or linguistics will be helpful.
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Karl’s Answer

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Hi Joselyn,
I agree with Josiah and LaTricia above. Learn everything you can about the Spanish Language, the history, and culture of Spanish speaking countries and immerse yourself in both the verbal and written language. English is extremely important, too. Only by understanding the fine points of your students' other languages, can you effectively teach them another language (assuming English is their first language! :).
Find time to speak the formal form of Spanish as often as you can and immerse yourself.

Karl recommends the following next steps:

  • Ask your counselor and other teachers at your school who you could contact to ask about the work they do.
  • Search for Spanish Teacher forums and bulletin boards online and see if you can join those as a student.
  • Begin to consider who you'd like to teach? Students in Middle School, High School, College?
  • Study hard in ALL your classes, so more opportunities will be open to you as you go through school.
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Josiah’s Answer

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A good mixture of English and Spanish classes are beneficial. Make sure to focus on the reading, writing and speaking of the language. I find that I can read Spanish more easily than I can understand it verbally. So, some more verbal classes would be of use to me. In addition, I would highly recommend a semester or time abroad where you can study Spanish. I did this in Costa Rica and loved it! I learned so much more Spanish this way and it was a lot of fun.
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