Spanish ClassroomThe Summer Language Institute/MA in Spanish Language Teaching has a unique curriculum designed by teachers to maximize your potential as a language teacher. Through courses on language acquisition and pedagogy as well as language and culture courses, you will improve both your language proficiency and cultural understanding while becoming a better teacher. The curriculum has three types of courses:

  • Core required courses in areas such as second language acquisition theory, assessment, and teaching for proficiency
  • Language and culture electives
  • Pedagogy courses which accompany each language or culture elective and focus on practical application of various pedagogical practices.

The descriptions below give you more details on each of these types of courses.


The Summer Institute for Spanish Teachers offers you the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in Spanish Language Teaching (a total of 48 quarter credits) over three summers. You may earn up to 18 credits each summer.

Five 3-credit required core courses:

  • FL 511, Second Language Acquisition: Theory and Practice
  • FL 512, Teaching for Proficiency: Methods and Strategies
  • FL 513, Foreign Language Assessment: Principles and Strategies
  • FL 514, Action Research
  • FL 515, Technology in the Foreign Language Classroom 

A minimum of 29 credits of Hispanic Language and Culture courses:

These elective courses vary each summer, providing students with a variety of options. They are designed to build students' linguistic and cultural knowledge and enhance their pedagogical skills. Each of these courses is accompanied by a pedagogy course (2 credits) The following are examples of courses taught in the past.

  • SPAN 541 Topics in Hispanic Culture: Art and Architecture of Latin America (3 credits) with Incorporating Art in Language Teaching (2 credits)
  • SPAN 532 Communicative Grammar (3 credits) with Teaching Grammar in Context (2 credits)
  • SPAN 541 Topics in Hispanic Culture: Musica hispana (3 credits) with Incorporating Music in Language Teaching (2 credits)
  • SPAN 581 Topics in Theoretical and Applied Spanish Linguistics: Bilingualism in the Spanish Speaking World (3 credits) with Issues in Second Language Writing (2 credits)

A minimum of 4 credits Action Research Project:

During the school year prior to your final year in the program, if you are a masters candidate, you will conduct an action research project with your own students/at your own school. You will write a 30-40 page paper (plus bibliography and appendices) documenting the project. The action research project, presentation and paper take the place of a thesis project, and are graded based on the AR project rubric and the AR presentation rubric.

Students take the FL 514 Action Research class during the second summer. Beginning with students enrolled in Action Research in Summer 2019, students must enroll for 1 credit per term of FR 503 Thesis while working on their Action Research Project during the following year. During the final summer, they must register for 1 credit of FR 504 Action Research Presentation in order to present their Action Research project. Students who do not finish the Action Research Project during that academic year must register for 1 credit of FR 503 Thesis each term they continue working on the project until it is completed.