The 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 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:

  • Communicative Grammar (3 credits) with Teaching Grammar in Context (2 credits)
  • Spanish/Latin American Film (3 credits) with Teaching Language with Film (2 credits)
  • Topics in Spanish/Latin American Culture (contemporary and historical) (3 credits) with Teaching Language through Culture (2 credits)
  • Contemporary Spanish/Latin American Theater (3 credits) with Teaching Language through Theater (2 credits)
  • Spanish/Latin American Music (3 credits) with Music in the Foreign Language classroom (2 credits)
  • Topics in Spanish/Latin American Literature (3 credits) with Teaching Language through Literature (2 credits)
  • Topics in Spanish/Latin American Art (3 credits) with Teaching Language through Art (2 credits)
  • Topics in Spanish Linguistics: Spanish Pronunciation (3 credits) with Teaching Correct Pronunciation (2 credits)

A 1-credit 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.




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