Practicum in Education - Summer Program
Dates and Fees
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The Practicum in Education offers students with an interest in teaching and Spanish the chance to gain valuable professional experience over the course of a summer in Seville, Spain. Students enrolled in the Practicum work as Teacher’s Assistants in our Center's "Playschool" program for Spanish children aged four to twelve.
Playschool is a 5-week language immersion program in an urban summer camp setting. Playschool students attend an hour of English class each day, but the goal is for Playschool students to learn through context-rich activities and routines that happen throughout the day. These include theater, cooking, science experiments, field trips, and more. In fact, much of the learning happens outside of the class, as students naturally acquire the language from the English immersion setting.
Practicum students who will work with these children will participate in all the activities the teachers do:
- Prepare small activities during class time (such as ones that reinforce a grammar point or vocabulary set)
- Aid with classroom management
- Assist with crafts and manual activities
- Help with preparation and clean up
Practicum Contact Hours
The contact hours are divided in the following way:
Structured Field Experience: 125 hours in the classroom
Second Language Acquisition Study: 25 hours of individual study
- 15 hours focused on the issues in first and second-language acquisition that are most relevant to children
- 10 hours dedicated to the planning and preparation of learning and creative activities in coordination with Playschool staff.
You may apply to just the 5-week practicum, however, many students choose to combine the Practicum with the Summer Term 1 and/or May Term. In addition to the academic benefits, the additional time allows students time to settle into Seville before taking on the Practicum responsibilities and interacting with Spanish students, making them more qualified teachers. Also, Spanish Studies Abroad provides a special tuition waiver and an extra week of room and board, free of charge, for students who enroll in both summer terms, making this unique internship a financially viable option for study abroad.
Practicum in Education (5 weeks, 4 credits)
The practicum dates align with Summer Term 2. Students work in the Playschool for 180 internship hours to earn four credits.
Practicum + Summer Term 1 (8 weeks, 8 credits)
Students that wish to boost their Spanish or earn more credit over the summer may opt to enroll in the Summer Term 1 prior to beginning the Practicum. Students will take a Spanish language or culture course for four credits. The course The Psychology of Learning a Second Language is recommended for students who will enroll in the Practicum.
Practicum + Summer Term 1 + May Term (10.5 weeks, 11 credits)
Students may combine the Summer Term 1 and the Practicum with an additional three credits of intensive language study during the 2.5-week May term. This combination provides students with the opportunity to a minimum of 11 credits over the summer and will better prepare them for their work in the playschool classroom.
Note: Students may also enroll in optional "Living the Culture" courses, each bearing one credit. Click here for details.
The ideal candidate is a student with a strong interest in both the theoretical and practical aspects of language acquisition. To qualify, applicants should meet the following criteria:
- 3.0 overall GPA required
- Working knowledge of Spanish preferred
- Coursework in the field of education
- Experience working with children, especially through teaching
- Skills in leadership, communication, organization and problem-solving
- Responsibility and dedication
APPLYING TO THE PRACTICUM
To apply, student must complete both the general Spanish Studies Application and the specific Practicum in Education Application. See instructions below.
Complete an Online Application for a Seville Practicum in Education Summer Program.
Practicum assignments are limited. Acceptance decisions will be made by on a rolling basis. Late applications may be considered.
- Double occupancy room & full board
- Local study visits & cultural activities
- Health Insurance
- Spanish Studies transcript
- Support of onsite staff
Special Dietary Needs
- Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other medical conditions that require a special diet may incur an extra fee to cover related dietary expenses. Please contact Spanish Studies for additional details.
All fees are in U.S. dollars and based on current exchange rates. Any considerable decrease in the value of the dollar will affect fees.
Your Spanish home or student residence will be the focal point of your social experience– where you will sleep, eat, study, and relax. A homestay gives you a unique insight into Spanish culture by allowing you to become part of a Spanish family.
Your homestay includes full room and board as well as laundry and the cleaning of your room. Special dietary or housing accommodations may be made, but may require an additional fee. To ensure that your home will provide a warm and tranquil atmosphere, one conducive to learning, Spanish Studies Abroad staff discusses norms and policies with hosts and regularly inspects the homes.
Famous for: Moorish palaces, Catedral de Sevilla, Flamenco, Bull fighting
Andalucía’s capital is a beautiful and ancient city on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. Its temperate climate and rich cultural life embodies the spirit of traditional southern Spanish culture, from flamenco to bullfighting, to winding ancient cobblestone streets.
Spanish Daily Routine:
Breakfast/Desayuno is not a major meal, consisting of small amount of food and is generally eaten early in the morning.
Lunch/Almuerzo is the biggest and most important meal of the day and is generally eaten between 2:00 and 4:00PM.
Dinner/Cena is a small meal, although more substantial than breakfast and is generally served between 9:00 and 10:00 PM.
Siesta is a time to rest. It starts around 1:30 PM when all the shops begin to close, and lasts until 5:00 PM. Almost all shops are closed during siesta while Spaniards may sleep or watch TV, leaving you no choice but to also relax.
Traditional Spanish Dishes:
Paella is a rice dish commonly mixed with a variation of seafood, meat, vegetables, and beans.
Tortilla is a dense omelet full of fried potatoes (sometimes onions or another vegetable as well).
Jamón Serrano is a salted, cured ham that is sliced thin and is typically served either on its own or in a bocadillo (sandwich).
Spanish culture is not particularly vegetarian/vegan friendly due to the importance of ham and other pork products in their diet. While the salads may not be filling, Spain offers delicious breads, cheeses, and vegetables dishes.
How to Dress in Spain:
Most Spanish people dress up more than the average American. Young men wear jeans and t-shirts or soccer jerseys, but you’ll also see men wearing nice pants and shoes. Women generally wear very feminine clothing.
To fit in with your surroundings, avoid wearing grubby jeans, sweatshirts, and sneakers. Nice, fitted clothing is what most people wear.
Life Outside the Classroom:
Spanish people tend to be very friendly and open. However, you will need to make an effort to introduce yourself. Some of the best ways to do so are by signing up for a local speaking partner, attending Spanish Studies cultural activities, or by going to the places Spanish students hang out.
Spanish Studies Abroad wants you to have fun while studying abroad; however, you are expected to meet all of your academic responsibilities. Spanish nightlife is probably unlike the social scene you have experienced in the U.S. The Spanish often plan to go out at midnight or later, which is just the start of the evening. Many friends you meet will stay out until six or seven in the morning, then go straight to breakfast, and rest during siesta.
Spanish Studies programs feature all-inclusive study visits with accommodations, meals, entrance fees and expert professors and guides. Site visit destinations vary according to program.
Local study visits may include:
- Museo de Bellas Artes, a fine arts museum converted from a 15th-century convent
- Archivo de Indias, home to centuries of historical documents that chronicle Spain's role in the Americas
- Itálica, a vestige of the Roman Empire in Southern Spain
- Seville's principal monuments, such as the catedral and the Alcázar, a 10th-century Moorish Palace
- Art exhibits, concerts and evenings at the theater
Day and Overnight* Excursions may include:
- Roman, Muslim, and Jewish monuments in Córdoba, Mérida & Cáceres
- The monastary of La Rábida, where Columbus planned his first voyage to the Americas
- The great Hispano-Muslim monuments of Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains
*There are no overnight excursions in any of the short term programs.
Additionally, Spanish Studies organizes Optional Leisure Activities (OLA) and cultural events such as bullfights at the Real Maestranza, performances at the Teatro de la Maestranza, and weekend trips. You can see the Center's Activities Calendars by semester of both included and optional activities.