My name is Teresa Gonzalez. In October 2010 I participated in a three weeks course for teachers of Spanish as a foreign language at the Academia Andaluza.
I had no previous experience or knowledge about learning how to teach Spanish, since my background is in teaching general basic education, but my curiosity as well as the idea of going back to teaching in the future led me to this course.
The first thing I realised was that I had to take a whole new approach to teaching altogether, by applying a methodology especially designed for the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language. For me, this was a real challenge.
The course is divided into a theoretical part and a closely related practical one, in which we practised what we had learnt with real students in real time.
I felt very lucky to be able to work with highly qualified teachers and to have two German classmates who teach Spanish back in Germany. I think we made an excellent team, because I learnt a lot from their professional attitude while they benefited from my knowledge of the Spanish language as a native speaker.
This year I will go back to continue my training. I warmly recommend this course to all teachers of Spanish, whether native or foreign, because it allows you to enjoy and share your experience, to learn new approaches to language teaching and to discover a multitude of interesting didactic resources.