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Learning to be a Spanish teacher: a Mexican perspective

22 December, 2014


When you leave your country to settle in another part of the world, your see all aspects of your culture, mother tongue and customs in a different light; when you are at ´home´ we do not always appreciate the routine character of everything which surrounds us.


When you leave your country to settle in another part of the world, your see all aspects of your culture, mother tongue and customs in a different light; when you are at ´home´ we do not always appreciate the routine character of everything which surrounds us.

Abroad, people appreciate all of this: your culture, your language, your traditions perhaps even more than you could have realised when you were immersed in your own country .

When I find myself chatting with other Spanish speakers in the school corridors, in the street, in a restaurant or in any public place , people see us  and smile, some people greet us with hola! This happens even when they do not know us and only because they have a connection with us through our language.  Belgians and the Dutch like Spanish and they are interested in learning it. Some do it so that they can go on holiday to sunny Spain or Latin America but also to obtain other job opportunities.

Nevertheless, to be able to teach your language, you must first know it, and in my opinion although native competence is not absolutely necessary, you need a sound knowledge of it so that you can teach it correctly. That is why I decided to take this course, because I am interested in teaching Spanish on an educational basis, and this course has given me the knowledge and basic resources to begin this challenge.

The online option provides us with the flexibility to be able to study at our own rhythm
, and to combine it perfectly with other activities, but it also requires you to be disciplined to sit down and  dedicate time to the reading and tasks. It would be ideal if it were combined with practices for those people who do not yet have experience being in front of a group; however I understand that each one of us can do these on our own initiative.

Finally, I wish all those people away from home who are on the education career path and who are proudly sharing our language and culture luck.

Greetings from a Mexican woman.

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