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Overview

You enjoy trying new things. You love interacting with people of other cultures and ethnic backgrounds. You find yourself automatically helping people, especially those who are younger than you, understand things that they don't understand. You enjoy helping them understand and improve their ability in foreign languages, such as Spanish. You find learning and teaching Spanish fun. You enjoy clearly defined objectives and procedures.  You enjoy interacting with your peers and working collaboratively in a group with them.

If this describes you, then the Spanish education degree at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU's Modern Languages and Linguistics Department faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career as a Spanish teacher.

 

Major Description 

 

As a Spanish education major at NGU, you will spend much of your time studying Spanish grammar and vocabulary, communicating in Spanish, learning about cultural differences in peoples who speak Spanish, and practicing teaching methods and procedures. You will learn about the procedures, rules, and standards for teaching, as well as the techniques and strategies for teaching a foreign language, especially Spanish.

By your senior year, you will have synthesized everything that you have learned in your Spanish studies and organized that knowledge so that it is useful to you and so that you can effectively communicate it to others. In your language teaching class, you will learn the standards that are required of you by your professional association and by the state of South Carolina. In your semester of student teaching, you will grow and develop into a well-rounded teacher of the Spanish language and Spanish cultures.

Ultimately, the Spanish education degree will provide a strong education based on a biblical worldview that will prepare you for a variety of Spanish teaching pursuits.
 

Curriculum

 

The curriculum in the Modern Languages and Linguistics Department at NGU is divided into four sections: general education, core studies, supporting courses, and electives.

The general education section of our curriculum helps you to develop into an informed and productive member of society. The required supporting courses teach you a basic understanding of linguistics. In the core curriculum, you will consolidate your knowledge and skills in your specialty.
The Modern Languages and Linguistics Department offers a bachelor's degree in Spanish and a bachelor's in Spanish education, as well as minors and interdisciplinary components in French, Linguistics, and Spanish. The program also offers courses in American Sign Language, Arabic, German, and Mandarin Chinese.


Faculty Strengths

 

Our Modern Languages and Linguistics Department faculty members possess a very wide range of strengths and experiences, as well as very rigorous academic understandings of the languages and cultures they teach.

Half of our full-time faculty are native speakers, while the other half learned their specialty as a second language. Both types of instructors bring different sets of experience, knowledge, and worldviews to our students. Most of the native speakers were born abroad, so they bring to the classroom significantly different perspectives than individuals who were born and grew up in the United States.
 

 

Tracks / Concentrations

 

In the Spanish education program, the two major areas of study include the Spanish language and Spanish-speaking cultures, as well as the discipline and requirements of certified teacher education in the state of South Carolina. You will take a series of courses in both of these areas.

 

Minors

 

 

Electives

 

There are no electives for this major available at this time.

Future

Career Opportunities

 

  • ESL teacher (additional certification required)
  • Missionary
  • Private school Spanish teacher
  • Public school Spanish teacher
  • Spanish teacher abroad
  • Translator

 

Postgraduate Studies

 

This program is brand new. Therefore, no graduates have continued on to graduate school yet.  However, our graduates will be qualified to enter graduate school when they wish. Any college or university offering a variety of master's and doctorate programs is an option.

Potential Employers

 

This is a new program without any graduates yet. However, NGU graduates with education degrees in other disciplines are routinely hired by the following local public school systems: 

  • Greenville County Schools
  • Pickens County Schools
  • Spartanburg Schools (all districts)

Learning Experience



Hands-On Experience

 

Study Abroad

The Modern Languages and Linguistics Department offers students an opportunity to travel and study abroad in order to experience immersion within the language and culture of their specialty.
 
Internship

Our internship course requires students to apply their knowledge of experience to a practical world environment.  

Local Churches

The Modern Languages and Linguistics Department encourages our students to worship with and to become involved in a church where the language they are studying is spoken.
 

Courses

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

First Semester

COLL 110 First-Year Experience (1 hour)
ENGL 1310 English Composition and Rhetoric  (3 hours)
HIST 1350 Western Civilization I or Hist 1360 Western Civilization II  (3 hours)
MATH 1315 Contemporary Mathematics or higher math course (3 hours)
SPAN 1320 Spanish II (3 hours)                
EDUC 1210 Introduction to Education - Includes 20 hours field experience (2 hours)

Second Semester

ENGL 1320 English Composition and Literature (3 hours)
SPAN 2310 Spanish III  (3 hours)
LING 2320 Introduction to Linguistics (3 hours)
CHST 1310 or 1320 (3 hours)
EDUC 2230 Foundations of Education (2 hours)
PHED  1200 Concepts of Physical Fitness  (2 hours)       

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.


 

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

First Semester

SPAN 2320 Spanish IV (3 hours)
EDUC 23XX Foundations of Reading (3 hours)
EDUC 3410 Educational Psychology (10 hours field experience) (4 hours)
COMM 2300 Oral Communication (3 hours)
PSYC 2385 (3 hours)

Second Semester

SPAN 2360 Intermediate Spanish Grammar and Composition (3 hours)
SPAN 2330 Intermediate Spanish Conversation (3 hours)
Physical Science Elective (4 hours)
EDUC 1215 Integration of Technology (2 hours)
MUSC 1300 or ARTS 1300 (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.



 

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

First Semester

SPAN 3360 Advanced Span Conversation (3 hours)
SPAN 4320 Spanish Linguistics  (3 hours)
EDUC 3350 The Exceptional Learner (3 hours)
EDSE 3290 Curriculum Development - Includes 20 hours field experience (2 hours)
EDSE 4340 Classroom Management (3 hours)

Second Semester

SPAN 3365 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition (3 hours)
SPAN 3335 Introduction to Spanish Literature (3 hours)
SPAN 4310 Spanish Phonetics (3 hours)
SPED 4310 World Language Methodology - Includes 30 hours field experience (3 hours)
BIOL XXXX Biology Elective (4 hours)

 
*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.


 

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

First Semester

EDSE 3395 Reading and Writing in Content Area - Includes 20 hours field experience (3 hours)
SPAN 3375 Spanish Culture and Civilization (3 hours)
SPAN 4390 Spanish Senior Seminar (3 hours)
SPAN 3331-49 (excluding 3335) Spanish literature elective (3 hours)
CHST 2335 World Religions (3 hours)

Second Semester

EDSE 4600 Directed Student Teaching (12 hours)


*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 


 

Program Objectives

  • Achieve an advanced low level on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages' (ACTFL) oral proficiency interview, the evaluation and assessment procedure developed and used by ACTFL to determine oral language proficiency.
  • Demonstrate significant cultural knowledge of a native Spanish-speaking environment.
  • Write Spanish at an advanced low level, based upon the published ACTFL proficiency guidelines.
  • Read Spanish at an advanced low level.
  • Pass the PRAXIS II and Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) state examinations to teach in the state of South Carolina.

 

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