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Spanish Teaching Practicum
SPAN TEACH
CLASS CODE: SPAN 498 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: LANGUAGE & LETTERS
DEPARTMENT: FOREIGN LANGUAGE & LITERATURE
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Supervised practice and development of Spanish teaching skills. (Spanish Teaching Majors ONLY)
DESCRIPTION: The course will place the student with an experienced instructor in a beginning Spanish class at BYU-Idaho. The stuent will attend class every day, observe the teaching methods, classroom activities, and textbook exercises. He/she, at the instructor's discretion, will serve as a teaching assistant for the class, occasionally teaching part of the lesson and on fewer occasions, the entire lesson. The student will receive feedback from the instructor concerning his/her teaching performance.
TOPICS: Topics covered will be determined by the supervising teacher based on his/her evaluation of the student's needs during the mentoring process. Possible topics could include lesson planning, lecturing, classroom management, creation of effective activities, supervising group work, homework assignments, test development and grading, foreign language drills, specific foreign language teaching methods, etc.
OBJECTIVES: Students will gain invaluable experience in teaching a beginning Spanish class. They will hone their teaching skills, learn new approaches, put into practice diverse pedagogical techniques, and obtain a greater understanding of just what effective teaching entails. They will be able to take advantage of the experience of a more seasoned instructor and therefore avoid many pitfalls and mistakes. They enter the high school more experienced than many of their first-year peers.
REQUIREMENTS: Students will be evaluated by their supervising teacher. The evaluation will be largely subjective. Areas of evaluation could include effective teaching, attendance in class, effective demonstration of techniques, responsibility in completing assignments, rapport with students, preparation and organization, clarity, enthusiasm, and knowledge of subject matter.
PREREQUISITES: Spanish 377 with grade of "C" or better. For Spanish Teaching Majors ONLY.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2002