Teaching Associate Program for Spanish

Program Overview

The selection process for the Spanish Teaching Associate (TA) Program takes place in the Spring (usually April). Selected graduate students will teach Spanish 1A in the Fall and Spanish 1B in the Spring of the following year. To facilitate ongoing training and support, the TA Coordinator will schedule weekly meetings that TAs must attend.*

TAs will employ communicative, task-based strategies towards teaching Spanish 1A and 1B as they simultaneously plan lessons, develop curricula, and create assessments. They will also learn how to use a textbook (Mosaicos 6th Ed.) and its online components (MySpanishLab) to develop a semester-length curriculum and daily lessons. At the same time, TAs will design original, creative activities that enhance and complement textbook material. TAs will learn how to connect MySpanishLab with CANVAS, San José State’s online learning management system. Taken together, graduate students that successfully complete the Spanish TA Program in the Department of World Languages and Literatures will graduate with a solid understanding of the field of Second Language Acquisition and hands-on experience with elementary Spanish curriculum design, assessment development, lesson planning, use of technology as a pedagogical tool, and classroom teaching.

Beginning Fall 2020, successful completion of the SPAN 160B Hispanic linguistics seminar on Spanish language teaching methodology will be required for consideration for a Spanish TA position. This course offers the theoretical and practical training that complements the Department of World Languages and Literatures' approach to teacher training. With a strong theoretical background in Second Language Acquisition Pedagogy and knowledge of the evolution of Second Language Acquisition Pedagogy during the 20th and 21st centuries, TAs will gain critical insight into current approaches to teaching in the field. Additionally, TAs will become familiar, in theory and in practice, with the most up-to-date approaches to teaching Spanish, which are centered on guidelines provided by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

*These meetings support the 10.8 hours a week on duties related to the employment/appointment as a TA.

For additional program information, please refer to the handbook: SPANISH MA TEACHING ASSOCIATE HANDBOOK 2019-2020.

For other questions reagrding the program, please contact Assistant Professor Avizia Long at avzia.long@sjsu.edu.