SKE Spanish Courses
We’ve been offering SKE courses since 2014. Our goal is to help SKE students to meet their subject requirements according to Teachers’ Standards. The objective is that our SKE participants achieve at least a B1 level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This level will meet the subject requirements of the National Curriculum specified on the Language programmes of study for teaching at least on Key Stage 3.
Our delivery model offers quality blended Spanish courses, with two weeks in Spain complemented by an online course with videoconferences to consolidate what the students learn in Spain. Our courses will focus on the language but also on the necessary skills to teach Spanish to British children. Our SKE course could also be just online. In that case, we would have more videoconference lessons in order to comply with the SKE course goals.
“You delivered a great course that gave me an understanding of Spanish language that I could never have achieved in the UK in such a short time”Sue Mahoney
Two weeks in Spain
In the two homestay weeks in Spain, our courses are designed according to participant’s needs. Our SKE participants have different levels of Spanish competence and we address this common issue by individualising the tutoring.
“I did not really know any Spanish before arriving, but Fernando’s clear explanations and exercises gave me a firm foundation for me to expand upon”Rachel Porter
Our courses are not only focused on the language language but also on how to teach Spanish to UK students. We will highlight the main problems British students face when learning Spanish (i.e. the uses of the past tenses, how to teach Spanish pronunciation, ·ser” and “Estar”, the subjunctive, etc.).
“Fernando has taught Spanish in UK secondary schools too, so it was very useful to get tips from him on which language points children tend to find most difficult, and advice on how to go about teaching certain things”Elizabeth Smith
Students will follow our web-based courses based on a textbook that will guide participants throughout the course. Participants will always have the support of our tutors who will correct the work published by them on the online forums. Participants will get a prompt from their textbook to post a message in the forum discussion boards, then we will point their mistakes out so that participants can correct those mistakes by themselves. If they’re not able to correct the exercise, their Spanish tutor will explain to them how it works in Spanish.
“Fernando’s corrections and outlining of the errors made (but crucially without simply giving me the solution) have helped me enormously to reflect and improve both my written and spoken Spanish.”Richard Higbid
Participants, at the end of the units will have a Google Meet lesson, where they will gain extra support and will be able to practice their speaking skills.
Our SKE (Subject Knowledge Enhancement) Spanish courses are funded by the DfE (Department for Education). You can get 100% funding of course fees plus a bursary for covering part of your own expenses.
Before applying to our SKE Spanish courses the applicant must have applied for and discussed the offer of a place on an ITT (Initial Teacher Training) programme. The need for the SKE Spanish course should be identified by the ITT provider, who will give students a conditional offer.
Once you tell your ITT provider you have chosen The Spanish Course as your SKE provider, we will contact your ITT provider to discuss all the issues regarding your SKE Spanish course before to requesting funding from the DfE.