The University of VIC (Universitat Central de Catalunya) jointly with AIPC Pandora and the Fundació Instituto Confuci (Confucius Institute Foundation) of Barcelona, have launched a Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language to Spanish Speakers.
The aim of the program is to train qualified teachers who can then teach Chinese in Spain and Latin America. The course is mainly aimed at teachers who speak fluent Mandarin, have an A2 level of Spanish and want to teach Chinese in different academic environments across Spain and Latin America.This course is campus-based, taught in English, Mandarin and Spanish. The student will have to complete 60 CTS credits in one academic year. The course will start on September 14th, 2020 and end on June 18th, 2021. The entry requirements for the Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language to Spanish Speakers include:
- An undergraduate Degree (or equivalent) related to education or humanities
- Certified native level, HSK 6 or C1 level of Chinese
- Well-established A2 level of Spanish
A future-oriented profession: Chinese teacher in Spain and Latin America
Speaking Chinese is an increasingly significant skill in Spain and Latin American countries. In Spain alone, there are around 52 thousand people who study Chinese, half of which are younger than 18 years old. There is a growing demand for Chinese, that is why schools and companies are in urgent need for qualified teachers. There is no doubt that Chinese is going to be a very important language for the next generations. In fact, many schools and universities across Spain and Latin America have already started to teach Chinese as part of their programs.
The Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language to Spanish Speakers at the University of VIC is a great opportunity to acquire the required training to work as a Chinese teacher in Spanish-speaking countries. This course allows students to learn about the specific pedagogical aspects of the Spanish education model and the theoretical foundations prevailing in western didactics. Added to this, the course provides the necessary pedagogical tools to teach Chinese to Spanish-speaking students. It is completely professionalized, meaning that the theoretical content is complemented with practice. The course also brings students to the classrooms through hours of real-life work experience in schools.
Barcelona, one of the most attractive cities in the world
The Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language to Spanish Speakers is offered at the university of VIC, which is located in the city center of Barcelona, about 30 minutes away walking from the Basilica Sagrada Familia.
Barcelona is home to 1.6 million people only within the central area, but if we include the metropolitan area, we would be talking about more than 5 million inhabitants. Barcelona has a very privileged location: on the Mediterranean Coast, constituting a crossroad between Spain and the rest of Europe, that is why it offers an added value to students who live here, who will eventually realise how fascinating the city is to live and to study. The city’s culture, history, beaches, architecture, leisure activities and gastronomy have made Barcelona a first-class tourist destination across the world.
In Barcelona there is a huge population of students who come from all over the planet and who fill the city with a special vitality, painting its streets with a very characteristic colour.
Without a doubt, the Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language to Spanish Speakers is an excellent opportunity for those young people who want to become Chinese teachers in Spain as well as in Latin America.