Exploring Second Language Teaching and Learning

For students at any Spanish level interested in teaching and second language acquisition
Next Offered
Summer 2014
Application Deadline

Program Description


The program will explore aspects of second language learning in Spain, specifically Leon. We will read about the theory of second language acquisition and see how the theory and practice are combined in immersion programs. In León we will interview the Director of the summer immersion program (camp) and observe immersion teaching as it happens in order to explore how Spanish students are using and learning English in the classroom. Students will read "Understanding Second Language Acquisition" and reflect on the theory in the book and the reality in the classroom.

In addition to coursework, students will also have the opportunity to live with families and can choose to participate in optional excursions and day trips to different sites and cities in the region, which are arranged by the University of León Language Center.


July 26 - August 23, 2014 (Summer B-term)


While enrolled in this program, students will complete the following courses (both courses are required and receive a numerical grade):

  • EDC&I 495 or SPAN 393/493* - Exploring Second Language Learning (4 credits)
  • SPAN 199/237/337* - Spanish Conversation (2 credits)

*Spanish credit received will be determined by past experience with Spanish.  Students must meet the prerequisites in order to receive intermediate or advanced-level credit in Spanish.

Excursions & Other Activities

Students will be able to participate in excursions and activities arranged by the University of León Language Center, if desired.

Housing Information

The students' primary housing will be with home stay families, who will provide students with a room of their own and 3 meals a day. No more than one native English-speaking student will be placed in a home, unless otherwise requested. Students will fill out a form indicating their preference of type of family as well as any allergies, which will then be sent to our partner institution in León so that they can arrange the home stays.


Participants must provide proof of health/accident insurance coverage. Please refer to IPE's Health Insurance webpage for information regarding health insurance while studying abroad.

Eligibility & Application

Eligibility Requirements

The program is designed to serve any student who would like to explore international education and how different nations educate students in World Languages.

Application Procedure

Priority will be given to applications received by the application deadline of February 21, 2014. Applications received after the deadline may be considered on a space available basis.

To apply to the program, please visit IPE's webpage for the program and click on the Apply Now button.

The application includes a Personal Statement, 3 short answer questions, 2 Faculty recommendations and electronic signature documents related to University policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once admissions decisions have been regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.

Financial & Enrollment Information

Program Fees

The total cost of the program (including a room, three meals a day with a Spanish family, and program overhead) will be approximately $3,525. This amount includes everything EXCEPT round-trip airfare*, local transportation (except for the group excursion), textbooks, passport, health insurance, $300 IPE fee, and pocket money.

*The average cost for round-trip airfare is $1,000-$1,500, depending on when and where you buy your ticket.

Payment Schedule

Please visit IPE's webpage for the program to see the payment schedule.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Undergraduates who intend to study abroad are encouraged to apply for the Fritz Undergraduate Scholarship for Study Abroad and the Global Opportunities Scholarship for Study Abroad.

Students seeking further information on financial aid and scholarships for foreign study should visit the IPE Financial Aid webpage, or request the Financial Aid outline from the IPE Office. In addition, students may reference the UW Scholarship Office website for more information on general and foreign study scholarships. Students will maintain their eligibility to receive most forms of UW student financial aid while participating in this program, provided that they concurrently enroll.

Refund Schedule

The $350 program deposit and $300 IPE Fee are non-refundable. Students withdrawing from a program will be responsible for a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy will be included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the IPE Office.

Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing to both:

Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies
Box 354360
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-4360
AND International Programs and Exchanges
Box 355815
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-5815

Contact Information

Questions about the program can be answered by:

Phillip Markley
Padelford Hall, B-232
(206) 543-5629
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