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What will you learn?

The Master's Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language language at the University of Navarra boosts your professional development from the very beginning by providing you with more than 600 hours of real internships and integrating you into the team professor of ILCE, a dynamic and innovative group of professionals. 

From the first day of the Master:

  • You will develop your critical and analytical skills with the goal to reflect on and solve the challenges of everyday teaching. 

  • You will learn to generate collaborative and autonomous learning dynamics in the students in your classes, and to understand and analyse different national and international teaching contexts. 

  • You will experience the leadership of interdisciplinary teams focused on language learning.

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Professional projection

The Master's Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language language is not a final destination, it is a transformative experience that will not end when you graduate. Every student's journey is different, which is why the programme, together with Career Services at the University of Navarra, provides personalised professional resources to help you make an impact in the years to come.

The data below represents the destinations of students from previous editions who accepted placements in schools or continued their training within 3 months of the end of the MELE.

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Our motto is "learning by teaching and teaching to learn". 

In addition to including innovative and unique content and approaches, the MELE programme has been designed with five features that distinguish it from other similar programmes:

1. Real and paid teaching practice from the beginning of the Master's degree at ILCE (600 hours) . The only ELE master's degree with 150 hours of direct, paid teaching at class with direct responsibility for at least three different groups/courses during the 10 months of the master's degree. Your first paid job as an ELE teacher will be with us.

2. Professional integration in ILCE applying the theory of the courses to professional life in ELE. Learning means participating in a real professional context. Participation in the daily life of ILCE, a university institute for research and innovation in ELE, will enhance your professional development in all its facets: research projects, ELE evaluation, classroom teaching, programme organisation, co-curricular activities and Institute meetings.

3. Personal counselling in a small class of students. Only a small number of students (between 7-14) are accepted for each year of the Master's course. group . Each MELE trainee teacher receives ongoing support, tutoring and continuous monitoring by ILCE teachers with weekly support meetings. Each student is assigned mentor for the classes they teach, an academic advisor for MELE questions and a director for TFM. You will always be accompanied.

4. approach real global MELE. The only master's degree in ELE in which more than half of the teachers are guest lecturers and come from the best universities in America, Asia and Europe. You will receive professional perspectives from all over the world.

The boom in the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language language is a global phenomenon. The need for a well-prepared, adaptable and dynamic academic staff is growing in different countries and contexts and at all levels of education: from primary school to university. The MELE offered by ILCE University of Navarra is unique in its practical, professional, innovative and global approach . 

5. employment of new technologies: The Master's Degree has a subject of new technologies called nuevas tecnologías aplicadas en la teaching of Spanish, where new digital tools are taught for the teaching and assessment.

The students of Master's Degree integrate new technologies throughout the whole period of training such as access to the use of digital whiteboards and the use of management Blackboard learning platforms, both for their own training and for the teaching they teach in their internships.

The MELE sets itself a double goal of training:

1. to train competent, dynamic and innovative professionals with the real experience of having applied on classroom the key knowledge of teaching Spanish as a foreign language language : language didactics and its evaluation, theories of Spanish learning, new technologies in the class of ELE, specific purposes and methodology of action research for the classroom and institutions; 

2. to train professionals who have been able to reflect on their own way of teaching and their own professional development , thus being able to innovate, be independent and seek different results.

Director of the Master

Prof. Dr. Eduardo Negueruela Azarola
Director Academic and Research of ILCE
Phone: 948 425600
Extension: 802384

Deputy Director

Prof. Dr. Ramón González Ruiz
department of Philology
Telephone: 948 425600
Extension: 802870

Deputy Director

Dr. Carlos Schmidt Foó
Director of the "Business Spanish for Communication"Programme
IESE Business School - University of Navarra

Director of ILCE Programmes and MELE Admissions Manager

Ms. Ares Miquel
Telephone: 948 425600
Extension: 802036

The professional profile of the student who completes the Master's Degree University in teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language language at the University of Navarra is that of a teacher manager, with real experience in methodological design , planning, assessment and management of classes of Spanish as a foreign language language .

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You will be able to work in...

The Master's degree gives access to job listings for teachers of Spanish as a foreign language exclusively to graduates of the Master's degree.

The Master's degree will open up job opportunities related to the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language language . You can continue your professional development in institutions such as:


  • Universities: teaching in modern language centres and Departments teaching Spanish, both in centres located in Spain (Spanish as a Second Language language) and in the rest of the world (Spanish as a Foreign Language language ).

  • Advanced research centres in applied linguistics and doctoral programmes

  • International educational establishments at all stages of academic education

  • Language academies and Spanish language assessment and certification centres

  • Publishers specialising in language teaching

  • Immigrant support and reception centres

  • Producers and companies dedicated to the development of multimedia resources for language teaching (TV support, web, app, etc.).

  • Other related areas of professional development may be the international Departments of companies (linked to lifelong learning and languages) or the field of translation.

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