Spanish center

Spanish for specific purposes

Spanish Short-term Programs

The Spanish Center also provides the opportunity to design and implement programs for groups including the strengthen of Spanish Skills on specific areas.

UVM will organize the program, housing, roundtrip airport transportation, and provide a bilingual coordinator (English- Spanish if needed) to accompany the group to all activities during their stay in Chile.

UVM customizes Spanish for Specific Purposes programs according to the requirements of each institution and also prepares new offers in general to provide different Spanish services to the local and international community. These programs can be developed as different models: faculty led, short-term, customized, online or blended programs.

Our team will prepare all program information and budget regarding the needs and requests from institutions.

Programs

This training program is designed for future teachers of Spanish as a second language or as a foreign language who are non-native Spanish speakers.

The main purpose of this program is to strengthen the training of these future teachers in three main areas: Spanish language domain, development of strategies for teaching Spanish and practical classroom experiences.

Target students: Future teachers of Spanish as a second language or as a foreign language who are in their last year of university career and first stage of professional development. They must have a B1 level of Spanish. No previous experience or specific training in foreign language teaching is required.
Spanish level required: B1.
Classes format: Face to face in campus or virtual courses.
Term: Semester (March-June, August-December).

Courses.
  • Communicational Skills: Grammar and Composition.
  • Techniques and Pragmatic Strategies in Chilean Culture.
  • Phonetics.

*Pedagogical practice experiences included in the 3 courses. Copyright Nº: 2021-A-1953.

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This course aims to develop reading, writing and oral skills in Spanish to access the production and understanding of various academic genres that allow graduate students to research and disseminate their scientific knowledge.

Requirements.

Students interested in this program must have a B2 Spanish Level or higher. This level will provide the autonomy for the optimal development of the teaching methodology, which is based on the Discursive Gender Pedagogy. The didactic design of the course is based on modelling, gradual access to the genres according to their complexity, support and collaborative work. Some of the genres that will be taught are congress summary, paper, conference report, paper, and poster.

Type of course: Intensive program.
Schedule: From Monday to Friday from 9:30 hrs. to 14:40 hrs.
Period: 1 month.
Credits: 11.
ECTS: 13.

UVM’s International Team has been working for year with several university partners to organize Short Term Programs for their professors and students.

Summer Semester with CEGEP Garneau from Quebec, Canada is one of the Faculty Led programs we host at UVM, as part of the Spanish Center.

This program gives CEGEP Garneau students the opportunity to visit Chile and Viña del Mar in a 15-week semester program during the Chilean summer. It includes an Intensive Spanish Program and thematic courses to obtain a deep knowledge of Chilean and Latin American culture in different areas. This experience gives them the possibility to have a cultural immersion through academic learning not only in the classroom but also visiting representative places and developing projects to show the results of their learning.

Student Testimonials.

Mi experiencia en Chile fue magnifica y extraordinaria. Este país es un paraíso terrenal para los amantes de la aventura y la naturaleza. La naturaleza está en todas partes y es tan hermosa. Casi todos los fines de semana fui a explorar Chile: la ciudad de Valparaíso, el Parque Nacional La Campana, las playas de Reñaca, las dunas de Concón, el Cajón del Maipo, el Parque Nacional Torres del Paine.
Me gustó mucho la vida universitaria que tuve en la Universidad de Viña del Mar (UVM). La playa está a cinco minutos de la Universidad. Visitamos Valparaíso, Isla Negra, Santiago y Quintero-Puchuncaví con los profesores. Aprendí mucho sobre la cultura chilena, la política del país, los pueblos indígenas y mucho más. Tuvimos clases durante la mañana y toda la tarde para descubrir el país. Aprendí un bonito idioma en un país hispanohablante.
Recomiendo a todos hacer una experiencia como esta y descubrir este magnífico país que es Chile.

Zia Plante-Noël

¡Mi experiencia en Chile fue increíble! Primero, los chilenos son cálidos y es muy interesante conocer la cultura de ese país. Fiestas y buen humor están asegurados. Aprender español en Chile es un desafío, pero saber los chilenismos seguramente es un motivo de orgullo.
Chile tiene unos de los paisajes más espectaculares del mundo, del Desierto de Atacama a la famosa Patagonia. Por cierto, viajar por el país vale la pena. Estudiar en la playa y poder ir a toda parte de la ciudad caminando son parte de las ventajas de vivir en Viña del Mar. ¡Los atardeceres en las dunas de Concón son un imperdible! Además, los chilenos están felices de mostrar sus lugares favoritos: restaurantes, escuelas de surf.
La Universidad de Viña del Mar (UVM), bien ubicada, es un lugar donde se gusta estudiar. Los profes siempre están listos para ayudar en cualquier cosa. Aprendí mucho sobre la cultura suramericana, la historia del continente, la política y mucho más. Por otra parte, la vida estudiantil es agradable y el Club internacional da muchas opciones de actividades para descubrir la vida chilena, pero también para conocer a otros estudiantes internacionales y, por lo tanto, formar un grupo de amigos que viven la misma experiencia.  Nunca te sientes solo en Viña, es una inmersión auténtica.
¡Volvería a hacer esa experiencia sin duda!

Anne Morissette

An interesting intercultural course taught in Spanish, that combines the learning of Spanish and Mapudungún. In the first 2 weeks, you will learn about Chilean Spanish, local and popular words and culture. The last week you will have the opportunity to know about the Mapuches, an indigenous people in Chile, their culture and traditions, and also their official language: Mapudungún.
Requirements: Basic Spanish level A2.
Credits: 1.
Schedule: From July 12th to 30th.

Introduction to Chilean Spanish and CultureMonday 12thTuesday 13thWednesday 14thThursday 15th
14:30-16:3014:30-16:3014:30-16:3014:30-16:30
Monday 19th Tuesday 20th Wednesday 21stThursday 22nd
14:30-16:3014:30-16:3014:30-16:3014:30-16:30
Mapuche people and MapudungúnMonday 26th Tuesday 27th Wednesday 28th Thursday 29th
14:30-16:3014:30-16:3014:30-16:3014:30-16:30

application 
Deadline to apply: July 5th.
Information at:
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*For all our Short-Term Programs a minimum of 8 students are required to be opened.