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Kalie Bredo takes a look at professional development programs abroad for
language teachers


Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ele Baires
In the “Paris of Latin America,” you will experience typical Argentina — think tango, steaks, and football — while studying teaching techniques and grammar, plus the opportunity to develop skills in your own field of interest. Ele Baires also supports you in creating and incorporating technological resources like blogs, google maps, and podcasts into your tool kit.

Guadalajara, Mexico
Vancouver Language Centre

Immersed in the authentic Mexican experience, VLC can organize programs including Spanish and methodology, along with cultural excursions in the city and surrounding areas.

Costa Rica

Waterfalls, volcanoes, rainforest, and beaches — they don’t call it the “rich coast” for nothing. Experience pura vida by exploring the region, while simultaneously developing Spanish language and teaching skills.

Malaga, Spain
Malaca Instituto

Soak in the Costa del Sol while combining Spanish courses with methodology. Malaca Instituto aims to refresh skills, provide resources, and create communication between a network of teachers — all on their beautiful mini-campus in the Andalusian city.

Malaga Sí

In addition to their program, which includes Spanish, methodology, and cultural courses, every year in October, Malaga Sí organizes a meeting of Spanish teachers with national and international participants.

Madrid, Spain
OISE Madrid

Specializing in intensive, tutorial programs, OISE’s demanding courses are constructed around student teachers’ individual goals.

Estudio Sampere

Working with Aventura Cultural en Madrid, Estudio Sampere’s summer teacher program offers six graduate credits in Spanish and language training you will put to use in the streets of Madrid. This program is live, and hands-on!

Granada, Spain

With vibrant Granada as the backdrop, CICA offers an educational program complete with seminars on the education system in Spain, a guided tour of the Alhambra, flamenco shows, and more.


Bad Schussenried, Germany
Humboldt Institute

Between Lake Constance and the Danube and Iler rivers, the picturesque spa town of Bad Schussenried is perfect for Humboldt Institute’s teacher development program, which includes topics such as ideas for creative course design.

For more information on destinations and programs, visit Language Magazine’s online resource for study overseas: https://languagemagazine.com/study-abroad.

Kalie Bredo is from Alpha Study Abroad, a free counseling service based in Vancouver for helping those learning a second language.