TSC Teaching Spanish to Children


TSC Teaching Spanish to Children also known as EESN

(la enseñanza de español a los niños) is not only an interesting program designed to teach Spanish to North American kids and teenagers whom speak French or English as their first language, but is also adjustable to teach Spanish to students from all other origins. Spanish is a growing language and a huge demand exists between families that somehow associate with the Spanish & Latin World. TSC is also demanded between Latin American families that have their kids growing up in USA or Canada without much chances of speaking Spanish, hence the need to have Spanish classes for kids. On the other hand, there are many Canadian or American business people that work or do business in Spain or Central & South America. Families and children of these individuals most certainly require Spanish classes for their kids and teenagers.

TSC is 200 hours program accredited by TESOL Canada with wide range of employment opportunities in Canada and overseas. The Pre-requisite for this program is completion of ECC TSSOL program.

Graduates of TSC Certificate program may start an employment position or follow up to Post Graduate Diploma or Masters in Education through university affiliates of ECC.

Teaching Spanish To Children TSC – EESN Post Graduate Diploma.

TSC Program Length

Program to be completed within four months at Education Canada College.


All Diploma programs offered at Education Canada may be conducted online. Both Theoretical & Practical aspects of this course can be conducted through online or in-class studies in Montreal- Canada.


Completion of TSSOL/ TESOL Certificate Program.

How children learn

Children between four and twelve years old are very different as language learners, so this month we are looking how children learn at different stages of development and how activities in the classroom need to address their cognitive, motor, language and social development.  The age groups will be grouped as:

  • 4 to 6 year-olds  
  • 7 to 9 year-olds  
  • 10 to 12 year-olds

Obviously children do not all fit neatly into categories and their development will depend on their personality, maturity and previous learning experiences. You will have no doubt to recognize how your own students fit the descriptions.

4 – 6 year olds

Characteristics Implications Need
Pre-school or just beginning school Not used to classroom conventions Training in class routines
e.g. listening to teacher
Limited motor skills Clumsy control of pen / scissors etc to develop motor control 
e.g. coloring, copying
Learn holistically whole child needs stimulation opportunities to move, sing, play, explore, touch etc
Can not distinguish between different parts of language Can not analyze language Exposure to chunks* of language 
e.g. chants, stories, classroom language
Limited reading/writing skills in L1 Introducing reading/ writing in Spanish Lots of listening, speaking activities 
Fun introduction to Spanish letters and words
See no need to communicate in Spanish Students use L1 exclusively Reasons to speak Spanish 
e.g. games, chants
Love stories, fantasy Bored with many topics Stories, fantasy, fun

* chunks of language = words that naturally come together e.g. ‘thank you very much’, ‘glass of water’, ‘have a nice day’ –  that are easily learnt, repeated and do not need analysis

7 – 9 year olds

Characteristics Implications Need
Beginning to be logical and analytical Can see patterns, aware of language Opportunities to experiment 
e.g. making up own chants
Asking questions Need answers Freedom to express themselves and learn more than language
Reading and writing still minimal in L1 Still need support and help Practice and success oriented activities
Still have problems sharing Group activities not always successful Teacher to guide them and chances to work alone
Developing confidence to express themselves Students will have views on what they want to do / talk about Chance to state opinions
Developing knowledge of the world around them Know more than we often give them credit for Chances to use what they know

10 – 12 year olds

Characteristics Implications Need
Longer attention span Greater range of activities possible in class Opportunities to engage in tasks that require focus and commitment
Knowledge of the world growing More topics can be addressed Stimulatione.g. information from internet or cross-curricular
Taking learning more seriously Can be given responsibility Chances to be independent
Still children Have need for security and pleasure Teacher sensitive to their needs and moods
More cooperative with peers Can do more group work Variety of grouping in class i.e. work on own, in pairs, in group, as class
Intellectual, motor and social skills developing Can be challenged more Activities that challenge them
Developing own learning strategies Children won’t all react in the same way to the same task/topic Chance to personalize their learning experience

Beginning Reading and Writing with Young Children

(For all children (around 5–7 years old) learning Spanish as a second or foreign language, especially those whose Mother Tongue alphabet is not Roman)

Recognition games 

Games are motivating and help make language memorable, so try to think of lots of fun ways to practice the new letters and sounds that you are introducing to the children.

Teaching Spanish Vocabulary to Children

(Reading and writing advancement)

For Juniors (5 – 11 year olds. You will be able to adapt the activities for younger or older students)

How to use stories with children

(Listening & Speaking advancement)

The materials that you will find in this course are designed for children between the ages of approximately 5 and 8. Children vary as much as adults in terms of language level and personality, so you are the best person to decide which activities will suit your students.

Teaching Teenagers

Getting teenagers to speak Spanish in the classroom

Do your teenage students lapse into mother tongue during group or pair activities?
Are they reluctant to say things in Spanish in front of their peers?
Do they have few or no opportunities to practice spoken Spanish outside the classroom?
Do you want them to speak more Spanish in class?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you will learn how to deal with these situations through out this course.

Teaching Reading in Class

Students who are faced with a text in class and asked to read it and answer questions, often find the task difficult. Once they have had some disappointing attempts at this kind of reading they lose motivation and it becomes even harder for a teacher to get them involved in the task and eventually successful.
We want the classroom task to help students develop the reading skill as well as other skills like speaking, writing and language areas like vocabulary and grammar and to motivate and challenge them.

Following are additional subjects that are included in the TSC program.

Teaching Teenagers Spanish Vocabulary
Four Principles for teaching and learning vocabulary
Teaching Teenagers Grammar
Teaching Spanish Using Games
Games For All Ages
Teenagers – Writing Compositions

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