Graduate Programs in Languages at CofC

The only Master of Education in Languages Program in the state of South Carolina.

At the Graduate School of the University of Charleston, SC, you will grow intellectually and professionally in the state's only Master of Education in Languages Program. With the program's emphasis on Spanish and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), you will learn the most important linguistic, psychological, and social influences that affect the acquisition of a second language.You will also explore the varied history and literature of the Spanish-speaking cultures.

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New course for current students and great PD opportunity for program graduates! Let Dr. Sabater know if you are interested to learn about the teaching of Spanish as a heritage language.

Photos from Charleston County School District's post 07/13/2023

We invite interested educators to participate in one of our Culture Keepers Teacher Fellowship webinars to learn more about this immersive opportunity, diving deeper into the importance of the preservation of Gullah Geechee heritage in the classroom and beyond.

The Culture Keepers Fellowship is a year-long program where K-12 educators will have the opportunity to convene four weekends during the year (Thursday-Sunday) at partner sites throughout the Corridor. During these convenings, Fellows will learn more about the GGCHC and engage in professional development. In partnership with The National Park Service's Reconstruction Era National Historic Network.

The application will be open from March 15-May 15, 2023.


April 18, 2023, 5:30 - #/registration

April 20, 2023, 12:30 p.m. - #/registration

For more information, contact our Education Consultant, Alana Jenkins, at [email protected].


Register by TONIGHT for this Saturday's Professional Development Workshop, brought to you by the SC Chapter of AATSP.

You may even recognize a presenter or two 🙂

Register at AATSP membership is not required!


Please join us for the 18th lecture in the Hispanic Studies Teaching Discussion Series "Innovations and Challenges in Second Language Teaching"

Dr. José Chávarry, Assistant Professor, Hispanic Studies
Talking about inequity and power in the Spanish Language Classroom: Strategies, Anxieties, Possibilities

Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at 3:30 pm
CofC Jewish Studies Center 337, 96 Wentworth Street


Mark your calendars!

Teaching Fellows + TEDU is hosting a discussion with Lisa Ellis, the founder of SC for Ed, on February 22nd at 5pm. This event is open to all students and faculty.

We hope to see you there!


Congratulations to Hugh Pressley!!

We are SO PROUD of our own, Mr. Hugh Pressley! He is one of four finalists for 2022 - 2023 F1S Teacher of the Year. CONGRATULATIONS to all! 💚💛


Congratulations to our fabulous alumna, Inmar Geiger!!

This week’s Teacher Feature is showcasing Senora Geiger in our World Languages department. This is her 10th year in education!

Senora Geiger is new to Wando this year, and her passion for teaching is already so evident!


Charleston Adult Education is seeking a new ESOL Facilitator. Interested applicants can contact Justine Autry for more information.


Welcome back to the first week of classes! We hope you have a great start to the Fall 2022 semester.


Calling all alums and current students! Please join us for this fantastic presentation by Dr. Weyers!

Please join us for the 16th lecture in the Hispanic Studies Teaching Discussion Series Innovations and Challenges in Second Language Teaching

Joseph Weyers, Professor, Hispanic Studies and Co-director, Global Scholars: A Postcards Approach to Teaching Culture

Wednesday, March 30, 2022
4:00–5:00 pm Via Zoom

Postcards beg to be explained and explored. There is a story behind each vista, each museum, each piece of art, and once unraveled, the story informs us about the history, gastronomy, music, and multiple other cultural manifestations of the people and places we highlight in class. There are two objectives for this talk: 1. to outline how Postcards from Mexico was developed using postcards as the centerpiece of each class, and 2. how these valuable authentic materials can be incorporated to address culture in a course, a unit, or a class.

Free and open to the public - Lecture will be in English

Teaching Discussion Series Organizers
Dr. Silvia Rodriguez Sabater
[email protected]
Prof. Allison Zaubi
[email protected]


Wishing you all a wonderful Spring Break! :)


Happy Valentine's Day!

While celebrations in the U.S. typically might involve flowers and chocolate, many other countries around the world celebrate Valentine's Day with different festivities. One country even has celebrations all year round!

Check out the link below to see which one and learn how various other countries and cultures around the world celebrate:


The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program is hosting a Zoom lecture TOMORROW, January 25th at 5pm. William McCorkle, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, will be discussing U.S.-Mexican Border Immigration Policies under Biden.

Make sure to register using the QR code to receive the zoom link. You can also register at:

Photos from Graduate Programs in Languages at CofC's post 12/16/2021

Another semester has come to a close and we are excited to share our Fall/Winter 2021 Newsletter with you!

Students, alumni, and friends: if you have news or updates to contribute or if you’d like to be profiled in the next issue, please let us know! You may contact Program Director Emily Beck directly ([email protected]).

We would love to hear from you!


Please join us for the 15th lecture in the Hispanic Studies Teaching Discussion Series: Innovations and Challenges in Second Language Teaching

Silvia Rodriguez Sabater
Associate Professor, Hispanic Studies and Faculty Coordinator, Online Education
Marinella Griffith
Adjunct Instructor, French, Francophone, and Italian Studies

Reading and beyond in the L2 classroom: A wizer way to engage learners

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 4:00–5:00 pm
Via Zoom

Learn how to create interactive and engaging digital worksheets and quizzes with for reading, culture, grammar and beyond! You will also learn how to use digital worksheets already developed by other educators and edit them to make them your own. can generate a variety of questions including fill-in-the-blank, matching, multiple choice, open questions, sorting, word puzzles, as well as adding videos, audio, links, images, and importing worksheets. Assigning them to your students, grading, and providing feedback is easy and quick. These cool worksheets will help you engage and motivate your students with the material in your course!

Free and open to the public - Lecture will be in English

Teaching Discussion Series Organizers
Dr. Silvia Rodriguez Sabater
[email protected]
Prof. Allison Zaubi
[email protected]


Happy Monday, College of Charleston! We hope you're having a great start to the fifth week of classes. Keep up the great work!

Timeline photos 09/15/2021

Today begins National Hispanic Heritage Month. Be sure to check out local events in downtown Charleston or virtually at for classroom resources highlighting the achievements and contributions of Hispanic Americans.

Foreign Language Education Alumna Wants to Pay It Forward 09/09/2021

Congratulations to one of our current students, Martina Abbriano! We’re so happy you’re here and thrilled that our community has such an accomplished, dedicated educator working with students in Spanish and ESOL

Foreign Language Education Alumna Wants to Pay It Forward Above: Martina Abbriano teaches high school Spanish at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. With hopes of a better life, Martina Abbriano '19 together with her parents and three siblings immigrated from Italy to the United States in 2014. They knew little to no English, but her famil...

Fulbright Exchanges 08/23/2021

Please check out these opportunities for K-12 teachers abroad!

Fulbright Exchanges Fulbright Teacher Exchanges are programs of the U.S. Department of State, funded by the U.S. Congress. Through these professional learning programs, elementary and secondary educators, in the U.S. and around the world, develop their educational practice and bring global knowledge, skills and perspec...


Wanted: Part-time Spanish teacher for the O'Quinn Preschool (2's - K5). For more information please contact: Molly O’Toole | Head of School | 843-402-4819 | [email protected]

The O’Quinn School Spanish Program
Spanish is taught in our 4K and 5K programs at both the James Island and Mt. Pleasant campuses. The academic hours are from 8:45-11:30. Spanish is taught through auditory and visual modes including the following components:
• Incorporate movement wherever possible. Attach motions to words, and use brain
breaks that help get the wiggles out.
• Keep activities short and plan to switch activities every 5-10 minutes if needed.
• Use real objects and visuals to make it hands-on and always stay comprehensible.
• Build in a variety of activities: songs, stories, games, chats, play, and videos. It’s best to
have combination of calming activities and movement-based activities.
• Create routines that help the children know what to expect.
• Be silly and fun!
• Review, review, review. Little ones like repetition, and doing familiar activities is easier when they know what to do.

Photos from College of Charleston Alumni's post 05/25/2021

Did you know we just released our second M.Ed. in Languages newsletter? If you didn’t get it, be sure to reach out to see what this program has been up to!


Today we are celebrating our 2020-2021 graduates of the M.Ed. program and the ESOL certification program. We are so proud of all you have accomplished and cannot wait to see what great things you do next! Congratulations everyone!

Class of 2021 Urged to 'Work Together and Reach Great Heights' 05/08/2021

Class of 2021 Urged to 'Work Together and Reach Great Heights' More than 600 students graduated from the College of Charleston on Friday, May 7, 2021, celebrating the end of a triumphant journey after an uncertain year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. During two ceremonies, graduates from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences; the Graduate School; School of L...

Thank an Educator Today, and Every Day | NEA 05/04/2021

Thank you, teachers! Happy Teacher Appreciation Week from the M.Ed. in Languages program at the College of Charleston.

Thank an Educator Today, and Every Day | NEA Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-8, 2021. We are saying 'thank you’ this week, and throughout the year, to the extraordinary educators who have worked tirelessly with students and families to keep things moving forward, despite such an unpredictable year.


Happy Sunday and happy May from Charleston! We are hoping all of our students, alumni, and faculty are able to finish this semester strong. Whether as a student, teacher, or professional, we are rooting for you!


As we finish the spring semester, you may be wondering what courses will be offered for Fall 2021 in the M.Ed. in Languages program! Here is a list and description of each course offered. If you are interested in joining our program, it's not too late to apply! Turn in applications by July 1 in order to start in Fall 2021.


Meet Cecilia Hunt! She is a December 2020 graduate of the M.Ed. in Languages. She began teaching first grade ten years ago. As a former English Learner student, she felt the desire and compassion to her Spanish speaking students. She recently began her first year as an ESOL teacher primarily working with kindergarten and first grade students. She states that this program has help her to gain a multitude of strategies and lessons tailored to fit her English Learners. We are so proud of Cecilia and all her hard work!

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