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Cognitive linguistics: teaching grammar and vocabulary

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Cognitive linguistics: teaching grammar and vocabulary

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Price:220€. This includes the material provided during the course and the issuance of the certificate.

Course author:Dr. Reyes Llopis García

Directors:Zeina Alhmoud y Anna Doquin de Saint Preux

Tutor:Dra. Reyes Llopis García

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Course description

Cognitive Linguistics offers a theoretical framework of interest for the teaching of languages. Within this framework, language is understood as a constructor of meaning based on the sensory and motor experience of all speakers, and this point of view offers great potential in the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language.

In this course, the field of Cognitive Linguistics and its contributions to teaching in formal contexts will be explored through the grammar of the space, the linguistic system that inhabits the mind, and how our embodied language can be understood and learned.

Aimed at
  • University graduates.
  • Last-year undergraduate students who wish to specialize in teaching Spanish as a foreign language.
  • University graduates in Philology who wish to specialize in teaching Spanish as a foreign language.
  • Teachers of Spanish as a second and foreign language.
  • Teachers of other foreign languages.
  • Trainers of foreign language teachers
  • Editors and authors of teaching materials
  • Professionals related to the management of language centers
  • Specialized Spanish teachers or those who wish to specialize in teaching Spanish for specific purposes
  • Volunteers of non-governmental organizations.
  • Reflect on the theoretical principles of cognitive linguistics and its adaptation to the teaching of Spanish.
  • Analyze and assess different proposals for teaching grammar and vocabulary from a cognitive perspective.
  • Apply the principles of cognitive linguistics to the creation of a teaching proposal for grammar and lexicon.

A continuous evaluation will be carried out throughout the course, and special attention will be paid to monitoring the objectives achieved in the different modules.

In order to carry out the evaluation, the following will be taken into account:

  • The reflection provided in forums and blogs on theoretical aspects.
  • The design of the final assignment for teaching and learning SFL in digital environments.

Different types of practical activities are proposed, which involve reflection and problem solving through group discussion and the sharing of professional experiences. The activities are aimed at developing skills for teaching grammar and vocabulary from a cognitive perspective. The discussion of methodological approaches to cognitive teaching will be favored and applied, in a practical way, through provided and generated examples.

Accreditation and Validation of Credits

Students who have participated in this course will receive a certificate of attendance issued by the Cervantes Institute, which will be sent by this university to the interested party. For this, attendance will be mandatory and absences, regardless of the cause, may not exceed 15% of the total duration of the course.


LLOPIS-GARCÍA, R. (2009). La instrucción gramatical en la Adquisición de Segundas Lenguas – revisión de ayer para propuestas de hoy, in Revista redELE, 16. Disponible aquí.

Course Program and Professors

Module I
  • Introduction to cognitive linguistics
Module II
  • Teaching grammar from a cognitive perspective
Module III
  • Teaching vocabulary from a cognitive perspective
Autora de los materiales:
  • Reyes Llopis García (PhD in Applied Linguistics for the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language, specialist in cognitive linguistics and trainer of teachers of SFL).

Professors' CV

RL Reyes Llopis García rl2506@columbia.edu La Dra. Llopis-García es profesora de E/LE, Lingüística y Didáctica en Columbia University desde 2009. Anteriormente enseñó E/LE y Lingüística en la RWTH Aachen University (Alemania) y en la actualidad también imparte clases en el Máster de la Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo y en cursos de formacionele.com. Sus áreas de investigación y especialización son la Lingüística Cognitiva y la Adquisición de Segundas Lenguas y cómo aplicar sus principios teóricos al aula de E/LE, así como la formación de profesores. Su tesis doctoral, Gramática cognitiva e instrucción de procesamiento para la enseñanza de la selección modal: un estudio con aprendientes alemanes de E/LE, recibió el Premio ASELE en 2010 y se ha publicado dos veces.