Develop your basic spoken Spanish for everyday, routine situations, for pleasure or business, for socialising with first language speakers and for an insight into their way of life.
Who is this course for
This course is for students who have completed Stage 1A at the Centre or those who have a very basic knowledge of the language. The content of the course is practical and will be useful to people wanting to get by in Spanish on a trip abroad and to talk to Spanish speakers here or overseas.
If you are not sure about your level, please take our self assesment:
Download self-assessment questionnaire
What does this course cover
The emphasis of the course is on the spoken language. The aims are: to build students' confidence to speak Spanish and to develop listening skills and to a lesser extent, reading and writing skills. Attention is given to good pronunciation and intonation.
The topics covered will include: making simple purchases; talking about things you like and dislike and about what you like to do in your spare time; asking and telling the time; describing the daily routine; using numbers, dates and times, e.g. to make a reservation.
Throughout the course we will focus on the grammar being used as it arises in the above situations.
You will be working towards reaching A1 level of competency in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), incorporating these objectives:
- Recognise familiar words and very basic phrases concerning yourself, your family and immediate concrete surroundings when people speak slowly and clearly.
- Understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences, for example on notices and posters or in catalogues.
- Interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat or rephrase things at a slower rate of speech and help you formulate what you are trying to say.
- Ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics.
- Use simple phrases and sentences to describe where you live and people you know.
- Write a short, simple postcard, for example sending holiday greetings. Fill in forms with personal details, for example entering name, nationality and address on a hotel registration form.
What will it be like
The class is conducted in Spanish as much as possible but if a clear explanation is required, English will be spoken. The aim is effective communication and to this end there is plenty of listening and plenty of communicative practice. Sound recordings are used in class regularly. Students practise what they learn in simple dialogues with the tutor, in group conversations and in pairs, supervised by the tutor. Students are encouraged to read simple texts from recommended books and to do written homework.
Your tutor will assess your learning throughout the course and you will receive regular feedback. You will also have the opportunity to evaluate your own progress and discuss it with your tutor at the end of the course.
What else do you need to buy or do
Pen, paper and a ring binder or folder. The tutor will recommend a course book, grammar and language activities books as well as dictionaries.
You will be given self-assessed and tutor-assessed homework on a weekley basis, to revise learning and to prepare for the next lesson. It is expected that you do regular self study to further your language learning. You should ideally spend some time every day practising the language. Independent work will be encouraged.
What this course could lead to
Stage 1C at the Mary Ward Centre, or equivalent course elsewhere.
Liliana is great- she keeps everyone involved and awake. It's really interactive and I look forward to coming every weekMWC student
This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
Got a Question about this Course?
Contact The Departmental Administrator.
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