For those who've had about 80 hours instruction, or who have spoken or studied Spanish in the past. Learn how to deal with everyday situations in more detail, how to talk about future plans and past events and get to grips with the structure of the language.
Who is this course for
It is assumed that students have studied Spanish for over one year. If you are not sure, please take our self-assessment.
Download self-assessment questionnaire
What does this course cover
The emphasis of the course is on the spoken language and the understanding of spoken and written Spanish. The aim is to get to grips with the structure of the language and the use of the past tenses in particular.
Topics covered will include: buying clothes; comparing things; saying what you and other people are doing; offering food, accepting or refusing food; talking about the past: what you and others did on vacations (Past simple), how long ago; talking about what you did on the weekend.
Adjustments will be made to the topics to meet the students' needs and interests.
You will be working towards reaching A2 level of competency in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), incorporating these objectives;
- Understand phrases and the highest frequency vocabulary related to areas of most immediate personal relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local area, employment). Catch the main point in short, clear, simple messages and announcements.
- Read short, simple texts. Find specific, predictable information in simple everyday material such as menus and timetables and understand short simple personal letters.
- Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities. Handle very short social exchanges, even though you may still find it hard to keep the conversation going yourself.
- Use a series of phrases and sentences to describe in simple terms your family and other people, living conditions, your educational background and your job.
- Write short, simple notes and messages relating to matters in areas of immediate needs. Write a very simple personal letter, for example thanking someone.
- Use the present and past tenses with confidence.
What will it be like
The course is taught in Spanish. Students listen and work with sound recordings regularly. Emphasis is on effective communication. There is a lot of conversation practice between the tutor and the group and in pairs. Errors are corrected where they relate to a specific language point being learned and where the message is confused. Where the meaning is conveyed, mistakes are not corrected since it impedes fluency. Reading and written exercises are usually given for 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.
In order to make real progress, students should work outside the class, practising the language, using the recommended book and photocopies given by the tutor, carrying out the tasks set for the week and following the tutor's particular recommendations for private study.
What this course could lead to
Stage 2C at the Centre
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
Got a Question about this Course?
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Why come to Mary Ward Centre?
Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.
Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’