Introduction To Spanish

Suitable for complete beginners. This intensive course is ideal if you want to know a new language, learn some useful phrases and some pronunciation guidelines.

Who is this course for

No previous knowledge of Spanish is required. The course is for absolute beginners who wish to become familiar with the basics of the language.

What does this course cover

The emphasis of the course is on the spoken language and the understanding of spoken and written Spanish. The aims are: to build student's confidence to speak Spanish and 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:
- introduce yourself
- ask about meaning of words
- spell words
- give and ask basic information about yourself and others
- asking for food
- talk about family
- describe and identify people.
- ask for and give directions
- tell the time/daily routine
- express likes and dislikes

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 plenty 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 this would impede fluency. Reading and writing 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 of the course

What else do you need to buy or do

Pen, paper and a folder. You will be given homework to revise your 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.The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.
Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session.
By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes

What this course could lead to

Spanish 1A ,1B at the Centre

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Got a Question about this Course?

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Why choose Mary Ward?

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 and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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.’