Spanish 1A – Online

Assumes no previous knowledge. 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 people with no previous knowledge of Spanish, or those who know a few words and phrases. 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.

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: greetings, introductions; giving simple information about yourself: where you are from, where you live, your family, your work and asking others for similar information; counting and understanding numbers and prices; asking for and giving telephone numbers and addresses; ordering snacks, food and drinks.
Adjustments will be made to the topics to meet the students' needs and interests. 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.

What will it be like

The course will be run online using Zoom for the live class sessions and either the Moodle page for the course or some other system for the distribution of the electronic resources for the session sitting alongside this. Although there will be some adjustments that need to be made for the online version of this course, we will aim to keep the experience as close as possible to that of a face to face course taught in the Centre.

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 or worksheets outside class 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

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:

https://zoom.us/support/download

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.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quite and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

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 weekly 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 1B at the Mary Ward Centre or equivalent course elsewhere.

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Why choose Mary Ward?

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