Spanish SSC course descriptions

Beginners

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This course, designed for absolute beginners with no previous experience of the language, aims to provide students with some skills needed for everyday situations in a Spanish-speaking environment. Students can expect to learn how to introduce themselves and others, talk about their town and country, how to buy food, tell the time, describe people, talk about their daily routine, etc. Basic elements of Spanish grammar will be introduced and all four skills will be developed: listening, speaking, reading and writing to a basic level (A1 CEFR).

The approach is communicative & cultural topics relating to Spain and Latin America will be introduced.

Starting from the most basic aspects of the Spanish language, alphabet differences & pronunciation, students will be listening to and speaking Spanish from the first day: introductions, nationalities, names of countries, etc. By the end of this 32-hour course, students should be familiar with essential aspects of the language such as word gender, number and the present tense. Students will have also acquired relevant vocabulary to interact in Spanish in a basic way in a number of everyday situations.

[Students interested in progressing to a higher level (such as the “Lower Intermediate” level offered on our Autumn/Spring programme) are advised to revise materials covered in the course before the start of term. Don’t hesitate to contact the Spanish coordinator for revision guidance.]

Cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world are introduced through listening exercises, reading and class activities.

Throughout the course, Spanish will be used when practising oral skills and students will be encouraged to communicate in the target language in the classroom.  

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand familiar words and basic phrases in a range of environments when people speak slowly and clearly;
  • Ask and answer simple questions;
  • Interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat or rephrase things at a slower rate of speech;
  • Use their grammatical and vocabulary knowledge to read both familiar and unfamiliar short texts;
  • Write a short simple text such as postcards, forms with personal details, etc;
  • Use formal or informal registers;
  • Ask and give directions;
  • Order a meal in a restaurant, and book a hotel;
  • Describe things and people;
  • Talk about likes and dislikes;
  • Formulate requests and give instructions;
  • Communicate in a shop

Course materials

This course has no class textbook; all materials are provided by the teacher. Students are advised to buy a small dictionary so that it can be used during lessons.

Questions regarding the content and teaching of this course should be addressed to the Spanish Coordinator, Ms Iria González Becerra, igonzale@imperial.ac.uk.

For course enrolment informaton please visit our enrolment pages.

Improvers

Improvers
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This course aims to extend and consolidate skills of students who have recently completed a Beginners course at Imperial College or elsewhere (A1 level of the Common European Framework or equivalent) with a specific focus on communication. Students can expect to review essential topics of grammar basics whilst building up their vocabulary and developing above their conversational Spanish skills. Listening, speaking, reading and writing will be practised to a lower intermediate level (A1+ CEFR) and by the end of the course students who wish to continue with their studies with us can do so at Lower Intermediate level (post-GCSE).

The approach is communicative & cultural topics relating to Spain and Latin America will be introduced.

The course will start with a review of some topics from the beginners’ course: present tense and its irregularities, reflexive verbs, gustar and similar verbs. Then new grammatical forms such as the imperative and past tenses will be introduced. Further topics may be included depending on the needs and level of the group.

Cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking countries will be introduced through listening exercises, reading and class activities.

Throughout the course, Spanish will be the language of communication and all students will be encouraged to communicate in the target language in the classroom.

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Catch the main point in short, clear, simple messages and announcements in Spanish;
  • Read short simple texts and everyday materials such as advertisements, prospectuses, menus, timetables, short letters, etc;
  • Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities;
  • Describe their family, home, daily activities, work environment and interests.
  • Ask and give directions;
  • Order a meal at a restaurant, buy tickets, food or clothes in a shop, book accommodation and interact in other relevant communicative environments;
  • Ask for and understand directions;
  • Make simple enquiries over the telephone;
  • Deal with emergencies: visit the doctor, describe symptoms, etc.

Course materials

This course has no class textbook; all materials are provided by the teacher. Students are advised to buy a small dictionary so that it can be used during lessons.

Questions regarding the content and teaching of this course should be addressed to the Spanish Coordinator, Ms Iria González Becerra, igonzale@imperial.ac.uk.

For course enrolment informaton please visit our enrolment pages.

Pre-Intermediate

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This course aims to extend and consolidate the communicative ability of students who have completed a Lower Intermediate level and who wish to practice further their spoken language and to review a variety of structures. It is suitable for students who have previously studied the language for two or three years and who are able to understand the main points of clear “standard” speech in conversation, and to talk about topics that are familiar – full fluency in the language is not required. Students should be able to read short articles from the press at this stage.

The focus of the course is on developing oral skills but relevant grammatical structures will be reviewed in a practical manner and the practice of the four skills (reading, listening, writing and speaking) will be combined with the introduction of current social and cultural topics from Spanish-speaking countries.

By the end of this course, students should feel better prepared to start with the Intermediate level (B1), having increased their confidence in expressing themselves in Spanish and having acquired a better understanding of topics relating to life in Spanish speaking countries.

The course will offer a review of some topics from the intermediate range: past tenses & their combination, irregularities in conjugation, comparisons, conditional sentences and the subjunctive mode. This will be embedded in communicative activities and adapted to the level and needs of students.

Spanish will be the language of communication in class. As with every course, there will be a mix of levels in the classroom, but all students will be encouraged to communicate in the target language at all times. 

Course materials

This course has no set textbook; all materials are provided by the teacher and the syllabus will be adapted at the teacher’s discretion to suit the group’s needs. Students are advised to bring a small dictionary or use an online dictionary during lessons.

Questions regarding the content and teaching of this course should be addressed to the Spanish Coordinator, Ms Iria González Becerra, igonzale@imperial.ac.uk.

For course enrolment informaton please visit our enrolment pages.

Intermediate

Intermediate
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This course aims to extend and consolidate the communicative ability of students who have completed an Intermediate level and who wish to improve their spoken language. It is suitable for learners who have previously studied the language for three years or who have completed qualifications such as A/S levels or a B1 CEFR course. While full fluency in the language is not required, this course requires that students have a strong grammatical basis of topics from A1/A2 CEFR levels (present, past and future tenses, awareness of other forms such as the imperative or the gerund, pronoun use, etc.) and the ability to understand the gist from real communicative resources such as movies, the press, etc.

The focus of the course is on developing oral skills but relevant grammatical structures as required by the group will be reviewed in a practical manner. The practice of the four skills (reading, listening, writing and speaking) will be combined with the introduction of current social and cultural topics from Spanish-speaking countries. 

The course will offer a review of some topics from the intermediate range: past tenses & their combination, irregularities in conjugation, comparisons, conditional sentences and the subjunctive mode. This will be embedded in communicative activities and adapted to the level and needs of students.

Spanish will be the language of communication in class. As with every course, there will be a mix of levels in the classroom, but all students will be encouraged to communicate in the target language at all times.

By the end of the course, students will have increased their confidence in expressing themselves in Spanish and acquired a better understanding of topics relating to life in Spanish speaking countries.

Course materials

This course has no set textbook; all materials are provided by the teacher and the syllabus will be adapted at the teacher’s discretion to suit the group’s needs. Students are advised to bring a small dictionary or use an online dictionary during lessons.

Questions regarding the content and teaching of this course should be addressed to the Spanish Coordinator, Ms Iria González Becerra, igonzale@imperial.ac.uk.

For course enrolment informaton please visit our enrolment pages.