Spanish Advanced - Year 4  Short Courses

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Monday 2 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 CS2873 Course Cancelled
Thursday 18 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 CS2873 Course Cancelled
Thursday 3 May 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 CS2873 Course Cancelled
Monday 2 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 30 classes over 3 terms £560.00 (All Modules) CS2873 Course Cancelled

Course Content

Taught in Spanish, this is a course for advanced students, running once a week. The Spanish Advanced Course is a follow-up to Spanish Upper Intermediate (Year 3) for those wishing to consolidate both active and passive skills for the purpose of practical communication. Whether you are studying for travelling, working abroad or with foreign companies, or broadening your horizons, the Spanish Advanced course will enable you to communicate confidently, socialise and not feel out of place in the country you are visiting.

Tutor Info

Ramon Alvarez Gonzalez has a BA (Hons) in Business and Economics, BA (Hons) in Linguistics, Master's degree in Librarianship, a Foundation Certificate in teaching Spanish to adults and CAP (equivalent to PGCE). He has been teaching Spanish to adults since September 2001 in various institutions such as Morley College, City Lit and Bishopsgate Institute. He is currently teaching at City, University of London and is an examiner for the International Baccalaureate.


This course is designed for students who already possess an intermediate level of Spanish and want to continue their learning. It deepens and extends their existing knowledge of Spanish.

You should have one of the following:

  • approximately 150-180 hrs prior formal study;
  • successfully completed Spanish Upper Intermediate (Year 3);
  • lived or worked in Spain or a Spanish-speaking country. You should be able to handle complex tenses and be able to contribute to a discussion on topical and cultural issues;
  • a recent and good Spanish A-level/rusty degree.

If you wish to join this Spanish Advanced Course in January (for Module 2), please check your level before enrolling.

What will I learn?

Module 1

Within the topics of Culture in Spain and Spanish speaking countries, Media and current affairs, Ecology and sustainability and Cinema/music/arts students will work on written and audiovisual information dealing with aspects of grammar (revision of tenses, ser y estar, prepositions and pronouns and an introduction to Subjunctive structures) and developing oral, listening, writing and reading skills.

Module 2

Module 2 will be a progression from module 1 including new topics such as Companies and markets, Holidays and travelling and Introduction to Spanish and Latin-American Literature. The grammar part will include a detailed analysis of the Subjunctive and its structures as well as dealing with subordinate sentences and conditionals. Speaking, listening, writing and speaking skills will be worked on.

Module 3

Developing topics from modules 1 and 2, students will revise and consolidate all the grammar and structures presented throughout the previous terms. The focus will be on writing essays and oral presentations. Students will introduce and present new topics and will work individually and as a part of a group.

Teaching and Assessment

Classroom activities will include: pair and group work, listening comprehension, note-taking, grammar exercises, writing, reading and comprehension, oral presentation and grammar taught through texts and audio/video context.

Recommended Reading

Aula internacional 4 Nueva edición B2.1 / ISBN: 9788415620853

Career Outcome

At the end of the course

You will be able to:

*         Write and comprehend advertisements and slogans in magazines and TV
*         Understand news articles and debate about the importance of the media nowadays.
*         Transmit what someone has said.
*         Express my first impression about someone.
*         Express requirements and preferences when I am looking for a place to go on holidays.
*         Describe a place using colloquial expressions.
*         Write a letter of complaint.
*         Talk about important decisions in my life and I can express regret.

In grammar, you will know:

*         Complex expressions with “ser” and “estar”.
*         “Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto de Subjuntivo” (yo hubiera o hubiese cantado)
*         “Condicional compuesto” (yo habría cantado).
*         Llinking words of contrast (aunque, a pesar de…), and of condition (siempre que, salvo que…)
*         How to use the pronoun “se” to express that an incident was involuntary.
*         The Passive Voice.
*         How to use the Imperative tense with Direct and Indirect Pronouns.

Application Deadline: