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Spanish Advanced (Year 4) Short Courses

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Perfect your language skills with this advanced Spanish short course. Develop your abilities to discuss complex issues, such as current affairs, sustainability or Spanish literature and acquire an excellent grasp on the Spanish language and culture.

Why choose this course?

This Spanish Advanced short course is an excellent way to perfect your Spanish speaking skills so that you can have in depth and complex conversational and professional interaction with native speakers, with grammatical fluency and excellent pronunciation.

The course consists of one evening class a week for a total of 30 weeks; spread across three modules, the Spanish Advanced short course is ideal for those with various commitments or working full time.

All of our language short courses are taught by qualified native speakers and delivered at City, University of London’s main campus, in the heart of the capital.

Course overview

Taught in Spanish, this advanced course will allow you to critically assess Spanish media, express options and preferences and get to grips with advanced grammatical structures, such as passive voice and imperative tense.

Is it the right level for me?

The Spanish Advanced course is taught at progressive levels, starting with Module One in October. We only advise joining Module Two or Module Three if you are already familiar with the content from earlier modules (see the What will I learn? section below for module content).

What will I learn?

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, you will work on written and audio-visual 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 Two will be a progression from Module One 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 One and Two, you will revise and consolidate all the grammar and structures presented throughout the previous modules. The focus will be on writing essays and oral presentations. You will introduce and present new topics and will work individually and as a part of a group.



Prerequisite knowledge

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 Two), please check your level before enrolling.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

Classroom activities will include:

  • pair and group work;
  • listening comprehension;
  • note-taking;
  • grammar exercises;
  • writing;
  • reading and comprehension;
  • oral presentation;
  • grammar taught through texts and audio/video context.

There is no formal assessment and no qualification is issued at the end of the course, but you will be awarded an official City, University of London certificate on completion of the course.

You must attend over 70 per cent of the classes to be eligible for the certificate.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

Aula internacional 4 - Nueva edición B2.1

ISBN: 9788415620853

Tutor information

  • Ramon Alvarez Gonzalez

    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).

    Ramon 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.