Spanish Beginners Summer Intensive (Year 1)  Short Courses

Course Information

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Monday 30 April 2018 18:00 - 21:00 20 classes over 1 term (Mondays & Wednesdays) £510.00 CS1852 Apply Now

Course Content

You’ve heard Spanish people greeting one another, sometimes with ¿Cómo estás? and other times with ¿Cómo está Usted? and wonder what the difference is. On your next visit to Madrid, you would like to be able to order your favourite tapas dishes in Spanish, book a hotel room, present your friend to your Spanish-speaking colleagues and describe your family, interests, likes and dislikes as well as talking about your habits and what you did last weekend!

Learn Spanish from scratch in this intensive language course designed for complete beginners who want to gain basic social communication skills within a short space of time, as the content of three terms is covered in one.

Our lessons focus on language that is required for communicating in authentic situations making each session as dynamic as possible, with lots of speaking and group work. In our relaxed and friendly classes we use a communicative teaching approach, so whether learning Spanish for travelling, working abroad or with foreign companies, this course enables students to build up confidence to communicate in everyday situations, socialise and not feel out of place when visiting the country.

Whether you have missed previous enrolment, you were too busy or you are in a hurry to learn the language before your summer holidays to Spain this is the course for you.

This evening Spanish course is designed for complete Beginners who want to progress quickly. The material of three terms is covered in one term only.

Lessons take place twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays. Each session lasts for three hours and the term has 10 weeks. By the end of the course you will have covered in the syllabus covered the three terms of the Spanish Beginners (Year 1) course. If you would like to continue your studies you can join Spanish Lower Intermediate (Year 2).

Why choose the Spanish Summer Intensive short course?

Our Summer Intensive Spanish Beginners short course is taught over just ten weeks and is an intensive course for anyone looking to quickly gain language knowledge and communication skills. The course is delivered twice a week in evening classes from our central London campus.

This combines academic excellence, from our leading language experts, with flexibility for anyone working in London or the South East.

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.


Ana Belen Rivas Vilar has a BA in English Philology (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain) and trained at the International House London to teach Spanish to adults (September 2001). She has been working as a Spanish tutor for City since September 2002 and has taught in various institutions such as the North Hillingdon Adult Education, the International House, The City Lit Institute and Instituto Cervantes since 2004.


No prior knowledge required. This is a course for complete Beginners.

English Requirements

You will need to respond to instructions and read course documents in English.

What will I learn?

Topics covered

Greetings; the alphabet; numbers 0 to 100; countries and nationalities; professions; personal information, formal and informal situations, order a drink in a bar, physical description and personality; the family, shopping; the city, the house: parts of the house and furniture; likes and dislikes; the hotel; the time, days of the week, the months; the weather; the daily routine; free time activities at the weekend; work; past events; emphasis in Spanish and Latin – American culture.

Grammatical structures

Pronunciation, verbs in the present tense; personal pronouns; definite and indefinite articles; adjectives and nouns: gender and number; interrogative pronouns, demonstrative adjectives and pronoun; "ser" vs. "estar", prepositions of place; verb "gustar" and "encantar",quantifiers: mucho, bastante, poco, prepositions, agreeing and disagreeing, verb creer to give opinions, present tense: regular, irregular and reflexive verbs; adverbs of frequency; "saber" vs. "conocer"; introduction to the past tense (pretérito indefinido)

Learning objectives

oIntroducing yourself and others
oTalking about yourself
oAsking and answering personal questions
oTalking about your family
oDescribing oneself and somebody else
oOrdering a drink and a snack in a bar
oIn the hotel
oBuying objects
oAsking and giving price
oDescribing your house and your city
oExpressing likes and dislikes
oTelling the time
oTalking about your daily routine
oTalking about the weekend
oTalking about your job
oExpressing positive and negative aspects
oExpressing the knowledge of how to do something
oDescribing past events

Teaching and Assessment

The emphasis in this course is on listening and speaking. The lessons focus on language that is required in authentic situations.
Classroom activities will include: role-playing, class room discussion, pair and group work, work on pronunciation and intonation as well as grammar in context. Listening to audio clips and watching videos are an important element in our lessons. More comprehensive grammar exercises and reading texts are generally set as homework. Your progress will be assessed on an on-going basis through homework and performance in class. You will receive verbal feedback from your lecturer when appropriate and written feedback with your homework. All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.

Recommended Reading

Units 1-15 are covered in the textbook Ele Actual A1, Virgilio Boribio, Editorial SM, ISBN 9788467551815

Students are advised to purchase their own copy of the book, either from City's bookshop (Northampton Square) or from most major bookshops.

Leads To...

Having successfully completed the Spanish Summer Intensive Beginners course, you can progress to Spanish Lower Intermediate (Year 2).

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