Spanish Year 1 (Beginners)  Short Courses

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Tuesday 3 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 1) CS1810 Enrolment Closed
Thursday 5 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 1) CS1810 Enrolment Closed
Tuesday 16 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 2) CS1810 Apply Now
Thursday 18 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 2) CS1810 Apply Now
Tuesday 1 May 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 3) CS1810 Apply Now
Thursday 3 May 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 3) CS1810 Apply Now
Tuesday 3 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 30 classes over 3 terms £560.00 (All Terms) CS1810 Apply Now
Thursday 5 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 30 classes over 3 terms £560.00 (All Terms) CS1810 Apply Now

Course Content

This Spanish Year 1 Beginners course is an introduction to the Spanish language and culture. During the first year, students learn how to introduce themselves, their professions and family members, how to describe one’s house, office and items contained therein, how to speak about food and clothes including their colours, how to explain modes of transport and itineraries and how to speak about hobbies and interests.

Not only do students learn how to make statements about daily life in Spanish, they also learn how to abstract the relevant information by asking questions and practising these questions and responses in class. In order to build confidence and understand the structure of the language, students learn articles, verb conjugation, pronunciation, comparatives and superlatives as well as adjectives. Past and future tense are introduced in terms 2 and 3.


Term 1 of the Spanish Year 1 course is aimed at complete Beginners - for students with no prior knowledge of the language.

Term 2 and term 3 of this course are aimed at students with some basic knowledge of the language. If you would like to join the Spanish Year 1 course in January or April, please make sure you have the correct level by using our online guidelines.

If you are a complete Beginner and you have missed the September enrolment, you can join the Spanish Fast-Track course in January. You will cover Module 1 (term 1) and Module 2 (term 2) within one term. You will then be able to join Spanish Year 1 in term 3.

If you have missed the January enrolment, you can join the Spanish Beginners Summer Intensive (Year 1) in April. You will cover the course materials of Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 within one term.

Why choose the Spanish Beginners short course?

Delivered by native speakers, our Spanish Beginners short course is taught over ten weekly evening sessions in the heart of London.

Challenging but rewarding, the Spanish Beginners course is perfectly suited to those working full time or anyone looking to improve their language skills and knowledge.

Tutor Info

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, University of London 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 if you want to start in the autumn. If you wish to join this Spanish Evening course in January 2014 or April 2014, please check your level by using our online guidelines before enrolling as some basic knowledge is expected.

What will I learn?

Term 1

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.

Grammatical structures

Pronunciation, verbs in the present tense; personal pronouns; definite and indefinite articles; adjectives and nouns: gender and number; interrogative pronouns.

Learning objectives

  • Introducing yourself and others
  • Greeting Talking about yourself
  • Asking and answering personal questions
  • Talking about your family
  • Describing oneself and somebody else
  • How to order a drink and a snack in a bar

Term 2

Topics covered

Shopping; The city, the house: parts of the house and furniture; likes and dislikes; the time, days of the week, the months, the weather.

Grammatical structures

Demonstrative adjectives and pronoun; "ser" vs. "estar", prepositions of place; verb "gustar" and "encantar";

Learning objectives

  • Buying objects
  • Asking and giving price
  • Describing your house
  • Expressing likes and dislikes
  • Tell the time

Term 3

Topics covered

The daily routine; spare time/ weekends; work; past events

Grammatical structures

Present tense: regular, irregular and reflexive verbs; adverbs of frequency; "saber" vs. "conocer"; introduction to the past tense (pretérito indefinido)

Learning objectives

  • Talking about your daily routine
  • Talking about the weekend
  • Expressing positive and negative aspects
  • Expressing the knowledge of how to do something
  • Expressing opinions
  • Describing 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.

Recommended Reading

Units 1-15 are covered in the textbook Ele Actual A1, Virgilio Boribio, Editorial SM, ISBN978-84-675-4741-2.

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 Beginners (Year 1) course, you can progress to Spanish Lower Intermediate (Year 2).

Career Outcome

At the end of the course students are expected to be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. They should be able to introduce themselves, people they know and things they have. They are able to interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

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