Spanish Fast-Track  Short Courses

Course Information

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Monday 15 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 20 classes over 1 term (Mondays & Wednesdays) £410.00 CS1846 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, present your friend to your Spanish-speaking colleagues and describe your family, interests, likes and dislikes.

Learn Spanish from scratch in this intensive course designed for complete beginners who want to gain basic social communication skills within a short space of time, as the content of two terms is covered in one. Our lessons focus on language that is required for communicating in authentic situations making each lesson 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.

By the end of the course you will have covered the syllabus normally covered in terms 1 and 2 of Spanish Beginners (Year 1) course. If you would like to continue your studies you can join Spanish Beginners (Year 1) in term 3.

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 University 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 time, days of the week, the months, the weather.

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";

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

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

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 the University bookshop (Northampton Square) or from most major bookshops.

Leads To...

Students who successfully complete the Spanish Accelerated course can progress to Module 3 of Spanish Beginners (Year 1) and complete the Beginners Level (Year 1) in Spanish by the end of the academic year.

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