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Aimed at total beginners, our Spanish Fast Track course allows students to study Module One and Module Two of the Beginners course in just 10 weeks, starting in January.

Why choose this course?

Whether learning Spanish for travelling, working abroad or with foreign companies, the Spanish Beginners Fast Track course will enable you to communicate confidently on a basic level in everyday situations, socialise and not feel out of place when visiting Spanish-speaking countries.

This accelerated Spanish short course is an introduction to the Spanish language and way of life for the purpose of practical communication. Challenging but rewarding, the course is perfectly suited to those looking to develop a basic command of Spanish.

The course consists of two evening class a week, for a total of 10 weeks. During this time you will cover Module One and Module Two of the standard Spanish Beginners (Year 1) course. On completion of the course you can enrol on Module Three of the standard Spanish Beginners course in the summer term, if you choose to continue your learning.

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

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.

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, enabling you to build up confidence to communicate in everyday situations, socialise and not feel out of place when visiting the country.

Is it the right level for me?

The Spanish Beginners Fast Track short course is designed for complete beginners with no prior knowledge of the Spanish language.

If you are not a complete beginner and have some prior knowledge of Spanish, you may wish to join our Spanish Lower Intermediate course or join Module Two or Module Three of the Spanish Beginners course. You can check your level using our online guidelines.

  • “ It was well structured and manageable. The lecturers were great - both Ana Rivas Vilar and Ramon Alvarez Gonzalez ”

    Steve Matthews

    Former student

What will I learn?

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 house
  • Expressing likes and dislikes
  • Tell the time.

Eligibility

Eligibility

Prerequisite knowledge

The Spanish Beginners Fast Track short course is designed for complete beginners with no prior knowledge of the Spanish language.

The fast track course covers Module One and Module Two of the standard Spanish Beginners (Year 1) course. Once you have completed the fast track course you may choose to enrol on Module Three of the Spanish Beginners (Year 1) course in April/May to complete the full beginners syllabus.

If you are not a complete beginner and have some prior knowledge of Spanish, you may wish to join our Spanish Lower Intermediate course or join Module Two or Module Three of the Spanish Beginners course. You can check your level using our online guidelines.

English requirements

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

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & 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
  • classroom discussion
  • pair and group work
  • work on pronunciation and intonation
  • grammar in context.

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.

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

Ele Actual A1


by Virgilio Boribio

  • Publisher: Editorial SM;
  • ISBN: 978-84-675-4741-2.

You are advised to purchase a copy of the book, available from most major bookshops.

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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.

  • Ana Belen Rivas Vilar

    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).

    Ana 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.

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