Spanish Year 3 (Intermediate)  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) CS1816 Course Cancelled
Tuesday 16 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 2) CS1816 Course Cancelled
Tuesday 1 May 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 3) CS1816 Course Cancelled
Tuesday 3 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 30 classes over 3 terms £560.00 (All Terms) CS1816 Course Cancelled

Course Content

This Intermediate Year 3 Spanish course, previously called Upper Intermediate, follows on from Spanish Lower Intermediate and is also suitable for those who have post GCSE experience of the language or similar. Students continue to develop a command of the language using the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Grammar will be covered in context. Homework will be set each week and will include exercises to practice what has been learnt in class, increase reading comprehension and prepare for the next class.

Topics will include language, leisure and current affairs. To demonstrate speaking skills, students give a presentation on a chosen theme. Debates and discussions on topical issues will be a key part of the course to further develop verbal skills. Students listen to a range of authentically-spoken passages and conversations from different contexts at near native speed and are challenged to understand the main points. Complex, authentic texts from a range of different contexts are read with the aim of understanding and reporting on the essential points.

For an October/ Term 1 start the completion of Spanish Lower Intermediate (Year 2) is required or the equivalent of around 120 hours of Spanish. You can join the course in Term 2 or Term 3 if you already have some significant knowledge of the language. Please make sure you have the correct level by using our online guidelines as well as checking the "What will I learn" section for familiar topics.

Why choose the Spanish Intermediate short course?

Our Spanish Intermediate short course is taught by native Spanish speakers to ensure academic excellence.

Thanks to our central London location the course also provides fantastic flexibility, delivered in 10 weekly sessions for each term for a total of 30 weeks.

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.


* approximately 100-120 hrs prior formal study
* successfully completed Spanish Lower Intermediate Year 2
* a rusty (but good) Spanish A-level.

What will I learn?

Term 1

Topics covered
Biography. The world of work in Spain. Spanish society, customs and stereotypes. Writing an email, take messages and pass them on. Talk about anecdotic situations.

Grammatical structures
* Revision/contrast of all indicative past tenses
* Reported speech
* Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns
* Connectors

Learning objectives
* Talk about habits, customs and circumstances in the past
* Express the duration of an action
* Express obligation and prohibition
* Ask someone to pass on messages
* Develop communication strategies

Term 2

Topics covered
News and demonstrations. Tourism and anecdotal situations. Environmental issues. Food and Health. Family and relationships. Describing objects.

Grammar structures
* Use of Present Subjunctive after verbs expressing feelings, need, desire, demand, wanting and advice.
* Use of pluperfect
* Present Subjunctive after verbs of feeling
* Structures to express agreement and disagreement
* Present Subjunctive in relative clauses

Learning objectives
* Express wishes about the future
* Give advice
* Talk about events and relating anecdotes
* To express feelings and interests: talk about relationships
* Describe the characteristics and function of a given object

Term 3

Topics covered
Debates about hypothetical situations. News, papers and mass media. Society and culture of Latin America. Fiestas and traditions in Spain.

Grammatical structures
* Future tense: further uses
* Imperfect Subjunctive in if-clauses: introduction
* The Conditional: Revision
* The passive voice

Learning objectives
Refer to an item in the news and comment about it
* Consolidate vocabulary related to media
* Make predictions and/or conjectures for the future
* Give advice

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: class room discussion, pair and group work, project work, 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

ISBN: 9788415640110

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...

At the end of the course students are expected to be able to understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Students are able to deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. They can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Students can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

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