Spanish Year 2 (Lower 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) CS1813 Enrolment Closed
Tuesday 16 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 2) CS1813 Apply Now
Tuesday 2 May 2017 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 3) CS1813 Apply Now
Tuesday 3 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 30 classes over 3 terms £560.00 (All Terms) CS1813 Apply Now

Course Content

You can order a bocadillo with flair; you can ask directions to the Park Güell and have a chat whilst queuing at the carnicería. You are comfortable asking how much football tickets cost for the best seats in the stadium at Santiago Bernabéu and can talk about el sol y la luna with your Spanish colleagues. But now you want to have a proper conversation with the lovely Spanish designers you met at Casa Decor. During your holidays, you want to be able to understand what the waiter explains to you about the various breeds of pigs at Sergi Arola Gastro and order accordingly. You want to watch a film in Spanish and broaden your conversation at a meeting with Spanish-speaking clients.

Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are built upon and advanced main points in Spanish grammar are covered. This Lower Intermediate Spanish short course enables students to communicate with more variation and fluency to feel confident in most everyday situations with native Spanish speakers. It also aims to broaden understanding of the Spanish culture and way of life.

If you missed an October enrolment and you already have some knowledge of Spanish, you can join the Spanish Lower Intermediate class in Term 2 or 3 but you will need to have your level assessed. You can do this by checking your level using our online guidelines.

Why choose the Spanish Lower Intermediate short course?

Our Spanish Lower Intermediate short course is ideal for anyone looking for a flexible class that'll take their Spanish to the next level. The Spanish Lower Intermediate course is the perfect follow-on programme for anyone who has completed the Spanish Beginnners language evening course.

The programme is taught by native speakers over 10 weekly evening classes, offering maximum flexibility and expert tuition.

Tutor Info

Cristina Termenón has a BA Hons in Economics (Oviedo, 1993) and a International House Certificate for the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language (Madrid, 2003) and IH Certificate Courses Trainer (London, 2007). She has taught in various schools and at Roehampton University.


You should have one of the following:

  • approx 60 hours prior formal study
  • successfully completed Spanish Beginners - Year 1
  • be able to carry out an elementary conversation; talk about yourself (your nationality, where you work, where you live etc.); be able to talk about your daily activities and your hobbies; order in a café; describe a place and give directions; say what you like or dislike; have a good knowledge of present regular and irregular verbs, prepositions, possessive pronouns and common adverbs of frequency ; have some notions of the past tense, the 'near past' (I've just…) and future tenses (I am going to/I will)
  • a good Spanish GCSE that can be rusty.

If you wish to join this Spanish Intermediate course in January or April, please check your level before enrolling.

English Requirements

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

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What will I learn?

Please note that some topics of Spanish Year 1 will be revised at the beginning of the academic year. The course outline below is only a guide and topics will be studied according to students' needs and progress.

Term 1

Topics covered:

Personal introductions; work and studies; character description; plans and projects; food and the restaurant; past experiences and recent events; opinions, likes and dislikes; shopping for clothes; comparisons; life in a city/village; directions.

Grammar items:

Revision of the present tense: regular and irregular verbs, reflexive verbs; ir a + infinitive; pretérito perfecto; ya/todavía no; direct object pronouns; interrogative clauses; expressions to agree and disagree; tener que/hay que; quantifiers.

Learning objectives:

*    Talking about studies and work
*    Expressing necessity
*    Shopping
*    Expressing opinions and preferences
*    Describing personality
*    Asking and giving information about food
*    To go shopping
*    Making plans for the future
*    Describing places and making comparisons
*    Asking for and giving directions
*    Talking about recent events and experiences in the past

Term 2

Topics covered:

Holidays and travelling; the weekend; biographies; past events; permission and favours; opinions about past events; situations happening at the moment of speaking; food preparation and customs in the Spanish-speaking world; health and body; the weather; transport; invitations.

Grammar items:

Pretérito indefinido, regular and irregular verbs; adverbials of past time; superlatives; estar + gerund; prepositions; pretérito perfecto vs pretérito indefinido; verbs gustar and parecer in the past; ser and estar; the impersonal form with se.

Learning objectives:

*    Talking about past events
*    Writing a biography
*    Describing a holiday, talking about the weekend
*    Expressing what someone is doing
*    Expressing opinions about events in the past
*    Talking about food preferences and habits
*    Asking for permission/a favour
*    Making invitations, apologising, making excuses
*    Describing symptoms and giving advice
*    Talking about the weather

Term 3

Topics covered:

Habits and descriptions in the past; circumstances of a past event; anecdotes and stories; instructions to do things; suggestions and recommendations; descriptions of objects.

Grammar items:

Pretérito imperfecto; connectors; time expressions; pretérito imperfecto vs pretérito indefinido; expressions to give opinions and to debate; imperfecto de estar + gerund; imperative form; pronoun position.

Learning objectives:

*    Describing circumstances in the past
*    Describing habits in the past
*    Talking about memories
*    Comparing the present moment with periods in the past
*    Telling a story
*    Arranging past events in sequence
*    Giving advice and making recommendations
*    Giving instructions
*    Describing objects

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. All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.

Recommended Reading

Aula Internacional 2 Nueva Edición.

Ed. Difusión
ISBN   9788415640103

Leads To...

Having successfully completed the Spanish Lower Intermediate (Year 2) course, you can progress to Spanish Intermediate (Year 3).

Career Outcome

At the end of the course students are expected to be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. Very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). They are able to communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Students can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

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