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Spanish Beginners Summer Intensive (Year 1) Short Course

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Learn Spanish in a few short weeks with our Beginners Summer Intensive course. This concentrated course will teach you the entire syllabus of the Spanish Beginners course in just 10 weeks during the summer term.

Why choose this course?

This highly intensive Spanish language course is designed for complete beginners who want to gain basic skills to communicate confidently in everyday situations, socialise and not feel out of place when visiting Spanish-speaking countries.

The Spanish Beginners Summer Intensive course consists of two evening classes per week for a total of 10 weeks. In this time you will cover all three modules of the beginners course, giving you an excellent grasp on basic Spanish in a short space of time.

Challenging but rewarding, the course is perfectly suited to those looking to develop a basic command of Spanish.

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, book a hotel room, present your friend to your Spanish-speaking colleagues and describe your family, interests, likes and dislikes as well as talking about your habits and what you did last weekend!

Our relaxed and friendly lessons focus on language that is required for communicating in authentic situations making each session as dynamic as possible, with lots of speaking and group work.

Is it the right level for me?

The Spanish Beginners Summer Intensive 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.

  • “ A very good crash course in Spanish, bringing you up to speed quickly. Be prepared to commit time to homework and revision. ”

    Christian Koelbel


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 hotel; the time, days of the week, the months; the weather; the daily routine; free time activities at the weekend; work; past events; emphasis in Spanish and Latin – American culture.

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",quantifiers: mucho, bastante, poco, prepositions, agreeing and disagreeing, verb creer to give opinions, present tense: regular, irregular and reflexive verbs; adverbs of frequency; "saber" vs. "conocer"; introduction to the past tense (pretérito indefinido).

Learning objectives

  • Introducing yourself and others
  • Greetings
  • Talking about yourself
  • Asking and answering personal questions
  • Talking about your family
  • Describing oneself and somebody else
  • Ordering a drink and a snack in a bar
  • In the hotel
  • Buying objects
  • Asking and giving price
  • Describing your house and your city
  • Expressing likes and dislikes
  • Telling the time
  • Talking about your daily routine
  • Talking about the weekend
  • Talking about your job
  • Expressing positive and negative aspects
  • Expressing the knowledge of how to do something
  • Describing past events.



Prerequisite knowledge

The Spanish Summer Intensive course is designed for complete beginners with no prior knowledge of Spanish.

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.

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.

Classroom activities will include:

  • Role-playing
  • classroom discussion
  • pair and group work
  • work on pronunciation and intonation
  • 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

Recommended reading

Ele Actual A1

by Virgilio Boribio

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

Units 1-15 from the textbook are covered in the evening class.

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

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.

Next steps

This Spanish Lower Intermediate evening Short Course empowers students with a sound beginner knowledge of Spanish to develop their languages skills further.…