Spanish beginners: module 1

Course Dates: 12/01/21 - 23/03/21
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online

Learn to speak Spanish on this lively, communicative course for complete beginners. Taught in Spanish with the emphasis on developing your listening and speaking skills. Based on units 1-5 of Ele Actual A1 (libro del alumno) and exercise book (SM Publishers).

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

The course aims to enable students to communicate in Spanish in everyday situations.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Greetings, asking about meaning and pronunciation of words, spelling, asking for repetition, personal information, identifying people and family, description of people.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- introduce yourself, say hello and goodbye
- ask about meaning of words
- spell words
- give and ask for basic information about yourself and others
- talk about your family
- describe and identify people.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No previous knowledge required, suitable for complete beginners. If you have some basic knowledge of Spanish, contact the Language department as there may be a more suitable course for you.

For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self-assessment chart at the start of the languages section of our course guide or at
You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and explanations, as well as read course documents, in English. You will need to be at ease with the use of numbers for daily activities (e.g. using money, telling the time, using the 24 hour clock, reading timetables). It would also be helpful if you had some knowledge of basic grammar terminology such as: a verb, a noun and conjugation.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course is based on the communicative approach:

- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate

Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Textbook and exercise book: Based on units 1-5 of "Ele Actual 1: Libro del alumno (con licencia digital) + CDs A1 - 2019 ed." ISBN: 9788413180373 and "Ele Actual 1: Cuaderno de ejercicios A1 + CD" ISBN: 9788467547382, SM Publishers.

Please note that you might not cover all the activities in the book during the course.

Please try: The European Bookshop (020 7734 5259) or Grant and Cutler at (020 7440 3248).
State that you are studying with us in order to claim your discount. You might be asked for your student number.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Spanish beginners: module 2. Please enrol as soon as possible as spaces cannot be guaranteed.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Great teaching, nice environment, good course materials
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/03/2020)
This is a really enjoyable and informative introduction to Spanish. I feel I've learned a lot in a short time and gained a good basic understanding of the language.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/03/2020)
I would tell them that the course is excellent for complete beginners in spanish.
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Review by Ije / (Posted on 27/11/2019)
User- friendly and enjoyable.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/11/2019)
Do it! Just do it!
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Review by The Naughty class / (Posted on 19/06/2019)
You need to be able to really listen. You need to be ready to 'have a go'. You will need to practise between sessions as well as doing your homework. And you need to attend regularly if you want to keep up. But it will be worth it!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 29/03/2019)
loving this class!! small group so you don't feel too intimidated speaking and making mistakes!! Fab teacher who always speaks to us in Spanish which is great! Class is a good mix of board exercises, pairs work and group work with plenty of opportunity to practice aloud. Class is at a good time and is a good length (an hour and a half at 6pm) as that's about all my concentration skills can cope with after a day at work beforehand!!! it's easy to learn quickly and it's up to you how much of the homework you do so there's no pressure to hand anything in! Great class.
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Review by Sam / (Posted on 27/03/2019)
This is a lively and well organised course in a friendly atmosphere, ideal for the absolute beginner. I feel as though I have learned a lot and look forward to coming every week.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 22/03/2019)
I would learn some basic Spanish before coming on the course and choose a book with English interpretations
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 21/03/2019)
I am a complete beginner. It has given me confidence to continue.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 13/12/2018)
Teaching is excellent; you feel encouraged to continue each week and actually want to do your best
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Review by Sandra / (Posted on 07/12/2018)
This is a very good introduction to Spanish for those with little or no previous knowledge. The teacher is very patient and encouraging. The approach is inclusive and not intimidating at all. I would recommend anyone who just wants to have a go to enroll without being worried about not knowing anything. I knew nothing and I discovered I’d really like to know more.
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Review by David / (Posted on 24/11/2018)
take the plunge and you'll find yourself in a supportive atmosphere
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 23/11/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Gracia Chinchilla

Gracia holds a PGCE ( Post Graduate Certificate in Education-Modern Foreign Languages) from Greenwich University and a BA (hons) Contemporary European Studies. She has been a Spanish language and literature teacher for many years in both the English and American educational systems. She has also taught business Spanish. Her love for languages comes from wanting to learn English to be able to sing and understand the songs of pop and rock musicians she was influenced by in her teenager years.Teaching Spanish became the right path as she feels passionate about transmitting curiosity and promoting interest about the diversity of the Spanish-speaking world. She finds teaching adults a breath of fresh air as they bring a mature and varied experience. Gracia is committed to building a supportive relationship with students, motivating and encouraging a positive and engaging environment in the courses she teaches.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: LS116

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Tue, eve, 12 Jan - 23 Mar '21

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £189.00
Senior fee: £189.00
Concession: £115.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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