Spanish A level
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
At the end of this course, you will sit an exam and, if successful, will gain a nationally recognised qualification. Exam costs are included in the fee and are not refundable. An interview and a test are required before enrolling. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Languages department 020 7492 2644 or email email@example.com to arrange your interview.
**City Lit is an adult education college, so we are only able to accept candidates who are aged 19 or over.
This course will be delivered online. However, a mock exam will take place on Saturday 25th February 2023 at our central London college. You will therefore need to make sure that you make the necessary arrangements so that you can attend on that date.
The official exams will also take place at our Covent Garden college during the months of May and June (exact dates to be confirmed).
See course term dates in the section "What is this course about?".
* Please note that, subject to government guidance, we might need to implement a contingency plan to be followed in the event of exam cancellations.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: LSY41
Duration: 33 sessions (over 36 weeks)
What is the course about?
To prepare students to sit the GCE Advanced level examination (Edexcel) in June. The aim of this course is to develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and to enable students to use the language for practical communication at an advanced level.
Course dates: 27th Sept 2022 - 30 May 2023 (this course is every Tuesday plus one additional Saturdays per term).
Term 1: 27 Sep – 13 Dec 2022 + Sat 5 Nov 2022
Term 2: 17 Jan – 28 Mar 2023 + Sat 25 Feb 2023 (face to face mock on Sat 25 Feb in the morning - time tbc)
Term 3: 18 Apr – 30 May 2023 + Sat 13 May 2023 (possible face to face speaking exam (Paper 2) on Sat 13 May, tbc)
Exam dates (during the months of May and June (exact dates to be confirmed):
Paper 1 (Listening, Reading & Translation): tbc
Paper 2 (Written response to works and translation): tbc
Paper 3 (Speaking): tbc.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
A wide variety of themes and contemporary issues in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries will be used as a basis for general language work. The exam consists of reading, listening and writing papers (including essays), and an oral examination.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- communicate with greater confidence in Spanish
- write more accurately in Spanish
- compare/contrast aspects of contemporary Spain and Spanish speaking-countries
- demonstrate an extended knowledge of the grammatical structure of Spanish
- sit the A-level examination with confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should have a good upper intermediate level of Spanish. They should be reasonably fluent (not rusty) and have a solid grasp of grammatical structures and vocabulary as this is a demanding course preparing you for the A level exam in one year. Please note that you will need to have studied Spanish for about four years or have an equivalent level.
Interviews start from July. Please check the website for details and book early as places are limited.
It is also essential that you have some knowledge of basic grammar terminology such as: a verb, a noun and conjugation. It would be helpful if you had knowledge of more intermediate grammar terminology such as: prepositions, direct and indirect pronouns, subjunctive, main and subordinate clause.
It is also essential that you have knowledge of more complex grammar terminology such as: conditional, indirect and direct pronouns, hypothetical sentences, subjunctive, subordinate clauses and more complex conjunctions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Our courses are characterised by spoken interaction and communication. Typical activities include pair work, group work, role plays and games. A range of resources will be used to support your learning including presentations, hand-outs, and audio-visual material.
Homework is highly recommended to consolidate learning.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Textbook: Edexcel Spanish A Level by Hodder Education. ISBN 978-1471858314
Grammar book: To be confirmed by tutor
A good bilingual dictionary is essential (Oxford or Collins)
Note: you might not cover all the activities in the book during the course.
Please try the European Bookshop by selecting 'City Lit' and the language you are studying at this web page or call them at 020 7734 5259. If you state on the website, by phone or in the shop that you are studying with us, you can claim a 10% discount. You might be asked for your student number.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any Spanish 4 or 5 course in September or summer.
Amaia is a Spanish teacher from the Basque country in Spain. She grew up in Mondragón and studied in San Sebastián and Bilbao where she completed a teaching degree at university. She has always been interested in teaching and, as well as her work in adult education, she has experience teaching at universities and companies. Amaia has Qualified Teacher Status in England and has taught Spanish at all levels. She has a keen interest in exploring those areas of the language that her students find difficult. She takes great pleasure in seeing how her students progress in the language, in their motivation and dedication, and in the dialogue that takes place among adults in the context of the classroom.
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.