Spanish beginners: get to grips with the simple past

Course Dates: 17/02/22 - 24/02/22
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Location: Online
This course will allow you to practise and consolidate aspects of Spanish grammar at near beginner level. It combines an initial independent study week for guided self-study with a group session on Zoom. This short course can be taken together with any of our beginner courses and is the perfect option if you need further grammar practice in the simple past tense. It can also be taken as a free-standing course.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £24.00

Course Code: LS154

Thu, day, 17 Feb - 24 Feb '22

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Spanish get to grips with the simple past tense is a short, skills-focused course intended to provide you with extra practice, guidance and techniques so that you can gain more confidence in the acquisition and retention of Spanish simple past tense and its uses.
It combines an initial independent study week for guided self-study with a group session on Zoom.

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?

- Strategies for learning the endings of the simple past tense
- Variety of techniques linked to different learning styles
- Understanding how simple past tense verbs are used in context.

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

- Speak with a more wider range of vocabulary and verbs
- Feel more confident when using the simple past tense in Spanish.

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

This course is suitable for students who have either just finished or are currently taking Spanish Beginners module three or Spanish 2 lower or any elementary course and who would like to consolidate key grammar points covered in the course.

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

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?

All resources will be provided.

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

On finishing this course, you can join our LS151 Spanish pronunciation workout course or if you are looking to focus on some basic grammar you can join our LS155 Spanish beginners: get to grips with "ser" and "estar", LS150 Spanish: vocabulary builder for beginners. If you would like to know more about different countries and part of Spain and Latin America, check our "Explore series workshops".

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.