Spanish: rules of written accents
Time: 13:00 - 15:00
This short two-week course will allow you to practise and consolidate the rules of written accents at beginner level. It combines an initial independent study week for guided self-study with a group session on Zoom.
This course can be taken together with any of our beginner courses but 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.
Course Code: LS152
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course is aimed to students of an elementary level who would like to learn and understand the rules of Spanish accent marks. It combines an initial independent study week for guided self-study with a group session on Zoom. Over these 2 session you will learn and practise when and where to add them as well as the effects in the stress and pronunciation.
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?
- Rules for writing the accent marks ("tildes")
- Stablish which letter to put a stress on when we say aloud
- How to divide a word in syllables
- Accent marks in questions
- Accent marks in homonyms (words with the same pronunciation that have different meaning)
- Rules of Spanish written accent when you have two vowels together ("diptongo" and "hiato")
- How to type Spanish accent marks.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- when to add a written accent in a word and when you do not need it
- know what part of the word should be stressed, emphasised when spoken aloud
- significance and differences in meaning when adding/omitting an accent mark in Spanish
- know how to type written accents on your keyboard.
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 http://www.citylit.ac.uk/self-assess-your-level.
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" or LS154 Spanish beginners: get to grips with the simple past or 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".