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Spanish Beginners (LL191)

This course will not be offered in 2020/21.
As alternatives you might want to consider the academic modules LL121or LL264 as not-for-credit options.

Summary

Level:

You are a complete beginner, knowing virtually nothing of the language.

Main Objectives:

This beginners course will aim to develop competence in a range of predictable, simple everyday language tasks, providing a very basic knowledge of the structure and vocabulary of the language.

Teaching:

1 x 2 hour class per week. Some independent study will also be set.

Course Texts (must be bought by student):

  • Nuevo Prisma Nivel A1 - Edición ampliada (12 unidades) - Libro del Alumno + CD + Extensión digital. Edinumen. ISBN: 978-84-9848-6049
  • Recommended:

    Nuevo Prisma Nivel A1 - Edición ampliada (12 unidades) - Libro de Ejercicios + Extensión digital. Edinumen. ISBN: 978-84-9848-6018

Course Description

Based on a step-by-step approach, the course is divided into learning blocks each of which focuses on practical, useful and manageable language.

Activities will be devised to make sure you understand and can use the language presented during the lessons. You will put new language into practice via games, role-plays and problem-solving tasks.

Homework tasks will be set at the end of each session.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • understand a range of familiar spoken phrases, simple questions and short dialogues.
  • understand the main points in a short written text; understand simple forms for basic personal details.
  • understand words and short phrases on common public notices.
  • answer simple questions and give basic information; ask and answer simple questions about place of work or study, job, family or interests.
  • make basic introductions and greetings and courtesy phrases.
  • Write short simple texts (postcards and emails)
  • fill in a simple form with personal details; write short sentences on familiar topics.

Please read our Can-do Statements (link on the right of this page) to see the competences you will be working towards and can achieve by the end of the course.

Syllabus

Topics and communicative skills such as:

  • greetings
  • the alphabet
  • introducing yourself
  • countries and nationalities
  • giving and asking for personal information
  • professions and jobs
  • the classroom
  • colours
  • numbers
  • describing your home and town
  • family and relationships
  • describing people
  • clothes
  • asking for prices
  • travelling and transport
  • telling the time
  • days of the week
  • daily routine

Grammar

  • interrogative words
  • subject pronouns
  • articles
  • nouns
  • adjectives
  • gender and number agreement
  • singular and plural
  • 'hay'
  • verbs ser and estar
  • possessive pronouns
  • formal and informal speech
  • common prepositions
  • present tense of regular verbs
  • present tense of some irregular verbs: 'tener', ‘ser’, ‘ir’, ‘querer’, ‘preferir’
  • reflexive verbs

Skills

  • listening, speaking, reading and writing.