What is the course about?
This intensive course introduces you to the basic aspects of the Spanish language and will enable you to take part in simple conversations.
What will we cover?
Hobbies, likes and dislikes, daily routine, telling the time, shopping for food, describing cities and towns, directions, say what you have done recently, life experiences.
Grammar: regular, irregular and reflexives verbs in the present tense, frequency adverbs, direct pronouns, quantifiers, place prepositions, impersonal form, present perfect.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- ask and tell the time
- describe your daily routine
- ask for food at the café/restaurant
- talk about food habits
- describe your town/neighbourhood
- ask and give directions
- speak about past experiences
- describe people's characters.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for learners who already speak a romance language or who would like to learn at a much faster pace.
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://bildutrapagaran.info/self-assess-your-level.
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?
Aula Internacional 1, new edition, (Difusión) ISBN: 9788415640097 and tutor's own materials.
Please note that the course book is used as a support only. You will not cover all the activities in the book during the course.
Please try: The European Bookshop www.europeanbookshop.com (020 7734 5259) or Grant and Cutler at Foyles-www.foyles.co.uk/languages (020 7440 3248).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please, speak to your tutor.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details