Spanish Beginners A

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Course Description

This course is suitable for people wishing to learn Spanish for travelling to Spain or Latin America or for personal interest or development. The Beginners course has 5 modules A, B, C, D and E which are delivered over five terms of study; after completing them, a student will be able to speak and understand the language in basic daily life situations. Module A is an introduction to the language and lays the foundations for further study. This is not an intensive course but it will require some study and doing weekly homework. The class will continue on to the next level if there are sufficient enrolments.
You will not require a textbook for this class.

What your course will cover

  • Greetings: Buenos días, buenas tardes, hola, adiós, ¿cómo estás? ¿qué tal?
  • Asking/giving personal information: soy Ann, soy estudiante, vivo aquí ¿y usted?
  • Meeting people: soy argentino pero vivo aquí en Barcelona ¿Y tú? ¿de dónde eres?
  • Asking/giving address, phone number etc: ¿cuál es tu número de teléfono?
  • Talking about your family: mi padre se llama Enrique, tengo dos hermanas ¿Y usted?
  • Talking about what you have/own: Este es mi libro; estas son mis primas Ana e Isabel
  • Asking/saying where things are: ¿Dónde está mi mochila? está detrás de la silla
  • Saying what you like to do: soy aficionado/a al cine.
  • Classroom phrases: No entiendo, ¿puede repetir por favor?
  • The time; opening/closing times: ¿Qué hora es? En Brasil los bancos abren a las diez

You will learn the following grammar:

  • The Spanish Alphabet, spelling and numbers 0-1000.
  • Definite article: el gato, los gatos and indefinite article: un gato, unos gatos
  • Grammatical gender: la mesa, el libro; Grammatical number: las mesas, los libros
  • Noun-adjective agreement: la mesa cuadrada, el libro interesante
  • Present tense of regular verbs: trabajar, beber, vivir etc.
  • Some irregular verbs: ser, estar, querer and tener
  • Sentences, negative sentences & questions: bebo café, no bebo café, ¿tú bebes café?
  • Interrogative pronouns: ¿dónde? ¿qué? ¿quién? ¿por qué? ¿cuándo? ¿cuál?
  • Prepositional expressions of place: delante de, detrás de, en, entre etc.
  • Possessive & demonstrative adjectives: Este es mi libro, estos son mis padres
  • Subject personal pronouns: yo, tú, él, ella, usted, nosotros/as, vosotros/as, ellos/as, ustedes
  • Formal and informal ‘you’ in Spanish: uses of ‘tú’ and ‘usted’.

What you can hope to achieve

  • Learn basic vocabulary and grammar.
  • Basic reading, speaking, writing and listening skills.
  • Better understanding of aspects of the lifestyle and culture of Spanish-speaking countries

What to bring

  • Pen and notebook for work done in class.
  • A folder for your many handouts – an expandable A4 folder with plastic sleeves is recommended.

Important information

  • Most language classes fill up quickly. However, your class could be cancelled if not enough people enrol. If you are concerned about buying a book that may be of no use to you then please check the viability of your class with adult education before purchasing your text.

Please note that children must not attend this class unless it is a specified parent/child activity.

Disability and special needs

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Please note that carers supporting learners with disabilities can attend our classes free of charge. For more information, please contact adult education team:

Refund policy

Cancellations and Refunds
Please choose your course carefully. A full refund is payable in the event that a class is cancelled. No other refunds are considered except for extenuating circumstances which are supported by a written application.

Contact details

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  • (03) 6165 5564

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