Spanish course descriptions

Beginners

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Students are advised NOT to buy the course book before the start of the course.

This Beginners course aims to provide students with the skills needed for everyday situations in a Spanish-speaking environment. Students can expect to learn how to introduce themselves and others, talk about their town and country, how to buy food, tell the time, describe people, talk about their daily routine, etc.

The course book is “Aula Internacional 1 New Edition - A Spanish course for English speakers”, Jaime Corpas et al. Ed. Difusión, 2013. ISBN: 978-84-15846-77-2.The accompanying CD will be used as required, as well as a variety of work sheets. Basic elements of Spanish grammar will be introduced: gender and number endings, regular and irregular verbs in the present, reflexives, introduction to the past tense, etc.

Throughout the course the approach is communicative, using role plays, interviews, and other activities to encourage students’ participation. Cultural topics relating to Spain and Latin America will be introduced.

Please note that weekly revision will be essential to take full advantage of the course. To complement topics introduced in class, we recommend the use of other resources such as:

Imperial College undergraduates and postgraduates may, if they wish, acquire 2 ECTS credits after successfully completing their Evening Class. To qualify, a student must attend the classes regularly and pass a test at the end of the second term. Students will be invited to apply in the second term to take the test.

Questions regarding the content and teaching of this course should be addressed to the Spanish Coordinator, Ms Iria González Becerra, igonzale@imperial.ac.uk.

Lower Intermediate

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Students are advised NOT to buy the course book before the start of the course.

This Lower Intermediate course aims to extend and consolidate the language skills of students who completed a Beginners course or those having some knowledge of Spanish. Students learn how to talk about themselves in greater detail, practice vocabulary related to shopping, renting accommodation, ordering food in a restaurant, talk about the past and future plans, give a point of view, etc.

The course book is “Ele Actual A2 (Libro del alumno)”, Virgilio Borobio, Ed. SM, 2012, ISBN: 978-84-675-4747-4. The accompanying CDs are used as required in class or for independent practice and a variety of work sheets are also provided.

This course includes elements of grammar such as a short review of some topics already studied at Beginners’ level, review of and further work on different ways of expressing the past, uses of the future and the conditional tense. Cultural topics covering both Spain and Latin America will be developed.

Please note that weekly revision will be essential to take full advantage of the course. To complement topics introduced in class, we recommend the use of other resources such as:

Imperial College undergraduates and postgraduates may, if they wish, acquire 2 ECTS credits after successfully completing their Evening Class. To qualify, a student must attend the classes regularly and pass a test at the end of the second term. Students will be invited to apply in the second term to take the test.

Questions regarding the content and teaching of this course should be addressed to the Spanish Coordinator, Ms Iria González Becerra, igonzale@imperial.ac.uk.

Intermediate

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Students are advised NOT to buy the course book before the start of the course.

This course aims to develop further the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing with an emphasis on oral skills. Students are expected to have reached at least a higher GCSE-level or equivalent before starting the course.

The course book is “ELE Actual B1 (Libro del alumno)”, Virgilio Borobio, Ed. SM, 2012, ISBN 9788467548976. The book and accompanying CDs will be used in class and for independent practice together with a number of audio materials and relevant handouts.

You will be using a wider range of vocabulary and more complex grammatical structures. There will be a revision of the different past tenses, and an introduction to the subjunctive. At the end of the course, students will be able to talk about the past, present and future, to describe places and people in detail, understand and use vocabulary relating to health, talk about their workplace, give instructions and express wishes. Students will be able to read some real materials such as short news features and to write simple connected text such as short letters.

The cultural component of the course covers both Spain and Latin America.

Weekly revision is essential to take full advantage of the course. To complement topics introduced in class, we recommend the use of other resources such as:

Imperial College undergraduates and postgraduates may, if they wish, acquire 2 ECTS credits after successfully completing their Evening Class. To qualify, a student must attend the classes regularly and pass a test at the end of the second term. Students will be invited to apply in the second term to take the test.

Questions regarding the content and teaching of this course should be addressed to the Spanish Coordinator, Ms Iria González Becerra, igonzale@imperial.ac.uk.

Higher Intermediate

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This Higher Intermediate course is intended for students who have reached A/S Level or equivalent and acquired a good knowledge of basic Spanish grammar.

A continuation of the Intermediate level, the course aims to provide a background to the study of Spanish-speaking countries with an emphasis on communication through discussion in class of current economic and political issues. Students will also be encouraged to extend their knowledge of grammar and improve their writing skills.

There is no recommended textbook for this course which will be based on materials produced by the teacher: news articles, audio resources, grammar handouts, etc.

Imperial College undergraduates and postgraduates may, if they wish, acquire 2 ECTS credits after successfully completing their Evening Class. To qualify, a student must attend the classes regularly and pass a test at the end of the second term. Students will be invited to apply in the second term to take the test.

Questions regarding the content and teaching of this course should be addressed to the Spanish Coordinator, Ms Iria González Becerra, igonzale@imperial.ac.uk.