Spanish Beginners Fast Track (Level 1)

This is for you if you have no prior knowledge of Spanish (or so little that you effectively want to start again from scratch). You will learn basic skills to enable you to make yourself understood and to find out information in everyday situations. Fast Track courses enable you to complete the level in just one term, instead of two terms.

Key Information

  • Course: Saturdays 10am - 2.30pm
    Delivery: On-Campus
    Timeline: Starts 16 October 2021 - Ends 18 December 2021
    Lengths: 10 weeks (60 learning hours)
    Fees: £210

These courses will be taught in a small group. Online courses have a minimum 8 and maximum 12 students; while On-campus courses have a minimum of 8 and maximum of 14 students. Course fee includes all tuition, access to VLE (virtual learning environment), handouts and any tests/exams, but not a textbook.

Courses started online will remain online throughout.

Please note that courses taught On-campus could be moved online if the Covid-19 situation prevents face-to-face teaching, and for as long as it is required. This decision will be made by the Government and/or the University of Leicester to guarantee the safety of students and staff.

Terms run from October to December and from January to March. The full course comprises 60 learning hours. Lessons are four hours long and take place once a week.  There is a half hour lunch break. 

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Entry level

No previous knowledge of Spanish is required. The course is suitable for absolute beginners.

Course content

  • Exchanging personal information
  • Describing your family and friends
  • Describing daily routines
  • Discussing hobbies and things you like to do in your free time
  • Simple shopping transactions: at the bar, restaurant and supermarket
  • Telling the time, understanding timetables, making travel plans
  • Describing your house
  • Asking for and understanding simple directions
  • Describing your routine

Resources

‘Ele Actual A1’ by Ediciones Virgilio Borobio

There isn’t a University bookshop however The European Bookshop website holds our book list and offers a 10% discount to all our students. Languages at Leicester Reading List.

It is not essential to bring a course book to the first class. The tutor will discuss book requirements in class and advise you of the best places to obtain the book if required.

Our approach

This course is taught in Spanish and English. Our programme aims to develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as cultural awareness. It provides a good balance between understanding the culture, vocabulary and grammar structures of the Spanish language and enhancing communication and interaction. It supports comprehensive and productive skills in speech and writing through authentic based activities and guided practice in the use of Spanish language. Students will be encouraged to seek opportunities to learn and practise the four skills outside the classroom taking advantage of learning resources provided by tutors and the programme. The group size of Fast Track courses is limited to 16 students and planned to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.

Progression

Upon completing the Beginners level (1), you can progress onto the Post-Beginners level (2).