Languages for all Twilight programme (LTP): Spanish level 1 and 2

Modules available

Spanish level 1

Tutor: Blanca Del Cerro-García

Class dates: Starting in week commencing 17 October 2022 and finishing week commencing 13 March 2023.

Class times: Mondays from 18:00–20:00.

Frequency of class: Two hours of class contact and approximately 1.5 hours self-study a week are recommended in order to make good progress.

Venue: Rolle Building.

Course fee: Students: £40; Staff: £60; External participants: £70.

Number of students: Maximum 23.

Textbook: Foundations Spanish 1, (Palgrave 3rd edition, 2017). ISBN-10:9781137579201  ISBN-13:978-1137579201.

Cancelled classes: any classes that are cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances will be re-arranged by your tutor for a later date.

Methodology: Teaching is communicative with class work emphasising listening, speaking and practice of sentence structure. Self-study consists of reviewing work done in class and practising language skills as advised by tutor. Resources to support the course will be provided for you.  

Description: Level 1 assumes no previous knowledge of the language.

The course introduces some of the basic structures of the language through topics related to social and everyday life in Spain. The focus is on listening, speaking and reading basic materials that introduce grammatical structures which will facilitate manipulation of the language. By the end of the course students will be able to use both the present and the future tense in Spanish. Elements of Spanish culture will be incorporated into the classes.  

Resources: These will be provided for you both in class and in the form of weekly private study learning tasks (available on Moodle).

Spanish level 2

Tutor: Blanca Del Cerro-García

Class dates: Starting in week commencing 17 October 2022 and finishing week commencing 13 March 2023.

Class times: Tuesdays from18:00–20:00.

Frequency of class: Two hours of class contact and approximately 1.5 hours self-study a week are recommended in order to make good progress.

Venue: Rolle Building.

Course fee: Students: £40; Staff: £60; External participants: £70.

Number of students: Maximum 23.

Textbook: Foundations Spanish 2,(Palgrave 1st edition, 2005). ISBN-10:1403943389  ISBN-13:978-1403943385.

Cancelled classes: Any classes that are cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances will be re-arranged by your tutor for a later date.

Methodology: Teaching is communicative with class work emphasising listening, speaking and practice of sentence structure. Self-study consists of reviewing work done in class and practising language skills as advised by tutor.

Description: Level 2 assumes that you have either completed level 1 or have a pass at GCSE.

The course will develop communicative competence improving students’ ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of Spanish, to introduce key aspects of Spanish culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

This module will cover the use of Spanish as a means of communication in such situations as may be encountered during daily life or during a period of temporary work in a Spanish speaking country. Vocabulary, grammar and independent learning strategies will be presented for the student to help build a strong foundation for continued Spanish language acquisition beyond this module.

Additional resources: These will be provided for you both in class and in the form of weekly private study learning tasks (available on Moodle).

The Spanish language – did you know?

There are more than 580 million Spanish speakers and the number is set to grow. Spanish is the official language in 21 countries and the second most popular tongue for study. According to the 2020 Instituto Cervantes Spanish language review: 
  • The number of speakers has grown more than 30% and the group of students as a foreign language has expanded by almost 60%.
  • Spanish is the second mother tongue in the world by number of speakers, after Mandarin Chinese.
  • It is the third language in a global tally of speakers (native, limited proficiency and students of Spanish), after English and Mandarin Chinese.
  • After English, Spanish is the most commonly used language in the publication of scientific texts.

<p>Detail of Palacio de Comunicaciones at Plaza Cibeles, Madrid</p>