Adult Spanish Course Levels

Beginner (Spanish Complete Beginner)

A practical initiation in Spanish for students with no previous knowledge of Spanish. Students will develop fundamental skills which will enable them to communicate at a basic level. No previous knowledge of Spanish is assumed and the course starts with very basic phrases and phrases as well pronunciation practice. Number of terms normally required to complete this level: 1

Level 1 (Spanish Elementary)

A course for those who have previous but limited knowledge of Spanish. It begins with revision of the basics - e.g. giving personal information and re-visits the use of the present tense before progressing on to look at new grammatical structures and vocabulary. Students should be able to express basic personal information related to daily life and have a basic knowledge of Spanish language structure and vocabulary. Number of terms normally required to complete this level: 2

Level 2 (Spanish Pre-Intermediate)

This level looks at extending the grammar and vocabulary learned in level 1. Students should be able to express opinions, feelings and needs related to daily life orally and in writing. They should be familiar with regular and irregular present tense verbs, some past tenses (pretérito perfecto), future ("ir a" + infinitive verb), the present continuous and pronouns (direct and indirect objects). Number of terms normally required to complete this level: 3

Level 3 (Spanish Intermediate)

This course introduces more complex levels of conversation. There is greater emphasis on vocabulary and lexical structures and a strong focus on accuracy in terms of the speaking and writing skills. In addition to the tenses looked at in level 2 students also look at the uses of the "imperative" as well as the future and past perfect tenses. The subjunctive is also introduced at this level. Number of terms normally required to complete this level: 3

Level 4 (Spanish Upper Intermediate)

At this level one of the main objectives is better accuracy in speaking and writing. Students have sufficient knowledge of the verb tenses to be able to use present, past and future comfortably. The subjunctive, introduced at level 3 is practised further. More free-form conversational work takes place at this level and students will participate in presentations and class debates. Number of terms normally required to complete this level: 3

Level 4+ (Spanish Advanced)

This level is about maintaining a high level of Spanish - typically via class debates and discussions on varied topics from current affairs, films and general culture. All main verb tenses and important grammar structures will have been covered by the time the student reaches level. Students will be expected to actively participate in discussions to expand their linguistic and cultural knowledge as well as being able to select the appropriate vocabulary and register for different situations. Number of terms normally required to complete this level: 6

Level 5 (Spanish Proficiency)

The proficiency course is designed to maintain and perfect an already very high level of Spanish. Students will be able to change their style of speaking easily and will be quite happy with changes of speed and intonation as well as being familiar with more specific communicative functions of the language. The students will also be able to recognise different Spanish and Latin American dialects The course consists of debate and discussions on varied topics from current affairs, films and general culture. Number of terms normally required to complete this level: at this level the emphasis is on maintaining and perfecting your language skills therefore enrolment could be for a minimum of one term or on an ongoing basis.