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Spanish – Beginners




Admission requirements

  • Class of 2017: this course is not available to first-year students, as it has been scheduled opposite the Global Challenges courses.

  • Classes of 2013-2016: None.

Course description

This course is organised around interactive and communicative activities that will allow students to build all language skills in the most effective way. Class proceedings will focus on submerging students in real-world Spanish language.

Grammatical structures and vocabulary will also be integrated into the learning process in meaningful contexts. Furthermore an important aspect of the course will be the cultural knowledge about Spain and Latin America, with a strong emphasis on intercultural communication.

Learning objectives

In terms of the CEFR of the Council of Europe, by the end of the first semester students will be able to understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc; to deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken; to describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions.

Mode of instruction

Communication in Spanish will be encouraged from the outset and classes will be conducted primarily in Spanish, enabling students to learn and practice the new grammatical structures and vocabulary covered in each session. In order to develop and consolidate skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, classes will be highly interactive.

Students will often work in pairs or groups to practice their language skills.

During the course, students will give oral presentations about different topics, according to their increasing level of knowledge.


Assessment will be a combination of written and spoken assignments and exams.

Assessment: In-class participation
Percentage: 15%
Deadline: Ongoing

Assessment: Listening Comprehension Exam
Percentage: 15%
Deadline: Week 4 and 12

Assessment: Grammar & Vocabulary & Reading Comprehension Exam
Percentage: 40%
Deadline: Week 7 and 14

Assessment: Oral presentations & discussions
Percentage: 15%
Deadline: Ongoing

Assessment: Compositions
Percentage: 15%
Deadline: Week 8 and 16

Compulsory literature

Ainciburu, M.C., VÍA RÁPIDA, Curso intensivo de español, Libro del alumno, Difusión, Barcelona, 2011. Libro de Alumno + 2 CD Audio. ISBN:9789460301964

Ainciburu, M.C., VÍA RÁPIDA, Cuaderno de Ejercicios, Difusión, Barcelona, 2011. ISBN:9789460301971

The Oxford, Collins, or Larousse bilingual dictionary (2008 edition or later)

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