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Spanish – Elementary




Admission Requirements

Spanish – Beginners and/or Level A2 Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


This course aims to bring beginners up to a standard where they can communicate and understand information and ideas in Spanish. The course is organized around interactive and communicative activities that will allow students to build all skills in the most effective way. Class proceedings will focus on submerging students in real-world Spanish language.

The course aims to develop language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. 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.

The content of the course is based on coursebooks together with supplementary material prepared by the instructor and significant material on the Internet.

Course Objectives

This course aims to develop competency in spoken and written Spanish to a standard that enables the student to communicate effectively and confidently with Spanish native speakers and sustain, to some extent, a work or study placement in a Spanish-speaking country.

In terms of the CEFR of the Council of Europe, the student will have “enough language to get by, with sufficient vocabulary to express him/herself with some hesitation and circumlocutions on topics such as family, interests, work, travel, and current events”.

The student will communicate “with reasonable accuracy in familiar contexts, using a repertoire of frequently used routines and patterns”.

The student will be able to “perform and respond to a wide range of language functions, using their most common exponents in a neutral register” and will also be “aware of the salient politeness conventions and acts appropriately”.

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.

A substantial amount of independent study will be expected: several hours a week should be devoted to Spanish outside the classroom to complete work set by the instructor and practice reading, listening and writing skills.


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)

Weekly Overview

Week 1 unit 9 “Haciendo memoria”
Week 2 units 9-10
Week 3 unit 10 “La felicidad” ; Class discussion
Week 4 unit 11 “Piensa globalmente, actúa localmente”
Week 5 units 11-12 ; Listening Comprehension Exam
Week 6 unit 12 “Tiempo libre”
Week 7 revision units 9-12 ; Written Exam
Week 8 READING WEEK – Compositions
Week 9 unit 13 “El amor es ciego”
Week 10 units 13-14
Week 11 unit 14 “Mundo sin fronteras”; Oral Presentations
Week 12 unit 14
Week 13 unit 15 Revista Campus ELE – Listening Comprehension Exam
Week 14 unit 15
Week 15 revision units 1-15; Written Exam
Week 16 READING WEEK – Compositions