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Spanish Elementary Step 5

Course Times & Enrolment

Wednesdays from 25th January 2023 (Code SP101-202) Add to Basket Wednesdays from
25th January 2023 11:10am - 12:40pm • (10 classes)
LG44 Paterson's Land, Holyrood Campus • Tutor: Ana Fernandez
£155.00 Concessions and discounts
Tuesdays from 18th April 2023 (Code SP101-304) Add to Basket Tuesdays from
18th April 2023 7:15pm - 8:45pm • (10 classes)
2.14 St Leonards Land, Holyrood Campus • Tutor: Teresa Marchena Stephen BA
£155.00 Concessions and discounts
Fridays from 21st April 2023 (Code SP101-303) Add to Basket Fridays from
21st April 2023 10:00am - 1:15pm • (5 classes)
LG46 Paterson's Land, Holyrood Campus • Tutor: Ana Fernandez
£155.00 Concessions and discounts
(Code SP101-302) • (0 classes) Course location to be confirmed •
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Course Summary

To acknowledge the pace of learning and the importance of student confidence with using a language, our 90-hour Spanish Elementary is subdivided into six progressive steps: Elementary Step 1, Elementary Step 2, Elementary Step 3, Elementary Step 4, Elementary Step 5, and Elementary Step 6.

Upon completion of the six steps, students who have fully engaged with all the learning activities will achieve the equivalent of A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and will be able to communicate in everyday practical situations likely to arise when travelling or meeting speakers of the language.

Students will develop these elementary linguistic skills through a variety of listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. The course focuses on language that is required for communicating in real everyday situations such as planning a holiday or talking about what you did at the weekend.

Our courses are taught by specialists, using the target language productively in the classroom.

The course will include autonomous learning activities, which enable students to practise and consolidate their skills.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

Spanish Elementary is subdivided into six progressive steps: Elementary Step 1, Elementary Step 2, Elementary Step 3, Elementary Step 4, Elementary Step 5, and Elementary Step 6.

Elementary Step 1 is suitable for students who have completed a Beginners course (steps 1, 2 and 3), or have achieved the equivalent of an A1 level of the CEFR.

Students who have completed Elementary Step 1 will be able to progress to the next step.

Students who have any prior knowledge of the language are encouraged to self-assess their proficiency by using our on-line assessment or by contacting the Course Organiser

Students who have registered for a course that is not at the right level can request a transfer after session 1 and 2 of the course. (see our Languages FAQ)

Special Information

Students will be asked to buy the following textbook(s)

  • Aula Internacional Plus 2 - Libro del alumno - ISBN 9788418032202 

We recommend that you do not buy your textbook before the first session of your course so we can be certain that your chosen course is at the right level for you. The course book will not be used in the first session of the course.

For more information on course books, visit our Languages FAQ

Content of Course

As they progress from Elementary Step 1 to Elementary Step 6, students will learn how to:

  • Describe a home, a city, a country
  • Compare, express preference and give reasons for these
  • Talk about one’s profession and workplace
  • Organise a trip, make reservations
  • Send or reply to an invitation
  • Write a short text on a past event
  • Read an adapted short story
  • Talk about future plans

Students will learn more about the cultures associated with the language and its speakers.

Teaching method(s)

Students will explore the use of the language in a safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment.

Students will experience the target language in a productive way, carefully designed to grow familiarity and confidence.

We follow an action-oriented communicative approach. The lessons include whole-class activities and pair or small-group work, role-play, responding to short texts, listening to dialogues, and watching video clips. Grammar is introduced in context. Pronunciation is practised regularly. Students will engage with more extensive written exercises and reading texts as part of the autonomous learning activities on the course page on-line (the Virtual Learning Environment of the University of Edinburgh).

Learning is assessed informally throughout the course with the teacher providing regular feedback to help students progress and plan their learning.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the six steps of the Elementary course, students who have fully engaged with all the learning activities will achieve the equivalent of A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), and will be able to:

  1. deal with common aspects of everyday living such as travel, lodgings, eating and shopping;
  2. exchange and request information and express opinions and attitudes in a simple way;
  3. socialise simply but effectively using simple common expressions;
  4. write simple texts on past events and future plans;
  5. show control of a simple vocabulary repertoire and of grammatical structures to deal with concrete everyday needs.

Queries

If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.