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Preparation for Spanish Elementary Step 4

Course Times & Enrolment

(Code SP135-101) Classes every Tue & Thu, 18:00-20:30, from 30 August to 15 September Course location to be confirmed •
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Course Summary

Preparation for Spanish Elementary Step 4 is a 15-hour course aimed at students who have moved beyond basic communication in Spanish and want to revise and consolidate their skills before progressing to Spanish Elementary Step 4.

Upon completion of the course students who have fully engaged with all the learning activities will achieve the equivalent of the equivalent of A2.1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and will have developed their confidence in engaging in basic everyday interactions.

Students will revise and consolidate 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 simple everyday situations. 

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 practice and consolidate their skills.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

The Preparation for Spanish Elementary Step 4 course is suitable for students

  1. who have completed Spanish Elementary Steps 1, 2 and 3 at the Centre for Open Learning and would like to revise and consolidate their skills before moving on to Spanish Elementary Step 4.
  2. who have completed CEFR A2.1 level in a different institution and would like to revise and consolidate their skills before moving on to Spanish Elementary Step 4.

Students 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 of the course. (see our Languages FAQ)

Special Information

In case of remote teaching, to successfully engage with the course via Zoom, you will require:

  • A reliable internet connection
  • A computer equipped with a camera and mic
  • A headset or earphones

We recommend that your computer runs a modern operating system. For example, Windows 10 or the latest Apple software.

For more information about technical requirements, please visit the FAQ's on our website.

Content of Course

Over the 3 weeks, students will revise and consolidate how to:

  • Talk about daily routine
  • Describe their home and their town
  • Express preferences and give reasons for these
  • Explain and connect past events
  • Ask for things, actions and favours

(Content List is indicative)

Students will learn more about the cultures associated with the language.

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 this Preparation for Spanish Elementary Step 4 course, students who have fully engaged with all the learning activities will have achieved the equivalent of the first half of the A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), and will be able to:  

  1. Inform, describe, give preference, in simple terms on personal matters and everyday life.
  2. Engage in simple everyday interactions.
  3. Understand simple oral and written texts.
  4. Write simple texts on personal matters.
  5. Use a simple repertoire and show increasing control of simple grammatical structures to communicate in everyday situations.

Sources

Class Handouts

Handouts for this course will be provided.

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.