What will the course Cover?
Practical language to enable you to communicate on a visit to Spain or Latin America : asking for simple things in everyday situations; holding a simple conversation with a native speaker, understanding basic written information.
Who is this course for?
Absolute beginners. For anyone who wants a practical introduction to Spanish for social, leisure, travel or work purposes.
What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?
None; but a good command of English is useful.
What should I be able to do by the end of the course?
• Meet and greet people • introduce people • talk about your family and ask others • say where you are from and which languages you speak • recognise and say the alphabet and spell words • recognise and say numbers; cope with money, prices and the time • say your telephone number and ask others • order drinks and snacks in a bar • say what work you do • talk about where you live • ask for places in a town • ask and understand directions and how to get a place • describe places Grammar covered includes: Nouns and genders, singular and plural,definite and indefinite articles, some possessive adjectives, other adjectives, interrogatives, some basic verb patterns, some irregular verbs (tener, ser, estar), some adverbs. You will know more about the Spanish-speaking world.
How is the course organised?
You will work with handouts & worksheets; audio and videotapes, 'realia' (eg real menus etc). You will be encouraged to speak as much as possible in class, to work in small groups and pairs, to take an active part in your learning; and each lesson, to work on the four skills: listening (and understanding), speaking, reading and writing.
What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?
You'll always have work to review and practise from the previous lesson; you'll have sentences and words to learn by heart; you'll have homework set by the tutor. We recommend that you spend around 15 minutes a day on some kind of language practice - listening to a tape, watching a video, repeating working with a CD, etc etc. You will need to organise and keep up to date your portfolio of course work for assessment purposes. For some useful support material go to: www.bbc.co.uk/languages “Spanish Steps” and “Talk Spanish” are useful.
How will my progress be assessed?
Every lesson you are given different tasks so that progress can be assessed. Record of your work will be kept in your Individual Learning Plan to help record the steps taken towards achieving your goals.
What can I expect to go on to after this course?
Spanish beginners stage 2.
Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?
CHECK WITH YOUR TUTOR BEFORE BUYING A BOOK! Tapes or CDs of the coursebook if possible. You will need a Dictionary (Collins or Oxford are good, but your tutor will advise) Ringbinders, to keep your handouts in order.
What support is available?
You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the free Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. At these sessions you can access the internet, work on and print homework and assignments for your course, research, access a range of software, improve your typing and practice/review what you have covered in class. You will need to book a place on these sessions – ask your tutor how. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley (firstname.lastname@example.org) to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (hfals.co.uk), in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.