Spanish Beginners Plus (CL12L52A)

Develop your Spanish language skills, expanding your grammar and vocabulary to really develop conversation, confidence and understanding
This course will start online and continue at Claverham college as soon as Covid-19 government guidelines permit

When? Tuesday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm from 22nd September 2020 until 4th May 2021 for 25 weeks.

There are no classes on 27th October (Half Term), 15, 22, 29 December, 5th January (Christmas break), 16th February (Half Term), 6, 13 April (Spring break)
Where? Claverham Community College, North Trade Road, Battle, TN33 0HT.
How much does it cost? The full fee is £310.00. The concessionary fee is £150.00. Reduced fees are available to students in receipt of certain means-tested benefits. For more information on applicable benefits and eligibility please see the Financial Support page on our website or contact the ACRES team.

Please see additional cost information below
The use of a textbook is recommended, to support study in class and at home. It may also be useful to have access to a dictionary. Your tutor will advise at the first session. To avoid unnecessary cost please do not purchase any materials or textbooks until you are certain that your course will run. Course decisions are normally made a week prior to the course start date. Course fees over £127 can be paid in one single payment at enrolment or in instalments by Standing Order. Please contact the office for details.

How to enrol?

You can enrol by phoning ACRES' House on 01825 761820 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10 am and 3 pm. Alternatively, to register your interest in a course please email with the course title and your contact details and a member of the team will call you back to enrol you on your chosen course.

Course overview

You will build on your basic knowledge of the Spanish language, exploring new situations and expanding your grammar and vocabulary to really develop conversation, confidence and understanding.

This course will start online and move to Claverham college as soon as Covid-19 government guidelines permit. You will stay with the same tutor for online and face to face classes.

What you already need to know

This course is aimed at students who have completed at least a year on a Spanish course, or have equivalent experience.
New students are welcome but the expectation is that you have used basic Spanish grammar in the present tense, including reflexive verbs, and that you are familiar with:
- Making introductions
- Asking and receiving directions
- Shopping
- Numbers up to 1000
- Giving basic descriptions of events

What you will learn

You will build on and further develop your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, improving your grammar and vocabulary to enable you to:
- Develop conversation
- Discuss daily routine
- Describe festival days
- Receive and issue invitations
- Fill in application forms
- Book accommodation
- Describe your home and different types of housing
As the course progresses, you will start describing future events and planning activities to come, progressing to describing the past and events that have taken place.

How you will learn it

- Role - play in pairs or small groups
- Interactive activities in groups
- ICT activities
- Textbooks and hand-outs

Using the online medium you will learn directly from your tutor as well as through presentations, videos, online resources and group discussion. You will have plenty of opportunity to develop your language skills and your tutor will give you guidance and feedback.

What do I need to bring to the first session?

The online element of the course will be taught in real time using the video platform Google Meet, supported by other online resources. To ensure you get the most out of the course and can fully participate in the sessions you will interact with your tutor and other students through speaking, listening and the chat function, as well as being able to see each other via the video links, though you can turn off your camera and microphone at any time.

You will therefore need to have access to either a laptop, computer or portable device (eg tablet or phone) (this ideally needs to be less than 5 years old), with a camera / webcam and microphone, as well as a good broadband / Wi-Fi connection.

Though it is not essential, you may choose to create a separate email account for your online learning (preferably Gmail which is most compatible with Google Meet). This will give you the added security to allow you to share your email address with your tutor and other students on the course to enhance your learning experience, without disclosing your personal information.

At the start of the course and before each lesson your tutor will send you an invitation with a link to join the class and any further information including resources and equipment you will need for the lesson.

Materials and items you will need to do the course

Paper and pen and Spanish/English Dictionary. Details of textbook for the course will be given in the first lesson.

How much extra study or practice is involved?

You will be given homework regularly to complete at home in order to practice material covered in the lesson. Expect to spend 1 to 1.5 hours per week consolidating and practising what you have learnt.

What do previous students say?

"Friendly helpful teacher and a lovely relaxed atmosphere in the classroom, giving me the confidence to try speaking a completely new language."
"I have a daughter living in Valencia who I am now more confident to visit."
"I am confident to hold a basic conversation in Spanish and my understanding of the language has improved greatly"

What are the next steps within this subject with ACRES?

What are the future steps beyond ACRES?

Find out about other courses with the National Careers Service for opportunities to extend your skills and knowledge.

How can I get further information about these?

Please visit the ACRES website, see our brochure, or alternatively contact a member of the team on 01825 761820.