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Spanish Evening Classes

We are currently offering Levels 1 to 4 in Spanish. Please see below for more information about each of the levels on offer.
 

Spanish Level 1

This class is aimed at students who have no previous knowledge of the language.

Duration

  • 20 weeks 

Day and Time

  • Group A: Monday 6.30-8.30pm
  • Group B: Monday 6.30-8.30pm
  • Group C: Thursday 6.30-8.30pm

Term Dates 

Term 1:
Start: week commencing 7 October 2019
End: week commencing 9 December 2019

Term 2:
Start: week commencing 27 January 2020
End: week commencing 30 March 2020

Venue

Trent Building, University Park Campus

Costs

Course fees

  • University of Nottingham Students: £260 (paid in two instalments of £130).
  • Staff and Members of the Public: £280 (paid in two instalments of £140).

Exam fees

There is an optional end of year assessment which involves an additional £10 exam fee.

The exam is compulsory for students taking the classes as part of the Nottingham Advantage Award but no charge is made.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • exchange simple greetings 
  • introduce themselves and other people 
  • Give personal information about family, job or studies, where they live 
  • Give the same information about other people 
  • Use numbers 1-100, express dates, time, prices 
  • Shop for food and clothes 
  • Order meals and drinks 
  • Give directions 
  • Talk about the weather 
  • Use the present tense of regular verbs and of some irregular verbs for example ser, estar, tener, poner etc

Grammatical structures

The grammatical structures covered in Spanish Level 1 are: 

  • The gender
  • The three conjugations: -ar, -er, -ir
  • Verbs ser, llamarse and  tener (to be, to be called and to have)
  • Present Indicative
  • Some uses of prepositions: a, con, de, por, para and porque
  • Determinate article: el, la, los, las
  • Subject personal pronouns
  • Graduating: bien, bastante bien, regular, mal
  • Some uses of hay
  • Verb estar
  • The superlative
  • Indeterminate article: un, una, unos, unas
  • Quantifiers: muy, mucho, mucha, muchos, muchas
  • qué, cuál, cuáles, cuántos, cuántas, dónde, cómo
  • Demonstratives: este, esta, estos, estas, esto
  • el, la, los, las + adjective
  • qué + substantive, cuál, cuáles
  • tener que + infinitive
  • Verb ir (to go)
  • Verb preferir (to prefer)
  • Verb gustar (to be pleasant, to like)
  • Quantifiers: muy, bastante, poco
  • Possessives
  • también, tampoco
  • Present Indicative of some irregular verbs
  • Reflexive verbs
  • Yo también, yo tampoco, yo sí, yo no
  • Primero, después, luego
  • Impersonal form with se
  • Verbs poner y  traer (to serve/to put, to bring)
  • Direct Object pronouns: lo, la, los, las
  • Quantifiers: algún, ningún, muchos
  • Preposition and adverbs of place: a, en, al lado de, lejos, cerca…

The textbook used is Aula Internacional 1, Curso de Español. ENGLISH VERSION.  

If you are confident at using most of the structures, please look at Level 2.

 

Spanish Level 2

This class is aimed at students who have completed the Spanish Level 1 evening class or who have an equivalent amount of previous knowledge.

Duration

  • 20 weeks 

Day and Time

  • Group A: Monday 6-8pm
  • Group B: Thursday 6.30-8.30pm

Term Dates 

Term 1:
Start: week commencing 7 October 2019
End: week commencing 9 December 2019

Term 2:
Start: week commencing 27 January 2020
End: week commencing 30 March 2020

Venue

Trent Building, University Park Campus

Costs

Course fees

  • University of Nottingham Students: £260 (paid in two instalments of £130).
  • Staff and Members of the Public: £280 (paid in two instalments of £140).

Exam fees

There is an optional end of year assessment which involves an additional £10 exam fee.

The exam is compulsory for students taking the classes as part of the Nottingham Advantage Award but no charge is made.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe daily routine / family life 
  • Describe food and health issues 
  • Describe leisure interests 
  • Describe places where to live (flats, houses, cities, countryside) 
  • Describe the world of work 
  • Find out about Spanish history: transition from dictatorship to democracy 
  • Use a range of prepositions 
  • Talk about events / activities in the future 
  • Talk about events / activities in the past (both regular and irregular verbs)

Grammatical structures

The grammatical structures covered in Spanish Level 2 are: 

  • Basic Pronunciation
  • Present Tense
  • Regular/Irregular Verbs(recap)
  • Greetings
  • Useful Phrases
  • Preterite Tense
  • Personal Pronouns
  • Wrong way around verbs (e.g. Gustar)
  • Irregular Preterites
  • Reflexive Verbs with ‘se’
  • The Personal ‘a’
  • Numbers to 1 million
  • Using Tan…como, menos..que, más…que
  • Sentences with two object pronouns (RID order, Lelo rule).
  • The Perfect Tense (inc. Past Participles)
  • Phrases with Por.
  • Perfect Tense – Irregular past participles
  • ‘Vez’ – ‘Veces’
  • Future Tense
  • The Imperfect Tense
  • Se & The Passive Voice
  • Agudas y Esdrújulas
  • Por vs Para
  • Basic imperatives for directions
  • Revision – Preterite vs Imperfect
  • Revision – Perfect, Personal Pronouns, Le-lo rule etc.

The textbook used is Aula Internacional 2.  

If you are confident at using most of the structures, please look at Level 3.

 

Spanish Level 3

This class is aimed at students who have completed the Spanish Level 2 evening class or who have an equivalent amount of previous knowledge

Duration

  • 20 weeks 

Day and Time

  • Wednesday 6.30-8.30pm

Term Dates 

Term 1:
Start: week commencing 7 October 2019
End: week commencing 9 December 2019

Term 2:
Start: week commencing 27 January 2020
End: week commencing 30 March 2020

Venue

Trent Building, University Park Campus

Costs

Course fees

  • University of Nottingham Students: £260 (paid in two instalments of £130).
  • Staff and Members of the Public: £280 (paid in two instalments of £140).

Exam fees

There is an optional end of year assessment which involves an additional £10 exam fee.

The exam is compulsory for students taking the classes as part of the Nottingham Advantage Award but no charge is made.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss leisure and health matters in the present and in the past 
  • Discuss types of accommodation 
  • Find out how to apply for jobs 
  • Discuss cultural issues: for example Spanish and Latin American architecture, music in the Spanish-speaking world, festivals in Spain 
  • Discuss tourism in Spain 
  • Discuss the Internet 
  • Use the preterit, the imperfect and the perfect to describe, discuss activities / events in the past 
  • Start using the conditional, the imperative and the subjunctive.  

Grammatical structures

The grammatical structures covered in Spanish Level 3 are: 

  • Revision present, past tenses, irregular verbs.
  • Usos de ser y estar
  • Verbo doler
  • Formas y algunos usos del imperativo
  • Preterite versus imperfect
  • Irregular verbs in the past
  • Different past tenses
  • Perifrasis
  • Simple and perfect future
  • If clauses
  • Conditional
  • “Se” phrases. Passive voice
  • Direct and indirect object pronouns.
  • Reflexive pronouns
  • Connectives,Idioms
  • Indirect speech
  • Subujnctive
  • Revision of grammatical structures
  • Indicative/Imperative/Subjunctive
  • Prepositions
  • Connectives
  • Mood
  • IF sentences
  • Revision

The textbook used is Aula Internacional 3. 

If you are confident at using most of the structures, please look at Level 4.

 

Spanish Level 4

This class is aimed at students who have completed the Spanish Level 3 evening class or who have an equivalent amount of previous knowledge.

Duration

  • 20 weeks 

Day and Time

  • Tuesday 6.30-8.30pm

Term Dates 

Term 1:
Start: week commencing 7 October 2019
End: week commencing 9 December 2019

Term 2:
Start: week commencing 27 January 2020
End: week commencing 30 March 2020

Venue

Trent Building, University Park Campus

Costs

Course fees

  • University of Nottingham Students: £260 (paid in two instalments of £130).
  • Staff and Members of the Public: £280 (paid in two instalments of £140).

Exam fees

There is an optional end of year assessment which involves an additional £10 exam fee.

The exam is compulsory for students taking the classes as part of the Nottingham Advantage Award but no charge is made.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Understand job adverts and how to look for work 
  • Make plans for the week-end and for a holiday 
  • Discuss aspects of the geography, history, legends and places of interest in Spain and Latin America. 
  • Be aware of what is in the news 
  • Understand and use an increasing range of tenses: present, past (preterit, imperfect, perfect and pluperfect), future, conditional, imperative and subjunctive. 

Grammatical structures

The grammatical structures covered in Spanish Level 4 are:  

  • Estilo indirecto: me ha dicho que…/me ha pedido que…/ me ha preguntado si…/
  • me ha preguntado cuándo/ dónde/por qué…
  • Verbos que resumen la intención de un mensaje (preguntar, recomendar, etc.)
  • Algunos conectores para hablar de causas y consecuencias: como, porque, así que, de modo que, etc.
  • El pretérito pluscuamperfecto de indicativo.
  • Combinar los tiempos del pasado en un relato (pretérito perfecto, pretérito indefinido,
  • pretérito imperfecto, pretérito pluscuamperfecto)
  • Me fascina/ me encanta / odio/ no aguanto… que + subjuntivo
  • Me fascina/n /me encanta/n / odio / no aguanto…+ sustantivo/infinitivo
  • Los superlativos en ísimo/-a/-os/-as
  • Algunos modificadores del adjetivo: excesivamente, demasiado…
  • Las frases exclamativas: ¡qué…!, ¡qué… tan/más…!
  • Las frases relativas con preposición
  • uso del indicativo y del subjuntivo en frases relativas
  • Me parece bien/ mal/ injusto/ ilógico… que + presente de subjuntivo
  • Está bien/ mal que… + presente de subjuntivo
  • Es injusto/ ilógico/ fantástico… que + presente de subjuntivo
  • El condicional
  • Lo de + infinitivo/sustantivo
  • Algunos usos del futuro simple y del condicional
  • Construcciones en indicativo y en subjuntivo para expresar diferentes grados de seguridad
  • Creer algo/ creerse algo / creer en algo

The textbook used is Aula Internacional 3.

 
 

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