Spanish Intermediate Stage 1

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 152 Conc £56 Full £286 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Wednesday 18:45 - 20:45 11 MAC 18/09/2019 04/12/2019 LS1075

What will the course cover?

A revision of the language structures and vocabulary covered in levels 1 & 2.1. Grammar includes: verb tenses: present, future, preterite, perfect, pluperfect, conditional, subjunctive; adjectives: interrogative, possessive, comparative, superlative; direct and indirect object pronouns; prepositions; adverbs. We will ensure lots of practice in listening and understanding, speaking, reading and writing.

Who is the course for?

Students with a lower intermediate level of Spanish who wish to improve their knowledge and skills to be able to converse freely over a range of topics, to read well, and to write simple correct language. You may be able to work towards accreditation if desired.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

"Two years' adult education classes or equivalent. You should be able to speak about the past and the future and sustain a simple conversation. For brief details, look at the Guide; for complete details, get the Course Information Sheets for year 1 and 2. "

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

"Speak fairly fluently and with confidence about: your day to day life, work, leisure, travel and holidays, your family and friends, your tastes and opinions, your surroundings, future plans, past events. Speak on the telephone as well as face to face with a variety of native speakers about all the above, plus: making arrangements, giving and understanding instructions, information, invitations. Follow a TV programme/a movie; discuss news items and events ; read and get the gist of newspaper and magazine articles. Write short letters, cards, faxes, e-mails. "

How is the course organised?

The methods used are communicative and interactive, practising all four skills, with a little more emphasis on reading and writing than in lower levels. Activities include listening comprehension with related written work, reading authentic texts, grammar exercises to achieve correctness of usage, language games, role plays. Use of English is kept to a minimum!

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

The best way to learn a language is to do a little and often! So try and do some language-related activity for round 20 minutes EVERY DAY. As well as the homework set, try and listen to a tape, the radio, watch TV programmes, use the internet, go to Spanish language films, restaurants etc. Find a native speaker to practise with!

How will my progress be assessed?

Your progress is monitored by the tutor. You're also encouraged to keep a record of the coursework you complete in your ILP (Individual Learnng Plan), so that you can spot problems and make sure they are dealt with sooner rather than later! Your oral and written work is assessed continuously, in class and by your homework.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Spanish Intermediate Stage 2

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

"Text books and cassettes or CDs - the tutor will advise. A good dictionary. Folders, notebooks, vocabulary books. Look at the BBC website for further material: "

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 ( 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 (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.