Spanish – Evening Language Course

LocationRegent Street, Central London
FacultySocial Sciences and Humanities

Would you like to learn Spanish in London? Join one of our part-time Spanish courses at our central London Regent Street Campus – just a few minutes' walk from Oxford Circus.

Our beginners’ Spanish courses (Grade 1) start in October and January (2 hours a week) as well as April (1.5 hours a week). If you already have some knowledge of Spanish you can also join part 2 or part 3 of the Beginners’ Spanish (Grade 1) course.

We also have intermediate and advanced Spanish classes starting in October each year.

Who is this class for?

Spanish Beginners' (Grade 1) is the first exposure to the language, allowing you to start to communicate.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have no or little previous knowledge of Spanish.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Spanish for about 20 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied Spanish for about 40 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £240 (£225 introductory offer*, 6.2% off)
  • the whole year for £565 (£530 introductory offer*, 25% off)

*Book by 24 September 2017 to use our introductory offer.

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
19 June 2017 Part 3 Mondays and Thursdays 6–8pm 5 weeks £225 Book now
2 October 2017 Part 2 Mondays 6–8pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Book now
3 October 2017 Part 1 Tuesdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Book now

Course content

Our Spanish lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • personal introductions
  • the alphabet
  • numbers 0–100
  • countries and nationalities
  • professions
  • physical description and personality
  • the family
  • cities
  • at the bar – food and drinks, formal and informal situations

Grammar

You will learn:

  • verbs in the present tense
  • personal pronouns
  • definite and indefinite articles
  • adjectives and nouns – gender and number
  • verbs (ser, estar, hay, tener and querer)
  • demonstrative pronouns (este, esta, estos, estas)

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • the house (parts of the house and furniture)
  • the area where you live
  • directions (public places and ways of giving directions)
  • likes and dislikes

Grammar

You will learn:

  • prepositions of place
  • verbs (gustar, encantar)
  • quantifiers
  • prepositions

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • the time and days of the week
  • routines
  • free time activities
  • your weekend
  • your job or studies
  • means of transport
  • at the restaurant
  • the weather

Grammar

You will learn:

  • present tense (regular, irregular and reflexive verbs)
  • adverbs of frequency
  • prepositions

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Learning resources

We will use Ele Actual A1 throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book. We will also use the tutor's own materials.

This course starts in April and runs over four terms, after which you will be able to join the Pre-Intermediate (Grade 2) course.

Who is this class for?

Spanish Beginners' (Grade 1) is the first exposure to the language, allowing you to start to communicate.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have no or little previous knowledge of Spanish.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Spanish for about 15 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied Spanish for about 30 hours.
  • You can join Part 4 if you have studied Spanish for about 45 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £180 (£169 introductory offer*)
  • the whole year for £425 (£399 introductory offer*)

*Book by 24 September 2017 to use our introductory offer.

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
2 October 2017 Part 2 Mondays 6–7.30pm 10 weeks £180 (£169*) Book now

Course content

Our Spanish lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • personal introductions
  • the alphabet
  • numbers 0–100
  • countries and nationalities
  • professions
  • physical description and personality
  • the family

Grammar

You will learn:

  • verbs in the present tense
  • personal pronouns (I, you, she, he, etc)
  • definite and indefinite articles
  • adjectives and nouns (gender and number)
  • verbs (ser, estar, haber, tener, querer)

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Learning resources

We will use Ele Actual A1 throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book. We will also use the tutor's own materials.

Who is this class for?

This level of Spanish is post-beginner, allowing you to extend your range of basic skills.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have already studied the Spanish language for approximately one year or 60 hours.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Spanish for about 80 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied Spanish for about 100 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £240 (£225 introductory offer*, 6.2% off)
  • the whole year for £565 (£530 introductory offer*, 25% off)

*Book by 24 September 2017 to use our introductory offer.

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
3 October 2017 Part 1 Tuesdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Book now

Course content

Our Spanish lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • personal introductions
  • wishes and needs
  • future plans and obligations
  • parts of the body
  • emotional and physical states and illnesses
  • at the market
  • recent events and life experiences

Grammar

You will learn:

  • verbs in the present tense
  • adverbs of quantity and frequency
  • future tense (ir + a + infinitive)
  • expressing wishes and needs (querer + infinitive, me gustaría + infinitive)
  • expressing obligation (tener que versus hay que + infinitive)
  • verb 'to ache' (doler)
  • present perfect

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • going shopping: clothes, colours, and materials
  • comparisons
  • opinions
  • activities happening at the moment of speaking
  • holidays
  • biographies

Grammar

You will learn

  • direct object pronouns
  • use of prepositions
  • comparatives
  • present continuous (estar + gerund)
  • preterite tense (regular and irregular forms)

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • weekends
  • invitations and telephone conversations
  • travelling and description of travel preferences
  • talking about a past weekend
  • giving opinions about a past event
  • descriptions and habits in the past
  • telling stories or anecdotes
  • describing objects
  • at the cinema (optional)

Grammar

You will learn

  • verb gustar in the past
  • verb to be (ser and estar)
  • superlative
  • recent actions (acabar de + infinitive)
  • imperfect tense

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Learning resources

We will use Ele Actual A2 throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book. We will also use the tutor's own materials.

Who is this class for?

You should have a good basic knowledge of the Spanish language and its grammar.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have already studied the Spanish language for approximately two years or 120 hours or equivalent.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Spanish for about 140 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied Spanish for about 160 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £240 (£225 introductory offer*, 6.2% off)
  • the whole year for £565 (£530 introductory offer*, 25% off)

*Book by 24 September 2017 to use our introductory offer.

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
4 October 2017 Part 1 Wednesdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Book now

Course content

Our Spanish lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • objects and gadgets
  • holiday rental properties
  • biographies
  • communication habits and issues
  • giving your opinion
  • biographies

Grammar

You will learn:

  • the preterite (fui, viví, trabajé)
  • the present perfect (he vivido, he trabajado)
  • the imperfect (iba, vivía, trabajaba)
  • time markers (desde…hasta, a los…)
  • direct and indirect object pronouns (lo, los, la, las, le, les, se)
  • Use of estar + participle (está situada, está construido)

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • living abroad
  • anecdotes
  • recycling
  • food and eating habits
  • recipes
  • shopping habits

Grammar

You will learn:

  • imperfect to contrast the present and the past (antes vivía en Madrid pero ahora vivo en Londres)
  • the future tense (voy a + infinitive)
  • logical connectors (en cambio, además)
  • affirmative imperative and position of pronouns with the affirmative imperative (cómpralo)
  • position of direct and indirect objects in a phrase
  • contrast between the preterite and imperfect (part 1)
  • expressing cause (porque, como)

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • at the airport
  • telling and understanding anecdotes with increased confidence
  • cities and towns
  • customs and traditions in Spain and Latin America
  • future predictions
  • the future of technology
  • films

Grammar

You will learn:

  • phrases to express agreement and disagreement (estoy de acuerdo contigo, no lo veo así)
  • present subjunctive in sentences to express opinion (no creo que sea una buena idea)
  • the simple future (trabajaré, viviré, iré)
  • simple conditional (viviría, pondría, trabajaría)
  • contrast between preterite and Imperfect (part 2)
  • phrases to react to an interlocutor (¿ah sí? ¡qué bien! ¡no me digas!)
  • the present subjunctive to express surprise, likes and dislikes (no me gusta que haya tanto ruido en las calles)

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Learning resources

We will use Bitácora 2 (Student and Activity Book) as well as the tutor's own materials. However, please do not buy the book if you are joining in Part 2 or Part 3. For Part 1, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

Who is this class for?

You have a solid intermediate knowledge of the Spanish language and its grammar, and can communicate confidently and fluently in most everyday situations.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have already studied Spanish for three years or 180 hours.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Spanish for about 200 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied Spanish for about 220 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £240 (£225 introductory offer*, 6.2% off)
  • the whole year for £565 (£530 introductory offer*, 25% off)

*Book by 24 September 2017 to use our introductory offer.

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
4 October 2017 Part 1 Wednesdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Book now

Course content

Our Spanish lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • past experiences
  • the future world
  • prohibitions and obligations
  • Spanish cultural habits
  • wishes and plans

Grammar

You will learn:

  • consolidation of past tenses 1
  • some verbal periphrases (verbal constructions of two verbs)  – empezar a + infinitive, acabar de + infinitive, volver a + infinitive, dejar de + infinitive, llevar + gerund, seguir + gerund
  • revision of the simple future
  • the compound future (habrá salido)
  • the use of the subjunctive and indicative to express different degrees of probability
  • expressing impersonality – the use of se and
  • expressing prohibition (está prohibido/se prohíbe(n)/no se permite(n)…)
  • talking about habits (es normal/habitual/raro + infinitivo, soler + infinitive)
  • using the subjunctive to make wishes (ojalá + subjunctive, que + subjunctive)
  • using cuando/en cuanto/antes de que + subjunctive to talk about future plans

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • social issues and concerns
  • technology and messages
  • famous quotations
  • colloquial Spanish
  • talking about films

Grammar

You will learn:

  • expressing needs, desires and claiming for something (querer/pedir/exigir/necesitar + infinitive and querer/pedir/exigir/necesitar + que + subjunctive)
  • evaluating situations and facts (me parece muy bien/mal…que + subjunctive)
  • forms to propose solutions (deberían, se debería, habría que)
  • the reported speech (me ha dicho que + subjunctive, me ha preguntado si + indicative)
  • verbs used to summarise the purpose of a message (preguntar, recomendar)
  • forms of expressing agreement and disagreement colloquially ( ¡Y un jamón! ¡Venga ya! ¡Y que lo digas!)
  • the use of the present tense to narrate a story

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • talking about novels and TV series
  • stereotypes
  • alternative holidays
  • relationships
  • contemporary design

Grammar

You will learn:

  • direct/indirect object pronouns (se lo dije)
  • forms of expressing cause and consequence (como, porque, así que)
  • consolidation of past tenses 2
  • forms of showing interest when listening to a story (!menos mal! !No me digas!)
  • forms to express interests and feelings (me gusta + que + subjunctive)
  • forms to soften an expression of disagreement (a mi modo de ver, lo que pasa es que, yo no diría eso)
  • forms to introduce a contrary argument (pues, pero)
  • the superlative (ísimo, a, os, as)
  • the relative sentences with prepositions
  • some adjective modifiers (excesivamente, demasiado)
  • exclamation sentences (¡Qué…! ¡Qué…tan/más!)
  • relative sentences with indicative and subjunctive (quiero una casa que tenga/tiene jardín)

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Learning resources

We will use Aula Internacional 3 throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

Who is this class for?

  • Part 1 is for you if you have already studied Spanish for 300 hours or equivalent.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Spanish for about 320 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied Spanish for about 340 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £240 (£225 introductory offer*, 6.2% off)
  • the whole year for £565 (£530 introductory offer*, 25% off)

*Book by 24 September 2017 to use our introductory offer.

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
5 October 2017 Part 1 Thursdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Book now

Course content

Our Spanish lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • current Spanish and Latin American affairs: videos, articles, news...
  • cinema: different genres, fragment of the film Solas
  • quality and conditions of life
  • contemporary issues and problems in the world and their solutions
  • literature: poem by Pablo Neruda
  • song: Joan Manuel Serrat

Grammar

You will learn:

  • making proposals and suggestions with infinitive and subjunctive
  • ser, estar: expressing value judgment
  • expressing unreal and unlikely conditions about the present and its consequences with imperfect of subjunctive
  • verbal periphrases
  • expressing opinions with indicative and subjunctive
  • expressing agreement and disagreement with indicative and subjunctive
  • perfect of subjunctive

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • idiomatic expressions
  • current Spanish and Latin American affairs: videos, articles, news…
  • describing important facts in the life of a person
  • formulating hypotheses about the past
  • ecology: current issues
  • traditional song: Las Marías

Grammar

You will learn:

  • expressing feelings: happiness, surprise, sadness, indifference, annoyance… (with indicative and subjunctive)
  • expressing the reason of one’s surprise and concern: con lo que + indicative, con el-la-los-las + noun + indicative, con lo + adverb/adjective + indicative
  • future perfect and conditional perfect
  • verbs with prepositions: resignarse a, avergonzarse de
  • Suffix, nominalisation of verbs
  • the imperative
  • discourse markers

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • current Spanish and Latin American affairs: videos, articles, news...
  • publicity: analysis of its effects on society
  • mass media
  • discussing stress in everyday life, describing people’s personality and physical characteristics, expressing physical states and feelings
  • short story by Isabel Allende
  • literature: Mario Vargas Llosa

Grammar

You will learn:

  • expressing purpose with subjunctive: para/ con el objeto de… /el objetivo de…es + que + subjunctive
  • passive voice
  • por versus para
  • the imperative with pronouns
  • time clauses: connectors
  • reported speech: indicative and subjunctive
  • consecutive clauses
  • positioning of adjectives
  • adjectives with ser and estar: difference in meaning
  • verbs that indicate change: verbos de cambio

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Learning resources

We will use ELE Actual B2 throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

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Languages information evening

If you are thinking of taking an evening language course with us, why not come along to our Evening Language Programme information evening on 20 June 2017?

Course dates 2017–18

September intake
Part 1: 2 October – 8 December 2017
Part 2: 15 January – 23 March 2018
Part 3: 9 April – 15 June 2018

January intake*
Part 1: 15 January – 23 March 2018
Part 2: 9 April – 15 June 2018
Part 3: 18 June – 20 July 2018

April intake*
Part 1: 10 April – 16 June 2017
Part 2: 2 October – 8 December 2017
Part 3: 15 January – 23 March 2018
Part 4: 9 April – 15 June 2018

*Please note that not every language has a January or April intake.