Overview

Course summary

Whether you're taking your first steps to learn another language or are at an advanced level, our courses will help you to communicate confidently in your chosen language.

Our interactive online courses provide real-time lessons with an expert tutor to practise speaking and listening. You will also have the flexibility of an online course. Access to all multimedia learning resources is included.

Our Spanish Lower Intermediate course starts in October.

Who is this class for?

For this level, you should have a good basic knowledge of the Spanish language and its grammar.

This course is made up of three parts. If you’ve studied Spanish for around two years or 120 hours, you should start with Part 1. For those who’ve studied more than this, you may be able to join Part 2 or Part 3 directly – contact us if you're unsure of your level by using the details at the bottom of the page.

Discounts and offers

You can book:

  • Part 2 for £250 (£280 after 22 November)
  • Parts 2 and 3 together for £440 (£500 after 22 November)

To book Parts 2 and 3 together please proceed with booking Part 2 and add Part 3 to your order when prompted during the checkout process.

The early bird discount prices for our October Start courses are available if booked by 22 November 2020*.

Terms and conditions

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Course structure

Our lower intermediate course is made up of three parts, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Each part builds on what you've learnt previously.

At the Lower Intermediate level:

  • Part 1 is for you if you have studied Spanish for around one year or 120 hours
  • Part 2 is for you if you have completed Part 1, or if you have studied Spanish for about 140 hours
  • Part 3 is for you if you have completed Parts 1 and 2, or if you have studied Spanish for about 160 hours

You can skip Part 1 and proceed straight to joining Part 2 or 3 if you have prior experience. If you’re not sure of your level, email us via the contact details at the bottom of this page.

If you can't see the part you need in the booking table, please check back, as we add more dates throughout the year.

Teaching

Our Spanish lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language and skills you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening skills. Our Spanish Lower Intermediate level is taught by an experienced language teacher who is a native speaker of Spanish.

Please note that the distribution of course content across terms may vary from year to year. This is due to the variable length of terms in different academic years. There may also 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

There is no need to buy a textbook. The tutor has designed the materials tailored for this course. The tutor will provide the learning resources prior to each session so you can prepare beforehand the material that is going to be covered every week. On our Virtual Learning Platform (Blackboard) there will be recommended literature and websites you can explore to expand on what we discuss in class.

You can join Part 1, 2 or 3 of the course depending on your prior experience.

In Part 1 of the Spanish Lower Intermediate course, you'll cover the following topics and grammar:

Topics

In this term we will cover:

  • adolescence and The Millennial Generation 
  • the present moment
  • communication habits and issues
  • technology and Education
  • what the future holds

Grammar

You will learn:

  • imperfect tense to contrast the present and the past (antes vivía en Madrid pero ahora vivo en Londres)
  • present continuous (estoy aprendiendo español)
  • regular and irregular gerunds (comiendo, yendo)
  • the position of the reflexive pronoun in sentences with present continuous
  • usages of Infinitive vs. Gerund (ser, siendo)
  • indirect object pronouns (le, les) and their position in sentences
  • two uses of the future perfect (regulars and irregulars: viviré, habrá)  

Part 2 builds on what you learnt in Part 1, covering the following topics and grammar:

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • online learning vs. face-to-face learning
  • news headlines
  • sci-fi films
  • ideal cities
  • cultural events

Grammar

You will learn:

  • future perfect vs. Ir a + infinitive (iré, voy a ir)
  • time markers referring to the future: en 2050, en X años, dentro de pocos años, hasta, hasta dentro de X días/años
  • how to respond to the opinion of others by agreeing or disagreeing
  • the First Conditional clause: express conditions that could happen in the future (Si llueve mañana, no iremos a la playa)
  • two uses of the Conditional tense (regular and irregular verbs: sería, habría)
  • how to extend an invitation and accept it
  • different renderings of the verb quedar into English

Part 3 is the final level of the Spanish Lower Intermediate course, and covers the following topics and grammar:

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • Turning down invitations: types of rejections 
  • Sustainable Tourism: the responsible traveller 
  • Past travel plans 
  • Anecdotal storytelling 
  • Spanish rules of accentuation

Grammar

You will learn:

  • How to excuse oneself when turning down an invitation (we will consider how the language is adapted depending on the social context and the culture elements)
  • 3rd use of the Conditional tense (sería, habría)
  • Contrast between the Preterit and Imperfect tenses (tuve, tenía)
  • Discourse connectors to tell anecdotes (resulta que, entonces, en ese momento, de repente, después...)
  • Spanish accentuation. Type of syllables (tónicas & átonas) and type of words: agudas, llanas, esdrújulas

Booking

Please note, bookings will close on Sunday 10 January 2021 so book early to make sure you don’t miss out.

The early bird discount price is available if the course is booked by 22 November 2020*.

If you have any questions about the course, please get in touch with us via the details at the bottom of this page.

Part 1 of this course is now closed, but will be running again in autumn 2021.

Start date
Part
Day and time
Duration
Price
20
Jan
2021

Part

2

Day and time

Wednesday
6-8pm

Duration

10 weeks

Price

£280 (£250*)

14
Apr
2021

Part

3

Day and time

Wednesday
6-8pm

Duration

10 weeks

Price

£280

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How we're delivering courses

This course is delivered in an online, virtual classroom, where you'll benefit from live, face-to-face engagement with experienced language teachers.

Wherever you are in the world, you'll become part of the University of Westminster's global community. You can be assured of a warm welcome here, where your wellbeing, the quality of our teaching and your learning experience are our priorities.

Discover our virtual learning environment with a tour of Blackboard.

Take a look around our virtual classrooms.

Course dates

October intake

  • Part 1: 05 October – 11 December 2020
  • Part 2: 18 January – 26 March 2021
  • Part 3: 12 April – 28 June 2021*
  • Part 3: 12 April – 18 June 2021 **

* For courses running on Mondays only (No classes on Bank Holiday Monday 3 May 2021 and Monday 31 May 2021)

**For courses running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only

January intake

Part 1: 18 January – 26 March 2021
Part 2: 12 April – 18 June 2021
Part 3: 21 June – 23 July 2021*

*Classes in Part 3 run twice a week

January start is for selected languages only.