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Learn Spanish with the Skills Centre if you are a University of Bath student

Find out about our courses and how to enrol on the right one for you.

Sign saying 'Se habla Espanol' - 'We speak Spanish'.
Develop your Spanish language and intercultural skills

We teach European Spanish, but references are made to the other forms of Spanish spoken around the world, especially to Spanish spoken in Latin America.

Our courses are based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Courses

Our courses aim to develop your linguistic skills and intercultural competence. You can find out more on the general information page.

The following Spanish courses are available for students currently studying at the University of Bath:

Courses Availability Courses Availability
Complete Beginner Semester 1 & 2 Post Beginner Semester 2
Elementary Part 1 Semester 1 Elementary Part 2 Semester 2
Lower Intermediate Part 1 Semester 1 Lower Intermediate Part 2 Semester 2
Intermediate Part 1 Semester 1 Intermediate Part 2 Semester 2
Upper Intermediate Part 1 Semester 1 Upper Intermediate Part 2 Semester 2
Advanced Part 1 Semester 1 Advanced Part 2 Semester 2

Placement test

If you have never learned Spanish with us before, please take this placement test so that you know which course is suitable for you.

Please also refer to the course descriptions below.

Course descriptions

Complete Beginner (Semester 1 & 2)

Working towards CEFR A1.1

This course is suitable if you have never studied Spanish before. At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • take part in basic conversations
  • read simple texts and write short paragraphs

Post Beginner (Semester 2)

Working towards CEFR A1.2

Enrol on this course if you have completed the Complete Beginner course, or if you can:

  • engage in basic conversations, exchanging information such as name, nationality and occupation
  • read simple texts and write short paragraphs on familiar topics

Elementary Part 1 (Semester 1)

Working towards CEFR A1.3

Enrol on this course if you have completed the Post Beginner course, or if you can:

  • understand main points in short, clearly spoken messages
  • engage in conversations on familiar topics such as routine or leisure activities
  • write about familiar topics in simple linked sentences

Elementary Part 2 (Semester 2)

Working towards CEFR A1.4

Enrol on this course if you have completed Elementary Part 1, or if you can:

  • engage in everyday conversations on topics such as the weather, hobbies and daily routines
  • express opinions and preferences, describe simple facts and plans
  • write short coherent texts on familiar topics

Lower Intermediate Part 1 (Semester 1)

Working towards CEFR A2.1

Enrol on this course if you have completed Elementary Part 2, have a GCSE or equivalent, or if you can:

  • engage in conversations on a range of familiar topics
  • understand short recordings on familiar topics delivered in slow-paced standard language
  • write short texts on familiar topics, including past events and plans

Lower Intermediate Part 2 (Semester 2)

Working towards CEFR A2.2

Enrol on this course if you have completed Lower Intermediate Part 1, have a GCSE or equivalent, or if you can:

  • interact with a degree of fluency and accuracy in common social situations
  • understand texts on a number of non-abstract topics and give considered opinions
  • write longer texts on a variety of topics, including past events and future plans

Intermediate Part 1 (Semester 1)

Working towards CEFR level B1.1

Enrol on this course if you have completed Lower Intermediate Part 2, have an AS level or equivalent, or if you can:

  • interact with a degree of fluency and flexibility in common social and professional situations
  • understand the gist and some detail of broadcast materials on topics of general interest
  • Write structured texts on a variety of topics, including experience and plans

Intermediate Part 2 (Semester 2)

Working towards CEFR B1.2

Enrol on this course if you have completed Intermediate Part 1, have an AS level or equivalent, or if you can:

  • describe past experiences with accuracy, talk about dreams, ambitions, and hypothetical situations
  • understand the gist of simple news reports
  • write structured texts on a variety of topics including simple news, experience and plans

Upper Intermediate Part 1 (Semester 1)

Working towards CEFR B2.1

Enrol on this course if you have completed Intermediate Part 2, have an A level or equivalent, or if you can:

  • communicate in various situations, including some unpredictable and abstract topics, express opinions about current issues and formulate hypothesis
  • understand and comment on simple news reports
  • write about experiences and hypothetical situations with a degree of confidence

Upper Intermediate Part 2 (Semester 2)

Working towards CEFR B2.2

Enrol on this course if you have completed Upper Intermediate Part, have an A level or equivalent, or if you can:

  • communicate clearly on a variety of topics, deliver an unscripted presentation with reasonable fluency
  • understand and comment on most broadcast news and current affairs programmes with some support
  • write about abstract topics and hypothetical situations with a good level of accuracy

Advanced Part 1 (Semester 1)

Working towards CEFR C1.1

Enrol on this course if you have completed Upper Intermediate Part 2, lived in a Spanish speaking country, have CEFR B2/C1, or if you can:

  • communicate clearly and confidently in a wide range of situations
  • understand broadcast news and current affairs programmes with little support
  • produce extended pieces of writing on a variety of topics, including hypothetical situations

Advanced Part 2 (Semester 2)

Working towards CEFR C1.2

Enrol on this course if you have completed either Upper Intermediate Part 2 or Advanced Part 1, lived in a Spanish speaking country, have CEFR B2/C1, or if you can:

  • take part in debates and present an argument convincingly
  • understand authentic broadcasts with some ease
  • analyse complex texts dealing with any topics and recognise implicit meaning
  • produce extended pieces of writing on various topics that you research independently

Course dates and times

All courses consist of 10 weekly interactive sessions delivered either on campus in person (IPL = In-person learning) or remotely (LOIL = Live online interactive learning).

Apart from Advanced Spanish, which lasts 50 minutes, all other courses last 110 minutes.

Enrolment for Semester 2 courses will open on 15 January 2024. Semester 2 courses will run on the following dates and times.

Please note that there will be no lessons during the Easter break from Monday 1 April to Friday 12 April 2024.

Courses Delivery Day Time Start date End date
Complete Beginner IPL Tuesday 10:15 - 12:05 13 Feb 30 Apr
Complete Beginner IPL Wednesday 13:15 - 15:05 14 Feb 1 May
Post Beginner IPL Wednesday 10:15 - 12:05 14 Feb 1 May
Post Beginner IPL Wednesday 16:15 - 18:05 14 Feb 1 May
Post Beginner LOIL Thursday 18:15 - 20:05 15 Feb 2 May
Elementary Part 2 IPL Monday 18:15 - 20:05 12 Feb 29 Apr
Elementary Part 2 IPL Wednesday 15:15 - 17:05 14 Feb 1 May
Lower Intermediate Part 2 IPL Tuesday 11:15 - 13:05 13 Feb 30 Apr
Lower Intermediate Part 2 IPL Tuesday 16:15 - 18:05 13 Feb 30 Apr
Intermediate Part 2 IPL Tuesday 14:15 - 16:05 13 Feb 30 Apr
Intermediate Part 2 LOIL Thursday 18:15 - 20:05 15 Feb 2 May
Upper Intermediate Part 2 IPL Tuesday 18:15 - 20:05 13 Feb 30 Apr
Upper Intermediate Part 2 IPL Wednesday 10:15 - 12:05 14 Feb 1 May
Advanced Part 2 IPL Wednesday 13:15 - 14:05 14 Feb 1 May

Student experience

"I participated in Spanish courses for three years – from the complete beginner level up to intermediate in my final year. It was an incredibly enjoyable and rewarding experience. What I liked most was that the teaching was focused on practical skills and we were encouraged to communicate in Spanish from the beginning. I also appreciated being able to develop my transferable skills, for example by working in groups and giving presentations, which are crucial when looking for jobs or internships." (Aleksandra Noskowska, BSc Accounting and Finance)

In addition to our courses, there are opportunities to develop your language and intercultural skills informally with other students through Peer Assisted Learning, Virtual Exchange and the Language Café.

Outside the classroom, we also share cultural events organised by Spanish associations in the UK such as the Instituto Cervantes and British Spanish Society with our students. These events offer additional opportunities for you to develop your knowledge of Spanish language and culture.

Bookings for Semester 2 open on 15 January 2024

Enrol on MySkills Enrolment is open until 9 February 2024

Enquiries

If you have any questions, please contact us.


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