University of Bath

Learn Spanish with the Skills Centre

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

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Course Levels

We offer six levels in Spanish, from Complete Beginner to Advanced.

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

Complete Beginner

This level is suitable for those who have never studied Spanish before.

At the end of this course you will:

  • have had an introduction to the language (pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar)

  • be confident in exchanging personal information, daily and leisure activities

  • have learnt about the culture of the countries where Spanish is spoken

Elementary

Enrol on this course if you:

  • have some notions in Spanish and/or completed a Beginner’s course in the past

  • can count at least up to 50 and know the Spanish alphabet

  • can understand basic classroom instructions

  • can give simple information about yourself (age, nationality, likes and dislike, etc.)

  • have a grasp of simple grammar rules (present tense, personal pronouns, adjectives etc.)

  • can ask questions

Lower intermediate

Enrol on this course if you:

  • have completed the Post Beginners level with us, have a GCSE or are at A1 level in the CEFR

You can also enrol on this course if you:

  • can greet people and introduce yourself (age, nationality etc)

  • can use the present tense and talk about your daily routine (using regular, irregular and reflexive verbs)

  • can describe family members using possessive adjectives

  • can understand when people talk about their profession

  • can write short texts about the above topics

Intermediate

Enrol on this course if you:

  • have completed the Lower Intermediate level with us, have an AS level or are at A2 level in the CEFR

You can also enrol on this course if you:

  • can express opinions and engage in conversation on a number of non-abstract topics such as jobs and free time

  • can understand straightforward written texts on familiar topics such as travel and facts about society

  • can understand and use the different past tenses

  • can talk about environmental issues

  • can understand news reports

Upper Intermediate

Enrol in this course if you:

  • have completed the Intermediate level with us, have an A level or are at B1 in the CEFR

You can also enrol on this course if you:

  • are confortable with the use of a wide range of tenses

  • express your opinion about current issues and use the subjunctive

  • can formulate hypothesis

  • can write with a good level of accuracy

  • can deliver a speech with reasonably good fluency

Advanced

Enrol in this course if you:

  • have completed the Upper Intermediate level with us, lived in a Spanish speaking country or are at B2/C1 in the CEFR

To enrol on this course you should:

  • have a very sound knowledge of grammar

  • be able to express yourself with reasonable fluency

  • be able to produce extended pieces of writing

  • be able to present an argument convincingly and take part in debates

  • be able to analyse complex texts dealing with any topics

  • be able to understand authentic broadcasts

If you attend this course, you will be able to practise Spanish on a weekly basis by working with complex written materials, including advanced grammar and idioms, often of an abstract nature, and engaging in a variety of speaking and listening activities.

Enrolment

The Autumn Term will start in October and enrolments will open on 18 July 2018 for Member of Public and Staff and 1 October for students. To enrol, you should select from the appropriate link for you below:

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