Spanish general LFA

This course can be taken for credit

General LFA (19-week course)

Level 1

Spanish Level 1 (LFA00009L) course content

Prerequisites

The course is aimed at those with no previous knowledge of Spanish. It is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, staff and members of the public.

Contact time

19 × 2-hour classes plus end-of-year exams (listening, oral and written); groups of up to 20 participants.

Aims

The key aim of the course is to help you develop basic language skills in all four main areas (listening, speaking, reading and writing), so that you are able to communicate in basic Spanish and understand what people say to you in a variety of holiday and social situations.

Objectives

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • talk about yourself (eg. family, friends, study or work) in simple terms and understand when others tell you about themselves
  • order food and drinks, book a table and understand menus
  • ask the way and understand directions
  • book a hotel room and enquire about facilities
  • make purchases, ask for advice and pay
  • talking about where you live, your home and surroundings
  • provide basic details about what you did and plan to do
  • feel confident about pronouncing Spanish correctly
  • write a short letter on a familiar topic
  • understand simple passages in Spanish
  • show a basic understanding of Spanish culture and life

Teaching method

A communicative approach will be used throughout the course with an emphasis on real-life situations. Grammar will be taught in context and general terms. You will need to obtain a textbook to support your studies (please see course material).

Time commitment

Alongside the class, you will be expected to spend around 2-3 hours each week on private study, as advised by your tutor. Work outside class may involve tasks such as online language learning activities on the VLE, completing worksheets or exercises from your textbook, revising work done in class, practising pronunciation and learning vocabulary/grammar.

Evaluation and certification

This course will be subject to end-of-year examinations and certification. An LFA certificate will be awarded to participants who pass the end of year exams (oral, listening and written).

Level 1+

Spanish Level 1 PLUS (LFA00025L) course content

Prerequisites

The course is aimed at those with a basic knowledge of Spanish. This may have been acquired on a recent beginner’s course (such as LFA level 1) or through personal study. It would also suit those with a ‘rusty’ GCSE. The course is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, staff and members of the public.

Contact time

19× 2-hour classes plus end-of-year exams (listening, oral and written); groups of up to 20 participants.

Aims

The key aim of the course is to help you consolidate and further develop your language skills in all four main areas (listening, speaking, reading and writing), so that you are able to communicate in simple Spanish with greater confidence and in a wider range of contexts.

Objectives

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • take part in a simple conversation dealing with familiar topics
  • use a wider range of vocabulary and slightly more complex structures when dealing with situations encountered at beginner’s level (eg. directions, transport, shopping and eating out).
  • communicate in new situations (e.g. at the doctor’s, dealing with an emergency, shopping for a variety of goods, making travel arrangements, buying tickets and checking travel options)
  • speak and write about present, past and future events in simple terms
  • understand short articles in Spanish and extract information from Spanish websites, travel guides, etc.
  • write a personal letter or an email enquiring about a product or service
  • speak with better pronunciation so that you will be more easily understood in Spanish-speaking countries.
  • acquire a better understanding of Spanish culture and life

Teaching method

A communicative approach will be used throughout the course with an emphasis on real-life situations. Grammar will be taught in context and general terms. You will need to obtain a textbook to support your studies (please see course material).

Time commitment

Alongside the class, you will be expected to spend around 2-3 hours each week on private study, as advised by your tutor. Work outside class may involve tasks such as online language learning activities on the VLE, completing worksheets or exercises from your textbook, revising work done in class, practising pronunciation and learning vocabulary/grammar.

Evaluation and certification

This course will be subject to end-of-year examinations and certification. An LFA certificate will be awarded to participants who pass the end of year exams (oral, listening and written).

Level 2

Spanish Level 2 (LFA00010L) course content

Prerequisites

The course is aimed at those with a good basic level of competence in Spanish. Students at this level may have a recent GCSE, they may have equivalent knowledge acquired on a similar course or whilst spending time in a Spanish-speaking country. The course is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, staff and members of the public.

Contact time

19× 2-hour classes plus end-of-year exams (listening, oral and written); groups of up to 20 participants.

Aims

This course is designed to extend your language abilities in all skill areas (listening, speaking, reading, writing) and improve confidence, with the aim of increasing your ability to understand and communicate. The course aims at enabling you to become more independent in the use of Spanish by guiding you through this crucial intermediate stage of language learning. You will also be introduced to a wider range of verb tenses and grammatical structures.

Objectives

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • understand and participate more fully in conversations that might occur in everyday situations with improved fluency and pronunciation
  • use a variety of structures and some idioms to express yourself
  • cope with unexpected situations, problems and negotiations in Spanish
  • fill in forms and write emails, short letters and brief accounts of events in Spanish with a reasonable level of accuracy
  • grasp the meaning of short articles and information from authentic Spanish sources, such as websites, newspapers, instruction leaflets, videos
  • improve your knowledge and understanding of Hispanic culture and life

Teaching method

A communicative approach will be used throughout the course with an emphasis on real-life situations. Grammar will be taught in context and general terms (please see course material).

Time commitment

Alongside the class, you will be expected to spend around 2-3 hours each week on private study, as advised by your tutor. Work outside class may involve tasks such as online language learning activities on the VLE, completing worksheets or exercises from your textbook, revising work done in class, practising pronunciation and learning vocabulary/grammar.

Evaluation and certification

This course will be subject to end-of-year examinations and certification. An LFA certificate will be awarded to participants who pass the end of year exams (oral, listening and written).

Level 3

Spanish Level 3 (LFA00002C) course content

Prerequisites

This course is aimed at students with a fairly high level of competence in Spanish. Students at this level will have completed an A-Level or equivalent and/ or stayed in a Spanish speaking country. The course is open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, staff and members of the public.

Contact time

19× 2-hour classes plus end-of-year exams (listening, oral and written); groups of up to 20 participants.

Aims

The key aim of the course is to extend your language skills in all skill areas (listening, speaking, reading, writing) and improve confidence, with the aim of enabling you to communicate more effectively in Spanish on a selected range of topics. Grammar revision will form part of the course to help improve accuracy and style.

Objectives

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the gist of authentic Spanish sources
  • Obtain information from authentic sources
  • Express yourself confidently on a range of selected topics
  • Speak and write more accurately

Teaching method

Authentic materials taken from sources such as Spanish broadcasts, newspapers, periodicals, websites etc. will form the basis for the classes. Topics will be introduced in a whole class approach. Students may then work in groups for part of the class, e.g. for oral work. Selected grammar topics will be part of every lesson in the form of revision, exercises in class and self-study. The class will be conducted mainly in Spanish, and students are encouraged to communicate with each other and the tutor in Spanish only (please see course material).

Time commitment

Alongside the class, you will be expected to spend around 2-3 hours each week on private study, as advised by your tutor. Work outside class may involve tasks such as online language learning activities on the VLE, completing worksheets or exercises from your textbook, revising work done in class, practising pronunciation and learning vocabulary/grammar.

Evaluation and certification

This course will be subject to end-of-year examinations and certification. An LFA certificate will be awarded to participants who pass the end of year exams (oral, listening and written).

Level 4

Spanish Level 4 (LFA00001I) course content

Prerequisites

This course is aimed at students with a high level of competence in Spanish, usually post A-Level or equivalent. Students at this level may have completed a level 3 course and/ or stayed in a Spanish-speaking country for a prolonged period of time. The course is open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, staff and members of the public.

Contact time

19 × 2-hour classes plus end-of-year exams (listening, oral and written); normally up to 20 participants per class.

Aims

The key aim of the course is to extend your language skills in all skill areas (listening, speaking, reading, writing) so that you are able to communicate effectively in Spanish on a wide range of topics. Grammar will also be revised to ensure that you can use the language creatively and accurately.

Objectives

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand authentic Spanish sources of a complex nature
  • Obtain information from complex sources
  • Express yourself competently on a range of complex topics
  • Show accuracy and creativity when speaking and writing

Teaching method

Grammar and structures will be taught in context as well as in general terms. Their exact nature will depend largely on participants’ needs.

All materials used will be taken from authentic sources such as Spanish-speaking television, internet sites, newspapers, books or magazines. The class will be conducted in Spanish (please see course material).

Time commitment

Alongside the class, you will be expected to spend around 2-3 hours each week on private study, as advised by your tutor. Work outside class may involve tasks such as online language learning activities on the VLE, completing worksheets or exercises from your textbook, revising work done in class, practising pronunciation and learning vocabulary/grammar.

Evaluation and certification

This course will be subject to end-of-year examinations and certification. An LFA certificate will be awarded to participants who pass the end of year exams (oral, listening and written).

Level 5

Spanish Level 5 (LFA00001H) course content

Prerequisites

This course is aimed at students with a very high level of competence in Spanish, having completed post A-Level (or equivalent) studies and/ or prolonged stays in a Spanish-speaking country. The course is open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as members of staff and the public.

Contact time

19 × 2-hour classes plus end-of-year exams (listening, oral and written); normally up to 15 participants per class.

Aims

The main aim of the course is to enable you to develop your language skills in all skill areas (listening, speaking, reading, writing) even further so that you are able to communicate in Spanish at a very high level, using the language accurately and creatively in a wide range of difficult contexts.

Objectives

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Obtain information, ideas or opinions from linguistically difficult sources and use them actively
  • Understand a wide range of linguistically difficult sources and/ or regional accents
  • Give information and express your views in an accurate and creative manner both orally and in writing.

Teaching method

Grammar and structures will be revised and taught in context as well as general terms. The exact nature of the grammar covered on this course will largely depend on students’ needs. All materials used are authentic and up-to-date. The class will be conducted in Spanish (please see course material).

Time commitment

Alongside the class, you will be expected to spend around 2-3 hours each week on private study, as advised by your tutor. Work outside class may involve tasks such as online language learning activities on the VLE, completing worksheets or exercises from your textbook, revising work done in class, practising pronunciation and learning vocabulary/grammar.

Evaluation and certification

This course will be subject to end-of-year examinations and certification. An LFA certificate will be awarded to participants who pass the end of year exams (oral, listening and written).

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Year-long course fees 2018/19 

£0 if taken for credit

£167 University of York students

£220 over 60s/students from other universities/schools

£249 University of York staff/public