Who is this course for?
Would you like to use your Spanish in a variety of real life situations? Then this Improvers course is for you.
This 8 week course follows on from our Spanish Improvers course and is for anyone who wants to consolidate and develop their skills further.
Becoming more proficient in a language can be daunting on your own and is much more fun with a supportive tutor and a group, where you can practice with each other and share the joys and frustrations
The focus will be on oral communication (speaking and listening) although reading and writing will also be included. The course will be conducted predominantly in the foreign language. You will study grammar in more detail and will develop your ability to talk about present, future and past events. Pronunciation and the culture of Spanish speaking countries are an integral part of the course.
You will learn how to:
• Describe people, places and events
• Exchange information on a variety of topics/situations
• Give and follow specific instructions
• Make simple arrangements
• Express an opinion
• Grasp general meaning of written material (e-mails, mobile text messages, letters, notices, leaflets etc)
• Use a variety of tenses
• Understand the use of prepositions
During the course you will take part in varied activities. These are designed to help you understand and use the language effectively.
You will work individually, in pairs and in small groups, using a variety of learning methods and resources such as role play, audio and video clips.
Homework will provide an opportunity for self study including the use of online resources.
Support and feedback
Initial assessment will identify your skills level at the start of the course and there will be a variety of activities to assess progress throughout the course. You’ll complete an individual learning plan (ILP) and there will be opportunities for you to discuss your progress and aims with your tutor. The tutor will also provide written feedback.
Additional costs and requirements
You’ll need a pen, paper and a ring-binder for storing notes, hand-outs and homework. At the start of the course your tutor will advise you of any course book that might be required. Please don’t purchase anything before the course.
You may like to bring a drink or refreshments
This course is for anyone who has attended one of our Spanish Improvers courses or who has attended an Improvers course and needs to consolidate and develop their knowledge and skills before moving onto our Spanish conversation classes. The course is also suitable for anyone who has a very good knowledge of Spanish.
You may be eligible for a learner bursary if you can demonstrate that attending a course will improve your wellbeing. Eligibility is determined after a short interview with a member of our learning support team. You must be aged over 19 on 31st August 2017 and your household income below £15,276 to access this fund. Contact your local centre for more details.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
Yes. You will learn more effectively if you are able to practice and revise between the sessions. Your tutor will give you short homework tasks to help consolidate and extend the work done in the weekly session.
You will also be encouraged to make use of other resources such as internet websites for self-study activities.
About the tutor
Rosa Carriegas currently works as a Spanish tutor for Learn Devon and Plymouth Adult and Community Learning Service. Rosa has been teaching Spanish in the Adult Education sector in Devon for over fifteen years.
Rosa comes from Bilbao, in northern Spain.
Rosa teaches a variety of courses, from Beginners to Advanced Spanish as well as accredited and conversation courses.
Rosa is also Senior Practitioner, Internal Verifier and Observer for Learn Devon.
In the past, Rosa also taught Science subjects.
I am passionate about education. I love teaching. Education is about love for learning. Language teaching is fascinating and it opens many doors in life.
Rosa Carriegas, Spanish tutor, Learn Devon