Spanish: beginners 1

The Mansion, Totnes

Who is this course for?

Have you always wanted to learn Spanish?

Learning a language can be daunting on your own. It’s much easier with a supportive tutor and a group, where you can practice with each other and share the joys and frustrations.

Course content

This course will introduce you to Spanish pronunciation and simple everyday phrases and expressions.

• Greetings/goodbyes/ pronunciation
• Buying a drink and snack in a cafeteria or bar
• Asking for information in the Tourist Office, asking where a place is.
• Asking at what time the train/bus leaves, buying a ticket at the station………………….

You’ll take part in varied activities with some individual work, pair work and whole class presentations.

Support and feedback

There will be a variety of activities to informally assess progress throughout the course. You’ll complete an individual learning plan (ILP) and there will be opportunities for you to discuss your aims and progress with your tutor. The tutor will also provide written feedback.

Additional costs and requirements

You’ll need a pen, paper and a cardboard wallet for storing notes, hand-outs and homework.

You may like to bring a drink or refreshments

This course is for anyone who would like to try out a language for the first time.

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

I currently work as a Spanish Teacher for Learn Devon and for Adult and Community Learning in Paignton with South Devon College. 

Prior to this I worked for Plymouth University teaching Spanish in 1997 for 3 years. In 2000 I worked at Exeter College teaching Spanish GCSE for 3 years. 

While I was living in Northamptonshire I worked in Adult and Community Learning in Milton Keynes with Buckingham and Northampton County Councils, teaching Spanish at all levels including GCSE for 12 years 

I have also done various teaching one to one and translations for the Foreign Office in 1995 and 1996. 

I have worked as a Bilingual Secretary in Colombia in 1975 for 4 years before moving to England. 

I completed the City Guilds 7307 in teaching, the Assessor training D32, D33, Adult and training in Teaching RSA Stage 1 and 2, Spanish Studies in University Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia. 

Currently I am learning French, which I am enjoy very much. 

“I love teaching Spanish as I get a great satisfaction seeing learners improving, achieving and progressing. Learning a second language as a native speaker I have experienced what it is like to be a language learner. Through my learning experiences I can help my learners’ build their confidence in the language and all aspects of learning. Teaching is my passion and I enjoy every minute of this lovely profession”.  

Start date14 Jan 2019
End date11 Feb 2019
Start time19:00
End time21:00
Concessions not available