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 course follows on from our Spanish Beginners Plus 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 your life and events. Pronunciation and the culture of Spanish speaking countries are an integral part of the course.
You will learn how to:
• Speak in all kinds of shopping situations
• Talk about your daily life
• Discuss pastime activities and give your opinions
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 Beginners Plus courses or who has attended an Improvers course and needs to consolidate their knowledge and skills before moving onto Spanish conversation classes. The course is also suitable for anyone who has a good knowledge of basic Spanish
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
Denise began teaching in Adult learning soon after completing her BA Honours degree in Applied Language Studies, (French, Spanish and Russian) in London, in 1975.
While practising her language skills in France and Spain as part of her degree course, she had already discovered a talent and a love for teaching, giving classes for foreign students wishing to learn English. From there, having gained a postgraduate certificate in education in Oxford, she ventured into mainstream school teaching, offering French and Spanish at GCSE and at A level.
An employment opportunity for her husband in Japan saw Denise spending two years in that intriguing country, teaching English to Japanese students and also indulging her passion for language learning by studying Japanese.
Eventually she returned to teaching adult education classes, as the most family-friendly option, and has carried on in the sector ever since.
Denise believes that studying languages enables us to get to know the people of other nations and to discover their cultures; we can speak to foreign people on their territory, in their tongue – and find out a lot about ourselves in the process.
Do not think that language learning is just for academics, it is for everyone. We have all learned to speak at least one language, and learning another will exercise your brain in a way that crossword puzzles never can, you will enjoy the social interaction with your fellow language learners and you will have fun!