Spanish: beginners 1
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone who wants to learn Spanish for holiday or would like to learn the basic of the language to communicate in the Spanish Speaking country and use the relevant phrases to use in everyday situations at beginner level.
This is a beginner’s course for anyone interested in learning the pronunciation, vocabulary and phrases and practice in small groups or pairs everyday situations that you encounter on holiday or when you are meeting new friends or visiting the Spanish Speaking country.
On this course you will learn –
• How to understand pronunciation and how it works
• How to order a drink and a snack in a café, bar or restaurant
• To ask your way and finding direction
• How to buy a ticket at the station
• How to buy food in a shop or groceries
Emphasis in speaking
You will be taught online in a small, friendly and supportive group where you will have the opportunity to gain confidence and make new friends.
Support and feedback
Your tutor will support you throughout the course through online face to face discussions and written feedback on your progress. You will work with your tutor on your personal goals within the structure of the course.
Additional costs and requirements
You will need a laptop / PC / phone / tablet with a camera and microphone/headphones and a good internet connection.
You may wish to buy a dictionary but it not necessary.
This course is offered online to support continued learning during lockdown.
Please note if/when lockdown is lifted this course may be redirected to face to face learning.
The time and day will remain the same, along with your tutor.
The venue for direct learning will be the Passmore Edwards Centre, Newton Abbot
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
A piece of homework will be given to help you with the progress of the language. Information of web sites to help you with your learning at home.
About the tutor
Your tutor will be Maria Pollock
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”.