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Join us to learn Spanish with the experts!

Information at a Glance

  • Evening Class
  • Beginners
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 18:00 - 20:00
  • 10 weeks: late July to September
  • 4 hours weekly online taught time across 2 sessions
  • Tutor: Cristina Termenón
  • Fees from £134 to £230
  • Online course
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Learning a new language, or continuing studying one, is one of the most rewarding activities you can do. Not only does it open up new possibilities for travel and employment, but it can lead to new insights into cultures from all over the world.

Learning a language is enjoyable too, with new friendships formed at our classes bringing together people from a wide variety of backgrounds with a shared interest in the language you are studying.

With our expert tutor on hand to guide you, you will soon find yourself developing new language skills that will open up a world of possibilities.

This 10-week course offers two 2-hour online sessions each week (40 contact hours). Class runs Tuesdays & Thursdays 18:00 - 20:00.

Class size is limited to 15 students.

Spanish Beginners

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Designed for absolute beginners with no previous experience of the language, this course aims to provide students with some skills needed for everyday situations in a Spanish-speaking environment. Students can expect to learn how to introduce themselves and others, talk about their town and country, how to buy food, tell the time, describe people, talk about their daily routine, etc. Basic elements of Spanish grammar will be introduced and all four skills will be developed: listening, speaking, reading and writing to a basic level (A1 CEFR).

The approach is communicative & cultural topics relating to Spain and Latin America will be introduced.

Starting from the most basic aspects of the Spanish language, alphabet differences & pronunciation, students will be listening to and speaking Spanish from the first day: introductions, nationalities, names of countries, etc.

By the end of this course, students should be familiar with essential aspects of the language such as word gender, number and the present tense. Students will have also acquired relevant vocabulary to interact in Spanish in a basic way in a number of everyday situations.

Cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world are introduced through listening exercises, reading and class activities.

Throughout the course, Spanish will be used when practising oral skills and students will be encouraged to communicate in the target language in the classroom.

Technical requirements

  1. To take part in the lessons, students will ideally need a computer or tablet, or as a last resort a mobile phone with a microphone and camera. Your tutor will be using the Zoom app for teaching. Course participants will receive a meeting invitation link to join the Spanish group, and a prompt before each session starts.
  2. Access to the handouts will be via Google Classroom. You will be sent further details before the first class. Please already note a Google account is required. Applicants who currently don’t have one are able to create one free of charge.

Course structure

  • For each lesson, students will have available the material to download in the morning of the lesson. Students should then have this ready with them for the online class.
  • For each lesson, we will together go through the material. There will be a variety of activities, and students will be able to interact with each other in small groups to practice. Questions can be asked at any point of the class.
  • The class will end by discussing the homework and the outline of the next class. Learners will have access to extra activities and links to support their learning between classes.

Course syllabus (subject to minor modification)

  • Week 1: Greetings, asking for clarification, asking and giving name and second name. Learning the Spanish alphabet and sounds. Numbers up to 30.
  • Week 2:  Numbers 30+. Asking and giving personal detail information such as name, surname, nationality, profession, languages you speak, age, phone number, email…
  • Week 3: Talking about family members. Physical and character description.
  • Week 4: Speaking about free time activities. Expressing likes and dislikes
  • Week 5: Describing places and cities you live in or would like to travel to.
  • Week 6: Talking about your daily routine and how often you do different activities. Asking and giving the time.
  • Week 7: Asking for food and ordering at the restaurant. Saying how you feel and expressing your mood.
  • Week 8: Giving information about the weather. Buying for clothes and expressing preferences.
  • Week 9: Describing where your live and comparing different types of housing.
  • Week 10: Talking about past experiences and talking about each other abilities.

Students are advised to buy a small dictionary so that it can be used during lessons.


Course Information

Course Materials

Students are advised not to buy any course books before the start of the course. Progress through the course and textbook (if any) will depend on the group dynamics of the class.

Spanish Beginners

  • Aula Internacional - Nueva edición (English Version), Student's Book -  A1 (ISBN: 9788415846772)

Please note weekly revision is essential to take full advantage of the course. To complement topics introduced in class, we recommend the use of other resources such as:

Level advice

Choosing the right language level is very important and we aim to make the process of deciding which is the right course level for you as simple as possible.

If you are a complete beginner you should, of course, enrol on a Beginner's course.

If you have some experience in the language you wish to study please first review our course descriptions to try to identify the course level which should be most suitable for you. Especially if you are out of practice in a language, or have been out of formal education for a while, please be reasonably sure and realistic about your level of proficiency prior to proceeding with enrolment.

For course-level advice please contact our Acting Spanish Coordinator: Ms Almudena Sanchez-Villen,

Your Tutor

All tutors on our language programmes are native speakers with a great deal of experience in teaching languages to beginners and the more advanced. Tutor contact details are provided in the programme pack which will be emailed to you just prior to the start of term.

For any questions relating to your tutor's background or teaching qualifications please contact our Acting Spanish Coordinator: Ms Almudena

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
40  10  £230
All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.
Term dates 1

Fee Categories and Discounts

Standard Rate

  • Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.

Internal Rate

  • Applies to current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors).
  • Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme are eligible for the internal rate. There is no additional discount available for summer school classes.

Associate Rate

  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Members of the Friends of Imperial College
  • Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
  • NHS staff (other than Imperial NHS Trust staff)
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • South London Botanical Institute Members
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Santander Bank staff (Imperial College Walkway branch only)
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started. For non-language courses this is subject entirely to agreement by the tutor. For language courses it is subject to agreement by the language Coordinator conducting level assessment. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.

Applicable terms & conditions

Please read the before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer termSummer School
 40  10 n/a n/a n/a w/c 27 Jul - w/c 28 Sept 2020 (10 weeks)

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 29 June

Enrolment and payment run through the Imperial College eStore. Please click on the blue booking link on the relevant course page noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on the course page and your applicable rate category must be selected on the eStore
  • First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
  • The booking process involves entering payment details after your course choice and applicant details are collected via an in-built questionnnaire
  • The following email notifications are sent:
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Is sent instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • This is a receipt for your payment and includes payment date, order number and course title
  • Confirmation of your place on your chosen course will follow later
2. Enrolment confirmation Is sent within 10 working daysPlease treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Re-confirms your course choice
  • Shows your course's term dates
  • Confirms the day and time of your course
3. Programme information Is usually sent on Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains joining instructions for your course, incl. tutor contact details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

Certificate of Attendance

Our adult education evening and daytime classes do not offer academic credits, but we do offer an attendance certificate to those learners who attend at least 80% of the taught online sessions. Eligible learners receive their certificate by email after the end of the course.

Any Questions?

For any questions regarding course content, delivery and materials please contact our Acting Spanish Coordinator: Ms Almudena