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Information at a Glance

  • Evening Class
  • Various levels
  • Timetabled 18:00 - 20:00
  • 10 weeks: April to June
  • 4 hours taught time across 2 sessions per week
  • Fees from £230 to £395
  • Location: Imperial College, South Kensington Campus
  • BOOKING TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED
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Learning a new language 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 tutors on hand to guide you, you will soon find yourself developing new language skills that will open up a world of possibilities.

Each course is taught over 10 weeks with students attending two evening sessions each week.

Spanish Evening Classes Timetable

Mondays & WednesdaysMondays & ThursdaysTuesdays & Thursdays
 18:00 - 20:00  18:00 - 20:00 18:00 - 20:00
Spanish Lower Intermediate
Virtu Tomás Rodríguez
Room TBA
Spanish Intermediate
Cristina Termenón
Room TBA
Spanish Beginners
María Fernández
Room TBA

Spanish course descriptions

Beginners

Spanish image

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.  

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand familiar words and basic phrases in a range of environments when people speak slowly and clearly;
  • Ask and answer simple questions;
  • Interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat or rephrase things at a slower rate of speech;
  • Use their grammatical and vocabulary knowledge to read both familiar and unfamiliar short texts;
  • Write a short simple text such as postcards, forms with personal details, etc;
  • Use formal or informal registers;
  • Ask and give directions;
  • Order a meal in a restaurant, and book a hotel;
  • Describe things and people;
  • Talk about likes and dislikes;
  • Formulate requests and give instructions;
  • Communicate in a shop

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

Lower Intermediate

Spanish imageThis Lower Intermediate level course aims to extend and consolidate the language skills of students who completed a Beginners course or those having some knowledge of Spanish.

Students learn how to talk about themselves in greater detail, practice vocabulary related to shopping, renting accommodation, ordering food in a restaurant, talk about the past and future plans, give a point of view, etc.

The course includes elements of grammar such as a short review of some topics already studied at Beginners’ level, review of and further work on different ways of expressing the past, uses of the future and the conditional tense.

Cultural topics covering both Spain and Latin America will be developed.

Intermediate

Spanish imageThis Intermediate course aims to develop further the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing with an emphasis on oral skills. Students are expected to have reached at least a higher GCSE-level or equivalent before starting the course.

You will be using a wider range of vocabulary and more complex grammatical structures. There will be a revision of the different past tenses, and an introduction to the subjunctive.

By the end of the course, students will be able to talk about the past, present and future, to describe places and people in detail, understand and use vocabulary relating to health, talk about their workplace, give instructions and express wishes. Students will be able to read some real materials such as short news features and to write simple connected text such as short letters.

The cultural component of the course covers both Spain and Latin America.

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

  • Vitamina A1 - Libro del alumno, Sarralde, Berta et al. Ed. SGEL, 2019 (ISBN: 9788416782352)

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:

Spanish Lower Intermediate

  • Vitamina A2 - Libro del alumno, Sarralde, Berta et al. Ed. SGEL, 2019 (ISBN: 9788416782376)

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:

Spanish Intermediate

  • Ele Actual B1 (Libro del alumno), Virgilio Borobio, Ed. SM, 2012, ISBN: 9788467548976

The book and accompanying CDs will be used in class and for independent practice, together with a number of audio materials and relevant handouts.

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, m.sanchez-villen@imperial.ac.uk

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 Sanchez-Villenm.sanchez-villen@imperial.ac.uk

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
40  10  £395
£230
£305
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 should email evening eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk before completing the online enrolment form.

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
  • 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 term
 40  10 n/a n/a 27 Apr - 6 Jul 2020 (10 weeks)

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 March

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 before your course choice and applicant details are queried on an in-built questionnnaire which completes the process
  • The following email notifications are sent
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • Confirms payment, payment date, order number and course title
  • Should not be treated as a course-enrolment confirmation which is only sent later
2. Enrolment confirmation Sent in due course but likely not before the end of March. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Re-onfirms your course choice
  • Shows your course's term dates
  • Confirms your course' day of the week & time
3. Programme information Usually sent Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains further course details incl. classroom location and teacher contact information
  • Provides further general programme 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 classroom 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 Sanchez-Villenm.sanchez-villen@imperial.ac.uk