Photograph of a building with Spanish flag

Discover the beautiful language of Cervantes and Lorca

At a Glance

  • Classroom course
  • Thursdays 18:00 - 20:00
  • 20 weeks: January to July
  • Tutor: Debora Staryfurman
  • Fees from £280 to £470
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Spanish is the most popular language to study amongst adult learners in Britain, partly due to the popularity of Spain as a holiday and retirement destination, and partly due to its importance in global trade and culture. Developing in the Iberian peninsula at the end of the fifth-century CE with the collapse of the Roman Empire, Castilian Spanish became the predominant language in the region at the end of the Middle Ages and is now the official language of Spain alongside Basque, Catalan and Galician.

It is spoken as a first language by an astonishing 493 million people, with an estimated 100 million additional Spanish speakers when you include second-language speakers. In addition to Spain, it is also the dominant language in much of South and Central America, parts of the Caribbean, Mexico and also for many people living in the southern United States. It is also present in areas of northern Africa and as one of the official languages of Equatorial Guinea. 

Whether you are a beginner or you have some experience of speaking Spanish, the classes we offer at Imperial College are designed to help you develop your language skills quickly and effectively, in a friendly and supportive environment led by expert tutors.

Live Online or Live in the Classroom!

Depending on the course you select, the teaching will be delivered either live online (via the internet) or live in the classroom at our campus in South Kensington in London. Please check carefully on the timetable below to make sure the delivery method is what you want before enrolling.


Spanish Classes 2023 (January to July)

MONDAYSTUESDAYSWEDNESDAYSTHURSDAYS
-- -- -- 18.00-20.00
      Spanish Elementary
Débora Staryfurman
CLASSROOM COURSE 

Spanish course descriptions

Beginners [not this term]

Spanish imageThis Beginners course for students without any prior knowledge of Spanish aims to teach the 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.

Throughout the course the approach is communicative, using role plays, interviews, and other activities to encourage students’ participation. Cultural topics relating to Spain and Latin America will be introduced.

Where applicable, textbook details will be provided by the tutor. Course textbooks need not be purchased before the first course session.

Before proceeding with enrolment please complete our online level assessment test even if you have only very basic knowledge of Spanish. Kindly contact our Spanish Assistant Coordinator, Ms Almudena Sanchez-Villen, who will send you the link to the test and provide further guidance concerning your level.

Elementary

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

Students will learn how to talk about themselves in greater detail, and will learn useful language related to shopping, ordering food, giving directions, making and accepting invitations, describing symptoms and feelings, talking about the past and future plans.

Important grammar points will be practised in context: present tense, past tenses (pretérito perfecto and indefinido).

Where applicable, textbook details will be provided by the tutor. Course textbooks need not be purchased before the first course session.

Before proceeding with enrolment please complete our online level assessment test even if you have only very basic knowledge of Spanish. Kindly contact our Spanish Assistant Coordinator, Ms Almudena Sanchez-Villen, who will send you the link to the test and provide further guidance concerning your level.

Spanish Int Plus [not this term]

Spanish image The Spanish Intermediate Plus course is a continuation of our Intermediate level. As an 'Intermediate Plus' course, it is intended for students who have reached A-Level or equivalent (B1 Level CEFR) and would like to extend their knowledge and command of the language. Students taking this course should have acquired a good grasp of Spanish grammar at intermediate level and they should be able to communicate with some level of confidence. 

The course programme will be organized around topics of general interest and current affairs using authentic materials from a variety of Spanish-speaking media. During the sessions, students will have multiple opportunities to participate in group discussions and to improve their language skills.

Where applicable, textbook details will be provided by the tutor. Course textbooks need not be purchased before the first course session.

Before proceeding with enrolment please complete our online level assessment test. Kindly contact our Spanish Assistant Coordinator, Ms Almudena Sanchez-Villen, who will send you the link to the test and provide further guidance concerning your level.

Class Recordings

These classes are not recorded

 

Attendance Certificate

 

Successful completion of this course leads to the award of an Imperial College attendance certificate

 

Terms and conditions apply to all enrolments to this course. Please read them before enrolment

Course Information

What language level should I choose?

Choosing the right language level

It is very important to book onto a course which is a good match for your level of ability, 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.
  • The Elementary level course is for those who already possess elementary level proficiency. It is not a course for absolute Beginners seeking to acquire elementary level Spanish skills.

If you do already have some experience in Spanish 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, or have been out of formal education for a while, please be reasonably sure and realistic about your level of proficiency.

Before proceeding with enrolment please complete our online level assessment test even if you have only very basic knowledge of Spanish. Kindly contact our Spanish Assistant Coordinator, Ms Almudena Sanchez-Villen, who will send you the link to the test and provide further guidance concerning your level.

Course Fees and Discounts

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
 40  20 £470   (£11.75 p/h)
£280   (£7 p/h) £370   (£9.25 p/h)
All fee rates quoted are for the whole 2-term course. Part-payments are not possible. Equivalent to hourly rate is shown for comparison guidance only, it is not possible to pay pro-rata hourly rates.


Rate Categories and Discounts


Standard Rate

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

Internal Rate

  • 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)
  • Individuals enrolling under our Friends & Family scheme
  • Staff of the English Chamber Orchestra
  • Students, staff and Governors of Woodhouse College and the IC Mathematics School

Associate Rate

  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Co-operative College members
  • Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
  • Friends and Patrons of the English Chamber Orchestra
  • Friends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
  • Friends of Leighton House/ Sambourne House
  • Friends of the Royal College of Music
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Members of the Friends of Imperial College
  • Members of the Kennel Club
  • Members of the London Zoological Society
  • Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • National Health Service (NHS) employees
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Teachers and other staff of UK schools
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many of our adult education courses after the course has already 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.

Friends and Family Scheme

This course is eligible for the Friends and Family scheme, allowing Imperial College students and staff to share their discount with their friends and family.

Term Dates 2022-2023

HoursWeeksSpring termSummer termSummer School
 40  20 Week commencing 16 January to week ending 25 March 2023 (10 weeks) Week commencing 1 May to week ending 8 July 2023 (10 weeks)* n/a
*Term 1 and 2 are separated by the Easter break.

For Spanish Intermediate Plus please note: Mondays 1st, 8th and 29th May 2023 are Bank Holidays. The teacher will decide with the group whether class takes place as normal or whether the dates will be replaced with 3 classes to be added at the end of the course in July

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment is now open

Enrolment and payment run through the Imperial College eStore. When enrolling:

  • Do check on the drop down menu above called "Course Fees and Rate Categories" to see if you are eligible for a discounted rate and also do make sure you select that rate when enrolling on the eStore
  • If you are a first-time eStore user you will need to create an account before enrolling. You can do this by entering an email address and password. This account can then be used for any future enrolments via the eStore.

When you have enrolled you will be sent the following email notifications:

What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Is sent straight away 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 as long as the course recruits enough students to run. If not you will receive a refund of your payment.
2. Enrolment confirmation Is usually sent within 10 working days. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • 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, either online or in the classroom, depending on the course
 
  • If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756 / +44 20 7594 8756.
  • All enrolments are provisional until the course is confirmed to run. This will be dependent on the course reaching the minimum number of enrolments.
  • All enrolments are subject to our Terms and Conditions. It is not possible to join one of our courses without agreeing to be bound by our Terms and Conditions.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions about the academic content or teaching of these courses please contact our Assistant Spanish Language Coordinator, Ms Almudena Sanchez-Villen, m.sanchez-villen@imperial.ac.uk

If you have any questions about your enrolment or payment processes please contact the Programme Administrator, Christian Jacobi, eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk