SOAS University of London

SOAS Language Centre

Spanish Beginners Course

Duration: 3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 20 hours blended learning. Each term courses are subject to quorum requirements.

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

Fees: Course fees quoted are per term of 10 weeks.

Course Aim

This course introduces basic grammatical forms, essential frequent vocabulary and key aspects of pronunciation. You will have opportunities to practise communicating in Spanish on daily topics (see course content below), listen for the gist of a short conversation, write about basic information (email, text message, postcard) and read short texts.


The course is taught mainly in Spanish and includes coverage of listening, speaking, reading and writing with guided practice in language usage and use of authentic communicative activities. You are expected to attend regularly, participate in class and complete homework regularly to ensure learning progress. You will receive regular feedback from your tutor.

This will be achieved through 20 hours of blended learning: this is composed of 15 hours of online structured lessons with the teacher. This is supplemented by a minimum of 5 hours of guided independent learning supported by complementary material and regular feedback from the tutor. The course objective will be achieved within the 10-week course.

Online Course Requirements

Please ensure you have checked the Learner Support page for the Collaborate Session Preparation and Checklist, Required Equipment & Software.


Course materials will be provided by the tutor with recommendations and access to various online resources.

Entry Requirements and Progression Route

For the first stage of Spanish Beginners (i.e. Spanish Beginners 1), no previous knowledge is required. To be able to join Beginners 2 or 3 you should have completed Beginners 1 and 2 respectively at SOAS Language Centre or have an equivalent knowledge of guided learning hours (20 hours blended learning per each sub-level). The progression route from Spanish Beginners 1 is to Spanish Beginners 2; from Beginners 2 to Beginners 3.

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See more information on the Spanish language and tuition in Spanish offered at SOAS Language Centre on the Spanish Language Homepage.

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Spanish Beginners 1 

By the end of the course you should be able to

  • Spell out words
  • Greet and use parts of the day
  • Introduce yourself and others
  • Use numbers (0-100)
  • Say your nationality
  • Talk about the language(s) that you speak
  • Say where you come from and ask whether others come from
  • Ask and give personal information
  • Talk about professions
  • Ask and give directions
  • Discuss interests and hobbies
  • Talk about your family
  • Describe places
  • Order food and drink at a bar or restaurant
Spanish Beginners 2 

By the end of the course you should be able to

  • Talk about what you do: work and studies
  • Describe a typical day at work
  • To ask and say what time it is
  • Describe your daily routine using reflexive verbs and adverbs of frequency
  • Talk about your free time activities and express likes and dislikes
  • Describe people´s personality
  • Identify and name vocabulary related to food, price, weigh and measure units
  • Buy food at the market
  • Identify and name vocabulary related to clothes, colour and sizes
  • Say what you usually wear
  • Buy clothes at a clothes shop
  • Describe people physically
  • Say what time shops and other places open and close
  • Talk about what time films and other events start and finish
  • Give your opinion about cities
Spanish Beginners 3 
  • Describe your daily routine
  • Buy tickets for a trip
  • Talk about future activities
  • Describe future holidays
  • Make comparisons
  • Describe the weather and the seasons
  • Talk about what you are doing now
  • Talk about what you did yesterday
  • Talk about past holidays
  • Describe your life: biographies
  • Make suggestions and give advice

The above is an indication of content that may be covered over the duration of the course but it could vary depending on the level and progress of students in the class.