Spanish, Arts and Culture

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Evening language courses at the University of the Arts London (UAL) Language Centre in London. Learn to speak Spanish and explore Spanish arts and culture, with classes ranging from beginner to intermediate level.

During this 8 week course you will be exposed to authentic language through listening and reading activities with an emphasis on functional and practical uses. The classes focus on speaking, pronunciation and written communication.

Over the course of the programme, you will explore a variety of interesting topics such as architecture, design, fashion and society, at the same time as improving your ability to communicate confidently in the language.

The weekly classes take place at our High Holborn location, 3 minutes' walk from Holborn station in central London. Classes are from 6pm to 8.30pm 1 evening a week.

The course includes a termly cultural experience in collaboration with the UAL Social Programme, which is built into your language development.

See the course details section below for the full syllabus, overview and outcomes for the course.

Spanish dates and fees

Term 1DatesPriceBooking and availability
Spanish Beginner Part One

Tuesday 17 October 2017 

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Tuesday 31 October 2017

Tuesday 7 November 2017

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Tuesday 28 November 2017

Tuesday 5 December 2017

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Spanish Beginner Part One

Wednesday 18 October 2017 

Wednesday 25 October 2017

Wednesday 1 November 2017

Wednesday 8 November 2017

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Wednesday 6 December 2017

 

 

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Spanish Beginner Part One course details

Beginner Part One Course Overview and Outcomes

Our evening language courses are built around an arts and culture context. You will explore a variety of topics including architecture, cuisine, culture, design, fashion, society and more.

Over the 8 weeks of the Spanish Beginner Part One course, you will

  • get an introduction to asking for and providing personal information
  • recognise and use simple words and phrases concerning you and your immediate surroundings
  • engage in reading and listening tasks introducing common names, words and simple sentences in texts
  • use these to write short texts on the topics above
  • improve your speaking skills by participating in role-plays to improve your ability to interact and express yourself
  • examine a selection of key grammar points: the gender of nouns, word order of nouns and adjectives, present verb forms and conjugations
  • learn about the origins of elements of Spanish culture and traditions, Spanish cinema, key figures in Spanish art, architecture and more

There is a focus on oral communication and pronunciation as well as using language for functional and practical purposes.

Course details: 

Week no.Session topicLanguage contentArts and culture content*
 1Introduction to Language, Arts and Culture 

Introducing yourself, sharing personal details
The alphabet : Spanish phonetics 

Overview of Languages, Arts and Culture
Quiz on Language, Art and Culture

 2Cuisine and Culture

Food products vocabulary.
Asking for prices
Likes and dislikes

The origins of tapas

 3Art and Politics

Vocabulary on countries and nationalities, jobs, professions, studies. 
1st, 2nd and 3rd person of the present tense.

Society and politics in Spanish cinema

 4Urban Spaces

Public places in the city.
Asking and giving directions.

Landmarks from the 21 Spanish-speaking countries
 5Movement and Time

Describing cities: location, natural features.

Verbs: there is/there are, to have, to be.

The spread of the Spanish language through the Iberian peninsula and in America

 6Modernism

Free time activities.
Days of the week.
Inviting a friend to a cultural event, such as a museum, a concert or an exhibition.

Some key figures: Dalí, Buñuel, Picasso.

 7Fashion and Society

Clothes vocabulary.

Colours.

Language for shopping.
Agreement of article, adjective (colours) and noun.

Amancio Ortega: Zara and the Inditex group.

 8Design and Architecture

Introduction to the past tense. 

The Alhambra: a Spanish architectural landmark.

 

*Note: These are some of the possible topics you will cover and may differ according to student needs and interests.