Spanish, Arts and Culture

Image of hello in Spanish
Nikolai Garcia

Evening language course at the UAL Language Centre in London. Learn to speak Spanish for beginners and explore the Spanish arts and culture.

During this 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 where relevant, on written communication.

Over the course of the programme, you will explore a variety of interesting topics such as architecture, design, fashion and society, whilst improving your ability to interact in the language.

The course includes 2 unique cultural experiences which are built in to your language development:

Classes take place at our High Holborn location, 3 minutes walk from Holborn station in central London. They take place 1 evening per week between 6pm and 8:30pm.

Dates and fees

This course will resume in October 2017. Register your interest to be the first to hear about it.

Beginner course overview

Over the 8 weeks of the Spanish Beginner course you will be introduced to asking for and providing personal information by recognising and using simple words and phrases concerning you and your immediate surroundings.
Lessons include reading and listening tasks introducing common names, words and simple sentences in texts. You will use these to write short texts on the topics above and participate in role-plays to improve your ability to interact and express yourself. The course will examine a selection of key grammar points: the gender of nouns, word order of nouns and adjectives, present verb forms and conjugations.
There is a focus on the programme on oral communication and pronuncation as well as using the language for functional and practical purposes.

Beginner course details

LessonLanguage ContentArts & Culture Content

Introducing yourself, sharing personal details.
The alphabet : Spanish phonetics. 

Overview of LAC
Quiz on Language, Art and Culture

Cuisine and Culture

Food products vocabulary.
Asking for prices.
Likes and dislikes. 

The origins of Tapas

Art 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

Urban Spaces

Public places in the city.
Asking and giving directions.  

Landmarks from the 21 Spanish-speaking countries
Movement 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


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

Some key figures: Dalí, Buñuel, Picasso.

Fashion and Society

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

Amancio Ortega: Zara and the Inditex group

Design and Architecture

Introduction to the past tense. 

The Alhambra: a Spanish architectural landmark

Pre-intermediate course overview

Over the 8 weeks of the Spanish Pre-Intermediate course, you will learn how to talk about your daily life and follow recipes as well as developing the language tools you might need to be out and about in the city.

You will learn to compare and contrast different aspects of arts and culture as well telephone language, role-plays, dialogues, pronunciation and key vocabulary and expressions that will aid your interactional skills. You will also be exposed to variations in regional and geographical pronunciation differences in different parts of the Spanish-speaking world. Some of the key language points you can expect to be exposed to are: tenses, reflexive verbs, past participles and the continuous form.  

Emphasis is on spoken communication and interaction; this is achieved through pair and group work and role-plays.

Pre-intermediate course details

LessonLanguage ContentArts & Culture Content

Getting to know each other.
Collecting and sharing basic information about classmates.

Overview of LAC
Quiz on Language, Art and Culture

Cuisine and Culture

Writing a dish recipe - using reflexive verbs.
Sequence phrases: 'firstly, secondly, then, after that, finally...'

David Muñoz: the bad boy of modern Spanish cuisine

Art and Politics

Comparing how we lived in the past and the present: the imperfect tense. 

Podemos: the story.
Representation in satirical cartoons

Urban Spaces

Recount a past holiday: the preterite tense. 

A walk through Barcelona
Movement and Time

Types of TV programs and film genres. What do you normally watch? Adverbs of frequency: 'normally, sometimes, always, never...'

El Quijote: the first road movie


Utopia and dystopia: imagining the future. The future tense. 

Lorca: modernist poet and visual artist

Fashion and Society

Clothes: describing what our classmates are wearing. Article + adjectival agreement. 

The ascent of Isabel Preysler, queen of the Spanish socialites

Design and Architecture

What's your home like? Describing where we live.
Household items vocabulary.
Prepositions for spatial relations: 'on, under, next to, far from, on the right/left...'

 The Spanish fin de siecle: Antonio Gaudí

Intermediate course overview

Over the 8 weeks of the Spanish Intermediate course, you will examine, in some depth, how to describe your experiences and ambitions and how to improve your ability to discuss designing and making processes. You will practice expressing your opinions, using persuasive language, as well as giving balanced arguments.

The listening component of the course will include exposure to authentic radio or TV programmes on current art trends or topics of personal or professional interest. You will also explore how descriptions of events and processes and practise them yourself orally.

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

Intermediate course details

LessonLanguage ContentArts & Culture Content

Sharing tips (in Spanish) to improve your language learning.

Overview of LAC …..
Velázquez: inventing Impressionism

Cuisine and Culture

'Try our unique tapas': using persuasive language.
Vocative tense, adjectives, superlatives. 

Sánchez-Cotán and the mystical still life 
Art and Politics

On global issues.
Expressing opinion. Showing agreement and disagreement.
Using complex sentences: 'because, however, besides...'

Goya: the first war reporter
Urban Spaces

Describing life in London - pros and cons.
Mayor for a day: ideas on how to improve your local area. Future tense: 'we will create more...', 'we will improve...'

Al-Andalus: a walk through a medieval Islamic town
Movement and Time

The past tense revisited: sharing autobiographical details with your classmates.

The film-making genius of Luis Buñuel

Sharing tips on how to live a healthier life. 'You should... / you shouldn't...'
Describing past habits - using imperfect tense. 

Equipo Crónica: pop art Spanish-style 
Fashion and Society

Creating an outfit for the next season.
Describing the man/woman it is aimed at (age range, lifestyle, character, likes and dislikes...)

Fashionista: meet Carolina Herrera
Design and Architecture

Researching historical facts and features of an architectural landmark.

The cross and the madness: inside Madrid’s El Escorial