Spanish, Arts and Culture

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

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

Over the course of the programme, you will learn Spanish and 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 Spanish classes take place at our High Holborn location, 3 minutes' walk from Holborn station in central London. Classes are from 6pm to 8.30pm, one 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 respective Spanish course details section below for the full syllabus, overview and outcomes for the course.

Spanish courses dates and fees

Term Two Beginner Part One - New (January - March 2018)
 
Term 2DatesPriceBooking and availability
Beginner Part One 

Tuesday 30 January 2018

Tuesday 6 February 2018

Tuesday 13 February 2018

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Tuesday 27 February 2018

Tuesday 6 March 2018

Tuesday 13 March 2018

Tuesday 20 March 2018

 £210

 See availability and book on course

 

Term Two Beginner Part Two - Continuation (January - March 2018)

Please note: Spanish Beginner Part Two is ideal for students who have completed Spanish Beginner Part One (false beginners) or students who a little prior knowledge of Spanish. If you are unsure of which level to book, then complete our Spanish Beginner self-assessment questionnaire to help you find out which level to take.

Term 2DatesPriceBooking and availability
Beginner Part Two 

Wednesday 31 January 2018

Wednesday 7 February 2018

Wednesday 14 February 2018

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Wednesday 28 February 2018

Wednesday 7 March 2018

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Wednesday 21 March 2018

 £210

See availability and book on course

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.

If you are unsure of which level to book, then complete our Spanish Beginner self-assessment questionnaire to help you find out which level to take.

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.

Spanish Beginner Part Two course details

Spanish Beginner Part One Course Overview and Outcomes

Our evening Spanish 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.

Spanish Beginner Part Two is ideal for students who have completed Spanish Beginner Part One (false beginners) or students who a little prior knowledge of Spanish. If you are unsure of which level to book, then complete our Spanish Beginner self-assessment questionnaire to help you find out which level to take.

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

  • build on the basic structures and vocabulary you learned in Part One
  • review vocabulary from Part One
  • learn to express your moods and feelings
  • engage in functional everyday dialogue in shops, restaurants, public transport, making bookings and leisure
  • learn about the Art of the Inquisition and have the opportunity to create your own comic strip
  • broaden your vocabulary related to the home
  • recognise and use simple words and phrases concerning you and your immediate surroundings
  • use these to write short texts on the topics above
  • improve your speaking skills by participating in roleplays to improve your ability to interact and express yourself
  • examine a selection of key grammar points: such as article, adjective and noun agreement, tenses and ore
  • learn about key elements of Spanish arts and culture

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

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.

Course details: 

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

General revision of content from part 1

Moods and feelings (estoy contenta, triste, cansada, sorprendida… tengo miedo, calor, frío, hambre, sed…)

Days of the week: etymology 

 2Cuisine and Culture

At the restaurant, food and drinks vocabulary.

Waiter-customer conversations.

Designing your own menu.

(Existing booklet from last year’s term 1)

Columbus and the Discovery of America 

 3Art and Politics

Daily routine. Reflexive verbs, 1st, 2nd, 3rd person.

Telling the time.

Students make a comic about the daily routine of an inquisitor painted by El Greco. 

The Art of the Inquisition

 4Urban Spaces

Auditions and dialogues in relation to public transport (asking for train times of departure/arrival, buying tickets;twenty-four hour clock).

Planning a day/weekend abroad; future immediate: voy a, vamos a, van a. 

 
 5Movement and Time

Holidays: how do you like to travel (where, when, with who, what do you do…)

Months of the year, birthdays, refreshing how to say the years.

Booking a hotel room

(Existing booklet from last year’s term 2)

Goya and his travels

 6Modernism

Leisure activities; using the different forms of the present tense (recapping from week 3).

Students imagine and write the diary entry of a famous artistic couple (such as Diego & Frida, or Gilbert & George). 

The pop art of Equipo Crónica

 7Fashion and Society

Refreshing clothes vocabulary and colours from Part One. Description of physical appearance. Uses of ser, tener, llevar.

Agreement of article, adjective (colours) and nouns. 

 

 8Design and Architecture

Home and household items vocabulary.

Students design a work/living space for an art residency.  

La Giralda de Sevilla: style and history of an architectural icon 

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