Singular and plural nouns
Agreement and position of adjectives
Definite and indefinite articles
Use of tu and usted forms
The present tense of regular and reflexive verbs
The present tense of irregular verbs (including radical-changing verbs)
Ser and estar
Possessive adjectives and pronouns
The imperative form of some basic verbs
Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns
Use of gustar in the present tense
Saying hello and goodbye
Asking someone’s name and giving yours
Saying what your nationality is
Saying what you do
Saying where you work and where you live
Giving and asking for telephone numbers
Talking about your family and asking about other peoples’
Saying how old people are
Describing people: physical appearance and character
Asking what is available and how much things cost
Buying things in shops
Describing places (character, location, population)
Describing houses (rooms, furniture, location)
Telling the time
Saying what time places open and close, and which days of the week they are open
Asking for and giving directions
Talking about what you like and do not like
Talking about daily routine
Talking about leisure activities and free time
Talking about travel and transport, routes and times
You will be introduced to some aspects of Hispanic cultures. The text book draws upon authentic Hispanic sources which are backed up by background information in English.
Spanish language: worldwide varieties.
Islamic legacy: arts, architecture and language.
Hispanic cities: introduction to the history of some important cities in the Spanish speaking world: Granada, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, México D.F.
Daily life: contrasts in the Spanish speaking world.
Health: diet and services.
Food : varieties in the Spanish speaking world.
Travel: public and private transport.
Customs and habits: some important dates and festivals.
By the end of the module you should be able to:
deal with predictable activities in listening, speaking, reading and writing
show understanding of basic spoken language
extract relevant information from simple texts
conduct basic conversations in Spanish
convey simple information in writing
display knowledge of cultural contexts and conventions appropriate to language use at this level
Practical language classes involving both whole-group and small group/pair work activities, with emphasis on communicative settings, use of visual aids and audio/video recording and the Internet. Language laboratories may be used where appropriate