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These 10 weeks communicative courses will teach you the most essential vocabulary and sentence structures to get around and build up your confidence to engage with the locals. Limited places! Don’t miss out! Call 9600 1194 now for more information!

Spanish Detailed Course Outline

Spanish Beginner Levels

Spanish Course Level 1 
Topics Vocabulary Grammar
Hello! Professions
Nationalities
Adjectives and nouns: masculine and feminine
Present indicative of the verbs ser (to be), llamarse (to be called), trabajar (to work), vivir (to live)
Introductions Professions and nationalities
Numbers 
Demonstrative pronouns
Possessive adjectives
Adjectives and nouns in the plural
Present indicative of regular verbs
Renting a flat The house: rooms, furniture and objects
Descriptive adjectives relating to the house
Cardinal and ordinal numbers
Definite articles
Present indicative of verbs estar (to be), tener (to have), poner (to put)
Prepositional phrases relating to location: encima de, debajo de, al lado de, a la izquierda/ derecha de
Around the city The city: public buildings and means of transport
Numbers
Indefinite articles
Hay/Está(n) (There is/it is)
Present indicative of verbs ir (to go), dar (to give), venir (to come), seguir (to follow) and cerrar (to close)
Spanish Course Level 2 
Topics Vocabulary Grammar
Eating out Types of food
Likes/Interests
Imperative: regular and irregular tú/usted (formal, informal)
The verb gustar (to like)
Present indicative of verbs querer (to want), poder (to be able), hacer (to do/make)
Tell me about yourself Descriptive adjectives: physical description and personality
The family
Possessive adjectives
Present indicative of verbs salir (to leave), volver (to come back), empezar (to start), jugar (to play)
Reflexive verbs: levantarse (to get up), acostarse (to go to bed)
Shopping Clothing: colours and materials
Quantities and sizes
The shopping list: food
Colour adjectives. Gender and number
Present indicative of verbs saber (to know) and preferir (to prefer)
Direct complement personal pronouns
Verbs with pronouns: gustar, parecer, quedar
Invitations Leisure activities and places
Months of the year
Tener + que + infinitive verb (to have to)
Estar + gerund
Present indicative of jugar (to play) and oír (to hear)

Spanish Elementary Levels

Spanish Course Level 3
Topics Vocabulary Grammar
Preparing an excursion Places of leisure
Phrases for a telephone conversation
Ir + a + infinitive
Personal pronouns
Time indicators
What have you done? Expressions of surprise, disappointment, boredom Present perfect
Participles
Time indicators (II)
Simple past of estar and ir
Tell me what happened Talking about feelings and emotions Simple past of regular verbs
Simple past of estar, ir, ver, tener and hacer
Indefinite pronouns and adjectives
Time indicators (III)
Travelling by air plane Climate and weather Demonstrative pronouns
Possessive pronouns
Comparative structures (I)
Impersonal verbs llover, nevar
Spanish Course Level 4 
Topics Vocabulary Grammar
Present and past Parts of the body
Illnesses, physical conditions, cures
Imperfect tense of regular verbs
Imperfect tense of ir and ser
Negative forms: nunca
The verb doler
Instructions Sports and sports establishments Hay que + infinitive
The use of se
Personal pronouns of indirect objects
Events of the past Historic dates and events Revision of the different past tenses
Simple past of leer, morir and nacer
Comparative and superlative clauses

Spanish Pre-intermediate Level

It normally takes at least two terms to cover the material listed.

From Pre-Intermediate Level onwards our teachers use more of a thematic approach for their classes. Your courses will be based on your textbook where new grammar as well as grammar revision will be integrated with the topics discussed. The following are a sample of the material that might be covered in class. This list is not exhaustive and may be altered by teachers.

Spanish Course Pre-intermediate Level
Topics Vocabulary Grammar
Speaking of the past Customs
The independence of South America
Machu Pichu – a voyage through time
The preterite
Verbs with irregular preterite forms
Stem changing verbs in the preterite
Indirect object pronouns
Food Food, drinks and nutrition
Restaurants
Food customs
Preparing and buying food
Personal and impersonal direct object pronouns
The verbs gustar and encantar
The impersonal se
Stem-changing verbs
Childhood and youth Families and relatives
Childhood
Youth
Talking about music
Reciprocal reflexive verbs
Prepositions + pronouns
The Imperfect tense
Imperfect of ir + a + infinitive
Our Planet Geography and climate
Transport means
The Inca trails
Ecology and environment
Present perfect
Exclamations with Qué…!, Cuánto/a/os/as…!
Adverbs

Spanish Intermediate Level 

It normally takes at least two terms to cover the material listed.

From Pre-Intermediate Level onwards our teachers use more of a thematic approach for their classes. Your courses will be based on your textbook where new grammar as well as grammar revision will be integrated with the topics discussed. The following are a sample of the material that might be covered in class. This list is not exhaustive and may be altered by teachers.

Spanish Course Intermediate Level
Topics Vocabulary Grammar
Travelling Road trips
Finding places to go
Travel planning
Polite commands
Softening commands: the present subjunctive with querer and sugerir
Indefinite future and present subjunctive of irregular verbs
The imperfect progressive
Health and emergencies The human body and health
Illnesses and treatments
Medicine in Arabic Spain
Accidents and emergencies
The cinema of Cono Sur (Argentina and Chile)
Expressing existence: haber
Expressing changes in states: become, get
Indirect object pronouns with commands and the present subjunctive
Narrating past experiences: the present perfect, imperfect and preterite
Going shopping Products and materials
Prices
Buying clothes
Bartering
The taínos, Caribbean artisans
Adjectives used as nouns
Por and para
Indirect object pronouns
Using indirect and direct object pronouns together
Family and Advice Family, friendship and marriage
Orders, advice and suggestions
Childhood and behaviour
Folklore ballet in Mexico
Reciprocal pronouns
Ser and estar
Giving direct commands – polite and informal
The subjunctive mood
Que + subjunctive
The Future The future and personal goals
Social issues
Hispanic presence in the USA
Technology – opportunities and consequences
The future tense
The subjunctive in time clauses
More uses of the subjunctive
Expressing opinions and reactions – Indicative and subjunctive
The conditional
If clauses and the past subjunctive

Spanish Upper Intermediate and Advanced Levels

At the Upper Intermediate and Advanced Levels, courses are thematically organised and will include cultural topics and current issues. There will be a strong focus on conversation. Grammar components will be revised and practised in accordance with student needs. Materials will be provided by the teacher. The following are examples of possible class room components and activities.

Role Plays
• This is a common technique used by teachers to place topics in a realistic setting. For example: Students might study vocabulary related to renting a house. Following this, the teacher would give each person a role (such as real estate agent, landlord, share-house tenants) and ask them to enact a hypothetical situation.

Literature
• A short story or poem is read by the class. Themes, characters and related issues are discussed in pairs and then shared with the other students.

News and current affairs
• Students watch parts of the news in French. The class is then split into pairs, and each student prepares a set of questions to ask their partner. Conversations are initiated centring on economic, political and social situations around the globe.

Cultural themes
• Traditions such as Valentine's Day, Christmas, and local festival celebrations are discussed and explored.

DVDs or videos
• Students may watch videos, or parts of TV shows or movies and discuss their understanding of the scene, expressions used and colloquial language.

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