Course

Spanish language course

Would you like to get a basic introduction to Spanish or practise Spanish on a professional level? This course, divided into six modules, is for every level of proficiency. You'll learn to communicate in different situations, including work, studies or holidays.

From the very first group lesson an experienced teacher will help you build on your vocabulary and understand how the language works. You'll use traditional learning methods as well as online teaching tools, such as wikis, blogs and social media. The course focuses on speaking and listening skills. Additional work on grammar, as well as reading and writing skills, will support you in the language learning process. Your teacher will always be a (near-) native speaker, and the group lessons will be conducted in Spanish. Instructions will only be given in Dutch or English if it's absolutely necessary.

After completing the sixth module, you'll be able to communicate professionally in Spanish, from speaking and writing to debating, negotiating and giving a presentation.

Spanish course modules

Module 1

Module 1 is for people with no prior knowledge of Spanish. Once you've completed this module you will be able to:

  • greet people as well as introduce yourself and others
  • ask for and provide personal details
  • get around in shops and restaurants
  • conduct simple discussions in present and future tenses
  • talk about daily activities such as work or sports

Required materials for Module 1

Textbook Gente Hoy 1, Libro del alumno. ISBN: 9789463250054
​Workbook Gente Hoy 1, Cuaderno de ejercicios. ISBN: 9789463250061

Recommended
Gente Hoy 1, werkboek voor grammatica en woordenschat. ISBN: 9789463250238 (for Dutch students).

Gente Hoy 1, Grammatik und Vokalbeltrainer. ISBN: 9783125157248 (for German students)
     

Module 1: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

6 February - 22 May 2018, Tuesday 18.30-20.30

8 February - 31 May 2018, Thursday 18.30-20.30

 

 

 

Module 2

Module 2 is for people with basic knowledge of Spanish and for people who have completed Module 1. Once you've completed this module, you will be able to:

  • conduct simple conversations about daily activities
  • share your opinion
  • talk about the past
  • write a curriculum vitae
  • talk about the weather
  • ask for and give directions
  • make reservations over the phone
  • rent a room or an apartment

Required materials for Module 2
  Textbook Gente Hoy 1, Libro del alumno. ISBN: 9789463250054
  Workbook Gente Hoy 1, Cuaderno de ejercicios. ISBN: 9789463250061

Recommended
​Gente Hoy 1, werkboek voor grammatica en woordenschat. ISBN: 9789463250238 (for Dutch students).

Gente Hoy 1, Grammatik und Vokalbeltrainer. ISBN: 9783125157248 (for German students)
     

Module 2: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

8 February - 31 May 2018, Thursday 18.30-20.30

 

Module 3

Module 3 is for people with intermediate knowledge of Spanish, meaning you should be able to make yourself understood in common, everyday situations. You will learn how to:

  • prepare discussions and participate
  • give presentations about a current topic
  • discuss familiar topics, such as health
  • express your feelings and your wishes
  • share your opinion
  • talk about films, books and concerts

Required materials for Module 3
 Con Gusto 3 workbook and textbook with two audio CD's. ISBN: 9789460301278. Also available in German via KLETT

Recommended
 Grammaticawijzer Spaans + Werkwoordenwijzer Spaans (Intertaal). Also available in German via PONS

 

Module 3: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

8 February - 31 May 2018, Thursday 16.00-18.00

5 February - 28 May 2018, Monday 18.30-20.30

 

 

Module 4

Module 4 is for people with a fairly high level of Spanish, meaning you are able to make yourself understood in any common, everyday situation, even though you might not have all the necessary vocabulary. In this module, you will improve your ability to debate and present certain topics and will learn to:

  • express cause, purpose and effect
  • discuss music, celebrations and events in further detail
  • express wishes and content
  • argue, evaluate and persuade
  • make notes and summaries
  • discuss topics such as climate, society, politics and culture
  • make complaints, decline offers and express your own needs
  • to lead a discussion or debate and give presentations on a topical issue
  • letters and e-mails (formal and informal)

Required materials for Module 4
 Con Gusto 3 textbook and workbook with two audio CD's. ISBN: 9789460301278. Also available in German via KLETT

Recommended
 Grammaticawijzer Spaans + Werkwoordenwijzer Spaans (Intertaal). Available also in German via PONS

 

Module 4: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

5 February - 28 May 2018, Monday 18.30-20.30

Module 5

Module 5 is intended for people who can use Spanish independently, meaning you have already completed a number of courses or have lived in Spain or Latin America for a while and are able to make yourself well understood in all situations. In this module, you will improve your ability to:

  • express opinions and emotions
  • use different tenses
  • give advice
  • convey and explain dissatisfaction
  • express acceptance, rejection and avoidance
  • hold debates and give presentations
  • hypothesise and speculate
  • reformulate your own words to avoid misunderstanding and correct mistakes
  • letters and e-mails (formal and informal)

Required materials for Module 5
Textbook and workbook Abanico, Curso Avanzado de Español Lengua Extranjera (Chamorro Guerrero, Difusión). Textbook ISBN: 9788484436867.  Workbook ISBN: 9788484436874.

Recommended
 Grammaticawijzer Spaans + Werkwoordenwijzer Spaans (Intertaal). (Also available in German)

Module 5: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

5 February - 28 May 2018, Monday 16.00-18.00

Module 6

Module 6 is for people who already have a very good knowledge of Spanish, meaning you have enough skills to be able to comfortably participate in spontaneous conversations. In this module you will further build your skills and knowledge of the Spanish language. To do so, you will pay attention to situations pertaining to your work or study, such as giving advice. You will also learn:

  • discuss typical subjects concerning your country or a country you are familiar with
  • clearly express and explain your ideas and opinions
  • give aclear and well structured presentation, as well as spontaneously answer questions
  • use grammar correctly
  • make summaries
  • argue, presenting and debating

  • letters and e-mails (formal and informal)

Required materials for Module 6
Textbook and workbook Abanico, Curso Avanzado de Español Lengua Extranjera (Chamorro Guerrero, Difusión). Textbook ISBN: 9788484436867.  Workbook ISBN: 9788484436874.

Recommended
 ​Grammaticawijzer Spaans + Werkwoordenwijzer Spaans (Intertaal). (also available in German)

Module 6: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

5 February - 28 May 2018, Monday 16.00-18.00

Requirements and Registration

UM students, staff and external participants are welcome to join the course.

If you have no prior knowledge of Spanish, you can simply register for Module 1 by using our registration form for language courses.

If you would like to take any of the other modules, you must first successfully complete the previous module, or demonstrate a comparable level of French. In this case, do the online test via umlib.nl/intake-s to determine which module is most suitable for you.

The Common European Framework of Reference provides a set of descriptors that can help you gauge your level of proficiency in any given language. To determine your current or target level, please download the document Levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) (PDF, 0,48MB).

Costs per module

  • UM students € 295
  • UM staff and alumni € 360
  • Other participants € 460

Certificate and ECTS credits

After completing a module, you will receive a certificate and three ECTS credits. To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend at least 12 of the 14 lessons, be present at the final exam and obtain satisfactory results. The following table shows the CEFR attainment level for each module:

Spanish module CEFR level
1 A1
2 A2
3 B1-
4 B1+
5 B2
6 C1-