Course

Spanish language course

From the very first group lesson an experienced teacher will help you to build your vocabulary and understand how the language works. During these lessons we will also make use of an interactive, digital environment. 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 is a 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

For available times for the courses below please see the course dates and registration form. The registration form shows the currently available groups.

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Reference levels according to the CEFR:

  • Beginners: A1 (code: ES-1)
  • Beginners: A2 (code: ES-2)
  • Advanced: B1minus (code: ES-3)
  • Advanced: B1plus (code: ES-4)
  • Advanced: B2 (code: ES-5)
  • Proficiency: C1minus (code: ES-6)

Course 1 (ES-1)

Spanish 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.

Course material

  • 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)

     

Dates: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

Certificate A1: upon completion of course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

 

 

Course 2 (ES-2)

Spanish 2 is for people with basic knowledge of Spanish and for people who have completed Spanish 1. To make the online intake test is necessary when you do not have an A1 certificate. 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.

Course material

  • 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)

Date: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

Certificate A2: upon completion of course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

Course 3 (ES-3)

Spanish 3 is for people with intermediate knowledge of Spanish, meaning you should be able to make yourself understood in common, everyday situations. Registering for this course is only possible when you have passed the previous course or have made the online intake test.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;
  • talk about the past.

Course material

  • Bitácora 3 nueva edición – libro del alumno (tekstboek: ): ISBN 9788416657520
  • Bitácora 3 nueva edición – cuaderno de ejercicios (werkboek): ISBN 9788416657537

Recommended

  • Grammaticawijzer Spaans + Werkwoordenwijzer Spaans (Intertaal). Also available in German via PONS
  • Students’ Basic Grammar of Spanish (Difusión):ISBN 9788484434375

Dates: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

Certificate B1minus: upon completion of course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

 

Course 4 (ES-4)

Spanish 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. An online intake test is necessary when you do not have a B1minus certificate.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.
  • talk about feelings.

Course material

  • Bitácora 3 nueva edición – libro del alumno (textbook: ): ISBN 9788416657520

  • Bitácora 3 nueva edición – cuaderno de ejercicios (workbook): ISBN 9788416657537

Recommended

  • Grammaticawijzer Spaans + Werkwoordenwijzer Spaans (Intertaal). Available also in German via PONS
  • Students’ Basic Grammar of Spanish (Difusión):ISBN 9788484434375

Dates: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

Certificate B1plus: upon completion of course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

Course 5 (ES-5)

Spanish 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).

Course material

  • 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)

Date: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

Certificate B2: upon completion of course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

Course 6 (ES-6)

Spanish 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).

Course material

  • 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)

Dates: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

Certificate C1minus: upon completion of course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

 

Online intake test and registration

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 can check which module is most suitable for you via the online test: umlib.nl/intake-s. If you successfully completed the previous module you can register directly via our registration form for language courses.

 

Costs per course

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

Certificate and ECTS credits

After completing this course you get a participation 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 have satisfactory results. To have these credits included on your degree certificate, you must submit a request to your Board of Examiners. Whether these points are granted depends on your faculty.