Would you like to start learning a new language? Why not Spanish, spoken on four continents and more than 20 countries. Come to join us in this fantastic introduction and enter the world of Spanish culture. This is an introductory level course. Follow-on courses levels 2 - 4 are also available. Conversation Level 5 is a higher level class for those who wish to develop fluency in Spanish. We also offer Spanish for Travellers courses in weekend or weeknight formats. These focus on the language of travel. Please note that this Spanish Beginners course is not suitable for the purposes of learning Spanish for travel unless you can also complete Spanish Level 2 before your departure.
Note that this course requires some home study as well as classroom sessions.
During this course, you will study:
On completion of this course we expect that you will be able to speak some basic Spanish, remember some essential vocab, be starting to learn some simple grammar, have the basics of pronunciation, and have some idea of Spanish culture and traditions.
The amount of revision undertaken between classes can have a large influence on the final outcome for individuals.
Each week, the course will build upon itself. We ask students to revise material between classes. In addition, a short homework exercise is usually set. We encourage you to set up a Duolingo Spanish account (www.duolingo.com) on your computer or smartphone and practise for 10 minutes daily.
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Our Spanish tutor Sergio creates a fun and lively atmosphere in an informal classroom setting.
Spanish for Travellers: Essential vocab and phrases for those travelling to a Spanish-speaking country - available as a 12 hour evening course or a 6 hour weekend course
Level 1: Spanish Beginners. This course introduces grammar and every day vocabulary
Level 2: Building on Beginners, this course develops grammar, learning more regular and irregular verbs (still present tense), growing vocabulary, increasing confidence with listening, speaking and responding to questions. Introduction of present continuous tense and reflexive verbs.
Level 3: Review of present simple and present continuous tenses and reflexive verbs. Introduction of past perfect and past imperfect tenses
Level 4: Review of past perfect and past imperfect tenses. Introduction of future tense, conditional, subjunctive and imperative modes.
Level 5: Spanish Conversation: To develop fluency, improve pronunciation and learn advanced tenses and modes. For those who have completed Levels 1 - 4 or those who have learnt to speak Spanish whilst travelling and wish to continue learning.
For those with no knowledge of Spanish language. A first step for Beginners and suitable for those who plan to continue with Spanish language. Please note this course is not suitable as a stand-alone course for those planning to travel to a Spanish-speaking country.
From April 2018:
Dec 2017: Just a quick note to say how fabulous I thought Sergio was as a teacher of Level 1 Spanish… I have been to other classes from time to time and would rate him among the best I have come across… what an asset to Selwyn to have such a polished teacher… I have already signed up for Spanish Level 2! Susie
My husband, Mike and I have been attending Spanish classes for the last eight weeks at Selwyn Community Ed. Sergio is our tutor and I wanted to let you know how much we have enjoyed the classes and we feel that we have certainly started down the path to learning Spanish. Sergio is a great tutor and he manages to strike the balance between making the classes enjoyable and at the same time ensuring that we are all learning.
It is our intention to return next year to progress with “our” Spanish. Kindest regards Lynley
I've just finished my Level 1 Spanish Course with Sergio and I wanted to get in touch because you guys need to know what a fantastic teacher he is. Sergio is kind, patient, funny and clear - I enjoyed his classes far more than I feel like any student should enjoy class!
His gentle encouragement and easy, comfortable style really boosted the confidence of almost every student in the class, with all of us improving to the point of comfortably standing in front of the class and speaking. Please keep him on board because I'd really like to do Level 2 Spanish next year, and would like him as my teacher.
Furthermore, I'd like to thank Selwyn College very much for the great classes you run - it's been a pleasure and I'd certainly recommend your classes to anyone wanting to learn a new skill.
Thanks again! " Kendal
"Fabiana is such fun and very encouraging". Kate T
"This was a very enjoyable course, well-paced and delivered. I am sure all who attended got a lot of enjoyment and learning from the course". David S (Fabiana)
"I really enjoyed the course and my Spanish has improved. I would love to take the next course at a higher level". Angela D (teacher Fabiana)
"The course was a great foundation for learning the Spanish language. It taught me so much and inspired me to move on to the next level with more passion". Maia S (teacher Fabiana)