Beginner 1: April 2024 Thursdays 8pm


Starting Thursday 18th April 2024
Location: ‘Rock Cottage’ (240-248 West Street, BS3 3NE)
10 weeks (with a break for half-term)
Day/Time: Thursdays 8-9.30 pm
Duration of each session: 1h 30min
Course book: Gente Hoy 1 – Libro del alumno, 2013 (not included in the course fee, click to access full details and purchase on Amazon. Or click here to purchase on Waterstones)
CEFR Level: A1.1
Fee: £169 Early Bird (book before 8th March) / £189 afterwards

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Week 1 ¡Bienvenidos al curso! 

Greetings, introductions and asking for basic personal information.

Asking for help with the language and Spanish pronunciation.

(Additional material)


Week 2 Unit 1: Gente que estudia español (1)

The alphabet, sounds and spelling (pp.18-19, ex. 1 & 2 and p.23, 8)

Spanish topics to talk about (p.20, ex. 3)

Numbers 0-10 (pp.20-22, ex. 3 & 4 and p.23, ex. 7)

Asking about name, phone number and email address (p.24, ex. 9)


Week 3 Unit 1: Gente que estudia español (2)

Spanish-speaking countries and capital cities (p.22, ex. 5 and p.24, ex. 10)

Nationalities and masculine / feminine endings (additional material)

Asking about nationality. Verb SER (to be) + nationality (I am / You are)

Nouns in Spanish: masculine and feminine endings (p.22, ex. 6) + practice


Week 4 Unit 1: Gente que estudia español (3)

Group presentation about a Spanish-speaking country (p.25, ex. 11)

El mundo del español (pp. 26-27, ex. 12, 13 & 14).


Week 5 Unit 2: Gente con gente (1)

Asking and talking about someone else (p.28-29, ex. 1 A).

Expressing opinion (I think that…) (p.29, ex. 1 B)

Verb SER (he/she is) and introduction of other verbs (p.28-29, ex. 1)

Describing personality + adjective (p. 29, ex. 2 & 3)

Gente de la Calle Picasso (pp. 30-31, ex. 4)


Week 6 Unit 2: Gente con gente (2)

Different types of families (additional material)

Questions and answers about our family (p.32, ex. 6)

Asking and answering about age + numbers 20-100 (p.32-33)

Marital status with verb ESTAR (to be + marital status)

Asking and answering about jobs (p.32-33)

Describing physical characteristics (additional material)


Week 7 Unit 2: Gente con gente (3)

Hobbies and leisure activities (additional material)

Talking about ourselves using verbs in the “yo” form (p.33, 8 B)

Asking questions about hobbies (p.33, 8 C).

Spanish weddings and identifying people (pp.34-35, ex. 9)

España y sus contrastes (pp.36-37, ex. 11, 12 & 13)


Week 8 Unit 3: Gente de vacaciones (1)

Describing places with SER, ESTAR, TENER & HAY (p.41, ex. 2 & p.43, ex. 6)

Describing a place that we like (p.43, ex. 8)

Expressing interests, likes and dislikes (p.41-42, ex. 3 and 4).

Verbs GUSTAR and INTERESAR (additional material).


Week 9 Unit 3: Gente de vacaciones (2)

Understanding someone talking about holidays (p.42, ex. 5)

Facilities in your accommodation (p.43, ex. 7)

Planning a trip together and expressing preferences (pp.44-45, ex. 9 & 10)

Where do Spanish people go on holidays? (pp.46-47, ex. 10 & 11)


Week 10 Revision, games or quizzes.

Course Information

Course information
This course is suitable for students with no previous knowledge of Spanish, very basic knowledge (i.e. some words, greetings, some experience on Duolingo) or who attended a Beginner 1 many years ago. In this course you will have the chance to…

  • Have a taste of what learning Spanish is like and have a chance to learn your very first sentences
  • Acquire basic vocabulary, grammar and useful sentences to start communicating in Spanish
  • Start developing your listening, speaking, interacting, reading and writing skills
  • Start gaining some Beginner level knowledge which will lead you towards an A1 level of the CEFR*
  • Learn about the culture of the different Spanish speaking countries
  • Meet new people with a common interest and have fun learning together ☺

Students in this course will be able to continue their Spanish studies by joining the Beginner 2 course (A1.2) the following term, after which, they will have completed their full A1 level.

If you have any questions about this course, please email

See course programme, course book and T&Cs below.

* CEFR – Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

Terms & Conditions

  • There will be a maximum of 15 students in the class.
  • The course materials included in the price are any materials used in class (i.e. handouts, games, PDFs, Power Points, audio files and links to online activities), which will be sent by email as well.
  • Students will have to purchase a course book which costs around £25 new (but second hand copies of the book are accepted). The book covers levels Beginner 1, Beginner 2, Elementary 1 and Elementary 2.
  • The course fee paid for this course is not transferrable to any future courses.
  • Missed classes policy: if a student misses one or more classes, the teacher will send them an email with the learning materials used in class during those sessions so they can catch up at home. It is the student’s responsibility to catch up and continue attending their course. Missed lessons will not be refunded. Students who have missed a considerable number of lessons cannot automatically retake this lessons in the next term as the fee paid is for the current course only. However, the school may offer them the opportunity to retake the lessons if, after the enrolment period has finished, some of the places have not been filled.
  • Cancellation policy: if a student wishes to withdraw from the course, they must notify SCB by email. With 2 weeks notice or more, full refund. With 1 week notice, 50 % refund. With less than 1 week notice, no refund.
  • For the course to go ahead, a minimum of 6 students is required. If the week before the course starts a group has less than 6 students registered, that group may have to be cancelled and registered students will receive a full refund. Alternatively, the course can still go ahead, but the fee will have to be increased.
  • This course does not lead to an official certificate; students can register for official DELE or GCSE exams independently. SCB can advise on where to take the exams and offer additional exam preparation classes.