Elementary 2 April 2024 Tuesdays 8 pm


Starting Tuesday 16th April 2024
face-to-face on site
Location: ‘Rock Cottage’ (240-248 West Street, BS3 3NE)
10 weeks (with a break for half-term)
Day/Time: Tuesdays 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)
Fee: £169 Early Bird (book before 8th March) / £189 afterwards

This course is suitable for students with a knowledge of Spanish beyond Beginner level (i.e. have already attended an Elementary 1 (A2.1) course or a full Beginner course enhanced by travelling or some conversation experience). Should be able to use the Present and Present Continuous Tenses, be familiarised with the Past Perfect and some expressions to talk about the future. Could follow a basic conversation, still making mistakes. No knowledge of past tenses is required. The level A2.2 refers to the European CEFR levels, not the UK A-Levels (which is a higher level).

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WEEK 1 Introduction to the course and sharing our experiences learning Spanish.

Getting to know our classmates better.

Activities to refresh our previous knowledge of Spanish. (Additional material)

Talking about historical events (pp.108-109, ex. 1).

Learning how to say years and past dates (additional material)


WEEK 2 Unit 10: Gente y fechas (2)

Introduction to the Preterite Tense – Conjugation Regular/Irregular (pp.112-113)

Activities to learn the new conjugation (additional material): game or practical activity (additional material)

Talking / Asking about historical dates and events (p. 115, ex. 8 & 9)

20 key dates in Spanish History (p.116-117, ex. 10 & 11) and discussion.


WEEK 3 Unit 10: Gente y fechas (3)

Spanish and Latin American cinema (pp.110-111)

Talking about our past and other people’s biography (p.113, ex. 5, 6 and 7)

Comparing what happened yesterday/today (Preterite vs Perfect Tenses) (pp.112, ex. 3 & 4)


WEEK 4 Unit 11: Gente en casa (1)

Understanding descriptions of accommodation (pp.118-119 & 122, ex. 1 & 4)

Describing furniture and where to place it in the house (p. 120, ex. 2)

Talking about what we need to buy for the house and how much it costs (p.121, ex. 3)

Revising numbers and use of SER vs ESTAR

At home: Reading Comprehension Los jóvenes españoles se quedan en casa (pp.126-127, ex. 11)


WEEK 5 Unit 11: Gente en casa (2)

Discussing text Los jóvenes españoles se quedan en casa.

Looking for long-term accommodation in a Spanish-speaking country (p. 124, ex. 8)

Sharing flat and making decisions in Spanish (pp. 125, ex. 9 & 10)



WEEK 6 Unit 11: Gente en casa (3)

Understanding Spanish addresses (p. 122, ex. 5)

Understanding/giving directions to places (pp. 122-123, ex. 6 & 7)

Introduction to Imperative Tense: giving instructions, commands and advice (p. 122-123)

Practicing understanding/giving instructions, commands and advice (additional material)



WEEK 7 Unit 12: Gente e historias (1)

Describing how things used to be when we were little (p. 129, ex. 1 & 2)

Introduction to Imperfect Tense (pp. 132-133)

Talking about our childhood: descriptions, habits and feelings (p. 132, ex. 6)

Describing different eras using Imperfect Tense (additional material)


WEEK 8 Unit 12: Gente e historias (2)

Combining all the Past Tenses when talking about the past (pp. 130-131, ex. 3, 4 & 7)

Revision of the conjugation and uses of the 3 past tenses (additional material)


WEEK 9 Unit 12: Gente e historias (3)

Getting to know Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian writer (p. 134, ex. 8)

Continue practicing combination of past tenses and connecting sentences.

Gems of the Hispanic Culture: artists, cinema directors, writers, poets, activists, architects, etc (p. 135, ex. 9)

At home: Reading Comprehension Vivir para contarla (pp. 136-137, ex 10-11)


WEEK 10 Revision, games or quiz

Course Information

In this course you will have the chance to…

  • Meet new people with a common interest and have fun learning together ☺
  • Have face to face conversations in Spanish with the tutor and classmates
  • Continue developing your listening, speaking, interacting, reading and writing skills
  • Expanding your knowledge of Spanish to an A2.2 level of the CEFR
  • Learn how to use more past tenses: Pretérito Indefinido and Pretérito Imperfecto

By the end of the course you will have acquired the necessary language skills to understand a native speaker talking to you about the topics we covered in the course. You will also be able to talk with more confidence about the topics we covered in the course and recognise/use some of the Past Tenses.

After completing this course, students will be able to continue with their Spanish studies by joining the Pre-Intermediate 1 course (B1.1 Part 1).

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

If you have any questions about this course, please email maria@spanishcoursesbristol.co.uk

* 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.