Spanish

With over 400 million native speakers worldwide, Spanish is the second-most widely spoken language in the world today. Whether you’re interested in exploring further off the Inca Trail or meeting locals at the Bernabéu while watching the El Classico, Spanish is one of the most useful and passionate languages to learn today.

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  • 10 Weeks

  • All levels

  • AUD $395

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Feel at home anywhere with languages

We invite you to spend a few hours every week in Spain with us, to learn the language of Picasso, Almodovar, Frida Kahlo, and Lionel Messi.

UNSW Global courses are designed to create opportunities for real-life communication practice and connect you with other people who share your interests.

Did you know?

  • Spanish is a quickly growing language, and is actually the second most studied language in the world today!
  • In addition to the 21 countries that have Spanish as an official language, it’s also spoken by about 15% of the US population.

Why study Spanish with us?

Our small class sizes allow for high levels of interaction between students and the teacher. This course will help you:

  • Learn to speak, read and write in Spanish

  • Get an insight into Spanish culture

  • Communicate confidently when travelling to Spanish speaking countries

  • Understand and communicate better with Spanish speaking friends or family

  • Improve your current or future employment opportunities

Levels and duration

There are six levels. Each level consists of either 20 weeks of study or 2 x 10-week terms.

Beginners (Level 1)

Module A

Who is this for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those with very little or no previous knowledge of the language.

What topics does it cover?

  • The alphabet and spelling names
  • Numbers 0 to 100
  • Greetings and farewells
  • Introducing people
  • Jobs, personal information
  • Asking simple questions
  • Addressing people (formal and informal)
  • Family
  • Physical and personality description
  • Spanish and South American culture

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Gender and number
  • Definite and indefinite articles: el, la... - un, una...
  • Present tense, regular and irregular verbs
  • Reflexive verbs (llamarse, apellidarse)
  • Personal pronouns : yo, tú, él, ella…
  • Possessive pronouns : mi(s), tu(s), su(s)
  • Interrogativos : ¿qué ?, ¿cómo ?, ¿cuál ?, ¿dónde?, ¿cómo?, ¿quién?...
  • Preposition a + definite article (al, a la, a los, a las)
  • Quantifying adverbs: muy, bastante, poco

What textbook do I need?

Curso de Español para Extranjeros - Ele Actual A1
Libro del Alumno (Virgilio Borobio) (Units 1-5)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will have a basic understanding of the Spanish language.


Module B

Who is this for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those with some basic knowledge of the language.

What topics does it cover?

  • Numbers beyond 100
  • Everyday objects
  • Basic shopping interactions
  • Geographical information, describing places
  • House and furniture
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Public places. Directions and instructions
  • Time and timetables
  • The weather
  • Spanish and South American culture

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Uses: Ser/Estar
  • Prepositions for location purposes (encima, debajo, dentro, en, detrás)
  • Object indirect pronouns (me, te, le, nos, os, le)
  • The imperative
  • Irregular verbs (llover, querer, venir, ir, poder saber)
  • Interrogative pronouns

What textbook do I need?

Curso de Español para Extranjeros - Ele Actual A1
Libro del Alumno (Virgilio Borobio) (Units 6-10)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate in a simple way with an increasing range of vocabulary and language functions.

Elementary (Level 2)

Module A

Who is this course for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basics.

What topics does it cover?

  • Daily routine
  • The weekend and your hobbies
  • Talking about the past
  • Obligation and necessity
  • Plans and intentions
  • Expressing certainty and possibility
  • Talking about recent past activities
  • Talking about personal experiences
  • Studying Spanish
  • Expressing needs, plans and intentions
  • Expressing certainty and possibility

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Reflexive verbs (levantarse, ducharse, despertarse)
  • Adverbs to express frequency (a menudo, siempre, nunca, a veces..)
  • Ir a + infinitive verb
  • Tener que + infinitivo /Necesitar + infinitivo/Hay que + infinitive
  • Quiero/me gustaría + infinitive
  • Estar seguro/a de que
  • Es probable/posible/puede ser/quizá(s)
  • Verb + adverb: bien/mal/regular/así así
  • Past tense (Preterito indefinido)
  • Past tense (Preterito perfecto)
  • Irregular verbs: hacer, venir, ir, ser, estar
  • Verb stem change: e-ie / e-i
  • Prépositions: de… a , desde…hasta, en, a, por
  • Quantifying adverbs : muy, bastante, poco

What textbook do I need?

Curso de Español para Extranjeros - Ele Actual A1 Libro del Alumno (Virgilio Borobio) (Units 11-15)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will have awareness of grammatical structures and be able to use and understand them in simplified contexts.


Module B

Who is this course for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basics.

What topics does it cover?

  • Obligation and necessity
  • Plans and intentions
  • Expressing certainty and possibility
  • Talking about health and how you feel
  • Parts of the body
  • Offering things/making suggestions
  • Asking for something in a grocery store
  • Ordering in a restaurant
  • Talking about recent past activities
  • Excuses and apologies
  • Talking about personal experiences
  • Expressing opinionS
  • Agreements and disagreements

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Ir a + infinitive verb
  • Tener que/hay que/necesitar + infinitive verb
  • Es probable, es posible, puede ser,quizás
  • Verbs doler, querer, sentirse
  • Exclamation phrases
  • Past tense (Pretérito perfecto)
  • Verb haber + past participle
  • Verb stem change: e-ie
  • Countable and uncountable nouns
  • Use of muy, mucho, bastante, poco
  • Use of ya, aun, todavía no
  • Con + personal pronouns (conmigo, contigo etc.)

What textbook do I need?

Curso de Español para Extranjeros - Ele Actual A2 Libro del Alumno (Virgilio Borobio) (Units 1-5)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate in and understand the language on practical everyday matters.

Lower Intermediate (Level 3)

Module A

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for those who have a good basic knowledge of the language.

Lower Intermediate 3A and 3B are 10 weeks each and may be taken in any order.

What topics does it cover?

  • Talking about clothing
  • Shopping interaction
  • Describing actions in progress
  • Birthday wishes
  • Offering food and drinks
  • Ordering in a restaurant
  • Recounting a holiday or a trip
  • Talking about someone’s life
  • Biographies
  • Expressing certainty and evidence
  • Asking for a favour
  • Asking for and giving permission

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Comparatives
  • Direct object pronouns: lo, la, los, las
  • Present progressive tense: Estar + gerund
  • Exclamation phrases: ¡Qué…!
  • Past tense (Pretérito indefinido)
  • Prepositions: en, de
  • Irregular verbs in pretérito indefinido ir, ser, estar, venir, hacer
  • May I? (Puedo + infinitive)
  • Affirmative imperative and direct object pronouns

What textbook do I need?

Curso de Español para Extranjeros - ELE Actual A2 Libro del Alumno (Virgilio Borobio) (Units 6-10)


Module B

What topics does it cover?

  • Telephone conversations
  • Inviting people
  • Accepting and refusing invitations
  • Making appointments
  • Asking and giving information about transport
  • Public places
  • Making comparisons and expressing preferences
  • Asking for and giving directions
  • Talking about our last weekend
  • Describing objects and materials
  • Expressing possession
  • Giving and receiving gifts
  • Describing routine in the past: imperfect tense
  • Talking about childhood

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Querer + infinitive
  • Poder + infinitive
  • Verb preferir
  • Acabar de + infinitive
  • Superlatives
  • Indirect object pronouns: le, les
  • Possessive pronouns : mío, tuyo, nuestro, etc
  • Direct object pronouns + indirect object pronouns: me lo, te la, se los, etc
  • Regular verbs in imperfect tense
  • Irregular verbs in imperfect tense: ir, ser, ver

What textbook do I need for this level?

Curso de Español para Extranjeros - ELE Actual A2 Libro del Alumno (Virgilio Borobio) (Units 11-15)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of this level, students will develop a deeper cultural awareness and be able to converse reasonably fluently with native speakers and discuss personal, social and current issues using appropriate structures.

Intermediate (Level 4)

Module A

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for those who have a good command of the language and its main grammatical structures.

Intermediate 4A and 4B are 10 weeks each and may be taken in any order.

What topics are covered?

  • Varieties of Spanish
  • Talking about habits in the past
  • Talking about future
  • Expressing conditions and consequences
  • Cultural information about Latin America
  • Talking about friendship
  • Describing the circumstances of how something happened
  • Recounting past events
  • Expressing happiness, satisfaction, sadness, surprise
  • Recounting events of our lives

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Various time clauses
  • Imperfect tense
  • Simple future
  • Conditional sentences: Si + present tense + simple future
  • Question words: qué - cuál/cuáles
  • Relative pronoun: que, preposition + quien
  • Causal sentences: porque/como + causa
  • Making comparisons
  • Imperfect tense vs. simple past tense (Pretérito imperfecto-indefinido)
  • Pluscuamperfecto tense
  • Verbal expressions using preposition: alegrarse, acordarse, enamorarse + de + Infinitive
  • Indefinite pronouns: alguien, nadie, algo, nada, algun, ninguno etc.

What textbook do I need?

Curso de Español para Extranjeros - ELE Actual B1 Libro del Alumno (Virgilio Borobio) (Units 1-4)


Module B

What topics are covered?

  • Expressing wishes, hopes and plans
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Talking about personal character, describing personality
  • Talking about personal relationships
  • Expressing a variety of feelings and moods
  • Health and leading a healthy lifestyle
  • Asking for and giving advice
  • Sports and leisure activities
  • Computer and office terminology
  • Asking for objects, advice, permission
  • The telephone; leaving and conveying messages

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Present subjunctive
  • Ojalá + que + present subjunctive
  • Time expressions used with the subjunctive: Cuando/en cuanto present subjunctive
  • Simple future + hasta/después de + que + present subjunctive
  • Llevarse bien/mal/regular con alguien
  • Caer bien/mal/regular (a alguien); Parecerse a alguien en…
  • Me da miedo/preocupa/molesta/pone nervioso + noun/infinitive/que + subjunctive
  • Aconsejar/recomendar + que + subjunctive
  • Affirmative and negative imperative
  • simple conditional
  • ¿Puedes/podrías/te importa/te importaría + darme/dejarme/prestarme/pasarme/traerme?
  • Dile/dígale que…
  • Quiere que + subjunctive

What textbook do I need?

Curso de Español para Extranjeros - ELE Actual B1 Libro del Alumno (Virgilio Borobio) (Units 5-8)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of this level, students will be able to converse with native speakers and follow debates and discuss current issues using more complex and linguistically accurate structures

Upper Intermediate (Level 5)

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for those who are able to use the language with a high degree of fluency and accuracy.

What topics are covered?

  • Living in the big city: pros and cons
  • Expressing opinions, agreement and disagreement
  • Urban life in Latin America
  • Speaking about the past
  • Retelling stories, anecdotes and jokes
  • Talking about your ideal city
  • Life in the future
  • Expressing possibility
  • Expressing certainty/uncertainty
  • Intercultural communication
  • Using gestures to solve communication problems in a conversation
  • Talking about social norms
  • Expressing surprise

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Impersonal pronouns: la gente, se, uno/una, tu, ellos
  • creo/pienso/opino/… que + indicative
  • Es necesario que + subjunctive /Para que + subjunctive
  • Estar a favor de/en contra de+infinitive / qué + subjunctive
  • Pretérito indefinido / Pretérito imperfecto
  • Al + infinitive
  • Simple future
  • Present subjunctive
  • Present indicative / subjunctive
  • Es lógico/natural/me parece gracioso + que + subjunctive
  • Ser/Estar: es de mala educación/no está bien visto + infinitive
  • Me gusta/me encanta que + subjunctive
  • Me sorprende/llama la atención que + subjunctive

What textbook do I need?

Curso de Español para Extranjeros - ELE Actual B1 Libro del Alumno (Virgilio Borobio) (Units 9-12)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of this level, students will be able to use most forms of the language in a social or professional environment.

Advanced (Level 6)

Who is this for?

This level is for those who have an advanced level of language proficiency.  

What topics are covered?

This course will be tailored to meet the needs of students. To find out more, contact enquiries@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au.

What’s the end goal?

This course will help students achieve a proficient (or native-like) use of the language. The main emphasis will be on conversation and group discussions with the extensive use of authentic materials.

 

Summer short courses (6:15pm - 8:45pm)

Location: UNSW Institute of Languages 223 Anzac Parade, level 2 East Tower classrooms, Kensington
Length: 8 sessions, 20 hours

Evening courses (6:30pm - 8:30pm)

UNSW Institute of Languages 223 Anzac Parade, level 2/3 (West Tower, L5 building), Kensington.
Length: 10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)

Saturday courses (9:30am - 11:30am)

UNSW Institute of Languages 223 Anzac Parade, level 2 East Tower classrooms, Kensington.
Length: 10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)

Questions? We have answers.

  • How do I work out which level to enroll in?

  • What is the average class size?

  • Do I receive a certificate?

Important Information

  • This course outline is a guide only. Content may be adjusted by the teacher to meet the needs of the students in the class.
  • This is a non-CRICOS registered course. International Student Visa holders are not eligible to enrol in non-CRICOS registered courses, including Modern Languages and Part-time English / Exam Preparation classes at this time.

    However, international students who are not on a student visa can enrol in these courses. Temporary Residents who want to enrol in Modern Languages or Part-time English / Exam Preparation classes can do so by contacting admissions@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au.

  • Please note that Commonwealth financial support is not available for Non-Award programs including Global’s Foundation programs and all language courses.