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Course content

More details on the content of each level are given below. This will help you evaluate which class is best for you but please also check our languages and levels page.

British Sign Language (BSL)

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Beginners

A1

To enrol for Term 1 no prior knowledge is required.

 

 

 

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

- introducing yourself

- greetings, meeting people/friends

- fingerspelling alphabet

- handshapes

- studies, jobs

- basic numbers

- days of week/months

- colours

- transport, travel

- asking and answering basic questions

 

Basic BSL Grammar

-BSL order

- placement

- facial expression (NMF)

-5 rules of phonology

 

Basic information about Deaf Culture

-getting attention

- Deaf or deaf?

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a very basic knowledge of BSL.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

- relationships, family and friends

- hobbies, sports & other interests

- food and drink

- shopping: asking and giving prices

- more numbers, dates

- timelines

- weather

- questions/answer/conversations

- fingerspelling skills

 

More basic BSL Grammar

-revision of Term 1 grammar

- role of mouth patterns

- 2 types of signing space

- pronouns and proforms

- question types

 

More information about Deaf Culture

-Facts and figures

 

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a very basic knowledge of BSL.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1 and 2.

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

- daily routine

- weekends

- eating out

- clothes

- buying consumer goods

- recent events in the past

- fingerspelling skills

- stories/presentations/conversations

 

More basic BSL Grammar

-revision of Term 1 & 2 grammar

- more about NMF

- types of verbs

- classifiers

- aspect and manner

 

More information about Deaf Culture

-Deaf families

- Deaf history

 

 Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

Chinese Beginners

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Beginners

A1

To enrol for Term 1 no prior knowledge is required.

 

 

 

 

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

- Pinyin (alphabet): initials, finals and tones

- introducing yourself

- simple greetings

- useful phrases

- asking and answering basic questions

- names: first name, surname

- numbers (0-99)

 

 

 

 

- character writing: 笔画、偏旁(stroke, radical)

- key verbs :是、叫、姓   (to be, to be called, surname)

- negative word: 不 (no/not)

- articles: 呢、吗

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a very basic knowledge of Chinese.

You will be expected to have already some basic knowledge of the grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1.

 

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

- practise and revise Pinyin

talking about name of nationalities

- social titles

- family members

- where are you from and your profession

- year, month, dates and days

- talk and ask about someone’s age and birthday

 

 

 

- some useful verbs: 做、写、看、喝上网 … (to do, write, look/see/watch/read, drink, online surfing …)

- question phrases: 什么、哪国、哪里、哪天、谁、几  ... (what, which, where, when, who, how many/much ... )

 

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a very basic knowledge of Chinese.

You will be expected to have already elementary knowledge of the grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

- making friends

- introducing yourself and manager

- asking time and making appointment

- date and weather

- shopping

- at the restaurant

- asking for direction

- at the hotel

 

 

 

 

- time: 点、分、秒 (dian, fen, miao)

- money units: 元、角、分 (Yuan, jiao, fen)

- directions: 东、南、西、北 (east, south, west, north)

 

 

 

The course books indicated below are for your information only (see more detailed information on the last page).

Beginners (A1): Course book: Chinese in Steps, Book 1. George X Zhang, Linda M Li, Lik Suen. 2nd edition. ISBN: 978-1-907838-10-1

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapter 1 – 2; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapter 3 – 4/5; Term 3: Spring Term: chapter 5 and extra materials

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

Chinese Pre-Intermediate

Level

CEFR

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Pre-Intermediate

A2

To enrol for Term 1 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied Chinese up to 100-150 characters or equivalent level.

You will be expected to have already some simple knowledge of the grammar covered in the Beginners course A1, Term 1-3.

 

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1

- Pinyin revision

- say one does something

- say one is doing something at a particular time

- talking about food and drinks

- talking about what one likes or dislikes doing

- talking about what one can do or should do

- talking about one’s favourite something

 

- useful verbs:  说、有、学 、打、点、吃、喝  … ( speak/talk, have, study/learn, play, order, eat, drink … )

- adverbs: 都 、也 ( both/all, also )

To enrol for Term 2 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied Chinese up to 250-300 words or equivalent level.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in Pre-Intermediate A2, Term 1.

 

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2

- order food and drinks in a restaurant

- how to use measure words

- talk about someone likes or dislikes for certain food & drinks

- discuss jobs and occupations

- talk about family life

- how to say hungry and thirsty

- how to offer something to drink and eat

 

 

 

- useful verbs: 累、忙、 饿、 渴、 (tired, busy, hungry, thirsty … )

- speech patterns: A 比 B + adj. (A is compared with B is + adj.) A 和 B 一样热

To enrol for Term 3 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied Chinese characters up to 300 or equivalent level.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in Pre-Intermediate A2, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3

- talk about the weather in different season

- compare weather in different places

- make comparisions and give suggestions

- talk about going somewhere to do something

- talk about coming to do something

- public transport

- extra materials for speaking  (optional)

 

 

- useful verbs: 走、骑、来 ... (walk, ride, come ... )

- words with same Pinyin做/作、 坐/座 (do/work, sit/seat)

- speech patterns:

suject + TW + V O + 来/去 + Place

 

The course book indicated below is for your information only (see more detailed information on the last page).

Pre-Intermediate (A2), Coursebook: Chinese in Steps, Book 1. George X Zhang, Linda M Li, Lik Suen. 2nd edition. ISBN: 978-1-907838-10-1

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapter 5 - 6; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapter 7 – 8; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chapter 9 – 10

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

Chinese Intermediate

Level

CEFR

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Intermediate

B1

To enrol for Term 1 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language, or studied Chinese up to GCSE level or equivalent.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in the Pre-Intermediate course A2, Term 1-3.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1

- talking about location of something or someone

- give direction on how to find a place/person/thing

-talk about position of a something/someone

- talking about the currency

- how to ask about price

- how to bargain in Chinese

 

- Location words: 左、右、前、后、旁边、对面、中间  … (left, right, front, back, next, opposite …)

- money units: 元、角、分、块、毛

(Yuan, jiao, fen, kuai, mao …)

- weight unit: 斤 (jin)

- Measure words: 本、张、只、盘、瓶 …

 

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language, or studied Chinese up to GCSE level or equivalent.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in the Intermediate course B1, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2

- how to tell/ask time

- learn to ask when shops/services open and close

- how long it takes to get to some where nearby

- give more detailed directions to places

- learn how to see a doctor

 

- time phrase: 点、刻、分、秒、差 … (hour, quarter, minute, second, to …)

- modal verbs: 要、应该、可以 … (need, shall/should, may … )

- Sentence patterns: …几点 … ;  … 什么时候 … (What time … ?); … 怎么走? (How to get to …?)

 

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language, or studied Chinese up to GCSE level or equivalent.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in the Intermediate course A2, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3

- talking about the exchange rate

- learn to contrast the states of affairs in the past and present

- learn to ask about exchange rates and how to exchange currencies

- talking about the public transport

- learn to express the length of an accomplished action

 

- currency: 美元、日元、英镑、人民币 … (dollar, Japanese Yuen, Pound, RMB … )

- time phrases for past, present and future: 前天、昨天、今天、明天、后天 … (the day before yesterday, yesterday, today, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow … )

- Negative words: 不、没

 

 

The course book indicated below is for your information only (see more detailed information on the last page).

Intermediate (B1); coursebook: Chinese in Steps, Book 2. George X Zhang, Linda M Li, Lik Suen. 2nd edition. ISBN: 978-1-907838-11-8

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapter 11 – 12; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapter 13 – 14; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chapter 15 – 16

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

English as a Foreign Language Intermediate

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Intermediate

B1+

To enrol for Term 1 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language.

You will be expected to have some knowledge topics and grammar covered in a pre-intermediate course.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

-          Leisure time activities

-          Likes and dislikes

-          Feelings

-          Work

-          Food/cooking

-          Showing concern

-          Giving/responding to advice

Main grammar to be covered:

-          Question forms (review)

-          Positive/negative verb forms (review)

-          Question tags (in use)

-          Modals

  • Be able to/be supposed to/be allowed to

-          Present Simple/Continuous

 

 

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Intermediate B1+, term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

-          Travel

  • Tourism
  • Volunteering

-          Asking for/making recommendations

-          Music

  • Describing experiences

-          Personality

  • Describing people

-          Modifying opinions

-          Making generalisations

 

Main grammar to be covered:

-          Present Perfect Simple/

Continuous

-          Past Simple/ Continuous

-          Used to

-          Past Perfect

 

 

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Intermediate B1+, term 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

-          Homes

-          Possessions

-          Traditions

  • birthdays

-          Needs

  • Explaining what you need

-          Taking part in discussions

-          Making comparisons

-          Making plans

 

Main grammar to be covered:

-          Comparatives/superlative

-          The Future – will/going to/Present Continuous

-          Conditionals

  • First/zero
  • Imperatives
  • With modal verbs
  • In case

 

The course books indicated are for information only and should only be bought after week 1 of the course that you attend:  Intermediate (B1+): Course book: REDSTON, C., & CUNNINGHAM, G. (2013). Face2face: intermediate student's book. Cambridge, Cambridge University press. ISBN: 9781107422100

Please note that the syllabus may vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

English as a Foreign Language Upper-Intermediate

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Upper Intermediate

B2

To enrol for Term 1, you should have a good command of the language.  You will need to have some knowledge of intermediate level topics/grammar.

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

-          Discussing language ability

-          Education and technology

-          Food and health

-          Verb patterns (I persuaded Steve to buy a new car)

Main grammar to be covered:

-          The simple aspect They live in Guildford; we visited the city

-          The continuous aspect I am studying English

-          The perfect aspect  English has become a global language

-          The passive  The meeting was arranged for Tuesday

-          Uses of auxiliaries be, have, do + verb (e.g. I am doing a Master’s); question tags (you’ve moved house, haven’t you?)

-          Present habits, repeated actions and states I just eat what I like but I think I’m pretty healthy

-          Past habits, repeated actions and states I used to walk to work every day, even though I owned a car

 

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a good command of the language.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Upper Intermediate B2, term 1.

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

-          Feelings and opinions

-          Crime and punishment

-          Books and reading

-          Common adjectives

Main grammar to be covered:

-          Second conditional If I had enough money, I would buy a new car

-          Third conditional If I had got there earlier, I wouldn’t have missed her

-          Past Perfect Simple After she arrived, I told her what had happened

-          Past Perfect Continuous They had been looking for ages before they saw the house they wanted

-          Defining relative clauses The neighbour who lives opposite is often away

-          Non-defining relative clauses My best friend, who has lived abroad for ages, has moved back to the UK

 

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a good command of the language.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Upper Intermediate B2, term 2.

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

-          Business and trade

-          The cinema and art

-          Household jobs

-          Colloquial and vague language

Main grammar to be covered:

-          Uses of verb + -ing Despite having little time, they managed to do everything

-          State verbs I want a new car

-          Present Perfect Simple I have known her for years

-          Present Perfect Continuous I have been working there since 2014

-          Expressing wishes I wish I could take a year off work

-          The passive She was awarded first prize

-          Future continuous We will be passing by your place tonight

-          Future Perfect I will have finished by nine o’clock

-          Reported speech He told me to say hello to you

-          Modals They might be late

 

The course books indicated are for information only and should only be bought after week 1 of the course that you attend:  Upper Intermediate (B2): Course book: REDSTON, C., & CUNNINGHAM, G. (2013). Face2face (2nd edition): Upper Intermediate student's book. Cambridge, Cambridge University press. ISBN: 9781107422018

Please note that the syllabus may vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

French Beginners

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Beginners

A1

To enrol for Term 1 no prior knowledge is required.

 

 

 

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

- introducing yourself and family

- greetings

- asking and answering basic questions

- name of nationalities, languages, studies, jobs

- alphabet

- numbers

 

- regular verbs in present tense: j’habite, tu habites… (I live, you live)

- some irregular verbs in present tense: Je suis, tu es… (I am, you are…)

- the negative of the verb: ne… pas

- articles: le, la, l’ / un, une (the / a)

- Il y a: there is, there are

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a very basic knowledge of French.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

- likes and dislikes

- ordering food and drink

- shopping: asking and giving prices

- booking a hotel room

- simple emails

- describing houses

 

- more regular and irregular verbs in present tense: je vais, tu vas… (I go, you go)

- Pouvoir, vouloir (to be able, to want)

- possessive adjectives: his, her, my, your, their

- demonstrative adjectives: ce, cet, cette, ces

 

 

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a very basic knowledge of French.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

- talking about daily routine

- buying consumer goods

- recent events in the past

 

 

- present perfect tense: e.g. J’ai travaillé (I have worked/I worked), j’ai dormi (I have slept/I slept)

- prepositions + adverbs: e.g. au bout de (at the end of), près de (near)

- irregular past participles: e.g.j’ai dit (I said), j’ai écrit (I wrote)

- Negatives and questions

- Qui: who, which

- Expressing periods of time: pendant, depuis, il y a (during, for/since, ago)

Beginners (A1): Course book: Voilà! A French Course for Adult Beginners. Jacqueline Gonthier, Crispin Geoghegan. 3rd edition. ISBN: 9781473601192Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapter 1 – 4; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapter 5 – 8; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chapter 9 – 12. Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

French Intermediate

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Intermediate

A2+

To enrol for Term 1 intermediate level prior knowledge of French is needed. You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in Pre-Intermediate A1.

 

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

- expressing certainty and uncertainty

- approving or disagreeing

- expressing or asking for an opinion

- justifying a choice

- expressing an intention

- comparing

 

 

- recent past:  je viens de

- some regular and irregular verbs in perfect and irregular tense: je suis allé(s), j‘ai vécu, je faisais ...

- the negation : ne… pas, ne …, ni…ni

- the restriction : ne...que

- double pronoun : me ... le

- revision on interrogation : tu peux, est-ce que tu peux, peux-tu ?

To enrol for Term 2 prior knowledge of French is needed.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in Intermediate B1, Term 1.

 

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

- expressing emotions and feelings (fears, surprise, anger, regrets …)

- Suggesting to do something

- Replying to a proposal

- Asking favours

- Offering, lending

- Promising

 

- pronouns: Y, en

- expressing periods of time: ça fait …que, il y a…que, depuis, pendant …

- some regular and irregular verbs in - -- subjonctive tense: sache, prenne ...

- demonstrative and interrogative : celui, celle, quel, quelle ...

- frequency : de temps en temps, quelquefois ...

To enrol for Term 3 prior knowledge of French is needed.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in Intermediate B1, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

- interacting by telephone/email

- complaining, protesting, opposing

- highlighting facts

- expressing hypothesis, condition, obviousness

- expressing causes and consequences

 

 

- opposition : par contre, au contraire, bien que etc.

- cause and consequence: puisque, grâce à etc.

- passive form : a été créée par …

- condition and hypothesis : si tu habitais en France, à condition que…

- conditionnal : j’aimerais bien …

- gérondive: en étant, en ayant ...

Intermediate (A2+): Course book: Latitudes 2 A French Course for Adults. Régine Mérieux, Emmanuel Lainé, Yves Loiseau. 3rd edition. ISBN: 9781473601192

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapter 1 – 4; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapter 5 – 8; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chapter 9 – 12. Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

French Advanced

To enrol for Term 1, 2 or 3 you should have a good command of the language and its main grammatical structures or have recently achieved a good grade at A-Level.

 

Aims and Objectives

The aim of the course is to enable students who already have a good knowledge of French language to acquire an advanced level. Students will be able to communicate in all situations within French speaking countries, converse with native speakers and follow debates on a wide range of issues as well as express themselves with more complex and linguistically accurate structures.

 

Functions

- Expressing a wide range of opinions and reactions

- Debating, commenting, explaining, describing

- Improving reading skills using authentic material

- Improving listening skills using authentic material

 

Topics to be covered: Contemporary society, current affairs and literature 

 

The topics may also include a selection of the following course book: Le Nouvel Edito Niveau B2

 

Grammar: selection of the following

Passive - Reported speech with present, past and future tenses - Historic past – Pronouns – Adverbs - Idiomatic verbs - Subjunctive tenses - Present participle – Gerundive - Linking words - Conditional tenses

Material: Authentic material from various sources such as French newspapers or magazines, books, French television programmes, film extracts, music.

German Beginners

 

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Beginners

A1

To enrol for Term 1 no prior knowledge is required.

 

 

 

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

- introducing yourself

- greetings

- asking and answering basic questions

- name of nationalities, languages, studies, jobs

- alphabet

- numbers

 

- regular verbs in present tense: ich wohne, du wohnst… (I live, you live)

- articles: der, das, die; ein, ein, eine (the, a)

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a very basic knowledge of German.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

- talking about family and hobbies

- ordering food and drink

- shopping: asking and giving prices

- booking a hotel room

- telling the time

 

- some irregular verbs in present tense: ich spreche, du sprichst… (I, you speak)

- accusative: Ich habe einen Bruder. (I have a brother.)

- possessives: sein, ihr… (his, her)

- plural: die Schwester - die Schwestern (sisters)

- giving directions using imperative: Gehen Sie, nehmen Sie… (Go…! Take…!)

- modal verbs: können, müssen (can, must)

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a very basic knowledge of German.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

- talking about daily routine

- buying consumer goods

- recent events in the past

- pro and cons of city versus country

 

- present perfect tense: Ich habe Tennis gespielt. (I have played/played tennis.)

- prepositions + dative: Er ist im Kino. (He is in the cinema.)

- prepositions + accusative: Sie geht in den Park.(She is going to the park.)

- adjectives: Das ist ein interessantes Buch. (This is an interesting book.)

- comparative and superlative: kleiner als (smaller than), am kleinsten (the smallest)

 

The course books indicated below are for your information only (see more detailed information on the last page).

Beginners (A1): Course book: Willkommen! Beginner’s course. Paul Coggle, Heiner Schenke. 2nd edition. ISBN: 9781444165159

Activity book: Willkommen! Beginner’s course. Paul Coggle, Heiner Schenke. ISBN: 9781444165180

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapter 1 – 3; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapter 4 – 6; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chapter 7 – 9

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

 

German Pre-Intermediate

Level

CEFR

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Pre-Intermediate

A2

To enrol for Term 1 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied German up to GCSE level or equivalent.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in the Beginners course A1, Term 1-3.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1

- talking about languages

- family and relatives

- to book a trip by train, plane, bus

 

- subordinate clause with weil, dass(sentences with: because, that)

- comparative and superlative: länger als, am längsten (longer than, the longest)

- modal verb: sollen (should)

 

 

 

To enrol for Term 2 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied German up to GCSE level or equivalent.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in Pre-Intermediate A2, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2

- hobbies and leisure time

- media

- going out (restaurant, cinema...)

- ordering food in a restaurant (menu)

 

- adjectives in nominative and accusative (without article)

- relative clauses in nominative and accusative (who…/ Der Mann, der…)

- indirecte questions with ob (sentences with if)

 

 

To enrol for Term 3 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied German up to GCSE level or equivalent.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in Pre-Intermediate A2, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3

- advantages and disadvantages of living in city or countryside

- looking for a flat

- culture (European City of Culture)

- German city (Weimar)

- job ads and carriere

- how to write a CV

- making professional phone calls

 

- revision: present perfect tense (er hat… gelebt) and new: regular verbs in imperfect tense (er lebte)

- modal verbs in the past tense: musste, durfte, konnte

- subordinate clauses with als (sentences with: when)

- expressingpoliteness using the verbs could/would (könnte, hätte)

 

The course book indicated below is for your information only (see more detailed information on the last page).

Pre-Intermediate (A2), Coursebook: Studio d A2 Deutsch als Fremdsprache: Gesamtband Kurs- und Übungsbuch mit Audio-CD. ISBN: 9783464207123

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapter 1 – 3; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapter 4 – 6; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chapter 7 – 9

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

German Intermediate

Level

CEFR

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Intermediate

B1

To enrol for Term 1 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language, or studied German up to A-Level some years ago or equivalent.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in the Pre-Intermediate course A2, Term 1-3.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1

- perception of time & German history (Brandenburg Gate)

- daily life (fill in forms: bank & police; strategies against stress)

- on men, women and relationships & expressing opinions

 

- revision regular verbs in the past tense: imperfect: er lebte

- irregular verbs in the past tense:

imperfect: gehen - er ging (he went)

- subordinate clause with weil, wenn and während (sentences with because, when/whenever and while)

- giving advice using the subjunctive: du könntest, solltest… (could, should)

- infinitive with zu: Vergiss nicht, die Pfanzen zu gießen. (Don’t forget to water the plants.)

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language, or studied German up to A-Level some years ago or equivalent.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in the Intermediate course B1, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2

- German region (The Ruhr region)

- school system in Germany

- climate and environment

 

- adjectives after definite article (das interessante Buch), without article (interessantes Buch), after indefinite article (ein interessantes Buch) in nominative, accusative, dative and genitive

- genitive: wegen des Sturms (because of the storm)

- future: Ich werde meine Eltern besuchen. (I will visit my parents.)

- expressing wishes using the subjunctive: Ich würde, hätte, könnte (would, had, could)

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language, or studied German up to A-Level some years ago or equivalent.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in the Intermediate course A2, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3

- culture in Germany and cultural differences

- generations

- migration

 

- past perfect: gekocht… hatte (had cooked)

- passive: Die Zwiebel werden geschnitten. (The onions are cut.)

- revision: relative pronouns nominative, accusative: Der Mann, der (The man, who…) + new: dative and genitive: Der Mann, dem… and Der Mann, dessen

- expressing opposition with obwohl (although)

- prepositions + accusative, dative or genitive

 

The course book indicated below is for your information only (see more detailed information on the last page).

Intermediate (B1); coursebook: Studio d Deutsch als Fremdsprache Grundstufe B1: Gesamtband Kurs- und Übungsbuch mit Lerner-Audio-CD Hörtexte der Übungen. ISBN: 9783464207192

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapter 1 – 3; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapter 4 – 6; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chapter 7 – 9

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

German Advanced

Level: Advanced – CEFR (Common European Framework of Languages) B2

 

To enrol for Term 1, 2 or 3 you should have a good command of the language and its main grammatical structures or have recently achieved a good grade at A-Level.

 

Aims and Objectives

The aim of the course is to enable students who already have a good knowledge of German to acquire an advanced level. Students will be able to communicate in all situations within German speaking countries, converse with native speakers and follow debates on a wide range of issues as well as express themselves with more complex and linguistically accurate structures.

 

Functions

- Expressing a wide range of opinions and reactions

- Debating, commenting, explaining, describing

- Improving reading skills using authentic material

- Improving listening skills using authentic material

 

Topics to be covered

Contemporary society and current affairs in German speaking countries (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland).

 

The topics may also include a selection of the following from:

studio d Die Mittelstufe B2: Band 1, Kurs- und Übungsbuch Cornelsen, ISBN: 9783060200948 and/or

studio d Die Mittelstufe B2: Band 2, Kurs- und Übungsbuch, Cornelsen, ISBN: 9783060200740

 

- Fairy tales

- Books

- Law

- Media

- Education; Jobs

- Food

- Nature

- Love and relationships

- Extremes: extreme behaviours, jobs, bets

- Nature and technology, cars

- Fashion in magazines for men and women, lifestyle

- Fairs, products, brands

- Voluntary engagement

- Architecture: Bauhaus

- The ‘Typical’ German: social milieus, individuality

- Streets and history: Marlene Dietrich

 

Grammar: selection of the following

- Revisions

- Tenses

- Adjectives

- Word order

- Structuring (logical structures)

- Linking devices (lexical, grammatical)

- Stylistic levels, different registers

 

Material: Authentic material from various sources such as German newspapers or magazines, books, German television programs, film extracts, music

Italian Beginners

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Beginners

A1

To enrol for Term 1 no prior knowledge is required.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

First contacts and greetings, jobs and professions, ordering food and drinks

 

Main grammar to be covered:

Verbs – present tense; definite/indefinite articles; gender of nouns and adjectives

 

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a very basic knowledge of.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1.

Topics to be covered in Term 2: Leisure time; Things you do and preferences; travelling –hotels – holidays; accommodation

Main grammar to be covered:

Reflexive verbs; some irregular verbs; pronouns; prepositions with articles

 

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a very basic knowledge of.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1 and 2.

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

Talk about the past; talk about your work – life - habits

Main grammar to be covered:

Past tenses – present perfect and imperfect – adverbs of time

 

The course books indicated below are for your information only (see more detailed information on the last page).

Beginners (A1): Course book: Nuovo Espresso 1

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapter 3; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapter 6; Term 3: Spring Term: approx 10. Chapter

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

Italian Pre-Intermediate

Level

CEFR

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Italian Pre-Intermediate

A2

To enrol for Term 1 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied up to GCSE level or equivalent.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in the Beginners course A1, Term 1-3.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

Shopping

Talking about the past

Physical and Character description

Expressing opinions for and against

 

Main grammar to be covered:

Adverbs (bene, male)

Comparative (sono più alto di lui, correre è più faticoso che camminare)

Verb Piacere (Mi piace ballare)

Pronouns (mi, ti)

Negative familiar imperative (Non guardare troppa TV)

Perfect and Imperfect Tense

(Sono andato – Andavo)

 

 

 

To enrol for Term 2 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied up to GCSE level or equivalent.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in Pre-Intermediate A2, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

Making a proposal

Giving advice

Expressing wishes

Booking tickets

Giving instructions

Talking about food

Healthy living

 

 

Main grammar to be covered:

Familiar imperative (mangia, guarda)

Present Conditional (vorrei)

Agreement between pronouns and past tense (L’acqua l’ho comprata ieri)

Superlative of adverbs (benissimo)

 

 

 

To enrol for Term 3 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied up to GCSE level or equivalent.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in Pre-Intermediate A2, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

Health

Sport

Future plans

Applying for a job

Work

Housing

 

Main grammar to be covered:

Formal imperative (dica, guardi)

Adverbs (meglio, peggio)

Stressed and unstressed pronouns (a me, a te - gli, le)

Simple Future (Tra dieci anni andrò in pensione)

Present Subjunctive (Penso che sia un bel film)

 

 

 

The course book indicated below is for your information only (see more detailed information on the last page).

Pre-Intermediate (A2), Coursebook:

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. up to Chapter 3; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. up to Chapter 6; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. up to Chapter 10

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

Italian Intermediate

Level

CEFR

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Italian Intermediate

B1

To enrol for Term 1 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language, or studied up to A-Level some years ago or equivalent.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in the Pre-Intermediate course A2, Term 1-3.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

Plans for the future

Work

Expressing possibility and probability

American influence on Italian culture

Immigration

Radio and TV

 

Main grammar to be covered:

Future – Simple and Perfect

(Andrò- Sarò andato)

Negative form (Non ho fatto niente)

Direct and indirect pronouns

(La chiamo al telefono – Le telefono)

Indicative vs Subjunctive

(Sono sicuro che è troppo presto- Penso che sia troppo presto)

 

 

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language, or studied up to A-Level some years ago or equivalent.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in the Intermediate course B1, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

Expressing opinions

Italian movies

Europe

Fascism

Economy

 

Main grammar to be covered:

Subjunctive – Past and Imperfect

(Penso che sia stato – Penso che fosse)

Reported speech

(La maestra ha detto agli alunni che potevano andare a casa)

Impersonal forms

(Si parla molto di politica)

Passive form

(Il rifugio è stato costruito nel 1932)

Exclamations and question words

(Che bello! Chi è?)

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language, or studied up to A-Level some years ago or equivalent.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in the Intermediate course A2, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

Health

Art and Literature

Italian music

Slow food

Popular culture

 

Main grammar to be covered:

Imperative (Mi dia una mano)

Comparatives (Leggere è più interessante che studiare)

Adverbs (lentamente, rapidamente)

Past historic (Pascoli nacque all’inizio del novecento)

Subjunctive (Vorrei che tu faccia, avrei voluto che tu facessi)

 

 

The course book indicated below is for your information only (see more detailed information on the last page).

Intermediate (B1); coursebook:

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapter up 6 ;Term 2: Winter Term: approx. up to Chapter 9 ; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. up to Chapter 12

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials. 

Italian Advanced

To enrol for Term 1, 2 or 3 you should have a good command of the language and its main grammatical structures or have recently achieved a good grade at A-Level.

 

Aims and Objectives

The aim of the course is to enable students who already have a good knowledge of to acquire an advanced level. Students will be able to communicate in all situations within speaking countries, converse with native speakers and follow debates on a wide range of issues as well as express themselves with more complex and linguistically accurate structures.

 

Functions

- Expressing a wide range of opinions and reactions

- Debating, commenting, explaining, describing

- Improving reading skills using authentic material

- Improving listening skills using authentic material

 

Topics to be covered

Contemporary society and current affairs

 

The topics may also include a selection of topics from the following course book:

Colori D’Italia

 

Grammar: selection of the following:

Subjunctive, Impersonal form, Reported Speech, Passive Form, Imperative, Pronouns, Adverbs, Comparative

Material: Authentic material from various sources such Italian newspapers or magazines, books, Italian television programs, film extracts, music

Portuguese Beginners

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Beginners

A1

To enrol for Term 1 no prior knowledge is required.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

-   Greetings and introductions

-   Nationalities

-   Numbers (1-199)

-   Professions

-   Places in the city

-   Classroom/office items

-   Adjectives

-   Rooms and furniture

-   Meals, food and drink

-   Telling the time

-   Routine and days of the week

-   Ordering food

 

Main grammar to be covered:

-   Verb to be ‘ser’, ‘estar’

-   Definite articles ‘a’, ‘o’, ‘as’, ‘os’

-   Indefinite articles ‘um’, ‘uma’

-   Prepositions ‘de’, ‘em’

-   Present tense

-   There is/there are ‘há’

-   Prepositions of place ‘em frente’, ‘embaixo’, ‘ao lado’, etc.

-   Present continuous (I am doing…)

 

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a very basic knowledge of Portuguese.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1.

 

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

-    Inviting someone to an event

-    Means of transportation

-    Holidays activities

-    The seasons and months

-    Festive dates and events

-    Clothes and colours

-    Leisure activities

-    Going to the doctor

-    Parts of the body

-    Physical and character traits

-    Directions

 

Main grammar to be covered:

-    Prepositions ‘a’, ‘para’, ‘por’

-    Future with verb ‘ir’

-    Since/for ‘desde’/ ‘há’

-    Comparative (This is better than…)

-    Superlative (adjectives with the suffix ‘-íssimo’)

-    Imperative (giving orders and instructions)

 

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a very basic knowledge of Portuguese.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

-   Expressing opinion

-   Birthday parties and other events

-   Christmas and holidays

-   Important moments in life

-   Looking for a job

 

Main grammar to be covered:

-   Past Pretérito perfeito ‘Eu trabalhei’

-   Object pronouns ‘me’, ‘te’, ‘o’, ‘a’, ‘nos’, ‘vos’, ‘os’, ‘as’

-   Past Pretérito imperfeito ‘Eu trabalhava’

 

 

 

The course books indicated below are for your information only (see more detailed information on the last page).

Beginners (A1): Course book: Português XXI 1, Livro do Aluno, Ana Tavares, Nível A1 ISBN 978-972-757-927-3

Exercise book: Português XXI 1, Caderno de Exercícios, Ana Tavares, Nível A1 ISBN 978-972-757-933-4

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapters 1-4; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapters 5-8; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chapters 9-12

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

Portuguese Pre-Intermediate

Level

CEFR

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Pre-Intermediate

A1+

To enrol for Term 1 you should have some knowledge of Portuguese.

You will be expected to have already good knowledge of the grammar covered in the Beginners course A1, Terms 1-2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

-    The seasons and months

-    Festive dates and events

-    Clothes and colours

-    Leisure activities

-    Going to the doctor

-    Parts of the body

-    Physical and character traits

-    Directions

 

Main grammar to be covered:

-    Prepositions ‘para’ x ‘por’

-    Superlative (adjectives with the suffix ‘-íssimo’)

-    Imperative (giving orders and instructions)

-   Past Pretérito perfeito ‘Eu trabalhei’

 

 

 

 

To enrol for Term 2 you should have some knowledge of Portuguese.

You will be expected to have already good knowledge of the grammar covered in the Beginners course A1, Terms 1-2 and Pre-Intermediate A1+, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

-   Birthday parties and other events

-   Christmas and holidays

-   Important moments in life

-   Looking for a job

-   Animals

 

Main grammar to be covered:

-   Past Pretérito perfeito ‘Eu trabalhei’

-   Object pronouns ‘me’, ‘te’, ‘o’, ‘a’, ‘nos’, ‘vos’, ‘os’, ‘as’

-   Past Pretérito imperfeito ‘Eu trabalhava’

 

To enrol for Term 3 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied Portuguese up to GCSE level or equivalent.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in Pre-Intermediate A1+, Terms 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

-    Personal strengths and weaknesses

-    Leisure activities

-    Present and past habits

-    Physical descriptions

-    Services, adverts and publicity

-    Warnings, rules and instructions

-    TV, music, cinema and theatre

-    The weather and natural disasters

-    Horoscope, predictions and superstitions

 

Main grammar to be covered:

-   Past Pretérito perfeito ‘Eu trabalhei’

-   Past Pretérito imperfeito ‘Eu trabalhava’

-   Personal and impersonal infinitive ‘Para fazermos…’

-   Past participle ‘Eu tinha comprado…’

-   Future Futuro do presente ‘Eu falarei…’

 

 

 

The course book indicated below is for your information only (see more detailed information on the last page).

Pre-Intermediate (A1+)

Terms 1 and 2

Coursebook: Português XXI 1, Livro do Aluno, Ana Tavares, Nível A1 ISBN 978-972-757-927-3

Exercise book: Português XXI 1, Caderno de Exercícios, Ana Tavares, Nível A1 ISBN 978-972-757-933-4

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapters 5-8; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapters 9-12;

Term 3

Coursebook: Português XXI 2, Livro do Aluno, Ana Tavares, Nível A2 ISBN 978-972-757-992-1

Exercise book: Português XXI 2, Caderno de Exercícios, Ana Tavares, Nível A2 ISBN 978-972-757-991-4

Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chapters 1-4

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.The course books indicated below are for your information only. Your tutor will hand out copies during the first week and let you know which course book to buy. Please make sure that you buy the course book only once you are sure that you are in the right level (after week 1). Please order your course book based on the ISBN number and not on the title only as there are several course books with similar titles or different editions. 

Russian Beginners

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Beginners

A1

To enrol for Term 1 no prior knowledge is required.

 

 

 

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

- introducing yourself

- greetings

- asking and answering basic questions

- name of nationalities, countries, languages, studies, jobs

- alphabet

- numbers 1-10

- talking about a family

- talking about a town

- asking and giving directions

 

- regular verbs in present tense: знать, понимать (to know, to understand)

- genitive case: от Москвы до Лондона далеко, билет Ивана (from Moscow to London is far)

- possessives: мой-моя, ваш-ваша (my, yours)

 

-  imperatives: Скажите! Идите! (Tell me! Go!)

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a very basic knowledge of Russian.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

- numbers 10-100

-months of the year

-days of the week

- recent events in the past

- ordering food and drink

- booking a hotel room

 

-сonjugation of regular verbs/present tense: он работает, она знает (he works, she knows)

 

-рast tense: он работал, она знала (he worked, she knew)

- some irregular verbs in present tense: жить  ( to live)

 -prepositional : в театре( in the theatre)

- accusative: в театр , заказать водку (to the theatre, to order vodka)

 

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a very basic knowledge of Russian.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

- talking about yourself, daily routine and hobbies

- telling the time

-talking about theatre

-talking about your house/flat

-numbers above 100

 

-verbs: спать, петь, пить, играть, нравиться, мочь ( to sleep, to sing, to drink, to play, to like, to be able to)

 

-plural of nouns: сумка- сумки, телефон- телефоны (bag-bags, phone-phones)

 

-dative: я хочу позвонить Ивану (I want to call to Ivan)

-instrumental: чай с лимоном (tea with lemon)

The course books indicated below are for your information only.

Beginners (A1): Ruslan Russian 1 textbook and workbook by  Jon Langran, Latest edition, www.ruslan.co.uk

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapter 1 – 3; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapter 4 – 7; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chapter 8 – 10

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of material.

Spanish Beginners

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Beginners

A1

To enrol for Term 1 no prior knowledge is required.

 

 

 

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

  • Greetings
  • Numbers
  • Nationalities
  • Personal information
  • The family
  • Physical descriptions

Main grammar to be covered:

  • Present tense of regular verbs: hablo, como, vivo
  • Formal and informal speech: ¿Eres español? ¿Es usted español?

 

 

 

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a very basic knowledge of Spanish.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

  • Objects
  • More numbers
  • Demonstratives: this and that
  • Getting around town and description of places
  • The house and objects in the house
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Directions
  • The time

 

Main grammar to be covered:

  • Present tense of irregular verbs: ser/ estar / tener
  • Prepositions of place: on/in/next to/ behind

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a very basic knowledge of Spanish.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

  • Daily routines.
  • Frequency words and expressions: una vez/dos veces al día. Cada tres días
  • Occupations
  • Expressing knowledge: Sé hablar español. Conozco Barcelona
  • Opinions: expressing agreement or disagreement.

Main grammar to be covered:

  • Reflexive verbs: me levanto, me ducho.
  • Past tense  of regular verbs: ayer hablé con mi hermano
  • More irregular verbs: to go, to know

 

 

The course books indicated below are for your information only (see more detailed information on the last page).

Beginners (A1): Course book: Curso de Español para extranjeros – ELE Actual A1.Libro del Alumno. Author: Virgilio Borobio.ISBN 978-84-675-5181-5

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapters 1-5; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapters 6-10; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chapters 11-14

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

Spanish Pre-Intermediate

Level

CEFR

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Pre-Intermediate

A2

To enrol for Term 1 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied Spanish up to GCSE level or equivalent. You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in the Beginners course A1, Term 1-3.

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

  • Plans & intentions
  • Parts of the body
  • Illnesses & remedies
  • Food items
  • Recent events using past tense: ¿Qué has hecho hoy?
  • Experiences: ¿Has viajado a Chile?
  • Opinions

Main grammar to be covered:

  • Ir a + infinitive
  • Countable & uncountable nouns: Más pan

Un poco de pan

Un poco más de pan

  • Present indicative & irregulars: puedo, salgo, duermo
  • Perfect tense: he comido
  • Past participle (regular & irregular forms) bailado, comido bebido, hecho

To enrol for Term 2 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied Spanish up to GCSE level or equivalent.You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in Pre-Intermediate A2, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

  • Clothes & accessories
  • Comparisons
  • Shopping
  • On-going activities
  • Past holidays (1)
  • Biographies

 

Main grammar to be covered:

  • Direct object pronouns: lo, la, los, las.
  • Gerund: Estoy bailando
  • Verbs “ser” & “estar”
  • Preterit tense (regular & irregular forms) bailé, hable, fui, estuve
  • Imperative (affirmative forms):

Come, habla, baila

To enrol for Term 3 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied Spanish up to GCSE level or equivalent.You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in Pre-Intermediate A2, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

  • Invitations
  • Means of transport
  • Buying a ticket
  • Holidays (2)
  • Free-time activities
  • Past habits

 

Main grammar to be covered:

  • Imperative (with object pronouns) Ábrela, cógelo
  • “Acabar de + infinitive”
  • Preterit tense in biographies: Simón Bolivar nació en…estudió en..
  • Imperfect tense: hablaba, comía, vivía

 

 

The course book indicated below is for your information only (see more detailed information on the last page).

Pre-Intermediate (A2), Coursebook: Curso de Español para extranjeros – ELE Actual A2.Libro del Alumno. Author: Virgilio Borobio. ISBN ISBN: 978-84-675-4747-4

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapters 1-5 ; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapters 6-10; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chaptes 11-15

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

Spanish Intermediate

Level

CEFR

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Intermediate

B1

To enrol for Term 1 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language, or studied Spanish up to A-Level some years ago or equivalent.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in the Pre-Intermediate course A2, Term 1-3.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

 

  • Studying Spanish
  • Varieties of Spanish
  • Spain and Latin America
  • Personal relationships

 

Main grammar to be covered:

  • Comparison of past tenses: hablé, he hablado, hablaba
  • Simple Future: hablaré, hablarás
  • Interrogatives qué-cuál-cuáles
  • Pluperfect: había hablado
  • Quantifiers: algo, nada, alguien, nadie

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language, or studied Spanish up to A-Level some years ago or equivalent.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in the Intermediate course B1, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

  • Plans
  • Social events
  • Personal relationships: feelings
  • Health
  • Sports and hobbies
  • Internet

Main grammar to be covered:

  • Subjunctive present tense: Espero que  hable español.
  • Future simple: La semana que viene estaré en Roma
  • Affirmative and negative Imperative: habla español, no hables francés
  • Conditional: hablaría

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language, or studied Spanish up to A-Level some years ago or equivalent.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in the Intermediate course A2, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

  • Urban life
  • Events and stories
  • The future
  • Interculturality

 

Main grammar to be covered:

  •  Impersonal expressions: la gente habla. Se habla
  • Hypothesis with indicative and subjunctive: Es posible que, No es seguro que, quizás, posiblemente, creo que
  • Imperfect+ gerundio: estaba hablando

 

The course book indicated below is for your information only (see more detailed information on the last page).

Intermediate (B1); coursebook:  Curso de Español para extranjeros – ELE Actual B1.Libro del Alumno. Authors: Virgilio Borobio. Ramón Palencia. ISBN 978-8467548976

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapters 1-4 ; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapters 5-8; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chapters 9-12

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.


Spanish Advanced

Level: Advanced – CEFR (Common European Framework of Languages) B2

 

To enrol for Term 1, 2 or 3 you should have a good command of the language and its main grammatical structures or have recently achieved a good grade at A-Level.

 

Aims and Objectives

The aim of the course is to enable students who already have a good knowledge of Spanish to acquire an advanced level. Students will be able to communicate in all situations within Spanish speaking countries, converse with native speakers and follow debates on a wide range of issues as well as express themselves with more complex and linguistically accurate structures.

 

Functions

- Expressing a wide range of opinions and reactions

- Debating, commenting, explaining, describing

- Improving reading skills using authentic material

- Improving listening skills using authentic material

- Gaining a better understanding of the Spanish and Latino American culture

 

Topics to be covered

- The world of work

- Current social and political issues in Spanish speaking countries

- The environment

- Health issues

- Art and literature

- The media

-Advertising

- Complaints & apologies

 

 

The topics may also include a selection of the following course book:

ELE Actual B2 ISBN: 978-84-675-4901-0

 

Grammar: selection of the following

- Present subjunctive: Ojalá hable español

- Perfect & Imperfect subjunctive: Mi profesor duda que yo haya leído el libro. Pablo dudó que yo hubiera/hubiese ido a Perú.

- Past tenses (preterit, perfect, imperfect, pluperfect): Estudié español en Madrid. He estudiado español mucho este año. Cuando era pequeño estudiaba francés. Ella había comido antes de ir al cine.

- Reported speech: Ana dijo que quería un refresco.

- Passive voice & “se pasiva”: Se vende casa con 3 dormitorios y 2 baños.

- Pluperfect subjunctive: Hubiera sido interesante ver el partido en directo.

- Relative clauses: ¿Has visto a esa chica que está bailando en el medio de la calle? Pedro, cuya hermana es muy guapa, es mi amigo.

Material: Authentic material from various sources such as Spanish newspapers or magazines, books, Spanish-Latin television programs, film extracts, short films, music, the Internet