Spanish Course Syllabus, Beginner, A1.1

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General Spanish
Basic User > Beginner


International students who wish to begin their study of Spanish.
The course is aimed at people with no previous knowledge or experience of the Spanish language.

Recommended Approach to Course

Be persistent, be positive, be curious
It is desirable to attend all sessions scheduled. It will give you more confidence during the learning process and will help to create a favorable environment between the teacher and the students group.
However, we understand that sometimes contingencies happen. That’s why we record all the classes of each course.  You will have at your disposal the access to this material, so if you miss a lesson, you may still follow it on your own. In this way, you will be able to keep up with the others.
A positive and open attitude is desirable. The pace of learning is unique to each person and difficulties occur at different points for each student, so to be patient and tolerant is important to maintain the proper functioning of the class.
Your questions and comments are welcome in class. Curiosity is one of the engines for learning a language, so that active participation of all students will serve to make the sessions more enriching.

Textbook and Other Materials

  • Course Book: Aula Internacional 1, Difusión publishing house.
  • Chapters: 0-4

This textbook, in its digital version, will be the base material for the course.
It is entirely self-contained, and provides you with a wide range of contents, as detailed grammar explanations, listening tasks, readings and a variety of activities and exercises to practice your language skills.
In addition, during the course, the teacher may recommend you some other extra materials according with your own preferences, in case you want extra practice outside the class.

Format and Teaching Method

The full course is divided into 30 lessons, one hour each.
During each session, all of the different language skills (listening, writing, listening, speaking and interaction) are integrated in varying degrees. To boost your self-confidence, the course is modeled on the communicative approach. This method is based on the idea that learning a language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn how to use the language.
It means that the students will acquire not only the grammatical, lexical or cultural contents needed to build their knowledge of the Spanish language, but also will develop the necessary skills to use it in a real context of communication.

General Objectives

  • Familiarizing students with the Spanish alphabet and the basics of pronunciation and spelling
  • Learn and use basic words related to greetings and goodbyes
  • Learn some basic vocabulary of familiar things and enable the students to identify things and express necessity
  • Enable students to understand and use familiar everyday expressions
  • Learn how to introduce him/herself and others and ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.
  • Enable students to understand and communicate in daily common situations and use very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type: in a class, in bars, at the market, etc.
  • Give the students a panoramic overview of the Spanish-speaking world.


  • Greet people and say Goodbye
  • Introduce yourself, give and ask for personal details
  • Identify things and communicate necessity
  • Talk about intentions and plans
  • Express existence and location
  • Give reasons
  • Describe places
  • Talk about the weather
  • Talk about preferences
  • Communicate in a store: ask about products and prices
  • Gender and number
  • Personal pronouns
  • The verbs ser, tener, llamarse, estar,ir, preferir
  • Addressing people: tú / usted
  • Definite and indefinite articles: el, la, los, las / un, una, unos, unas
  • Some uses of hay
  • Present tense (some regular verbs)
  • Tener que + infinitive
  • What, Who, Which, How much/many, when, where, how, why
  • Some uses of  a, con, de, por, para and porque
  • The demonstratives: este/a/os/as
  • Differences between muy / mucho
  • The alphabet
  • Nationalities
  • Professions
  • Numbers (from 0 to 100)
  • Activities in a language class
  • Leisure activities
  • The weather
  • Countries and languages
  • Interesting places
  • Colors
  • Clothes
  • Daily use objects
  • Formal and informal speech contexts
  • Overview of the Spanish speaking world
  • Curiosities of the Spanish speaking countries