Elememtary 3-4 Conversation (also suitable for Lower Intermediate 1 students)
Thursdays 6-7pm, starts 11/03/2021
Review and practise the topics studied up to the Elementary 4 (equivalent to A1 of CEFR), or if you have done around 45-75 hours of study (Elementary 3 - Lower Intermediate 1). This course is great if you would like to consolidate what you've been learning so far or if you have some knowledge of Spanish and would like to start studies at El Patio. Also good if you have studied some time ago and wish to return to study.
Lower Intermediate Conversation (Lower Intermediate 2 - Upper Intermediate 2)
Tuesdays 6-7pm, starts 09/03/2021
Suitable if you have completed around 75-135 hours of Spanish study (Lower Intermediate 2 - Upper Intermediate 2) —if you have completed, or are currently in the Lower Intermediate levels (equivalent to A2 of CEFR), or if you have finished first year Spanish at uni. To take this course, it's good to have some understanding of the pretérito perfecto and pretérito indefinido past tenses. Depending on the level of the group, you'll also get some practice using the pretérito imperfecto.
Upper Intermediate and above Conversation (Upper Intermediate 3 and beyond)
Thursdays 6-7pm, starts 11/03/2021
This 5-hour course is suitable if you've completed approximately 135-180 hours of study (Upper Intermediate 3 - Advanced 1) — if you are currently in or have completed our Upper Intermediate levels (equivalent to B1 of CEFR), or if you have finished 3 semesters or so of Spanish at uni. To take this course you need to be familiar with the present subjunctive (first introduced in Upper Intermediate 3) and also have a sound understanding of the first 3 past tenses and their use in combination (pretéritos perfecto, indefinido & imperfecto). This is where fluency in Spanish really starts to happen!
Advanced/Superior Conversation (Advanced 1 and beyond)
Wednesdays 7.45-8.45pm, starts 10/03/2021
This 5-hour course is suitable if you have completed 180-260 hours or more of Spanish study (Advanced 2 +) —if you are currently in our Advanced levels (equivalent to B2 of CEFR) or Superior levels (equivalent to C1 of CEFR), or if you have finished second year Spanish at uni. A prerequisite is an introduction to the past subjunctive mood (imperfecto de subjuntivo). You will do a lot of revision of the past tenses combined (including the pluperfect), the present subjunctive, the imperfect and the pluperfect subjunctive. Naturally, all talking in Spanish!
To enrol in one these 5-hour Conversation Courses either use the links above or check out our Enrolment page
If you've already got a bit under your belt, you've probably had questions about the use of SER or ESTAR, POR y PARA, or PRONUNCIATION and ACCENT! We've got you covered here too with our Special Workshops! We are offering some of our popular short-and-sweet 2hr Special Workshops during term 1. Working through a small problem makes a BIG difference in your Spanish!
Saturday March 13, 9-11am
Every Spanish student's first major brain-twister, SER and ESTAR can seem like a complex bundle of verb-y confusion. This workshop is designed to demystify these two verbs. You get to pull them apart, look at them inside-out and clarify when to use them. Imagine how great it would be if SER and ESTAR made perfect sense - this workshop will put you on the right track.
Saturday March 13, 2-4pm
Beyond the basics of the alphabet, this 2hr workshop gets to grips with pronunciation. Work on the sounds of Spanish so that whatever you say sounds good. This workshop also looks at variation across the Hispanic world and the features of some key accents.
To enrol in one these 2-hour Workshops in Term 1B, visit: Term 1, Workshops
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By Chris McBrearty
February 16, 2021
Easy! Surprise your Spanish-learning friends, family or colleagues with a Gift Voucher. This voucher could be used toward a course fee or even texts. Please note that you will need to contact El Patio (phone…