Complementary Spanish Basic (level A1 CEFR)

Complementary Spanish Basic (level A1 CEFR)

Number of credits: 2 ECTS Price: 280 €
Teaching Language: Spanish Place: UAB Campus

Teaching Period: Afternoon course in the first period


Professor: Belén Garí

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Belén Garí Aguilera received her degree in Spanish from Barcelona University in 1986, specialising in Literature. She subsequently entered the field of teaching Spanish as a foreign language. In this context she has taught Spanish to North-African immigrants in Barcelona, as well as running a teacher-training seminar for volunteers. She earned a master’s degree in Training of Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language (FPELE) from Barcelona University in 1994, with a dissertation on Learning Strategies. From 2001 to the present, she has been teaching Spanish at the UAB Language Service to students from many different countries.


Contents overview

This course is aimed at students taking Summer-School subjects and who want to start learning Spanish as a foreign language at a basic level; they should already have some elementary knowledge such as a few words or expressions. The aim is to reach level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). This effectively means understanding and using familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases for highly specific objectives.

This course places an emphasis on classroom activity. Classroom hours cover the basic objectives of the course syllabus. Students work both under their teacher’s supervision and independently; when not supervised, they will use the resources provided by the teacher or the online resources of UAB Idiomes Campus.


Week 1

  •     Communicative and Lexical Resources:
    •         giving and receiving personal information
    •         greeting and responding
    •         asking about words and meaning
    •         describing and situating places
    •         giving and receiving information on places
    •         nationalities
    •         professions
    •         numbers
    •         hobbies
    •         geography
    •         places of interest
  •     Grammar Resources:
    •         three conjugations
    •         gender of nouns and adjectives
    •         articles
    •         present tense indicative
    •         Hay/estar/ser

Week 2
  •     Communicative and Lexical Resources:
    •         talking about looks and character
    •         expressing tastes and interests
    •         unwinding in bars and restaurants
    •         asking and giving information about food
    •         family relationships
    •         musical tastes
    •         sports
    •         gastronomy
  •     Grammatical Resources:
    •         verbs such as gustar
    •         possessive adjectives
    •         también/tampoco
    •         direct and indirect object pronouns

Week 3
  •     Communicative and Lexical Resources:
    •         speaking about the ‘usual’
    •         expressing frequency
    •         asking for and giving the time
    •         speaking about timetables
    •         speaking about plans for the future
    •         daily activities
    •         parts of the day
    •         climate
    •         holidays
  •     Grammatical Resources:
    •         regular and irregular present tense
    •         reflexive verbs
    •         the compound future

Teaching / learning activities
  •     Contextualization and comprehension activities; introduction to the topic
  •     Activities for reflecting and exploring resources
  •     Practice and communication activities
  •     Final task (integrated skills)


The course has a system of continuous assessment made up of different activities evaluating the four language skills (reading comprehension, listening comprehension, written production and oral production) carried out during the course. There is also a final test on course content, which assesses the four skills.

The continuous assessment activities represent 40% of the overall grade and the final examination counts for 60%. Students need a minimum mark of 50% to pass the course.

Week 1

Oral presentation – 27 June
Composition – 29 June

Week 2

Final Unit Activity – 3 July
Composition – 5 July

Week 3

Final Test (reading, listening, writing, speaking) - 9 July

Links and references

A selection of useful links for learning Spanish
  •     Coursebook: Aula 1 Nueva Edición, Ed. Difusión, ISBN: 9788415640066
  •     Diigo. <>