Spanish Language Enrolment Module, Stages 2-5

Learn how to speak and understand Spanish from beginner level. You will discover the different varieties of Peninsular and Latin American Spanish and the diversity of cultures in the Spanish-speaking world. You can take this module as a short course, or as part of the Certificate of Higher Education in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (Spanish or Portuguese) or a BA degree.

We offer Spanish language courses from beginner to advanced levels.

  • Spanish 1 (beginner level)
  • Spanish Language Enrolment Module, Stages 2-5 (subject to Placement Test) (upper beginner level through to proficiency).

Spanish Language Enrolment Module, Stages 2-5 is the general enrolment course for all students wishing to study Spanish at stages 2 to 5. You will be asked to take a placement test and you may need to attend an interview, to enable us to assess your current level of knowledge and place you on an appropriate course. Below is some information about what is studied at each stage and practical details about the location, days and times of the classes.

After enrolling online, you will receive an email with a link to the placement test and instructions about how to submit it. You can also enrol  in person at the Student Advice Service or by phone on +44 (0)20 7631 6316. You should then call the Cultures and Languages Office on +44 (0)20 7631 6113/6170 and they will send you a placement test. 

Spanish 2

This 29-week course, leading to CEFR B1 (Intermediate)/AS level*, will develop your ability to interact in Spanish in a wider range of everyday situations (i.e. recounting events in the past, expressing wishes, making conditions and offering advice), while gaining an increased awareness of everyday life and the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. You will be introduced to media in Spanish and, by the end of the course, you will be expected to understand the gist of news and other programmes in standard Spanish. The grammatical structures covered include the passive voice and passive constructions, the imperative and the subjunctive. The course uses ELE Actual B1 as a textbook and is supported by a wide range of authentic materials, which include video, audio, electronic and written documents. You will also develop your reading and writing skills.

Classes are offered on a Wednesday and a Thursday, 6pm-9pm, in central London, commencing on Wednesday 4 October 2017 and Thursday 5 October 2017. 

Spanish 2 is also offered in intensive format with two classes a week on a Friday, 6pm-9pm, and a Saturday 3pm-6pm, commencing on Friday 2 March 2018.   

Spanish 3

This 29-week course, leading to CEFR B2 (Upper Intermediate)/A-level+*, is aimed at developing your language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in Spanish to an advanced intermediate level of ability. It will also help you gain further insight into aspects of the culture and society of the Spanish-speaking world. You will consolidate your knowledge of tenses in the indicative and the subjunctive and learn to use more complex sentences and structures, as well as idioms and expressions. You will be working with longer texts from a range of media, including news and current affairs programmes as well as films.

The course uses ¡Acción Gramática! as a textbook.

Classes are offered on a Tuesday or a Friday, 6pm-9pm, in central London, commencing Tuesday 3 October 2017 and Friday 6 October 2017. 

Spanish 4

Leading to CEFR C1 (Advanced)/post-A-level*, this 29-week course builds on and broadens your existing knowledge and skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish. The emphasis is on expanding your vocabulary, developing accuracy in oral and written communication, and learning to use more complex grammatical structures and sentences (e.g. compound sentences). You will be expected to understand a variety of texts from a range of media, including literary texts, TV programmes and films. Materials in different varieties of Latin American and Peninsular Spanish will be used for reading and listening comprehension practice.

Classes are offered on a Thursday or a Friday, 6pm-9pm, in central London, commencing on Thursday 5 October 2017 and Friday 6 October 2017. 

Spanish 5

This 24-week course, leading to CEFR C1 (Advanced)/C2 (degree level)*, aims to consolidate your fluency and accuracy of language use, both in speaking and writing. The minimum exit language level for this module is CEFR C1 but students who perform at the higher levels of achievement can be taken to have reached CEFR C2 level. The course introduces more advanced translation skills for which journalistic and literary texts are employed. It takes you up to a degree level of ability. You will consolidate your academic writing in the language by producing a range of essays based on the textual analysis of films and fictional and non-fictional texts, including a research project. You will improve your oral-aural skills through the completion of a radio project and use of authentic texts, films, TV and radio programmes and discussions and debates in class.

Classes are offered on a Tuesday or a Wednesday, 6pm-9pm, in central London, commencing Tuesday 3 October 2017 or Wednesday 4 October 2017. 

* Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Please note: this is only an approximate equivalence.

This Short Course can be taken as a stand-alone course or it may be available as part of a Certificate of Higher Education.

30 credits at level TBC

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months’ duration.
    • Courses of less than six months’ duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our three-year evening study BA/BSc/LLB degrees, as these are classified as full-time study and qualify for student visa status. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck’s part-time evening study degrees.

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis – so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

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