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Beginners Spanish 3: ¡Adelante!

Building on your prior knowledge of Spanish, this short course helps you gain confidence in speaking and writing the language to communicate in everyday situations. You will develop your knowledge of important basic structures of Spanish, along with key vocabulary to take part in simple exchanges in shops or when asking and giving directions. Whether you have studied Beginners Spanish 1: ¡Empezamos! (LXS001) and Beginners Spanish 2: ¡En marcha! (LXS002), or you choose this course as your starting point, you'll be able to improve your reading and listening skills in Spanish, and also increase your awareness of the cultural diversity of the Spanish speaking world.

Standalone study only

This module is available for standalone study only. Any credits from this module cannot be counted towards an OU qualification.

Module

Module code
LXS003
Credits
0
Study level
To enable you to make international comparisons, the information provided shows how OU levels correspond to the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Northern Ireland and Wales (FHEQ).
OU FHEQ
0
Study method
Distance Learning
Module cost
See Module registration
Entry requirements
See Entry requirements

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What you will study

This is the third in our Beginners Spanish series – Beginners Spanish 3: ¡Adelante!

This 16 week course offers you a follow up to your learning journey from our earlier courses, or your own prior learning through travel or study. Starting with making suggestions, you will progress week by week towards being able to hold longer conversations and to understand more language in different situations.

In Beginners Spanish 3: ¡Adelante! you will learn how to:

  • make suggestions
  • make phone calls formally and informally
  • explain what you are doing today
  • book accommodation and make formal requests in a hotel
  • take part in simple exchanges in shops when shopping for food or clothes
  • describe places and indicate their location
  • ask and give directions and learn some vocabulary relating to travel
  • talk about what is or is not allowed
  • order food and drink in a bar or restaurant.

A country's culture forms an important part of learning a language so you will also discover information about different aspects of the Hispanic culture related to famous Hispanic buildings and to the importance of eating with family and friends.

Throughout the course, you will improve your ability to understand spoken and written Spanish and communicate your own information and ideas. You will acquire a knowledge of important basic structures of Spanish along with key vocabulary. Each week comprises 3–4 hours of interactive activities, exercises, explanations and tips about language-learning. It is a good idea to keep notes either in a notebook or on your preferred digital device. There are regular revision weeks and at the end of each week, there is a quiz for you to practise what you have been learning.

We look forward to seeing you soon. ¡Hasta pronto!

You will learn

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • communicate with speakers of Spanish in a limited range of predictable and simple contexts relating to everyday situations
  • understand and use simple Spanish grammatical structures (for example, questions and statements), and common terms for everyday objects and events
  • recognise and use basic Spanish phrases in formal and informal styles of communication and use polite forms of address and greetings
  • show basic intercultural communicative competence, including an awareness of Spanish-speaking cultures and societies.

The course is designed to help you achieve a level of language proficiency equivalent to level A1 of the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).

Learner support

You will have access to discussion forums that you are strongly encouraged to participate in as these forums combine support from fellow students with input from a language-specialist learning adviser. Other support is available via the StudentHome website and Computing Helpdesk.

Course length

You'll study 3–4 hours per week, for 16 weeks. In total this course will require around 64 hours to complete.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations, which are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website.

    Course work includes:

    No residential school


    Entry requirements

    There are no entry requirements for this course.

    However, it's beneficial if you have some basic knowledge of Spanish, similar or equivalent to the language, skills and vocabulary practised in Beginners Spanish 1: ¡Empezamos! (LXS001) and Beginners Spanish 2: ¡En marcha! (LXS002).

    You will be given guidance on developing your language-learning skills such as different techniques to memorise vocabulary and approach grammatical topics.

    If you have any doubt about the suitability of the course, please contact us.

    Course length

    You'll study 3–4 hours per week, for 16 weeks. In total this course will require around 64 hours to complete.

    Register

    Start End England fee Register
    27 Feb 2021 Jun 2021 £199.00

    Registration closes 18/02/21 (places subject to availability)

    Register
    26 Jun 2021 Oct 2021 £199.00

    Registration closes 17/06/21 (places subject to availability)

    Register
    30 Oct 2021 Feb 2022 Not yet available

    Registration opens on 18/03/21

    This module is expected to start for the last time in October 2021.

    Ways to pay

    Credit/Debit Card – We accept American Express, Mastercard, Visa and Visa Electron.

    Sponsorship – If this course is geared towards your job or developing your career, you could ask your employer to sponsor you by paying some or all of the fees. Your sponsor just needs to complete a simple form to confirm how much they will be paying and we will invoice them.

    The fee information provided here is valid for short courses starting in the 2020/21 academic year. Fees for short courses starting in the 2021/22 academic year or later may increase in line with the University’s strategic approach to fees.

    What's included

    All learning materials are delivered entirely online. You’ll have access to a course website, which includes:

    • a week-by-week study planner
    • course-specific materials and activities
    • audio content
    • discussion forums
    • support from language-specialist learning advisers.

    Computing requirements

    A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.

    Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.

    A desktop or laptop computer with either an up-to-date version of Windows or macOS.

    The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

    To join in the spoken conversation in our online rooms we recommend a headset (headphones or earphones with an integrated microphone).

    Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students.

    If you have a disability

    The course is delivered online and makes use of a variety of online resources. If you use specialist hardware or software to assist you in using a computer or the internet you are advised to contact us about support which can be given to meet your needs.

    To find out more about what kind of support and adjustments might be available, contact us or visit our Disability support website.