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Online course

Spanish for Beginners 1: Meeting and Greeting

Learn how to greet people, and talk about where you live and what you do in the first of six Spanish for Beginners courses.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Spanish for Beginners 1: Meeting and Greeting

Why join the course?

This free online course is the first of six in the Spanish for Beginners program. It will introduce you to the basic language, so that you are able to:

  • greet people and introduce yourself and others;
  • talk about where you live and where you come from;
  • talk about what you do;
  • talk about the languages you speak;
  • ask for clarification or repetition when you don’t understand.

Start to speak, listen, read and write in Spanish

During the four weeks of the course, you will learn some of the vocabulary and phrases you need to help you interact with people at a basic level.

You will start to develop the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing through a range of activities that introduce the language in authentic settings, and the audio and video resources will show you the language in action.

There are some activities when you will also practise your speaking skills, as it is important that you start speaking as soon as possible!

You will also learn some essential Spanish grammar, including some basic verbs. Finally, you will get some tips and advice on how to develop your study skills, so that you become a successful language learner.

Take your Spanish learning offline by purchasing two hours of downloadable audio files and transcripts made by the course creators at The Open University. These MP3s are a great way to practise your Spanish listening and speaking wherever you are. They cover examples and exercises in the same topics as the course.

What topics will you cover?

  • Greet people and introduce yourself and others;
  • Talk about where you live and where you come from;
  • Talk about what you do;
  • Talk about the languages you speak;
  • Ask for clarification or repetition when you don’t understand.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Develop skills in basic Spanish for interacting in common communicative situations
  • Engage in simple communication in Spanish
  • Apply the language introduced in order to greet people, talk about where you live and what you do
  • Apply the language introduced to talk about the languages you speak and ask for clarification or repetition when you don’t understand

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at people with no prior knowledge of Spanish who want to learn the basic language and find out about the Spanish-speaking world. It will be taught through English.

Who will you learn with?

Tita Beaven

I am a Senior Lecturer in Spanish at The Open University and have a doctorate in education in the field of ed. tech. I love learning and teaching languages, as well as painting and quilting.

Palma Mackenzie

I’ve been teaching Spanish for the last 25 years - at the OU since 2005 - and enjoy teaching now more than ever. Also I enjoy walking in the Northumbrian hills and coast and going to the cinema.

Who developed the course?

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £49.00

Statement of Participation £34.00

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Charges to your account will be made in GBP. Prices in local currency are provided as a convenience and are only an estimate based on current exchange rates.