Online course in Languages & Cultures

Spanish for Beginners 5: Getting Things Done

Learn how to make phone calls, book accommodation, shop for food and get things done in the fifth Spanish for Beginners course.

  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Weekly study 4 hours
  • Learn Free
  • Extra benefits From $59 Find out more

Why join the course?

This free online course is the fifth of six in the Spanish for Beginners program. It will introduce you to the language that you need to:

  • make phone calls;
  • talk about what you are doing;
  • book hotel and other holiday accommodation;
  • shop for food;
  • make suggestions, and accept and decline invitations.

Learn Spanish to use on the phone and get things done

During the four weeks of the course, you will learn the vocabulary and phrases you need to get things done, such as expressions to use on the phone, when booking a hotel or a holiday apartment, shopping for food, or arranging to go out. You will also learn to use the present continuous to talk about what you are doing.

You will continue to develop your language skills, and practice how to talk on the phone in Spanish; this can be quite daunting, so you will also find tips and advice on how to do it.

You will find out about several festivals and celebrations from the Spanish-speaking world, including the Barranquilla Carnival in Colombia.

What topics will you cover?

  • Make phone calls;
  • Talk about what you are doing;
  • Book hotel and holiday accommodation;
  • Shop for food;
  • Make suggestions, and accept and decline invitations.

When would you like to start?

Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts. Find out more

  • Available now
    This course started 14 Oct 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Develop skills in basic Spanish for interacting in common communicative situations
  • Engage in simple communication in Spanish
  • Apply the language introduced in the course in order to get things done, making phone calls, booking holiday accommodation and shopping for food
  • Apply the language introduced to make suggestions and accept and decline invitations

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at people with little prior knowledge of Spanish, who want to learn the basic language and find out about the Spanish-speaking world. The course assumes that you have already studied the previous four courses in the Spanish for Beginners program. This course is taught through English.

Who will you learn with?

Zsuzsanna Bárkányi

Zsuzsanna Bárkányi

I'm a lecturer in Spanish at the Open University. I'm fascinated by languages, how they work, and how we learn them.

Palma Mackenzie

Palma Mackenzie

I've been teaching Spanish with the OU for the last 14 years. Over this time I've built up a wealth of experience in distance learning for adults. I also have expertise producing learning material.

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 to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

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