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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.

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 5: Getting Things Done

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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.

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 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

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

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.

María Fernández-Toro

Lecturer in Spanish at the Open University (UK), Department of Languages. My research interests include language teaching and learning, intercultural communication, and multilingualism in music.

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.

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

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $64 you’ll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose to take a course for free.

A Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your Linkedin or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.