Online Microcredential in Language

Learn Spanish for Global Communication: Level 1

Learn the basics of Spanish language and culture and build confidence in your ability to speak Spanish for business and pleasure.

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King's College LondonKing's College London

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Get expert training in beginner-level Spanish

On this microcredential, you’ll get expert training in everyday Spanish, leaving you confident to travel or work in the Spanish-speaking world with ease.

The course is equivalent to the A1 Basic User, Breakthrough level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, giving you an in-depth introduction to workplace Spanish.

The course includes access to King’s multilingual learning personnel via a weekly 50-minute webinar in small groups, meaning you’ll interact and practise Spanish with your tutor and other participants in the course, as well as receive support and be able to question anything about that week’s content.

Learn Spanish for business

Alongside top language advisors at King’s College London’s Modern Language Centre, you’ll learn the essentials of written and spoken Spanish.

Using a communicative approach you’ll cover the four essentials of language learning: reading, writing, speaking, and listening, leaving you able to handle everyday interactions in Spanish with ease.

Get dedicated support in learning everyday Spanish

The microcredential will be structured around multiple weekly workshops, and a syllabus based on grammatical progression – giving you vital contact time with some of KCL’s finest language academics.

You’ll explore Spanish using videos, articles, and audio material, before engaging in interactive language activities such as quizzes and group discussions.

Earn a certificate in Spanish to share with peers and employers

You’ll come away able to respond to unfamiliar conversations by asking for clarifications and repetition, as well as able to use Spanish to reinforce your knowledge of other disciplines.

Ultimately, you’ll emerge with the linguistic tools to continue a life-long love of Spanish learning, and Hispanic culture in general.

According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), Spanish is the second-most popular language among single honours-degree students and is the most popular language for students taking single modules.

It is also the second-most spoken language in the world among native speakers, being spoken by 572 million people.

Where is Spanish is spoken in the world?

Spanish is the official language of 20 countries (including Spain and much of Central and South America) and is a significant minority language in the United States, where it is spoken by around 60 million people.

Can learning Spanish improve your job opportunities?

Being bilingual can improve your career potential. Demand in the US for bilingual workers doubled between 2010 and 2015, and the trend shows no sign of slowing.

What skills will you learn?

  • Nationalities and countries
  • Alphabet and numbers
  • Asking for clarification
  • Exchanging contact details
  • Basics of Spanish grammar and pronunciation
  • Countries and the weather
  • Describing personality
  • Days of the week and the time
  • Ordering food and drink in a restaurant
  • Directions and booking a hotel room
  • Greetings; introducing onself and others

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • Have a basic factual knowledgebase and range of vocabulary
  • Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and high frequency vocabulary in predictable situations
  • Produce short, simple texts, e.g. writing a postcard
  • Have basic intercultural awareness to enable them to understand simple references to the most common aspects of the culture, everyday life and current issues in the country/countries where Spanish is spoken
  • Be able to read, assess and analyse short, simple texts, and engage in evaluative thinking using given criteria
  • Objectively compare some aspects of the new culture to their own using the tools of intercultural learning

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

You do not need to have any prior knowledge of Spanish to take this course. As the course is at master’s level, you do need to declare that you have an undergraduate degree.

Is this microcredential right for you?

The microcredential is aimed at graduate professionals with no prior knowledge of Spanish.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Before learning

    Students are encouraged to enrol on the free ‘Learn Spanish for Global Communication: Level 1’ course prior to joining this microcredential.

  • Course

    From 27 Sep 2021

    Learn Spanish for Global Communication (Level 1)

    Learn the basics of Spanish - speaking, reading, writing and listening - to develop your professional life and career.

    10 weeks

    15 hours per week

    • Week 1

      ¡Hola! ¿Qué tal?
      • ¡Bienvenidos!
      • Objetivos. Semana 1
      • ¿Cómo te llamas?
      • ¿De dónde eres?
      • ¿Puedes repetir, por favor?
      • Resumen de la semana
      • ¿Hablamos?
    • Week 2

      ¿Qué haces?
      • Objetivos. Semana 2
      • ¿Estudias o trabajas?
      • ¿Por qué estudias español?
      • ¿Tienes Instagram?
      • Resumen de la semana
      • ¿Hablamos?
    • Week 3

      ¿Cómo es tu ciudad?
      • Objetivos. Semana 3
      • Mi país
      • ¿Ser o Estar?
      • Mi ciudad favorita
      • Una postal de Oaxaca
      • Resumen de la semana
      • ¿Hablamos?
    • Week 4

      Mi familia y mis aficiones
      • Objetivos. Semana 4
      • Mi familia
      • ¿Te gusta el cine?
      • ¿Qué prefieres hacer el fin de semana?
      • Resumen de la semana
      • ¿Hablamos?
    • Week 5

      Mi rutina diaria
      • Objetivos. Semana 5
      • ¿Qué día y a qué hora?
      • Un día normal
      • Diferentes rutinas...
      • Los hábitos de los españoles
      • Resumen de la semana
      • ¿Hablamos?
    • Week 6

      ¡A comer!
      • Objetivos. Semana 6
      • En el restaurante
      • ¿Cómo lo prefieres?
      • En Cuba se baila salsa
      • Quiz challenge. (Semanas 1 - 5)
      • ¿Hablamos?
    • Week 7

      ¿Cómo es tu barrio?
      • Objetivos. Semana 7
      • Mi barrio
      • Direcciones
      • Una reserva de hotel
      • Resumen de la semana
      • ¿Hablamos?
    • Week 8

      ¿Qué hiciste la semana pasada?
      • Objetivos. Semana 8
      • Las vacaciones de Maria en Oaxaca
      • La semana pasada
      • Eva habla sobre su viaje a Madrid
      • Las últimas vacaciones de Pedro...
      • Resumen
      • ¿Hablamos?
    • Week 9

      ¿Dónde naciste?
      • Objetivos. Semana 9
      • ¿En qué año...?
      • ¿Saber o Conocer?
      • Gente interesante
      • Eva habla sobre la mejor experiencia de su vida
      • El curriculum
      • Resumen
      • ¿Hablamos?
    • Week 10

      ¡Hasta pronto!
      • Objetivos. Semana 10
      • Revisión I
      • Revisión II
      • Revisión III
      • Revisión IV
      • Tarea final
      • ¡Enhorabuena!
  • After learning

    After you have taken oral and written exams at the end of the course, you’ll receive your grade within four weeks; the pass mark is 50 out of 100.

    You’ll then receive a digital certificate of attendance and transcript once you have found out your result.

What you will receive

15 UK Credits at Postgraduate level from King's College London

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

A Certificate of attendance from King's College London

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Additional benefits

  • Transcript confirming award of credits

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over multiple weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by King's College London

King’s College London, established in 1829 and a founding college of the University of London, is one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities, based in the very heart of London.

Delivered by experts

I am a teacher of Spanish at the MLC, King's College London, and a freelance learning advisor. I specialise in language development with an interest in learning technologies and instructional design

I am a Spanish teacher from Lima, Peru with 15 year experience working at King's College London. I am very interested in the latest technology developments to support language learning.

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