Open University program

Spanish for Beginners

Learn Spanish online and discover the Spanish-speaking world with six free online Spanish courses, created by The Open University.

Spanish for Beginners

  • Overview 6 courses
  • Duration 24 weeks
  • Learn Free

Learn basic Spanish and discover the Spanish-speaking world

Have you ever visited Spain and wished you spoke some Spanish to interact with the locals and understand more of the country? Have you ever travelled to Central or South America and been fascinated by the language, the people and their cultures? Have you always wanted to find a way into the food, music, cinema or literature of the Spanish-speaking world?

Whether you want to learn Spanish to go on holiday, use it for work or study, or simply give your brain a boost, this Spanish for Beginners program will help you discover one of the world’s most widely spoken languages, and the fascinating cultures and peoples of the Spanish-speaking world.

The program is designed for learners with no prior knowledge of Spanish, and provides a solid foundation at level A1 of the CEFR.

Accessible for free on desktop, tablet or mobile, and delivered in bite-sized chunks, the six, four-week courses in the program provide a flexible way to learn to understand and talk about everyday and familiar situations in Spanish.

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When you complete all courses, upgrade and earn a Certificate of Achievement for each, you will receive a FutureLearn Award as proof of completing the program of study and deeper subject knowledge.

Duration
24 weeks recommended learning
Price
$354 USD (course costs)
Overview
6 courses

What skills will I learn?

Through the Spanish for Beginners program, you will learn to:

  • understand and communicate in Spanish in everyday situations;
  • develop basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills;
  • learn vocabulary and expressions to talk about everyday topics;
  • become aware of the cultural diversity of the Spanish-speaking world;
  • and develop your study skills to become a successful language learner.

In particular, you will learn the language necessary to:

  • greet people, say where you live and what languages you speak;
  • describe people and what they wear, talk about your family and home;
  • talk about daily life, what you do and when things happen;
  • talk about your hobbies, likes and dislikes;
  • make phone calls, book accommodation,
  • shop for food or clothes, and get things done;
  • and ask for directions, order food and drinks when you’re out and about.

Courses on this program

6 courses

How does our pricing work?

Start Learning Free
$354 USD - Course Upgrades

Can I learn for free?

Programs are made up of short courses, most of which you can join for free.

However, if you want to take the final assessment and unlock the award or accreditation for the program, you must upgrade each individual course or buy Unlimited to gain a Certificate of Achievement for all the courses in the program.

How do course upgrades work?

If you want to spend more time on course material and better demonstrate what you've learned, you may choose to upgrade each course. You can upgrade your courses at any point after you enrol.

When you upgrade a course, you get ongoing access to the course material for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn. This means you can return to the subject whenever you like.

You will also be given access to any course tests, and the ability to qualify for a downloadable and printed Certificate of Achievement to show what you’ve achieved.

How does Unlimited work?

If you have Unlimited, you will get access to all of the short courses in this program, plus hundreds of other short courses and tests for a year.

You have the ability to learn at your own pace throughout the year and gain digital Certificates of Achievement on all your courses.

If you gain a certificate on a course, you will keep access to the course’s content beyond your Unlimited year so you can revise the content whenever you need.

Unlimited costs $239 for a year. Find out more about Unlimited.

Are these the final prices?

Yes. There are no additional fees. The price you see here includes everything - such as test fees, tuition and any additional accreditation provided by the course.

Learn with experts in online language teaching

The Spanish for Beginners program has been developed by a team of language educators at The Open University – a pioneer in online and distance teaching and learning.

Since its launch in 1969, The Open University has enabled nearly two million learners to achieve their career and life goals. It has a thriving program of language offerings at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.