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Universitat Politècnica de València

Basic Spanish 1: Getting Started

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Overview

This 7-week Spanish language course is aimed at students who would like to learn conversational Spanish starting with Spanish basics. The course introduces everyday language and includes activities to practice all four language skills: reading comprehension, writing, listening comprehension and speaking.

This course will introduce you to the A1 proficiency level as described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL, Council of Europe 2001). After completing this course, you will be prepared to introduce yourself, ask basic questions, and conduct a brief conversation in Spanish.

This course uses reference materials, cultural notes, grammar explanations, functions of language, etc. Students will be able to monitor their progress by taking a number of performance tests and a final achievement test.

Taught by

Ms. Cristina Navarro, Dra. Virginia González and Dra. Ana Gimeno

Reviews

4.5 rating, based on 386 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous
    Let's be honest. You get what you pay for. I paid $0.00 to audit the course, so I am appreciative of the free instruction. With that being said, let's be a little critical of what is being offered and why I wouldn't pay $40 dollars for the certificate. The...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I love this course. I am always interested in learning new languages since it leads me to comprehend different cultures. Since this course is the foundation, there is nothing too difficult to learn and understand by myself. The course structure is easy...
  • Anonymous
    This is a really great foundational course for anyone serious about learning the language. I spent 4.5 years learning Spanish in high school and college, but I never kept up with it. This class helped me start from the beginning and make sure I have a...
  • Well, a great resource available.. even for the ones who can't afford it.. Thank yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
  • Amina Salihu

    Amina Salihu completed this course.

    Ola, I absolutely love the teaching pace and options for lesson repeat. The course had great content that covers all the basics. Where I didn't know a word of Spanish before, I was conversing with my colleagues from Mexico after three months of the...
  • AMBUJ SHUKLA
    I WAS 16 YEARS OLD WHEN I STARTED WATCHING AND PLAYING FOOTBALL. I CAN SAY IT INFLUENCED ME AND HAD LOT OF IMPACT IM MY LIFE. LEO MESSI WAS AND IS MY INSPIRATION. I FELT IN LOVE WITH FC BARCELONA SINCE DAY 1. I STARTED WATCHING EVERY MATCH OF THEM. I DONT MISS EVEN SINGLE SECOND OF LA LIGA AND IT GOT MY ATTENTION TOWARD SPANISH CULTURE AND LANGUAGE, I FELT IN LOVE WITH SPAIN. IT IS MY DREAM TO VISIT CAMP NOU AND WITNESS MESSI PLAYING BUT I THINK IT SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE AS IT IS VERY HARD TO VISIT SPAIN FINANCIALLY BEFORE MESSI RETIRES. BUT THE INFLUENCE OF SPAIN IN MY HEART IS EXTREMELY INTACT. THIS IS WHY I STARTED LEARNING SPANISH. THE TEACHERS ARE VERY ORGANISED AND THEY CONVEY THEIR KNOWLEDGE EXTREMELY WELL.
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    Iulia Boșcănean

    Iulia Boșcănean completed this course.

    This course helped me put in place all the information I remembered from Spanish music, movies or series. It's really great as a beginner course because it has so many practical exercises that it's impossible not to remember at least a few things. I also liked the way it was structured around basic knowledge you need to have if you want to communicate something simple in Spanish and around specific knowledge such as grammatical aspects. I would recommend this course. I did not like the fact that I was unable to test my knowledge in the mid and final test because I didn't subscribe for a verified certificate, but other than that I can't complain about the usefulness of the course as a whole.
  • Anonymous
    This course helped me build a foundation on which I learned how to speak fluent spanish. As a highschooler, I did not have much access to a beginning SPanish class and I needed one to start the foundation for speaking fluently. Thanks to edX, I was able to learn Spanish in time to visit my father in Spain and hold fluent conversations with my family there without stuttering, and communicate with the people in the neighborhood. I strongly suggest this course to anyone needing a free class on speaking fluent Spanish who has some time on their hands to learn. Thank you edX!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I really enjoyed this course overall. However, as someone who has never taken Spanish I do think they could pay more attention to the expanded vocabulary they use in presenting the lectures. Only in the Week's recap do you see the meaning of all the...
  • Anonymous
    I completed and passed this course on 3.6.2022. I wouldn't recommend this course to anyone. Luckily I had almost a year to complete the course. It was tough and this course was intermediate not basic. Basic to me is what ever is spoken or written in Spanish must in written and spoken in English. Instead it was majority Spanish. Luckily my employer was offering this course to us and paid for it. If you are a beginner, you must study and ask questions.
  • Anonymous
    Having I enrolled in this course , I thought it was going to be difficult to finish because I had some hindrances getting through this course with certain exercises that were not compatible with my software system, but I managed to move from that obstacle . I found this course awesome and intriguing as I learned Spanish. Thank You for giving me the opportunity to take this wonderful class.
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    Anton Nikulin
    Pros:
    - You can really immerse yourself in a language
    - tasks are interesting and various
    Cons:
    - a lot of words introduced, are not reinforced with exercises
    - Not enough exercises. Twice as many exercises are needed to successfully absorb introduced grammar and vocabulary

    I really enjoyed the course. And definitely recommend it as a good introduction to Spanish language
  • Maxwell Zhou
    This course is very effective. It has many good examples and it brings the ideas from books to real-world context. The whole course is spectacular in which it also involves real-person-commentary. Speaking of the settings of the questions and problems, improvements can be made in order to enhance the learning experience. From personal perspective, a lack of practice of concepts and understanding of some contents potentially hindered the progress of the course.
  • Cristian Martos completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    It seems to me a wonderful course,
    It starts from scratch, teaching you basic expressions, such as introducing yourself or greeting yourself. You learn to say where you are from, to know how to express yourself about clothes, your family, your house, some usual questions, store products, numbers, etc.
    The pronunciation of the videos is very good, both in English and in Spanish.
    Thank you very much for this content!
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    Carrie Hannigan

    Carrie Hannigan completed this course.

    I liked the interactive quizzes, but the course overall did not extend my existing knowledge of Spanish other than to reinforce that I can read Spanish better than hear and understand Spanish. All of the audio based exercises (e.g., listen to the recorded...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Learning the proper articles and such of Spanish isn't very useful to me. I communicate with many people in the restaurant industry and not one of them speaks proper spanish. I just want to be able to communicate with them. Understanding sentence structure is sort of a waste of time. Furthermore, there are many glitches with this course. Often I could only "show answers" once I already got them all correct. That isn't helpful.
  • Anonymous
    gercekten cok begendim, yeni bir dil ogrenme konusunda su ana kadar online kurslarin en iyisi diyebilirim.

    simdi dee ispanyolca 2 kursuna baslayacagim. umarim kurslarin toplam bitiminde ispanyolcayi iyi duzeyde konusuyor olabilirim..

    gracias por todo!

  • Anonymous
    Yo aprendí mucho estas clase. Yo hablé español por muchos años pero yo olvidé muchas palabras en los años. Por mí fue muy bueno aprender más palabras y vocabulario y me gusté cuando los profesores hablaron A mí solamente en español.
  • MARIA RIBEIRO
    I Liked very much this course. I didn´t know anything about Spanish and I could learn a lot.

    Yo estoy muy contenta en hablar un poquito de español.

    Yo quiero aprender mucho más.

    Congratulations for the Universitat Politècnica de València!
  • Rabia Elmas
    You make learning Spanish look easy, for me. I have truly found Spanish interesting and nice, thanks to you. I hope I can be able to work on it more. I rerolled the second course, by the way. I really enjoyed, thanks for everything.

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