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Online Course

Basic Spanish 1: Getting Started

Universitat Politècnica de València via edX

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  • Provider edX
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Self Paced
  • Language English
  • Certificate $40 Certificate Available
  • Effort 4-5 hours a week
  • Duration 7 weeks long
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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

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Reviews for edX's Basic Spanish 1: Getting Started Based on 106 reviews

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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 to follow up, either for the language learning process...
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Amina S
Amina 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 class! I have gone on to take the basic II to strengthen my learning.

What I hope to see improved is the technology around the course. Sometimes I can't read well on the mobile phone version and can't play the video clips. This limits my learning time. A better content editorial is also required. Sometimes, the correct answer choices are marked as the wrong answer! that can be confusing.

Gracias para la oportunidad aprender el espanol

Me llamo Amina

April 03, 2019

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Iulia B
Iulia 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.
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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.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
i had taken this cousre within one month because i know basic spansih beforehand , this course will help you in basic spanish and it makes spanish very easy . they used all easy methods to help you learning , such as videos , songs ,reacords and they make you practise the language by recording and some little exams and at the end of the course thee is an exam reminds you with all the passed things you have learnt , i recommend tis course to you as a basics it will help you alot . good luck

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Cristian M
by Cristian 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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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I have gone through many websites and Applications for studying Spanish. But this is the Best of all. Step by step guide to help you with your learning. The pronunciation guide, vocabulary building, grammar instructions, the short videos and the comprehension help the student a lot. A perfect teacher without a traditional classroom. A big thanks to edX team and to UP Valencia for providing the best teaching modules along with materials.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
The course is so amazing. I learned the basics of Spanish and how can introduce my self, my home also my apartment, and my address.

I hope to get the financial aid in courses in Edx that for people can't afford the price of certificate like me because their out come is lease than 10 $ per month also and i'm Egyptian, and i wanna learn more and more about my career and languages like Spanish, Germany and Italian ......etc.
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Vladi V
Vladi is taking this course right now, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Somehow I don't find it engaging.. Maybe for me is not so interesting because i already speak a bit of Spanish, but I have impression all the time that instructors are repeating a lot and over and over again.. I would give it 2-3 stars for now.
4 people found
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Carmel I
by Carmel is taking this course right now, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Something is wrong with this course. It says that I haven't completed Weeks 2-5 (I'm currently on Week 5). But when I click the option there's a green check mark, meaning that I've finished it. (And I did!) How do I solve this problem?
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Leila A
Leila is taking this course right now, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
I think this class isn't suited for beginners like myself. More for the people whom are advanced for the language and can understand better for any course review.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Very good introduction ..and quite comprehensive. Sufficient for my needs. I combined it with an app on smartphone to prgress somewhat faster.

Thank you
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Nora H
Nora completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it.
I have learned well and most importantly I want to get the certificate and I have deposited the amount and I am waiting for it to arrive Thank you and I wish more learning
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I liked it and the fact that they recapitulate at the end of a week really helps. By the way sometimes in the videos they speak a bit to fast for me but with the subtitles i could manage.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
It was a really great online course that I can recommend other people I know to join as well.

I especially liked the varying content with videos, exercises etc
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I believe this course was an excellent way to review some basic Spanish that I had learned in the past.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I loved every minute of this course. It was without doubt, the best online course I have seen. The time just flew by and I found I learned quickly. I would like to thank the team for all their efforts As a retired Senior Lecturer myself, I know how important feedback is. I hope my comments are of some...
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Carrie H
Carrie 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 version and record yourself repeating the content) only gave error messages no matter how I tried to access the pages. The videos of people having a conversation for a few seconds were not very insightful, though the longer, explanatory videos were helpful. I didn't see the point of the "discussion" sections since they were not graded or used to really extend the lesson. Overall, I would not recommend this course unless you need a certificate to prove you tried to learn Spanish in a structured, online course. YouTube and Duolingo are better options to learn and practice Spanish.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Thanks for this beautiful course! A lot of things is explained for beginners. I liked the form, the handouts, drag and drop exercises and other forms of exercises. Audio and video files were of great help as well. There were small problems with drag and drop exercises, where I had to try to place the items into the correct position repeatedly. Just a little note: some videos had no downloadable subtitles or text files (for example: "¿Dónde hay una farmacia?" and "Mi pueblo", but transcripts were available. May God bless you all!

¡Muchas gracias!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
i already know some spanish from other online courses. so this course was a nice compact ressource for repeating. and i also learned something that i did not know before :)

it is not too difficult in my opinion, but the lessons are well structured.

not so good: the pages where i have to repeat the sentences - this did not work for me (mac) and i was no able to see which exercises i already did or not

i will continue with part 2 of basic spanish.
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