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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.
Ms. Cristina Navarro, Dra. Virginia González and Dra. Ana Gimeno
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...
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 or psychological and logical thinking, and it is easy to browse and go back to specific weeks/lessons if I just happen to forget it. I have only two little issues with this course. First, some instructors lecture very fast (in Spanish normal pace); it is a bit difficult for me to catch their accent since my ears were not trained to understand it easily. I had to listen to videos many times to grasp correct Spanish words. Second, I always had a problem with the Speaking Lab (I learnt via Google Chrome). When I completed any speaking exercise (many many times), the system would not recognise my completion and just untick my lesson. I had to go back and forth between the Speaking Lab and its adjacent pages 5-20+ times until it recognised my activities. For others, all were good.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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...
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 use.
There are just a few comments I would make ( not criticisms).
There is a button to click, to enrol. It shows the word ENROLL. This is American English. The word in British English is ENROL.
Occasionally USTED is shown as 3rd person singular along with el/ella. Isn't it second person singular?
How is your town? This is not an English expression and I didn't know how to interpret it.Were we supposed to tell you what our town/city was like? Did you want to know if it had modern or ancient architecture? Is it in good condition?
In the numbers section the number cuatrocientas was shown on one page as two words and as one word on the next page
Starting my next course soon, looking forward to it.
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.
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!