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Basic Spanish 1: Getting Started

Universitat Politècnica de València via edX


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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  • 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...
  • 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...
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    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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Leila Ahmouda

    Leila Ahmouda 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.
  • 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
    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.

    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

    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
  • 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.
  • Fatima Ezzahra Mountacer

    Fatima Ezzahra Mountacer completed this course.

    I would like to thanks the teachers for their efforts, I have learned a lot, when I have started this course I was a complete beginner, now I feel much better about my level, I have started to get familiarized with this new language which was completely strange to me, I didn't like only one thing which is exams are not available for people who have selected a non-certificate program like me, I didn't have the chance to examine my acknowledgment
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Vladi

    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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    LOVED it it was excellent
    about to enroll to basic Spanish 2
    thank you for all the people who worked very hard to make this course its very helpful although i enrolled late i was still able to finish the course within 7 days! all i had to do was work hard and try to keep up with the rest. it was amazing thanks for giving me a chance to enroll to an amazing Spanish course
  • Carmel Ilustrisimo 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?
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Absolutely loved this course. I will definitely continue Basic Part 2 and Part 3 as I would like to express my opinion about the mid-term and final exams. I don't understand why they can't be available for the students who can't afford the certificate. Besides this fact, it was a great experience. Thank you Universidad Politecnica de Valencia for this opportunity!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Amazing contents. With short videos, the videos became attractive and not boring. Thanks for the content creator and for the platform, I can learn Spanish freely. Hopefully I can speak Spanish fluently in near soon.
  • 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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