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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

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Reviews

4.5 rating, based on 358 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...
  • Amina Salihu
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    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...
  • 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...
  • Anonymous
    Quite poor, you get what you pay for! Don't expect much for nothing.

    Most annoying is the structure when you are given exercises before the vocabulary. If you knew words - exercises would be useless, if you didn't - it would be meaningless.

    Also, very little material covered during "seven weeks" and all course can easily be completed in two/three hours.
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    Iulia Boșcănean
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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.
  • Well, a great resource available.. even for the ones who can't afford it.. Thank yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
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    Gummadi Nishna
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    It helped me a lot to learn Spanish.

    I really enjoyed this course.

    Going for the next Basic Spanish: One Step Further
  • 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.

    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.
  • AMBUJ SHUKLA
    3
    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.
  • 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

    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
  • Anonymous
    It's a great course for a beginner. I didn't know much about the Spanish language, but I do some now. I can understand a little bit now when Hispanic people are talking in Spanish (of course some words I learnt from this course). I would give it 4.5 stars...
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    Carrie Hannigan
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    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...
  • Colleen Wint
    I find this course to be a very informative and well organized course. It was very clear that a lot of planning was placed within the curriculum used. This was demonstrated in the way the various topics were presented. I am now a bit more edified where Spanish is concerned. I really enjoyed this course.

    The sole issue I had was that I had started this course on March 8, 2021,and it had stated that it was a seven weeks course. As a result and as a result, I had to work overtime to meet the deadline. I subsequently learnt that I had options, but because it was such a wonderful course, I wanted to take advantage of it readily.

    Do keep up the great work.

    C.P.W.
  • Anonymous
    It's fine. I appreciate all the exercises. I wasn't expecting a lot because I already took some lessons from Duolingo. I'm surprised that despite doing so, I still managed to learn a few more lessons from here. The only con is that it would have been better if they didn't upload those videos used here on YouTube. Seeing those suggested clips after finishing a video is kind of disappointing. Also, those exercises where you would record your voice to practice saying some Spanish words are such a let-down. It would have been nice if it works. I tried troubleshooting it and even checked edx's website on how to make it work, but clearly, it doesn't.
  • Anonymous
    I am very happy with the course overall, but I think it could have been more in-depth. I feel like some elements were not pursued well enough to be fully understood and grasped by a student with zero background and prior knowledge about the Spanish language. Many times I had to check the new words in the dictionary, and their use is still abstract to me. Still, I will continue learning the next part of this course. I like how interactive it is, and most of the knowledge is presented in a very simple yet understandable way. Big thanks to the UPV's team!
  • Anonymous
    It is what it says it is. Basic Spanish. There are not enough explanation given on some of the topics. Like how to differentiate masculine and feminine words, how to construct a basic sentence, why the prepositions are different, etc. If you take this course, you'll need external resources to help you understand. I found Youtube extremely helpful. Take this course so that you can have structure when learning but at the same time, look out for other resources as well to help you understand more.
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