A2 Spanish Course: Basic knowledge
Beginners who already have a basic knowledge of Spanish and want to continue their learning. Can understand sentences and commonly used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (personal and family information, shopping, work, local area). Can interact in simple, routine situations requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can use simple means to describe own background and education, immediate surroundings and matters relating to immediate needs.
Our Spanish Courses are structured in 6 main teaching levels, in line with the curriculum plan of the Instituto Cervantes and the CEFR of the Council of Europe: from beginners level A1 up to the highest level C2.
I.- Grammar contents for level A2
Personal nouns. Collective nouns.
Gender and number of nouns.
Masculine / feminine.
Plural forms. Dual plurals.
The nominal syntagm.
Agreement of the gender and number of the determinative, noun, and adjective.
Order of the nominal syntagm
Shortened form: bueno/buen, malo/mal, grande/gran, primero/primer…
Degrees of adjectives.
Modifiers: adverbs and the exclamatory qué + adjective.
El in front of a – tone: el aula / las aulas; un aula / unas aulas.
Absence of articles.
The absence of the subject in Spanish.
Difference between tú / usted.
Pronoun se / reflexive se / impersonal se.
The use of the impersonal second person.
Review of the pronouns DO.
Review of the pronouns IO.
Positioning of the pronouns DO and IO.
Relative pronouns: que, el que, la que.
Review of interrogative pronouns.
Review of exclamatory pronouns.
Review of possessives: mi / mío / el mío.
Combining possessives with other elements.
Review of demonstratives: este / ese / aquel.
Review of the cardinal numbers.
Ordinal numbers up to the tenth.
Indefinites: algo / algún / alguien; nada / ningún / nadie.
Quantifiers: tanto / tan; mucho / muy.
Universal quantifier: todo.
Review of simple prepositions.
Review of compound prepositions.
Adverbs and adverbial locutions
Terms for ordering a story: primero, después, finalmente…
Ya no / todavía no / aún no.
Interjections like ¡ah! ¡oh! ¡eh!
The interjection ¡Ojalá!
Present of the indicative with special attention to the irregular forms.
Review of reflexive verbs.
Uses of the present.
Present in the past: the historic present.
Present with future value.
Review of the Present Perfect
Simple past: regulars and irregulars
Uses. Time markers.
Uses. Time markers.
Use of the past tenses
Contrasts between the Present Perfect, the Imperfect and the Indefinite.
Regular and irregular imperatives
Imperative with reflexive verbs.
Imperative with the pronouns OD and OI.
Imperative in independent phrases: venga, oiga, ten, tenga…
Uses of the Imperative.
Introduction to the simple Conditional: deberías + infinitive, sería conveniente + infinitive
Differences in the use of ser / estar
Aspectual verbal periphrases:
Review of estar + gerund. Estar (in the past) + gerund; seguir + gerund., dejar de + infinitive; volver a + infinitive. Estar a punto de + infinitive, ponerse a + infinitive; llevar + time quantity + gerund.
Review of ir a + infinitive.
Modal verbal periphrases:
Se puede / no se puede + infinitive, hay que / tener que / deber + infinitive poner, ponerse + adjetive / sustantive, ponerse a + infinitive
Infinitive in the function of the subject: Lo mejor es + infinitive.
Infinitive in the function of the DO: Prohibido + infinitive.
Infinitive with an imperative value.
Gerund in periphrases constructions.
Past participle with attributive value.
Past participle in compound times.
Variation in the SV order.
Detailing the use of the type of the verbs like gustar and defective verbs like doler.
Desiderative clauses with ¡ojalá!
Impersonal clauses with se.
Copulatories and disjunctives.
1. Subordinate noun clauses.
1.1. Subordinate noun clauses in the Infinitive.
Querer + infinitive / Querer + sustantive.
1.1. Subordinate noun clauses (with two conjugated verbs).
OD function: Quiero que + subjunctive.
2. Relative subordinate clauses.
Introduced by relative pronouns: el que, la que…
3. Adverbial subordinate clauses.
– Only in the indicative mode –
Temporal clauses: antes de, después de, cuando.
Causal clauses: porque, por, como.
Final clauses: para.
Conditionals: si (in the Indicative present).
Consecutive phrases: por lo tanto, por eso.
Comparative phrases: tan…como; menos…que, mayor…que.
II.- Functional contents for Level A2
1. Give and ask for information
Give and ask for personal information.
Give and ask for information about the time.
Give and ask for food information.
Give and ask for product and object information.
Give and ask for pricing information.
Give and ask for information about reasons and causes.
Give and ask for information about purposes.
Describe and narrate
Locate objects in a space.
Talk about other people.
Describe connections and similarities.
Describe the development of an action.
Narrate present events.
Narrate a daily routine.
Narrate historical events.
Narrate developing actions in the past.
Describe and compare objects.
Describe and physically compare people.
Describe and compare personalities.
Describe situations in the past.
Locate actions in time.
Relate and connect past events.
Relate our academic and professional life.
Compare past events with the present.
2. Express opinions, attitudes and knowledge
Justify an opinion.
Express an opinion, agree, disagree.
Evaluate an idea.
Evaluate a fact.
Express the cause, consequence and purpose.
Express and defend our abilities.
3. Express tastes, desires and emotions
Talk about tastes and preferences.
Talk about feelings.
Express surprise, disgust and gratefulness.
Expression of physical sensations.
Express pain or annoyance.
Talk about intentions and projects.
4. Influence the interlocutor
Get someone’s attention.
Greet, say hello, say goodbye.
Introduce yourself to someone (formal and informal).
6. Organise a discussion
Establish communication and react.
Ask for a person and respond.
Ask to start a story.
Introduce a story topic.
III.- Phonetic and orthographic contents for Level A2
Sounds that are the most difficult to pronounce: /r/, /x/, etc.
Intonation according to different communicative functions.
Intonation and irony.
Recognising the characteristic pronunciation of speakers of the same language.
Use of the accent in Spanish.
Restrictions on double consonants in Spanish: ll, rr, cc.
Consonants that can be worded in Spanish: r, s, l, n, d, z.
Links between spellings and sounds: b, v, w.
Links between spellings and sounds: z, c, k,q.
Links between spellings and sounds: h.
Links between spellings and sounds: y, ll.
Links between spellings and sounds: r, rr.
Use of capital letters.
Use of punctuation marks: semicolon, ellipsis, slash, quotes.
Acronyms and abbreviations.
* Registration fee: 55€
INCLUDES: registration, course book for initial level, additional material, activities, personalised service, internet access and attendance certificate.