SPANISH 104G Beginners Spanish 1

SPANISH 104G | Open | Summer School, Semester One & Two 2021 | City Campus | 15 points


This course is for students with no previous knowledge of the Spanish language. You will gain basic linguistic structures and develop conversational competence. The four language skills – speaking, listening, reading, and writing – and knowledge of the cultures and traditions of Spain and Spanish America are integrated into the 4 class hours per week. Language learning is reinforced through in-class practice, audio-visual activities, aural and reading comprehension, homework assignments, and independent work using a richly populated course website.

We recommend you attend all lectures to benefit from interactive activities that help develop communicative skills and ensure steady progress.

You will be exposed Spanish in class to become acquainted with its sounds and rhythm and to start building vocabulary and grammar for everyday situations.

Lessons are interactive, with opportunities for you to practice in pairs, small groups, or the whole class.

Note: Students who have achieved 16 credits in Level 2 NCEA Spanish within the last 2 years are not true beginners and must enrol in Spanish 105 instead. Make sure to enrol in SPANISH 104G if you want this course to count for General Education. Enrolment in SPANISH 104 will prevent you from using this course for General Education.

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this course, you will be able to:

  • Greet and introduce people in Spanish, including information about their nationality, profession, family, and residency.
  • Use Spanish to locate people spatially, describe where they live and work, and give directions to different places.
  • Talk about quantities, prices, and distances using Spanish numbers.
  • Ask and give information about houses, neighbourhoods, and cities.
  • Describe people's physical appearance and personalities.
  • Communicate about activities that happen in familiar settings such as a restaurant, a shop, a supermarket, or a train station.
  • Express your likes and dislikes as well as those of others.
  • Issue invitations, accept them, turn them down, or propose alternative plans.
  • Talk about your daily routine and activities that happen in the present.

Topics Covered

  • Formal and informal greetings and introductions, nationalities, professions, residency
  • Telephone numbers and personal details, locating objects, describing places, and using numbers to express amounts
  • Asking about specific places, directions, the time, and schedules
  • Ordering food in a restaurant
  • Expressing likes and dislikes about food, describing people and their daily routine
  • Talking about clothes, asking for prices, and expressing likes and dislikes about clothing and hobbies
  • Issuing invitations, accepting them, and proposing alternatives
  • Expressing obligation and describing what is happening


By enrolling in a General Education language course you are declaring that you have no previous knowledge or study in the language. The University may cancel your enrolment in this course at any time in the semester if you are found to have prior knowledge or study in the language. Further assessment of your language ability may be required and your enrolment may be changed if found to be at a higher level than is permitted for General Education language courses.

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