Centre for Continuing Education

Spanish Course 101 (Level 1): Beginners

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COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses online and in-person. Please check the delivery format of each class before enrolling.

Please note that course materials (excluding prescribed texts) are shared electronically within 48 hours of course commencement. Printing is not available.

Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

This beginner’s course aims to provide you with the ability to understand and use familiar Spanish expressions and basic phrases in order to satisfy simple daily needs. Grammatical themes will complement the acquired vocabulary and provide a framework for further verbal and non-verbal skill development. No prior knowledge of the language is required.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • exchange basic greetings in Spanish
  • introduce yourself and others
  • ask and answer questions about personal details such as your name, nationality, occupation, etc.


  • Greetings: personal information
  • Verb ser
  • Gender: feminine/masculine
  • Introducing someone: occupation, nationality, age
  • Introducing your family: adjectives – demonstrative and possessive
  • The alphabet and numbers 0-100
  • Determinate articles
  • verbs estar and tener
  • Finding things outdoors: places and transport

Intended audience

Suitable for beginner A1 level students. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Delivery style

Delivered as a series of classroom-based workshops which include group activities and group discussion. Parts of this course will be conducted in Spanish as part of the overall training strategy.

Prescribed text

The prescribed text is available in two editions: English and Spanish. You are welcome to purchase either text but the English version is recommended.

Aula Internacional 1 A1 New edition by Jaime Corpas, Eva GarcÍa and AgustÍn Garmendia (Difusion, Spain, 2013) ISBN: 978 84 15846 772

Based on Units 1-3 of the above text. The text is used for activities and forms the basis for consolidation and practice.

Textbooks should only be purchased after confirmation is received from us. This usually occurs up to five days prior to commencement.

Suggested textbook supplier


Please note that in some cases, our suggested supplier may not stock your prescribed text. Please check stock availability prior to signing up for any membership.

Please note

Selected courses that teach spoken language may include use of language immersion (course instruction in the selected language) as part of the training strategy.


Language courses are offered in four terms each year during January, April, July and October.

Apply for the language repeat discount.

What others say.

  • Our teacher was fantastico! This was a great class. Can’t wait to do Level 2 next year. Great service that Sydney Uni puts on – highly recommendable.

  • The course was fantastic and I felt very comfortable participating – even when I wasn’t sure of my answers or pronunciation. Our trainer was wonderful.

  • The teacher provided a wide range of learning material and made the textbook fun to learn from. My understanding of the Spanish language has definitely improved since starting the course. Muchas gracias!

  • The course was great and the pace was right for me. The tutor made it fun as well. Looking forward to progressing to course 2!

  • Great introduction to Spanish. If you put in even 10 minutes a day you will begin to see results within the first two weeks. Brilliant course.

  • An excellent, professional, conscientious teacher who was particularly adept at harnessing teachable moments to edify and illustrate not only the elements of the language, but also cultivate and encourage curiosity and model successful learning strategies. Well done.

  • A fabulous and convivial tutor... who made Spanish very easy to comprehend and mixed humour with expert knowledge. I enjoyed the course greatly and have enrolled in the next level.

  • I really enjoyed this intro to Spanish 101. The tutor is very good and runs an interactive class.

  • A friendly environment was created for all learners and plenty of encouragement and guidance was given to achieve a sense of achievement and progress as I went through the course. I have already booked in for the next course in the series.

  • My tutor was amazing. She has a fantastic attitude and teaching style. Hold on to that one!

  • Great teacher and good materials provided. Will definitely sign up for Spanish 102! :)

Spanish Course 101 (Level 1): Beginners

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This is a ‘fast track’ option in which learning is accelerated with meetings twice weekly over four weeks.

What others say.

  • An exceptionally organised and professional teacher who was well prepared for each class. Sessions were developed to benefit students. The tutor also had a delightfully warm and nurturing personality which assisted with building the confidence of the students.
  • My tutor was amazing. She has a fantastic attitude and teaching style. Hold on to that one!
  • The pace of this course was very good. The resources were excellent as was the teacher, who was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I thoroughly enjoyed this course.
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