Language Center

Tilburg University is an internationally oriented research and education institute. The Language Center assists students, university staff, and non-university students in improving their language proficiency.

Spanish for Visitors

When you know Spanish, a whole new world opens up for you. Just think about it: when you speak Spanish, you can communicate with 500 million people worldwide. Spanish is an official language of the United Nations and the second most used language in the field of international communication. Spanish and Latin American culture has also had a global influence on literature, art and architecture.

Spanish is indispensable in the world of trade. In North America, the number of Spanish-speaking residents has increased by 60% in the last ten years and the Spanish speaking consumer market is the fastest growing market. The forecasted economic growth in Latin American countries will render these countries into significant international trading partners in the future. Since more and more companies are doing business on an international level, speaking Spanish can give you that extra edge with potential employers.

The Language Center offers three courses in this important language: ‘Spanish for Beginners’, ‘Intermediate Spanish’ and ‘Speaking Fluent Spanish’. The course for beginners and intermediate are offered as both a regular course and a summer course.

The three courses are a continuation of each other: once you have completed the beginners’ course, you can advance to the intermediate course and then on to the conversational skills course. If you think you can join the intermediate or conversational skills class directly, please contact coordinator Cristina Irún for an appointment. Together you will assess your current level and which course is best suited for you.

Spanish for Beginners

13x 3-hour classes, 8 hours self-study per week, 6 ECTS

This course teaches you the basics of Spanish. Reading, writing, listening and speaking are all part of the course and you will also work on grammar and vocabulary. The practice exercises are geared toward practical and realistic situations. Examples of the exercises are looking up information about a Latin American country and preparing a menu for special guests with other fellow students. 

Each class is enriched with cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world, such as events in Spain and Latin America and formal and informal language use.

By the end of the course, you will be able to write a personal letter, understand informative texts and hold a simple conversation in Spanish. You will have reached level A2 of the Common European Reference Framework.

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Intermediate Spanish

13x 3-hour classes, 8 hours self-study per week, 6 ECTS

This course is a continuation of Spanish for Beginners. You will learn how to hold longer and more nuanced conversations and discussions in Spanish which allows to you express and substantiate your opinion. Each language skill is offered in this course. The course includes a number of fun and interesting assignments, such as predicting each other’s future as part of a group and you will give an eyewitness report to the police about an accident on the street.

Cultural aspects that are discussed are topics such as personal relationships in Spanish-speaking countries, the history of Spain and Latin America or the role of religion in the various Spanish-speaking areas.

At the end of the course, you will be able to comprehend the main topics in a current affairs program on the radio or television and provide arguments for your opinions or ideas. You will have reached level B1 of the Common European Reference Framework.

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Speaking Fluent Spanish

8x 2-hour classes, 6 hours self-study per week, 3 ECTS

This course is a continuation of the Intermediate Spanish course and concentrates solely on conversational skills. You will practice various communicative situations, such as introducing yourself, small talk, debating, participating in a meeting, negotiating and giving a presentation. A great deal of attention is paid to the cultural differences between the Netherlands and Spanish-speaking countries.

After you have completed the course, you will be able to give a detailed report on your experiences and describe emotions and responses to them. You will have reached level B1.2 of the Common European Reference Framework.

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Language tests

DELE stands for 'Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera' and means 'Diploma for Spanish as a foreign language'.

The DELE diplomas are the only official and internationally recognized diplomas  that attest to the knowledge of Spanish. They are awarded by the Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.

You can take this exam at Tilburg University.

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