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Spanish for Beginners Summer Course

TUSS - Intro 2

Do you plan to study, do an exchange program, or work in a Spanish-speaking country? Launch your Spanish skills in two short weeks in this small-scale Spanish intensive! No prior knowledge of Spanish is required.

Course information

This course in short

  • Content:
    This beginners-level course is aimed at developing your reading and listening proficiency, as well as writing and speaking skills.
  • Level after finishing the course:
    A2 of the Common European Framework
  • Entry requirements:
    Anyone who wants a fast and intensive introduction to the Spanish language. Particularly useful for students who plan an exchange in Spain or Latin America. No prior knowledge of Spanish is required.
  • Taught by:
    Drs. C. (Cristina) Irún Chavarría
  • Course period:
    16 July – 27 July 2018. 40 hours over the course of two weeks: One 2-hour class each morning and one 2-hour class each afternoon.
  • ECTS:
    4 ECTS
  • Maximum number of participants:
  • Course fee:
    • Tilburg University students: €408 or 6 Language Vouchers; each voucher is worth €68. If you have fewer than 6 vouchers you can purchase the remaining vouchers.
    • Tilburg University alumni & employees: €420
    • External students: €480 (no scholarships are available)
    • An additional organization fee of €70 will be charged to facilitate the organization of the Tilburg University Summer School.

Course aims

Upon successful completion of the course you are assumed (at level A2 of the Common European Framework) to be able to:

  • Write a simple text or personal letter in which spelling, accents, and punctuation are used properly, and in which grammar and vocabulary are used appropriately.
  • Comprehend descriptive, functional texts and informative practical texts. Attention is given to applying the necessary reading strategies, including reading for context in order to figure out the meaning of unfamiliar words.
  • Be able to understand the relevant information conveyed by a Spanish native speaker in conversation.
  • Communicate at an elementary level with a native speaker of Spanish, in terms of comprehensible vocabulary, grammar and accent.

Course information

This beginners- level course is aimed at developing your reading and listening proficiency, as well as writing and speaking skills.

  • Specific instruction is provided in the grammar and vocabulary needed to reach A2 level proficiency;
  • Each class includes discussion of  cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world;
  • All practice exercises are focused on practical, real-life situations to make this course especially relevant.

Course materials and specifics

Course materials

  1. 1, Cristina Irún Chavarría, ISBN 9789046904732
  2. 2, Cristina Irún Chavarría, ISBN 9789046905722

Please bring the materials with you to the first class.

Course specifics

  • The language of instruction is Spanish, with English (or Dutch) used for support where necessary.
  • The target level of proficiency is A2 according to the Common European Framework.
  • This course is followed by Spanish: Intermediate Summer Course.
  • After this course you will be able to take the DELE A2 exam of the Instituto Cervantes (an internationally-recognized certificate).  This exam will take place in November 2018 at either Tilburg University or Instituto Cervantes in Utrecht.
  • This course has an 80% attendance requirement.

    Application and registration

    If you have any prior Spanish language experience, please contact the teacher to see if this course suits your level:

    Your registration for Tilburg University Summer School must be completed by May 31st, 2018. Tilburg University Summer School reserves the right to cancel the course in case there are not enough applicants. If the maximum number of students is reached, a waiting list will be used.


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