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Spanish Improvers

Course Title:

Spanish Improvers

Course Number:

CSKV L60236


Village Learning Centre

Learning Area:



Level 1


Martha Silver

Start Date:

03 February 2018

End Date:

24 March 2018

Session Time(s):

Saturday between 10:00 and 12:00

Total Sessions:


Total Hours:


Class Size:

Between 8 and 12 learners.


NOTE: This course has already finished.

Course Information

Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing for learners who have successfully completed a beginners course (60 hours) or equivalent.

How will I learn?

  • Group based weekly classes
  • Home study
  • Online resources

Group based weekly classes

  • A confidence building environment
  • Regular contact with your tutor
  • Meet like-minded people
  • Fun!

Home Study

  • Time to consolidate learning at your own pace
  • Using handouts, set books or by exploring the internet (optional)
  • Support from “Derby Learn” (on some courses) see (optional)

Learning Resources

  • Set book and CD or Cassette tape (your tutor will advise you about this in class)

Your tutor may provide:

  • Authentic materials such as menus, timetables, photos etc.
  • Handouts
  • Video or DVD
  • Internet (optional)

What can I expect to be doing in classes?

  • Working in a group to learn new vocabulary
  • Creating dialogues
  • Participating in games and quizzes
  • Completing reading and writing exercises
  • Listening to taped dialogues
  • Watching video or DVDs
  • Mnemonic strategies (learning how to improve memory skills)

How will my progress be measured?

Your tutor will:

  • assess you informally in class and give you immediate verbal feedback
  • Assess your work formally and give you both verbal and written feedback


  • You will be encouraged to keep a ‘diary’ of your experiences and consider your confidence, achievements and preferred learning styles
  • Accredited courses will be awarded with a certificate upon successful completion of the course requirements (your tutor will tell you more about this)

Is there an exam?

There is no exam for 'Improvers' courses.

You will be expected to complete a series of exercises in class which will be assessed by your tutor.  These exercises are designed to measure your speaking and listening skills as well as your reading and writing skills.  For example, one of your exercises may be to write a postcard in your chosen language;  another may be to participate in a simple dialogue expressing likes and dislikes.  This style of continuous assessment gives you the chance to realise and appreciate your own progress.

Course Proposals
Aims and Outcomes
What will I be learning?

  • Understand and use simple vocabulary in everyday use.
  • Understand and use set phrases in a fixed form expressing polite social conventions.     
  • Understand and use simple numbers, prices and dates.
  • Understand and use past, present and future verb tenses
  • Understand and use simple positive and negative statements.
  • Understand and use simple question forms.
  • Understand and give simple instructions or orders.
  • Understand and use simple link words in sentences.     
  • Use reference sources, for example, dictionaries or online tools, to clarify and confirm the meaning of words.

An example of topics included in the course:

  • Self and family
  • Hobbies
  • Travel
  • Accommodation
  • Daily routine
  • Likes / Dislikes / Preferences

(these may vary slightly from course to course; your tutor will provide exact content)

When will my course be held?

There are daytime evening and Saturday morning courses, but not all courses have a choice.

How do I enrol?

Non-Qualification courses are available for enrolment online at:

For all courses:

Call our main centres, Rycote Centre 717930, Multicultural Centre 717940, Village Learning Centre 711371, Allen Park Centre 642300 or 01332 717900

To request a brochure please email or phone our Helpline 717900

What materials will I need?

For your first lesson, bring:

  • lined paper, a biro (black or blue), pencil and eraser.  If you have an A4 sized ring binder, this will be useful too.

Your tutor will advise you on which set books to buy and the recommended dictionary for the course, so don’t rush out and buy anything especially beforehand. You will also be advised of any other equipment you may need.

Do I need any prior knowledge?


You will be expected to have a good command of the English language (although this need not be your first language), but no formal qualifications are required.

You will need to have successfully completed either a Beginners course in the chosen language or have a very basic knowledge of the language through prior studies or experience.

What happens if I miss a few lessons?

If you miss the odd lesson during the course, you will be issued with the missed handouts (you may be able to download them from the internet) and you will be given advice on what home study you should do to enable you to keep up.

What happens if I don’t complete the course?

If for some reason, you are unable to complete the course, you must inform either the tutor or the administrators in the office. Depending on how much work you have completed, you may be awarded a partial certificate for the credits that you achieved (accredited courses only).  Refunding of fees will need to be discussed with the centre office, on an individual basis.

Please note, refunds, if awarded, may take up to 6 weeks to process if you paid via cheque or cash.

By the end of the course...what can I expect?

You can expect to:

  • be able to maintain a short dialogue with your tutor or a fellow learner on a number of topics
  • Listen to and understand predictable information when spoken at a realistic pace and extract facts from a number of different spoken sources
  • read, understand and extract information from at least 3 different written sources
  • Write at least 3 short pieces of at least 30 words each (either a postcard, memo, invitation, request for information etc)
  • have learned about some culture and traditions of the country
  • receive a certificate of achievement (on accredited courses only) or a certificate of attendance

In addition...

  • Lasting friendships
  • A sense of well deserved achievement
  • Motivation and confidence

Volunteering opportunities

We have a number of rewarding volunteering opportunities both within DALS and with other organisations.  These can offer you a number of benefits, including the ability to enhance your employment prospects, and the ability to learn whilst supporting others.  If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering opportunities, please contact Pat Ward on 01332 642308 or email  You can also find information on volunteering opportunities on our noticeboards and website.

Venue Information

Village Learning Centre


Browning Street, Derby, DE23 8DN


Ample Car Parking
Ample Cycle Parking



Disability Support:

Disabled Access to Ground Floor only
Disabled Toilets
Disabled Parking available
Loop System


Limited Facilities
Drinks Machine


Crèche Unavailable


From the city centre, take A5250 road (Burton Rd),go along to the main crossroads with A5111 (Ring Road), turn left on A5111 Warwick Ave, take 2nd exit (straight over) at roundabout, continue and then take 1st right onto Village St and then we are on the left hand side next to Village Primary School. 01332 711371

Bus Routes:

Arriva No. 7 from the bus station and Arriva No. 5 and 5A from Babington Lane

Enrolment Information

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If you would like more information about this course or wish to enrol, please contact via:

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Opening Times:

We are open: * Monday - Friday 9am to 4pm * Wednesday & Thursday 6pm to 9pm (Term time only) * Saturday 9.30am to 12.30pm (Term time only)


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