B1 Threshold Spanish course

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One to one and small group private tuition

You can complete this level in 45 hours.
Each lesson is planned to last 1.5 hours. Classes can take place in a location of your choice, such as your office or in Bloomsbury, central London.

Here is an outline of the basic couse content, that is complemented with many other topics according to the European Framework for Languages.  

Course fees

Individual Spanish lessons: 
£75 per 1.5 hour lessons in Russell Square.
£90 per 1.5 hour lessons at a location of your choice. Travel fare will be added. 

Spanish lessons in small group: 
£120 per person per person per month. 
Maximum 4 students for rapid progress. 
1.5 hours per week. 

Meeting people

Unit 1
Functional objectives
• Expressing likes and dislikes
• Describing personalities
• Character and personality
• Likes, pastimes and habits
Formas y recursos
• Recycling verb gustar and similar verbs
• Conditional: regular and irregular verbs
• Interrogative phrases, direct and indirect: me gustaría saber si/ dónde/ cómo/ qué/ …
• Nouns derived from adjectives: -dad, -ismo, -ía, -eza, -cia, -ez.


Unit 2
Functional Objectives
• Explaining sensations and feelings
• Giving advice and suggesting solutions
• Evaluating language learning activities
• Advice and recommendations for learning Spanish
• Communication and cultural traits
• Some useful expressions for the classroom
Formas y recursos
• Recycling preterit and imperfect, regular and irregular verbs
• Recycling verb gustar: me gusta la idea de que...
•   me parece + adjective + la idea de (que)
•   estar/ llevar + gerundio and sin + infinitivo
•   el Perfecto y el Indefinido de estar + gerundio
•   expresiones con preposiciones

Going out

Unit 3
Functional Objectives
• Exchanging information about leisure activities
• Planning activities and making appointments
• Valuing and describing a show, film, etc
• Leisure activities
• Movies and television
• Entertainment
Formas y recursos
• Vocabulary expressions: ¿qué te/le/os/les apetece + hacer?
• Accepting invitations / making excuses
• Vale. Es que + time expression + no puedo
• Recycling conditional


Unit 4
Functional Objectives
• Giving advice and making recommendations
• Talking about wellness and illness
• Accidents
• Wellness and illness
• Remedies and medicines
Formas y recursos
• tú impersonal
• Recommendations: hay que + Infinitive, tienes que + Infinitive
• si + present
• Recycling commands (formal and informal)
• Recycling verb poder
•  Adverbs ending in –mente

Explaining how thigs work

Unit 5
Functional Objectives
• Describing owned and desired objects
• Talking about shapes, materials, parts, and uses
• Shapes and materials
• Objects of daily use
• Clothing and accessories
• Chores
Formas y recursos
• Present subjunctive: regular verbs
• Present subjunctive irregular verbs: ser/ir/poder…
• Recycling direct object pronouns
• Uses of se: Impersonal and unplanned events A
• Uses of se: Impersonal and unplanned events B
•   Recycling relatives (with preposition)

Explaining how things work

Unit 6
Functional Objectives
    •     Reading and listening to narrative texts
    •     Referring to past events and related circumstances
    •     Lead and secondary roles and characters
    •     Novels
    •     Some activities for a modern agenda
    •     Emotional states
Formas y recursos
    •     Pluperfect
    •     Recycling preterit and imperfect
    •     Temporal expressions: en aquel momento, un rato antes, al cabo de un rato
    •     Questions about the past: ¿Qué/ dónde/ A dónde/ Cuándo/ A qué hora/ ...?


Unit 7
Functional Objectives
    •     Evaluating proposals and suggestions
    •     Debating advantages and disadvantages
    •     Services and companies
    •     Jobs and tools
    •     Economic terminology
    •     Describing and evaluating services and companies
Formas y recursos
    •     Future regular
    •     Future irregular: tener, salir, venir
    •     Future (uses)
•  Recycling direct and indirect object pronouns


Unit 8
Functional Objectives
    •     Giving and taking the floor
    •     Initiating and closing a conversation
    •     Expressing opinions and making arguments
    •     People and social groups
    •     Technology and environment
    •     Raw material
Formas y recursos
    •     Subjunctive (opinion/doubt)
    •     Impersonal expressions (subjunctive)
    •     cuando + subjunctive
    •     seguir + present participle
•  dejar de + Infinitive

Personal stories

Unit 9
Functional Objectives
    •     Describing relationships
    •     Expressing emotions and talking about people
    •     Some personal problems
    •     Feelings and emotions
Formas y recursos
    •     Subjunctive (emotion)
    •     Recycling reflexives
•   Subjunctive (advice and recommendations)

On the phone

Unit 10
Functional Objectives
    •     Writing notes and letters
    •     Relaying statements made by others
    •     Tools of daily use
    •     Office work
    •     Social commitments
    •     Making requests
Formas y recursos
    •     Recycling conditional
    •     Recycling possessives
    •     Stressed possessive pronouns
•   Indirect Style: Indicative and Subjunctive

The world

Unit 11
Functional Objectives
    •     Researching cultures and reacting to discoveries
    •     Giving information while expressing uncertainly
    •     Pets and wild animals
    •     Geographic and natural data
    •     Political, economic, and social data
Formas y recursos
    •     Remembering things: ¿sabe/s si.../cuál../..? ¿recuerdas? ¿Te acuerdas de...?
    •     yo diría que.../ debe de...
•  Expressing agreement and disagreement