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Spanish

Spanish enjoys official language status in 21 countries across Europe, Africa, Central, South and North America, making it a very important global language.

Our part-time Spanish courses focus on communication skills, with particular emphasis on developing your speaking skills. We will introduce you gradually to the new language and ensure that your speaking and reading skills develop through practice and reinforcement. We include grammar in our course as an understanding of the grammar is important to help you understand the structures of the language.

In our lessons, English is kept to a minimum to help you become accustomed to Spanish. Our teachers will make sure that you feel at ease while still ensuring you are actively involved.

Course Fee

Course fee is determined on number of students per intake and ranges between R5 600 - R5 900.

Duration

Each module runs for 10 weeks (40 hours).

Qualification

Participants are required to obtain a minimum of 80% attendance on the beginner's (1A) course to qualify for a Certificate of Attendance. For all other levels, participants can choose between Certificates of Attendance or Competence, with the successful completion of tests in addition to 80% attendance as the measure of competence.

Programme Overview

We offer courses at three levels, although the higher level courses are dependent on demand:
- Level 1 (Beginner)
- Level 2 (Elementary)
- Level 3 (Pre-intermediate)

Each level consists of two 40-hour modules. Completing the beginner’s level therefore takes 80 hours in total. Each course is based on one module, and you receive a Certificate of Attendance on completing Module A, provided you attend at least 80% of the course. Participants who write the tests in the second module and successfully complete Module B obtain a Certificate of Competence. The tests are only obligatory for those who want a competence certificate. Alternatively, those who would rather not do the tests receive a report as well as a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

Entry Requirements

Please ensure you meet the following requirements when applying for the course: 

  • 18 years or older
  • Matric certificate or equivalent 
  • Placement tests are available for applicants who have previous experience of the language. (Assessment is conducted on registration) 
Career Opportunities

Those students learning to speak Spanish have been drawn to the language by business, travel and culture. In many cases, these students work for companies linked to Spanish-speaking countries, and so need to interact with Spanish speakers who have little English.

The lure of travel to Spanish-speaking countries creates a strong attraction – places such as Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Spain. Many aspects of the culture also provide a strong appeal, including the music (salsa), the food (tacos, paella, quesadillas), the drinks (pisco, margaritas and tequila), the painters (Picasso and Frida Kahlo), as well as directors and actors such as Almodovar and Antonio Banderas. Learning the language of course opens all sorts of doors to this vibrant and colourful world.

Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world. Did you know if you speak Spanish you can communicate with nearly 500 million people? In an age of increased global communication and travel it's no surprise that Spanish is one of the most popular additional or “foreign” languages being studied as having a basic knowledge of Spanish is a great help when travelling abroad.

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