Students are able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic present tense phrases. Students are able to introduce themselves and others plus ask and answer questions about personal details. Students are able to interact in a simple way provided the other listener speaks clearly in the present tense.
At Spanish connection we have two subgroups to the A1 Level:
(Absolute Beginners): Students don’t have any background or knowledge of Spanish
- FB (False Beginners): Students have very little knowledge of Spanish through traveling experiences or meeting with Spanish friends and not through lessons.
Students are able to understand sentences about very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, work. They can communicate about simple routine tasks, use the past tense to create simple descriptions and make a simple exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
Students can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure etc. They can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where Spanish is spoken. Students are able to produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Students can describe experiences and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. The subjunctive is introduced at this level.
Students can understand the main ideas of complex texts, including specific more technical discussions in their field of specialisation. They can interact with a good degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Students can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the pros and cons.
Students can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Students are able to express themselves fluently and spontaneously without obviously searching for expressions. They can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. They can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
Students are able to understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Students can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. They can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.
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