The second most widely spoken language in the world with approximately 400 million native speakers, Spanish has official status in 21 countries: Andorra, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Spain and is also an official language of Puerto Rico.
British Council, (2014) Languages for the Future
You will be placed in the module that most suits your linguistic abilities. For us to place you in the right group you will need to fill in information about your linguistic background on the application form and some students will also need to complete a placement test. Find the placement test and application form here.
LA1PS1-IWLP Spanish Level 1
This beginner module is for students with no knowledge (or virtually no knowledge) of the language. The module will give you basic survival skills, enabling you to make yourself understood and to find out information in common, everyday situations. Please note that students with GCSE or equivalent in the language cannot enrol on a Beginners' class. Find out more
LA1PS2-IWLP Spanish 2
This post-beginner module is for students who have some previous knowledge such as that acquired by taking IWLP Spanish 1 (or equivalent) and can cope in common everyday situations using mainly the present tense. It includes revision of the basic grammar necessary for a sound foundation in the language. Find out more
LA1PS3-IWLP Spanish 3
This lower intermediate module is for students with a basic knowledge of Spanish, such as that acquired by taking IWLP Spanish 2 (or equivalent) and can use basic past, present and future tenses reasonably correctly and who can understand the main points of spoken or written material. Find out more
LA1PS4-IWLP Spanish 4
This upper-Intermediate module is for students who have taken IWLP Spanish (or equivalent) and whose previous knowledge of Spanish enable them to understand the main points of everyday spoken and written material (radio, TV, newspapers), and who can express their opinions with reasonable accuracy and fluency. Find out more
LA1PS5-IWLP Spanish 5
This advanced module is for students who have taken IWLP Spanish 4 (or equivalent) and whose previous knowledge of Spanish enable them to understand the main ideas of complex language on both concrete and abstract topics. They can take an active part in discussions and/or produce clear texts on familiar topics, support ideas, discuss advantages and disadvantages, speculate about causes and hypothetical situations. Find out more
LA1PS6-IWLP Spanish 6
Intended for students with an advanced level of Spanish (such as those who have taken IWLP Spanish 5 or equivalent) this module aims to further the knowledge of the target language by extending competence of and ability in the target language in its cultural context. Students will be able to expand their comprehension and production of oral and written texts in a range of situations relating to academic subjects, cultural, economic and social affairs. Find out more
"I will definitely be continuing to improve my Spanish; I plan to make a motorcycle tour of the North of Spain this summer, and sometime in the future travel in South and Central America when funds and work commitments allow. I could easily see myself living and working in a Spanish speaking country one day."
"The IWLP course has been one of my highlights of my time at Reading. It has given me a good foundation of the Spanish language and inspired me to explore Hispanic culture further."
Patrick, 2013/14 Spanish Beginner
Meet the staffThe Spanish tutors are Ms Pilar Gray-Carlos (Coordinator), Ms Virginia Dimitroff, Ms Amparo McEwen, Mr Ugo Marsili and Ms Mari-Carmen Maybank.