Portsmouth Hispanic Society

Don Quixote, here of Spanish culture

Spanish Language Tuition

September 2021 to Summer 2022

The Society runs a number of very popular Spanish Language Courses and Conversation Groups for the benefit of our members.

Some of them are run by volunteers and therefore are free. The remainder will incur a reasonable cost. We believe that all our courses are very good value and provide excellent tuition and/or encouragement to engage in Spanish Conversation.

Courses and groups are specifically for adults only, who are members of Portsmouth Hispanic Society, so applicants who are not members already will need to join the Society before or at their first lesson. This is best done online. Please note that due to the popularity of the courses, membership of the Society does not guarantee a place on one of them; before joining the Society only in order to take lessons, please check first that there is a place for you on your chosen course

If you are studying Spanish at a college or elsewhere you are very welcome to join our Conversation groups, but we would prefer you to wait until you have finished your course before joining one of our more formal courses.

If you wish to apply for one of the following courses or groups please click on the link beside the course and fill in the application form. If you have any queries, or need help please email the language coodinator- email: language@spanishportsmouth.org.uk

Language Tuition

Language tutor Natalia Corcuera will continue to deliver Spanish lessons via Zoom for the foreseeable future.

¡Hola! My name is Natalia and I come from Bilbao, a city in the north of Spain. I studied to be a primary school teacher and Educational Psychology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Education has always been my passion. I came to Portsmouth in 2013 to study my last year of Psychology and since then I have worked as a Spanish teacher in many different contexts (Primary and secondary schools, one to one lessons, adult teaching in a language school, Spanish conversation group). Now I run all the Spanish lessons for the Portsmouth Hispanic Society and I am very happy to continue growing professionally doing something that I love.

¿Te animas a aprender Español conmigo?

Formal Classes

The following apply to all the formal tuition courses:
  • Delivered via Zoom.
  • Cost per person is dependant on the number of students enrolled. The course leader will provide the current cost on application.
  • Led by a qualified and experienced teacher of Spanish as a foreign language.
Course Day & Time Learning Material Level
Beginners Course A1 - Daytime Mon 13:45-14:45 BBC Talk Spanish 1,
Absolute beginner
Post Beginners Course A1+ - Daytime Thu 11:45-12:45 BBC Talk Spanish 2 Completed beginner's course or equivalent
Elementary Course A2 - Daytime Thu 10:30-11:30 ELE Internacional 2, A2 Two years Spanish tuition
Intermediate Course B1 - Daytime Tue 14:00-15:00 Aula International 3, B1 Several years tuition or experience, wish to consolidate skills and knowledge, become more fluent.
Improver's Course A2+ - Daytime Wed 09:45-10:45 Sueños 1 Three years of Spanish tuition

Informal Conversation Groups

Cosham Conversation Group - Daytime

Sessions are standalone so regular attendance is not essential.

Wed 10:00-11:00 These sessions are free of charge and are held at the leader’s home in Cosham. Further details will be provided on application On-going all year although the leader is away about half the time. Group members may wish to meet together in his absence. Informal and fun group activities designed to get you talking Spanish to others and working with them. The group leader, Mike, is a fluent Spanish speaker who knows Spain, especially Madrid, and the Spanish people and culture very well. You will need some prior knowledge of Spanish and you will also need to be prepared to put your theory into practice and have a go at talking in Spanish with others in a friendly and relaxed environment. Native Spanish speakers are welcome to join the group, taking part in English.

Southsea Conversation Group (1) - Daytime.

Sessions are standalone so regular attendance is not essential.

This group usually engages a native Spanish speaker as a helper and the cost is shared.

On occasion, the meeting day may have to be changed. Group members will be kept informed.

Wed 10:00-11:00 At a member's home in Southsea. Further details will be provided on application On-going all the year though group members may, on occasion, decide not to attend. Friendly and informal sessions to help you practise your Spanish with other members of the Society. The sessions whilst encouraging are free of pressure to talk. You may take an active part or just listen. Conversation is free to range over a number of topics covering normal everyday situations.

Southsea Conversation Group (2) - Daytime.

Sessions are standalone so regular attendance is not essential.

This group usually engages a native Spanish speaker as a helper and the cost is shared.

Fri 14:00-15:30 At the organiser's home in Southsea. Further details will be provided on application. On-going all the year. A mixed ability group. Meetings are informal and provide an opportunity to speak the Spanish language. We sometimes choose a topic for a meeting, though on the day we may talk about breaking news. All members participate, so you'll need to be able to speak Spanish, though you don't have to be fluent

Reading Groups

Spanish Literature Group
Mon 11:30-13:00 John Pounds Centre, Portsmouth.
2nd & 4th of the month.
A group of enthusiasts get together to read Spanish literature, from some of the great Spanish and South American writers, past and present. We read in Spanish and also in translation usually via dual language texts You don't need to be a member to come along, although most of us are.

To discuss your options further email the language coordinator - language@spanishportsmouth.org.uk