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Survival Spanish for the Chinese Visitor

Course no.: 03-01-EXC-13061-A /B


This course aims to introduce basic level Spanish to students without any previous knowledge. Students will practise the target language in simulations and role-plays related to a range of topics about Spanish culture and everyday life. This will allow them to better understand and produce basics sentences in contextual interactions. The course develops elementary writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills in Spanish; however, class time will be geared towards practicing oral communication about interesting topics related to everyday life in Spain. This course will be of particular interest to students wanting to get a taste of learning a European language other than English, and to open a window into a Romance language and its culture.


By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Have very basic conversations with native speakers about familiar topics
  • Use elementary vocabulary related to the course topics (e.g. personal information, shopping, travelling)
  • Understand written information and produce simple texts about food and travel (e.g. buying tickets online, booking a hotel room, filling in a form with personal information)
  • Communicate about simple tasks (ordering food and drinks in a restaurant, shopping, and asking about transportation and accommodation)


Class A Date (Mon/Tue)

Class B Date





30 Sep (Mon)

2 Oct 

1st session:
Class A:10:30 - 13:00
Class B: 13:00 - 15:30

Class A & B:








Spanish basics I. greetings. Giving basic personal information. Culture: Spanish in the world.


8 Oct (Tue)

9 Oct 

2nd session onwards:
Class A & Class B:
13:00 - 15:30

Spanish basics II. Introducing yourself and others. Asking for personal information. Culture: Famous Spanish-speaking people


15 Oct  (Tue)

16 Oct 

Food and drinks. Talking about what you like. Ordering in a cafe/bar. Culture: Spanish tapas and common drinks.


22 Oct (Tue)

23 Oct  

Places in the city. Asking for directions. Culture: Spanish cities.


29 Oct (Tue)

30 Oct  

Shopping. Asking for prices. Buying in shops and in the market. Culture: El Rastro, Madrid’s open air flea market.


5 Nov (Tue)

6 Nov 

At the hotel. Booking a room. Culture: Spanish regions and major touristic areas.


12 Nov  (Tue)

13 Nov 

Transportation: Asking for information and timetables. Culture: music in the Hispanic world.


19 Nov  (Tue)

20 Nov 

In the restaurant. Ordering food. Culture: Spanish cuisine.






Mr Gonzalez Vallejo Vicente
Instructor at Department of English at PolyU


For the last four years, Mr Gonzalez Vallejo has been a Visiting Lecturer (Spanish-PT) in the Department of English at PolyU.  In Hong Kong, he has been a Spanish full-time lecturer at the Community College of City University and also he has had part-time positions as Spanish lecturer at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at HKU, CCCU, SCOPE and SPACE. Before coming to Hong Kong in 2009, Mr Gonzalez Vallejo taught Spanish in USA and Japan —for six and two years respectively.

He is an accredited DELE (Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language) examiner and he holds an MA in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language.

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