Highgrove Education

Introduction to Spanish

Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and is the first language of over half a billion people across more than 20 countries.  Whether you want to backpack around Latin America, order with confidence from a Mexican restaurant or understand the lyrics to reggaeton, Spanish is your language.  This introductory course will get you started with survival Spanish and fill you in on some of the culture and traditions of the Spanish-speaking world along the way. 

Private Tuition

Key Information



Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
TeacherMs Lesley Paramo, French and Spanish Teacher
Course LengthAcademic Year
Live LessonsOne 45-minute lesson per week
HomeworkApproximately half an hour a week
Entry RequirementsOpen to pupils with beginner or basic level Spanish 

Course Syllabus

Autumn 1All about me (presentations, nationality, professions)
Autumn 2What I like to do (free time activities, expressing intentions) 
Spring 1In town (describing places, directions, shopping)
Spring 2People around me (describing others, talking about friends and family)
Summer 1Day to day life (the time, describing your routine, at the restaurant)
Summer 2Last weekend (preterite tense to discuss past experiences and activities)

Teacher Profile

Ms Paramo has been teaching Spanish and French for ten years, most recently teaching the Edexcel IAL course in French at Harrow School Online. Prior to this she taught both languages at a range of top UK schools, including Dulwich College, Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School and Mulberry School for Girls. Ms Paramo gained a first in a joint honours degree in Modern Languages & Linguistics from Pembroke College, Oxford University, and a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages from Roehampton University. She has also completed a master’s degree in Language Acquisition at Toulouse University in France.