Most students will need to have a textbook, depending on their level and their learning goals. Textbooks are great as a core reference book as they:
- provide you with structure and direction, so they know what they are going to be taught and when
- have handy vocabulary glossaries at the back
- contain grammar and verb tense explanations, examples and exercises for quick reference.
- For Spanish beginners up to intermediate level students, we recommend either Pasos 1 (great for students who want to focus on Spain) or ELE Actual 1 (suitable for students who want to focus on Spanish spoken in Central and South America).
- Both also have subsequent higher level textbooks once the beginners course has been completed. These textbooks are for general students who wish to learn everyday Spanish and 'holiday' topics.Both can be purchased on Amazon and have accompanying student exercises books and mp3s for listening exercises:
- Pasos 1, Spanish Beginner’s Coursebook by Rosa M. Martín & Martyn Ellis (4th edition)
- ELE Actual: Libro Del Alumno A1 by Virgilio Borobio (Student Book, New Edition Paperback, 2014)
- ELE Actual is also available in e-book format, please let us know if you prefer this format.
For French beginners, we recommend Voilà! It has accompanying student exercises books and mp3s for listening exercises. It also has subsequent higher level textbooks once the beginners course has been completed. These textbooks are for general students who wish to learn everyday French and 'holiday' topics.
For English beginners, we recommend Practice Makes Perfect and Headway. Both accompanying student exercises books and mp3s for listening exercises. Both also have subsequent higher level textbooks once the beginners course has been completed. These textbooks are for general students who wish to learn everyday English and 'holiday' topics.
Some textbooks are available in e-formats and some aren't. If the textbook isn't available to purchase online, you can buy a hard copy on Amazon.
Don’t worry if you don’t receive it on time for your first lesson, simply let your tutor know and copies of the first few pages can be emailed to you.
Most exam level students will use a combination of textbooks, booklets and hand-outs. We kindly ask students to bring their folders and resources with them to the first lesson so that your tutor can pinpoint which chapters and/or topics have been covered and the grades that have been obtained.
We have a library of past exam papers, marking schemes and listening materials as well as our own up-to-date in-house topical booklets that comply with current exam syllabus content. These are also included within your lesson fee.
Students who are at Intermediate level or higher and are having predominantly conversation lessons, might be asked to prepare articles of interest as a basis of discussion for the lesson. Your chosen article(s) of interest can vary, from current affairs to culture and anything in-between. You will need to read and study the content and vocabulary ready for a discussion in class. Sometimes, your tutor will also choose interesting articles to discuss.
There is no set textbook although your tutor may recommend a reference book after your initial lesson. For eg, you might use ELE Actual A2 / B1 / B2 by Virgilio Borobio or Pasos 2 Rosa M. Martín and Martyn Ellis for your Spanish lessons.
You'll also be provided with useful reference sheets that you can refer to during class to help guide you through the conversation. such as:
- Ideas to start your sentences
- How to express your opinions
- Useful conversation phrases
- Justifying your ideas
- How to connect sentences together
However, using textbooks in every class as it can get monotonous so your tutor will supplement it with other worksheets, powerpoint presentations listening exercises, videos and so forth, to make lessons more interactive.
We have a library of hundreds of conversation podcasts, from Beginners to Advanced Level, that are included free of charge in your course price.
Take a look at our Resources section for more.