The Course

Hola everyone, mi nombre es Ruth. I am a teacher. I don’t provide official Pasos resources, but as an experienced Spanish teacher I can support you as you learn español. You can buy the Pasos Course Pack that you will need to study this course with me here.

Buy The Pasos Course Pack and I will guide you, on YOUR journey to being able to communicate in Spanish.

Course contents

Expand each unit to see what you will learn over each 5-6 hours of study, and to access the lessons.

Unit 1. Who are you? Talking about you, your family and friends.
1A. Names and greetings.

Link to lesson 1A

I’m called Bob. And you?

2 words for “you”.

Good morning/ good afternoon, good evening, good night, goodbye

What are you called?

2 words for “you”.

Good morning/ good afternoon, good evening, good night, goodbye

What are you called?

How are you? Pleased to meet you.

1B. Professions and introductions.

I am, you are, are you?

10 words for different professions

Hi, I’m called (Ruth) and I’m (a teacher).

What are you?

This is Mr Gomez. This is Mrs Santamarina.

1C. Countries and nationalities

I’m Scottish, from Dundee (10+ nationalities)

A person from Ireland is Irish (10+ countries)

Where are you from? Where is he/ she from?

Who is from Canada?

1D. Family

Mother, father, husband, wife, son, daughter, brother, sister (and more family vocabulary)

Luis is the father of Yolanda (instead of Luis is Yolanda’s father)

What is the father of Javier called? He is called Luis.

Four words for “the”

Do you have brothers and sisters/ children?

What is your son called?

I have a sister.

1E. How do you spell it?

The sounds of the Spanish alphabet.

Spelling your own surname.

Where are they from?

Numbers from 0 – 9

Reading about a Spanish celebrity

Unit 2. What do you want? Food, drink and making friends.

2A. In the bar.

What do you want to have? I want a coffee (20 items of food and drink).

Are there snacks? Anything else? Nothing else. How much is it?

2B. Are there chips?

Is there, are there, there is, there are.

12 items of food.

What is the bar called? What is the owner of the bar called? Where is the owner of the bar from?

I want. Do you want?

2C. In the restaurant.

Starters, main courses, desserts and drinks (13 items)

Dialogues between waiters and customers.

With milk and sugar.

2D. Coffee time.

Where do you live? Where does he/ she live? I live in …

Where are you from? Where is he/ she from? I am from …

What is his/ her job?

Do you want to have something (a drink)?

2E. Numbers.

10 – 100

What is your telephone number?

How old are you?

Numbers to 1 000 000

I drink tea. I don’t drink alcohol. I eat fish. I don’t eat meat.

Unit 3. Where is it? Location, distance and direction.

3A. Where is it?

8 Latin American countries

Where is she from? Where is the city?

Where does she live now?

North, East, South and West

Where are you from? Where do you live?

3B. Near or far?

Is it near? Is it far?

How many kilometres away is it?

It’s 30 kilomentres away.

Here and there.

Is it big? What is it like?

3C. Where are you?

I’m in Bilbao. Where is Bilbao? It’s near Santander. Where are you?

What is the town like? It’s a very pretty/ quiet/ excellent town.

What is there in the town? There aren’t many tourists/ restaurants/ nightclubs.

3D. Directions.

Where is the museum/ catheral/ station/ restaurant?

Take the first/ second/ third on the left/ right.

Carry straight on to the end of the street.

3E. The restaurant is next to the cinema.

Is there a hotel/ nightclub/ park/ supermarket/ swimming pool/ tourist information office/ chemist/ petrol station near here?

It is next to/ opposite/ at/ on/ under/ in front of/ behind/ between …

Continent/ desert/ country/ coast/ lake/ beaches/ rivers/ jungles/ waterfalls city and mountains

Unit 4. What is it like? Hotels, towns, houses and furniture.

4A. A room please.

4B. What is the hotel like?

4C. The flat/ The house.

4D. Juan is moving house.

Unit 5. What do you do?

5A. And you? Do you work?

5B. What is the time?

5C. What do you do every day?

5D. What are you like?

Unit 6. Anything else?

6A. Shopping.

6B. How much is it?

6C. Clothes.

6D. What is he like, physically?

6E. What time does it open?

Unit 7. Revise and extend.

7A. This is what we are like.

7B. On the road.

7C. Where are you staying?

7D. An email from the beach.

Unit 8. What do you like?

8A. I like music.

8B. Personal information.

8C. What do you think of your city?

8D. What do you do in your free time?

Unit 9. Do you want to go out?

9A. Do you want to come to the cinema?

9B. Advice.

9C. I’m going to have dinner in a restaurant.

9D. We’re going to the cinema.

Unit 10. Where shall we go?

10A. A return ticket, please.

10B. The future.

10C. What will you do tomorrow?

Unit 11. What is the weather like?

11A. The weather.

11B The weather in the world.

11C. On the telephone.

11D. What are you doing?

Unit 12. What did you do?

12A. What did you do yesterday?

12B. Where did you go?

12C. This is my life.

Unit 13. What is the matter?

13A. What is the matter?

13B. What has happened to you?

13C. Where have you been?

13D. I have lost my suitcase.

13E. In the police station.

Unit 14. Revise and extend.

14A. Free time.

14B. My city.

14C. Work.

14D. Communicating.

14E. Trips and holidays.

14F. Problems.

14G. Festivals.

  • I provide video guidance through every text and exercise in the course.
  • I provide supplementary videos materials to show you how your Spanish can be used and encourage you on your journey.
  • I provide emails of encouragement to help you maintain your moral, because learning a language takes time, and therefore resiliance.
  • I provide signposting to other resources that are exactly right for you at each step.
  • I provide you with a challenge at the end of each unit. (I strongly encourage you to submit your response to the challenge to me so I can give you feedback on your progress).

“I want my Spanish course to mean something!”

There are great courses out there that teach you how to put sentences together in Spanish, focusing on a limited vocabulary and words that are similar in English. They are great, but some people want a course that gives them dialogue, that gives them examples of meaningful texts and conversations, which is what Pasos offers. It is tangible because you will have the coursebook that enables you to look back and to look ahead and know what you are going to learn. It is interesting because you will be able to imagine yourself engaging with people using the sentences, exclamations, questions and phrases that you learn here, and I will encourage you to have fun with that.

“What will I learn?”

Scan through the content of the course by looking at these collapsible menus. There are 14 units in Pasos. As a teacher who appreciates a well structured and thorough course, it will be a pleasure for me to guide you through each and every step of the way. You will see more details of the course contents when you look in the contents page of your Pasos textbook.

How does it work?

You buy the course book.

You buy access to one unit of lessons (approximately 6 hours of study per unit).

You set aside an hour to study with me.

You watch my input about a text or exercise.

You complete that exercise, then repeat this cycle until you have completed the section or lesson.

When you have completed all the lessons in a unit, you can buy the next unit when you are ready to do so. Please note, as I am currently building my video support for the Pasos course, lessons to accompany one unit will be released each month, and you are able to buy them at the heavily discounted price of just £10.00 per unit. This reduction will only be available until the videos are all published (planned completion date year end 2021).

The value you get from studying with me?

Teacher support is so useful when you decide to learn to speak Spanish. I will help you in the following ways and more.

  • Understand the vocabulary, including what it means, how it sounds, what connections it has with other Spanish and English words, and how to remember it. Vocabulary is the foundation of learning a new language. When you get help to engage with that vocabulary you have a far better chance of being able to recall and use it when you need it.
  • When you are on a journey somewhere it is nice to have someone with you who knows the direction and the distance to each waypoint. More than nice in fact! I will explain what you need to know as you need to know it. I will help you maintain real expectations and motivation. It takes time to learn un lenguaje so you need to keep making la decisión that YOU WANT TO SPEAK SPANISH. Take each step of the way with me, and WE WILL GET YOU THERE!
  • The Pasos Course Pack includes the 278 page coursebook, 3 audio cds for the listening exercises, the answer key to check your accuracy, the transcript book to read along and get used to the pronunciation, as well as a DVD you can enjoy watching. It will take a year to complete this course, so it is great value for money. Get your copy here. There are many great advantages to this course. Lots of people like physical, paper resources. Learning around a theme a month is great for the human mind because we like a context that we can imagine. It is good for us to have a variety of input and plenty of different types of activities for active learning. In my opinion it is the teacher who pulls all this Spanish off the pages of the book and makes it real for you. All this, in combination with lessons delivered using the Spanish I know you can understand, and you will find it easy to stay on the path to being able to understand clear speech, read articles, enter into conversation, describe experiences and events and write simple texts.
  • This is what I can help you to achieve.

About your teacher.

Ruth studied French at school but always wanted to learn more languages. After completing a degree in law at Reading University she went to Barcelona, where she did the TEFL teaching course, and then worked teaching English. Her travels took her to Poland, London, Cambridge and then to Lima in Perú, learning Spanish through conversation and extensive reading.

Ruth formalised her Spanish studies with a diploma from the Open University, which included time studying Spanish in Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain. She became a fully qualified teacher in 2011 (13 years after starting to teach professionally!) She developed the use of Spanglish in the classroom as a tool to encourage students to use the target language, and has since written and published 3 books which model Spanglish as a method to learn confidence and fluency in Spanish.

When schools closed for the lockdown of 2020, Ruth’s YouTube project, 100 Days of Spanish began. Many people have enjoyed the 100 videos. It was through this project that she met Dan Hall, and began the Daily Word Builder series of videos to increase vocabulary and model fluency.

Ruth is also a gardener, a website developer (this one!), a sister, a daughter, and above all, a mother.