BSc Computer Science with Industrial Experience
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
LEAP Introduction to Spanish
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Spanish, Portuguese and Latin|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
This course is for absolute beginners. It introduces students to the fundamentals of Spanish grammar, reading and writing while developing some basic communicative skills. It aims to teach students simple structures, lexis and phrases which will enable them to communicate in a limited number of common everyday situations in Spanish-speaking countries.
The introductory course differs from LEAP Spanish 1 in length, topics covered and learning outcomes. Both courses start at the same level (absolute beginner), but LEAP Spanish 1 is a full-year course, and goes further and deeper into the language as it is approximately double the number of teaching hours plus double the number of self-study hours whereas the introductory level Introduction to LEAP Spanish is only one semester long.
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Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
- handle some of the basic grammatical structures of Spanish;
- understand and read some familiar and daily expressions used in common everyday situations and write very simple messages;
- communicate orally at a basic level in a limited number of common everyday situations;
- have some understanding of ways of life in Spanish-speaking countries.
By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1.1 of the Common European Framework.
Teaching and learning methods
One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on campus and on-line instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning. Students will actively practice the language (words, phrases and grammar) in pairs and groups in class, as well as through written exercises at home. Students will also be expected to make full use of the resources and activities on the Blackboard component for this course.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Pair and team work, focussed listening, informal presentations, language awareness, cultural appreciation.
- Week 11 Listening - 10%
- Written Exam - 60%
- Week 12 Oral Exam 30%,
Feedback will include a combination of:
- informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class based learning activities;
- formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.
• ELE Actual A1 ISBN: 9788467551815
Textbook will be complemented by tutor with extra contents and resources in line with the CEF standards for each level.
Reading: Easy Spanish Reader Premium, Third Edition: A Three-Part Reader for Beginning Students ISBN978-0071850193. Also availalbe in Kindle edition ASIN : B00ZQ9J17S
- Language practice: Collins Easy Learning Spanish Grammar, ISBN: 9780008142018
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Independent study hours|
|Sandra Torres||Unit coordinator|
- Pre-requisite: This unit is suitable for those who have never studied Spanish before.
- Co-requisite: If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your programme structure This course is not open to native or near native Spanish speakers.
- Anti-requisite: Students taking the unit for university credit as part of their degree must not have already taken the unit ULSP51010 – Beginners Spanish.
- Taught during: Semester two.
- Timetable: Timetable for the course.
Students may be able to proceed to LEAP Spanish 2 subject to:
- achieving a mark over 75%
- Agreeing to complete independently the online bridging course to reach the Common European Framework level required at the end of LEAP Spanish 1 – A1/A2
- an entry-level assessment carried out by the tutor.
* By taking this option students agree to cover the material by the language tutor independently. They will be taking this at their own risk. They are not allowed take LEAP Spanish 1 or ask for a refund.