BSc Computer Science with Industrial Experience / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
LEAP Introduction to Spanish

Course unit fact file
Unit code ULSP51002
Credit rating 10
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.



Learning outcomes

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.

Assessment methods

Semester 2: 

  • Week 11 Listening - 10%
  • Written Exam - 60% 
  • Week 12 Oral Exam 30%,


Feedback methods

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.

Recommended reading

  • • 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 ISBN 

     978-0071850193. Also availalbe in Kindle edition ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00ZQ9J17S


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 36
Independent study hours
Independent study 64

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Sandra Torres Unit coordinator

Additional notes

  • 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.

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