ULSP51002 - Introduction to Spanish

Please note that the introduction course differs from the beginners in length and learning outcome: the beginners is a full-year course, whereas the introductory level is only one semester long.

Both start at the same level (absolute beginner), but the beginners goes further and deeper as it is approximately double the number of teaching hours plus double the number of self-study hours.

  • Credits: 10
  • 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.


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 that 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.

Transferable skills

Pair and teamwork, focussed listening, informal presentations, language awareness, cultural appreciation.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on-campus and online 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.


Semester 2:  

  • Week 11- Listening 10% & Written Exam 50%
  • Week 12 - Oral Exam 40

 Listening Exams may be incorporated into the speaking exams if necessary

Teaching hours

36 hours (3 hours per week) including assessment time

Independent study hours

~ 62 hours (not including assessment time)


Dr Sandra Torres

Taught by

See timetable

Maximum entry

22 per group.

Set text

ELE Actual A1 Libro del alumno (con licencia digital) + CDs A1 - 2019 ed. Flexibound – 19 July 2019 ISBN: 978-8413180373

Textbook will be complemented by tutor with extra contents and resources in line with the CEF standards for each level.

Recommended texts


  • Reading: Easy Spanish Reader Premium, Third Edition: A Three-Part Reader for Beginning Students ISBN 

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

  • Language practice: Collins Easy Learning Spanish Grammar, ISBN: 9780008142018



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 to take LEAP Spanish 1 or ask for a refund.


Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and your employability by showing that you have the capacity to learn other languages and the desire to engage with other cultures.