ULSP51030 - LEAP Spanish 3 (B1)

  • Credits: 20
  • Pre-requisiteULSP51020 - LEAP Spanish 2 (A2) or equivalent e.g. GCSE grade 6 or above taken in the last three years. 
  • 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.
  • Taught during: Both semesters (September to May).
  • Level of attainment: (B1) By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B1 of the Common European Framework.
  • Timetable: Click here


The course aims to further develop the skills acquired on LEAP Spanish 1 & 2.

It extends the emphasis on communication and comprehension skills through the use of high frequency language expressions used to describe topics of personal interest, current affairs and specific themes. This will enable students to conduct longer oral exchanges related to limited specific topics or themes or to give a short presentation or information about an event.

It also further consolidates the grammar already acquired, and enhances students’ skills in reading and writing by equipping them with a broader range of vocabulary to enable them to read and write longer and more complex texts.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to: 

  • demonstrate greater understanding and knowledge of language structure and able to handle further grammatical rules;
  • demonstrate competency in comprehension and listening through accurately extracting key information from written and audio sources on specific familiar topics related to personal interest and current affairs;
  • recognize and use known expressions and fundamental phrases used in everyday situations and communicate orally in simple, routine situations, handling short social exchanges about familiar topics with reasonable fluency;
  • independently write short texts on limited familiar topics using a variety of vocabulary and formulaic expressions.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B1 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

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

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hours or two 90 minutes seminars 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 will be supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning.

Teaching hours

69 hours (3 hours per week) including assessment time.

Independent study hours

140 hours (not including assessment time).


All assessments are summative.

Non-credit students and members of the public need to be aware that written exams will not take place during lesson time.

Semester 1

  • Written exam; 30% weighting; held in university's semester 1 exam period in January

Semester 2

  • Listening exam; 10% weighting; held in week 11
  • Speaking exam; 30% weighting; held in week 12
  • Written exam; 30% weighting; held in university's semester 2 exam period in May/June

Dates to be confirmed.

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of informal ongoing feedback resulting from class-based learning activities and formal written feedback given following summative assessments.


Dr Sandra Torres

Taught by


Maximum entry

23 per group

Set text

Aula Internacional Plus Libro Del Alumno + MP3 Descargable 3 (B1) ISBN: 9788418032226

Recommended texts

Gramática básica del estudiante de español Difusión ISBN 9788484437260


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