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Spanish 2 Pre-Intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies who have passed Spanish 1 Beginners.


This is a language course for pre-intermediate students, that it has a communicative approach. Attention will be paid to the use of the language in practical everyday situations. The course is going to be divided into lecture and practical classes. The focus will be on listening, speaking, reading, and writing. For this purpose, vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and the most important standard phrases will be taught as the key elements of this course.

Course objectives

(Audio)visual reception (reading): B1
Written production (writing): A2+; B1
Listening: A2+; B1
Oral productions (speaking): B1


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website

Mode of instruction

Three two hour tutorials every week Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or tutorial, please inform the tutor of the course. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the final exam or essay.

Course Load

Total course load for the course = 280 hours.
Attending classes = 72 hrs (6 hrs per week over 12 weeks)
Preparing classes, exams and extra activities = 208 hrs

Assessment method

Midterm exam: 20% 4 Assignments in class: 5% each Listening evaluation: 10% Final exam: 1st Part: grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension: 30%, 2nd Part: speaking and listening: 20%

The resit will be a written exam of two hours, and will test if the students have reached the end level of this semester. This exam consists of the following components:

  • Reading and writing;

  • Written dialogue;

  • Vocabulary and grammar.


Blackboard will be used. For tutorial groups: please enroll in blackboard after your enrolment in uSis
Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

Mandatory books:
Vía Rápida, Curso intensivo de español, Libro del alumno; Ed. Difusión. 2011
ISBN: 978-84-8443-655-3
Vía Rápida, Curso intensivo de español, Cuaderno de ejercicios; Ed. Difusión. 2011
ISBN: 978-84-8443-655-0
Gramática básica del estudiante de español. Rosario Alonso Raya,, Alejandro Castañeda Castro, Pablo Martínez Gila. Editorial Difusión.
ISBN: 9789460303173
Recommended books:
The Oxford Essential Spanish Dictionary; Ed. Oxford University Press. 2010
ISBN: 9780199576449
Palabras, Methode woordenschatverwerving Spaans; Ed. Coutinho. 2011
ISBN: 9789046902578


Students are requested to register through uSis, the registration system of Leiden University for this course. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.