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Spanish - Elementary


Admission requirements

Spanish – Beginners @ LUC and/or Level A2 Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Students that do not meet this prerequisite should contact the instructor regarding the required competencies before course allocation.


The course aims to develop language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, and also incorporates elements for Sociolinguistic appropriateness. The course is organized around interactive and communicative activities that will allow students to build all skills in the most effective way.

Grammatical structures and vocabulary will also be integrated into the learning process in meaningful contexts. Furthermore an important aspect of the course will be the cultural knowledge about Spain and Latin America, with a strong emphasis on intercultural communication.

The content of the course is based on the coursebook Campus Sur. Covering CEFR levels A1-B1 in a single volume, this intensive course has been designed specifically for students studying Spanish at university. Campus Sur is an ideal resource for courses placing a large emphasis on independent, student-centred learning. The tasks presented skilfully promote autonomous learning (by researching a particular topic - often with the aid of videos/authentic documents on the Campus Difusión platform) outside of the classroom in the first instance so as to subsequently facilitate an environment for discovery, interaction and collaboration within the classroom.

A wealth of supplementary materials relating to this course can be accessed via the publisher's online platform (

Course Objectives

This course aims to develop competency in spoken and written Spanish to a standard that enables the student to communicate effectively and confidently with Spanish native speakers and sustain, to some extent, a work or study placement in a Spanish-speaking country.

In terms of the CEFR of the Council of Europe, the student:

  • can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc (level B1).

  • can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken (level B1) .

  • can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest (level B1) .

  • can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans (level B1).

  • is aware of the salient politeness conventions and acts appropriately (level B1).

  • is aware of, and looks out for signs of, the most significant differences between the customs, usages, attitudes, values and beliefs prevalent in the community concerned and those of his or her own (level B1) .


Timetables for courses offered at Leiden University College in 2020-2021 will be published on this page of the e-Prospectus.

Mode of instruction

Communication in Spanish will be encouraged from the outset and classes will be conducted primarily in Spanish, enabling students to learn and practice the new grammatical structures and vocabulary covered in each session. In order to develop and consolidate skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, classes will be highly interactive.

Students will often work in pairs or groups to practice their language skills.

During the course, students will give oral presentations about different topics, according to their increasing level of knowledge.

A substantial amount of independent study will be expected: several hours a week should be devoted to Spanish outside the classroom to complete work set by the instructor and practice reading, listening and writing skills.

Assessment Method


Reading list

Compulsory Textbooks:

  • Francisco Rosales et al., Campus Sur B1 – Libro del alumno, ISBN: 9788417260989,

  • Francisco Rosales et al., Campus Sur B1 – Cuaderno de Ejercicios, ISBN: 9788417260996

Students must purchase the course books before the beginning of the course.


Courses offered at Leiden University College (LUC) are usually only open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Leiden University students who participate in one of the university’s Honours tracks or programmes may register for one LUC course, if availability permits. Registration is coordinated by the Education Coordinator,