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Spanish - Advanced


Admission requirements

Required course(s):

Spanish – Intermediate @ LUC and/or Level B2 Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

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

Students can test their entry level using the (free) DIALANG test:


This course is aimed at upper intermediate students who wish to further develop the four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) for recreational and academic purposes.

We will use a comprehensive advanced-level method: C de C1. Modern in terms of its content, covers topical issues as well as subjects of general interest, providing multiple examples of Spanish in context throughout. The flexible format of the units in this course facilitates a flipped classroom approach to learning (placing a particular emphasis on independent study).

Focusing on grammar and vocabulary in equal measure, special attention is given to word placement, frequently used combinations of words and idiomatic expressions. There are also activities that will enable students to investigate and experiment with the use of the Spanish language, and ideas are provided relating to the development of learning strategies. In addition, extra importance will be given to the development of multicultural awareness.

Course Objectives

In terms of the CEFR of the Council of Europe, at the end of the course the student:

  • can understand a wide variety of texts including literary writings, newspaper or magazine articles, and specialized academic or professional publications, provided there are opportunities for rereading and they have access to reference tools (level C1).

  • can recognize the point of view expressed and distinguish this from facts being reporting (level B2).

  • can understand most documentaries and most other recorded or broadcast material delivered in the standard form of the language and can identify mood, attitude, etc.(level B2)

  • can give clear, detailed descriptions and presentations on a wide range of subjects related to their field of interest, expanding and supporting ideas with subsidiary points and relevant examples (level B2).

  • can produce clear, detailed texts on a variety of subjects related to their field of interest, synthesizing and evaluating information and arguments from a number of sources (level B2/B2+).


Timetables for courses offered at Leiden University College in 2022-2023 will be published on this page of the e-Prospectus.

Mode of instruction

Students will play an active role in class sessions. Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as pair / group work, and include the study of texts with comprehension exercises, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises.

Students will be able to follow discussions and debates on current issues as well as communicate in all situations using complex and linguistically more accurate structures. Cultural awareness will be further developed.

Assessment Method

The final grade will be calculated according to the following grade breakdown:

Assessment: In-class participation
Percentage: 17.5%
Deadline: Ongoing

Assessment: Listening Comprehension Exam
Percentage: 17.5%
Deadline: Week 4

Assessment: Grammar & Vocabulary & Reading Comprehension
Percentage: 19.5 %
Deadline: Week 7

Assessment: Presentations
Percentage: 10%
Deadline: weekly

Assessment: Discussions
Percentage: 10%
Deadline: throughout the block

Assessment: Compositions (o.a. a cultural project)
Percentage: 19.5%
Deadline: Week 4 (to be confirmed)

Reading list

  • R. Acquaroni et al. C de C1, Libro del Alumno, Difusión S.L., Barcelona, 2017, ISBN 978-84-16273-48-5

  • Extra material will be provided by the tutor on Brightspace: authentic written material from various sources (articles, literature); authentic audio and audio-visual material (pieces of news, and documentaries Spanish and Latin American films).


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,


M.J. Pérez Rodríguez,