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Spanish 1 Pre-Intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies with a B1 Spanish level. You will need to contact your Coordinator of Studies in order to check your level and to do the entry test.


This is a language course for intermediate students, that has a communicative approach. Attention will be paid to the use of the language in practical everyday situations.
The focus will be on reading, listening, speaking 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

This course enables the student to achieve a level B1+/B2 of the Common European Frame (CEF).
This course is the first course in a series of three language courses within the International Studies program. The final objective of this course series is to obtain an advanced level of proficiency in Spanish: the student will be able to use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes and to interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.

  • Reading Comprehension: B2

  • Listening Comprehension: B1+

  • Written production: B1+

  • Spoken production: B1+


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.

Mode of instruction

Three two-hour tutorials every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your tutor in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence. Being absent will result in a lowering of the participation grade with 0.5 for every absence after the first three (3) times.

Course Load

Total course load for this course is 10 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), this equals 280 hours, broken down by:

  • Attending classes: (6 hours per week over 12 weeks) 72 hours

  • Preparing classes, exams and extra activities : 202 hours

  • Assessment hours (exams and other assessment): 6 hours

Assessment method


  • Participation & Quizzes. Grammar and Vocabulary.

  • Midterm Exam. Listening comprehension, grammar, reading comprehension, and written production.

  • Final Exam. Listening comprehension, grammar, reading comprehension, and written production.

  • Oral Exam.


Partial Grade Weighing
Participation & Quizzes 20%
Midterm Exam 30%
Final Exam 30%
Oral Exam 20%

End grade

To successfully complete the course, please take note that the end grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of the in-class oral and listening performance and exams.


If the end grade is insufficient (lower than a 6), there is a possibility of retaking the full 80% of the exam material (reading, writing, speaking and listening). No resit for the tutorial (participation) is possible.

Retaking a passing grade

Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2017 – 2018.

Exam review

How and when an exam review takes place will be determined by the examiner. This review will be within 30 days after official publication of exam results.


Blackboard will be used for tutorial groups. Students are requested to enroll on Blackboard for this course, but only after correct enrolment in uSis.

Reading list

  • Corpas, Garmendia, Sánchez, Soriano: AULA INTERNACIONAL 4 NUEVA EDICIÓN SKU: 9788415620853

  • Online material on Blackboard


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis can be found here.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Drs. M.J. Pérez Rodríguez

When contacting lecturers or tutors, please include your full name, student number and tutorial group number.


Passing this course is an additional requirement for a positive Study Recommendation at the end of the year.

This course uses Integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.