Spanish for Business (FLS3615)

StaffDr Jose Tenreiro Prego - Lecturer
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesCompletion of FLS3515/3530 or equivalent
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

Spanish for Business is designed for students with a near proficient level of Spanish who have spent a period of study / work in a country where Spanish is spoken (such as students on a 'with European Study' programme) and/or have completed appropriate Advanced level courses (FLS3415/30, FLS3515/30 and/or FLS3715/30) or equivalent.

Please note that this module is NOT available for native speakers of the language.

On completion of this module, students will have a level equivalent to C1/C1+ (as Exit level) - Proficient User of the Common European Framework for languages, and a knowledge of Spanish for the specific purpose of business. They will be able to:

  • review and consolidate advanced structures and vocabulary of the target language, extending these to cover specifically vocational and business-oriented topics. 
  • develop the particular skills required to understand and use written and spoken Spanish as used in general business contexts. The economic terms and concepts developed will be those encountered, for example, in non-specialist but informed publications devoted to current business affairs.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a consistent grammatical competence of complex language and structures of the target language.
  • 2. Read, comprehend and summarise a wide range of demanding, long written and aural texts in most registers on business-related topics in the target language, including articles and reports concerned with business issues in which the writers adopt particular attitudes and viewpoints.
  • 3. Communicate confidently, very fluently and precisely in a range of business-related situations, both orally and in writing, and demonstrate the ability to research a specialist business topic, extracting and summarising key information from a range of written and spoken sources, and produce a written portfolio of material to a high professional standard.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Demonstrate advanced levels of autonomy in language learning, with minimal direction from the teacher.
  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, including a specialist dictionary, to consolidate his/her learning.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Make an oral presentation on a business-related topic, expanding on and responding to requests for further information from others.
  • 7. Work creatively and flexibly with others as part of a team, reacting to situations as appropriate.
  • 8. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign business culture.

Syllabus plan

The module covers the following grammar and topics (please note that this list is only indicative):

- Main grammar: At this level, you are expected to demonstrate a near native competence in the use of all complex grammatical structures. However, there may be remedial revision of some grammar points as required.

- Main topics: At this level, you are expected to follow weekly national and international business-related news in Spanish. This module deals with various aspects of Spanish and Latin American business-related issues:

  •  The business company: definition, structure and organisation.
  • Intercultural awareness: Latin American and Spanish markets

  • Entrepreneurship: creating a company

  • Employers and employees: recruiting and types of contracts

  • Business and labour law

  • Commercial activity of the company

  • Current economic and social affairs in Latin America and Spain.

  • The role of Spain in the European Union

  • Custom Unions in Europe, US and Latin America: EUCU, NAFTA, MERCOSUR, Andean Community

You will be expected to spend time studying outside class (between 3-5 hours per week) and we will provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as a proficient language learner. Similarly, you will be asked to consolidate your class work by learning advanced business vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in Spanish. You will also be expected to complete exercises on a self-study basis.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities44Seminars
Guided independent study106Consolidation class work by learning business related vocabulary and structures and by reading, watching or listening to material from a wide range of sources in Spanish. Prepare exercises and activities for class, write assignments and further develop a repertoire of effective language learning strategies.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
4 formative tasks per year (grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension)Variable1-8Written and oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
In-Class Test 251.5 hours1-5,8Written
Oral Test259 - 10 minutes2,4,5,7,8Written
Dossier50Consists of different components, including short summaries and an essay (1500 words) in the target language1-6,8Written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
In-Class TestWritten Exam1-6,8Referral/deferral period
Oral TestOral exam2,4,5,7,8Referral/deferral period
DossierDossier1-6,8Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Oral Test = 25%, Dossier = 50% Written exam = 25%

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Iriarte, E & Nuñez, Empresa Siglo XXI: el español en el ámbito internacional, Madrid:

Edinumen, 2009.

Recommended materials:

Becker, T., Doing Business in the New Latin America, Praeger, 2004.

Crane, R. & Rizowy,C., Latin American Business cultures, Pearson, 2005.


Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Spanish for business section TV, newspapers and radio stations or shows – see recommendations of module convenor.

Available as distance learning?


Origin date

February 2017

Last revision date

February 2017

Key words search

Spanish, Business, FLS3615