Spanish for Business (FLS3630)
|Staff||Dr Jose Tenreiro Prego - Lecturer|
|Pre-requisites||Completion of FLS3515/3530 or equivalent|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
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.
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 Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||44||Seminars|
|Guided independent study||106||Consolidation 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.|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|6 formative tasks per year (grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension)||Variable||1-8||Written and oral|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|In-Class Test (listening and text reduction)||25||1.5 hours||1-5,8||Written|
|Oral Presentation||15||15-20 minutes||1,3-6,8||Written|
|Oral Test||25||12-13 minutes||2,4,5,7,8||Written|
|Dossier||35||Consists of different components, including short summaries and an essay (1500 words) in the target language||1-6,8||Written|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|In-Class Test (listening and text reduction)||Written Exam||1-5,8||Referral/deferral period|
|Oral Presentation, Oral Test||Oral Test||1, 3-6, 8||Referral/deferral period|
Oral Test = 40%, Dossier = 35%, Written exam = 25%
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Iriarte, E & Nuñez, Empresa Siglo XXI: el español en el ámbito internacional, Madrid: Edinumen, 2009.
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?
Last revision date
Key words search
Spanish, Business, FLS3630