Commercial Spanish (MLS3027)

StaffMs Isabel Moros - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesMLS2001 or equivalent
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module aims to develop specific language skills linked to business on situations that take place within the business and economic world. It provides also with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the Spanish economy and society within the last thirty five years and the place the country now occupies within the wider economic framework of Europe. It will also be possible to study some of the key aspects of globalisation and sustainability policies and the effect they have had in Latino America. Through the study and analysis of specific journalistic styles, students will gain a deeper understanding of the media today and the importance that the electronic newspapers and blogs have gained in our communication process. In turn, this will give students an insight into the world of journalism and an opening for possible career prospects in this area.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Apply knowledge of a broad range of grammatical features in the target language (including some complex and advanced structures) to a range of different exercises such as translations and summaries of complex passages based on economic, political and social texts.
  • 2. To discuss complex topical and abstract related issues in an appropriate register of oral Spanish, using a broad range of vocabulary and idiom.
  • 3. To develop the writing of commercial correspondence in a variety of contexts.
  • 4. To give a structured oral presentation as part of a team of a fictitious business proposal and to engage in debate on the issues raised by the presentation.
  • 5. To prepare, collect and analyse materials for a written dossier in the target language on a subject related to economic, political or social issues in Spain or Latino America.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 6. Access and use critically printed and, where appropriate, electronic learning resources identified as useful by the course tutor; find independently and evaluate critically other relevant resources.
  • 7. Using recommended bibliographical tools, present a critical bibliography giving a balanced overview of an aspect of the subject.
  • 8. Engage critically with the Spanish language media (printed and electronic, including television and radio) using it as a resource for independent researches.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 9. Present information and arguments on a designated or negotiated topic to a group of listeners and respond to questions and responses from the group.
  • 10. Adopt a critical approach to the selection and organisation of a large body of material in order to produce, to a deadline a written argument of some complexity.
  • 11. Demonstrate ability to combine a variety of IT skills in researching and reporting on a topic
  • 12. Communicate information arguments of some complexity in the target language and work effectively as part of a team.

Syllabus plan

1. The Company/Introduction to Commercial Letter writing/Stages in the Spanish economy

2. Human Resources/Employment applications/The labour market in Spain

3. Sales, marketing and publicity/Offers of products/Services and Tourism

4. Banking and finances/Response to requests/The Spanish banking system and its connections with Latino America

5. The Stock exchange/Payments and invoices/The development of the Stock exchange and the effects of the financial crisis

6. Globalisation and foreign investments/Exports and Imports/Commercial reports/The effects of the global markets in Latino America

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 Activities10Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities5Seminars - Discussions and presentations Preparation for business presentation and dossier project
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities1Tutorial
Guided independent study134Private study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Weekly language related exercises2 hours a week 1, 3, 6, 8Written and oral feedback
Presentation practice30 minutes1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12Written and oral feedback individually and collectively

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
Oral presentation and group project4025 minutes1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12Written and oral feedback
Written dossier 60Dossier project involving the summaries of a maximum of 15 newspaper articles in the target language and an end of project analysis of 1500 words in Spanish.1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11Written and oral feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
As AboveOral Presentation1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12August Exam period
As AboveDossier1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11August Exam period

Re-assessment notes

The same assessment can be applied in case of referral or deferral. Some adjustments can be made to the oral presentation in these circumstances.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Indicative basic reading list:

Ángel Felices, Emilio Iriarte, Emilia Nuñez, MªÁngeles Calderón, Cultura y Negocios (El español de la economía española y latinoamericana) Edinumen 2010 ISBN: 978-84-95986-10-8

Business Spanish dictionary, English-Spanish/Spanish-English (P.H.Collin) revised edition 1997

Duncan Green,Faces of Latin America. Latin American Bureau 2006

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

A series of links appear in ELE as of special interest for this module (Spanish newspapers, television and radio and magazines).

Also, there are specific links in ELE  which are particularly useful:

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Available as distance learning?


Origin date

Before 2000

Last revision date


Key words search

Commercial Spanish