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Spanish for Business Purposes

Spanish for Business Purposes

Code: SPA2LF001
Extent: 6 ECTS (162 h)
Language: Spanish
Level: Joint Professional Studies (Language Studies, A2/B1)
Type: Optional

Prerequisites

The student has successfully completed the basic Spanish studies. Student has solid knowledge in general structures and vocabulary in Spanish and s/he has 2-3 years of previous studies in Spanish.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • is able  to negotiate with Spanish speaking people in business situations
  • relates to business oriented situations with confidence
  • is able to make presentations about  companies and products
  • communicates effectively in Spanish with non-native speakers
  • has prepared him/herself   for a future job in a Spanish speaking Country or in a company that may need Spanish to deal with foreign costumers or business partners
  • has  broadened the international aspect of his/her studies by introducing new ways of communicating with others
  • has enhanced his/her HH3S competences as applicable to the course.

Course contents

The purpose of this course is to reinforce the student’s  communicating ability  either written or spoken. He/she will be more aware of linguistic and cultural differences between the 19 countries and 450 000 000 people that speak Spanish as a mother tongue. Furthermore, he/she will learn to use Spanish as a ‘lengua Franca’ to communicate with non-native speakers in Spanish.

  • What is a Company
  • Human Resources
  • Job application and interview
  • Consumers and Products
  • Finance
  • Strategy
  • International Commerce
  • Advertising
  • Exchange of documents and information in Spanish with non native students in a foreign country via Internet

Cooperation with the business community

Business-based examples and cases.

International dimension

International and global business approach to course themes and topics, contributions by multinational student groups and company cooperation.

Teaching and learning methods

Contact Lessons
Videos / DVD
Discussions based in Company cases
Grammar exercises
Role-play
Written exercises via Internet to students in a foreign country
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Accreditation of prior learning

Accreditation of prior learning (APL) is observed on the course according to separate instructions.

Teacher with the main responsibility of the course

Alicia Jáuregui-Renaud

Course materials

Prost, G. & Fernández, A. @l Dia B1-B2. Editorial SGEL.
Other material provided by the teacher

Assessment criteria

Grade/Learning outcomes

1 (Min. 40%
competence level)
3 (Min. 70%
competence level)
5 (Min. 90%
competence level)
Knowledge The student has fairly acquainted with more advanced Spanish language tools (vocabulary and structures) which will enable them to communicate in both general and work-related situations. He/she Is fairly familiar with ordinary situations in business, e.g. phone and e-mails. The student has well acquainted with more advanced Spanish language tools (vocabulary and structures) which will enable them to communicate in both general and work-related situations. He/she Is well familiar with ordinary situations in business, e.g. phone and e-mails. The student has very well acquainted with more advanced Spanish language tools (vocabulary and structures) which will enable them to communicate in both general and work-related situations. He/she Is very well familiar with ordinary situations in business, e.g. phone and e-mails.
Skills The student as fairly deepened his/her oral and writing skills. He/she is fairly able to discuss familiar topics in general and work situations. He/she writes and reads fairly everyday life and business related simple texts in Spanish. He/she has fairly developed awareness of the cultural differences between his/her culture and the cultures of Spanish speaking countries. The student has fairly prepared himself/herself for a future working life in one of the Spanish speaking countries. He/she has fairly broadened the international aspects of his/her studies. He/she has well deepened his/her oral and writing skills. He/she is well able to discuss familiar topics in general and work situations. He/she writes and reads well everyday life and business related simple texts in Spanish. He/she has well developed awareness of the cultural differences between his/her culture and the cultures of Spanish speaking countries. The student has well prepared himself/herself for a future working life in one of the Spanish speaking countries. He/she has well broadened the international aspects of his/her studies. He/she has very well deepened his/her oral and writing skills. He/she is very well able to discuss familiar topics in general and work situations. He/she writes and reads very well everyday life and business related simple texts in Spanish. He/she has very well developed awareness of the cultural differences between his/her culture and the cultures of Spanish speaking countries. The student has very well prepared himself/herself for a future working life in one of the Spanish speaking countries. He/she has very well broadened the international aspects of his/her studies.
Competence The student has fairly reached the language level A2 of the Common European framework of reference for languages CEFR. He/she can fairly understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. He/she can fairly produce simple connected text or speech on topics in Spanish which are familiar or of personal interest. He/she can fairly describe experiences, events, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans in Spanish. The student shows poor service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy. The student has well reached the language level A2 of the Common European framework of reference for languages CEFR. He/she can well understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. He/she can well produce simple connected text or speech on topics in Spanish which are familiar or of personal interest. He/she can well describe experiences, events, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans in Spanish. The student shows good service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy. The student has very well reached the language level A2-B1 of the Common European framework of reference for languages CEFR. He/she can very well understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. He/she can very well produce simple connected text or speech on topics in Spanish which are familiar or of personal interest. He/she can very well describe experiences, events, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans in Spanish. The student shows excellent service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy.

Modes of assessment and their weights

Active participation 30%
Project 30%
Exam 40%
80% attendance is required

The assessment of one's own learning does not influence the course grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed on an E-form.