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SPA1001 : Business Spanish (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Josep Cru Talaveron
  • Other Staff: Ms Gloria Alvarez
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To provide students with the following:
i. An awareness of the nature of language and language learning.
ii. An interest in the countries where the language is spoken and the people from these countries.
iii. Practice and develop oral skills to communicate in Spanish in a basic business and social context.
iv. Encourage students to work independently by exploiting fully the opportunities of The Language Resource Centre.

This course has been designed for business students at a beginner level (both true and false beginners are welcome) who would like to develop Spanish language skills in a business context. The course will focus on developing key business Spanish vocabulary, practical role-plays, and will work on reading, writing, listening and speaking; the language skills required in business and social situations when travelling around Spanish Speaking countries; or just dealing with people on the internet or on the telephone.

Outline Of Syllabus

Unit 1: En clase de español
Unit 2: Datos personales
Unit 3: El mundo de la empresa
Unit 4: Le presento al director general
Unit 5: De gestiones
Unit 6: Lugares para trabajar, lugares para vivir
Unit 7: Agenda de trabajo
Unit 8: Citas y reuniones
Unit 9: Productos y proyectos
Unit 10: Claves del exito
Unit 11: Viajes de negocios
Unit 12 Formación y experiencia

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching721:0072:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1128:00128:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Language teaching will focus on communication. Use of the target language will be made as much as possible. All four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking are fully integrated in this module and will be tested equally at the end of the year. Independent learning and learner autonomy are encouraged through the means of portfolio tasks, pair and group work and self-study at home and in the Language Resource Centre. Joint study sessions at specific time slots ensure that students follow up taught sessions independently.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A50N/A
Oral Examination152M20N/A
Aural Examination602M10This listening exam takes place in Week 10.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study1M20class test
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students are tested in the three skills of listening, reading and writing during the final examination. In addition, there is one test to assess their oral competence as well as one class test and coursework to enable students to gain feedback on their performance throughout the year and to develop independent learning skills.

Reading Lists