Course ID
One Semester (Fourteen Weeks)
Total Study Hours Assessment Components Assessment Description
  • 420 Total
  • 210 Scheduled Learning & Teaching Hours
  • 210 Guided Independent Study
  • Coursework – 40%
  • Examinations – 60%
  • One (1) Examination (four parts)
  • Six (6) research projects and presentations
  • Eight (8) assignments

Course Summary

This course is the first step for students who would like to embark in a career in Business Spanish. This is the first of three basic Business Spanish courses that prepare participants for the external examinations leading to the award of the Basic Certificate in Business Spanish (B2). It aims to get participants acquainted with the structure, requirements and level of such external examinations. It fosters in the learner an understanding and command of topics on administration, economics and business in Spain and Latin America. It also develops the linguistic competencies necessary to function at a basic level of specialisation in the language and world of business. Interactive lectures, presentations, projects and group discussions are designed to improve the student’s level of professionalism, knowledge and skills needed for success in this endeavour.


The syllabus of this course includes:

  • The study of syntactical and lexical structures at the basic level (A1/A2);
  • The company (structure, departments, posts, etc.), business sectors, the Internet;
  • The office and furniture;
  • The agenda and planning, transport, business and free time activities;
  • Opinions on work, remuneration and taxes, the workload and legislation, negotiations;
  • Marketing media and support, impacts, etc.;
  • The food in figures, a business meal, trade strategies, sales, fair trade;
  • Retribution, plastic money, media and methods of payment, banking, the Stock Exchange;
  • Stories from entrepreneurs and enterprises, the Curriculum Vitae and the cover letter, careers, the job interview, the human resource selection process.

Independent Study and Scheduled Teaching Activity

Interactive lectures, oral presentations, projects and discussions will allow for the learning of the various topics outlined in the syllabus. Participants will also develop the various learning skills through exercises performed individually, in pairs and in groups. The teaching/facilitating process will focus on developing specialised skills such as initiating basic communication in the world of business and in various language specific contexts, talking about the company as a workplace, the production of oral discourse in basic situations within the administrative and commercial activity of the company, initiating and maintaining telephone communication, client communication, interviews, note taking; developing basic techniques for the preparation of the main administrative and commercial documents, reading comprehension exercises, writing various types of correspondence and using audio-visual support, the press and authentic material to show aspects in the professional, economic and commercial areas in Spain and in Latin America. Individual assignments, projects and extensive readings will aim at broadening the specialised knowledge of participants in all the areas listed in the syllabus.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Function using a level of linguistic competence in Spanish in the area of business both orally and in writing at the basic level;
  2. Read and understand press articles about professional, economic and commercial topics;
  3. Write business correspondence at a basic level;
  4. Express themselves orally in Spanish about economic and commercial topics at a basic level;
  5. Participate in professional communicative situations at basic level;
  6. Interact both orally and in writing in the area of business, economics and administration at a basic level;
  7. Ask for clarifications orally in case any difficulty arises in comprehension.

Assessment Strategy

Summative assessment is divided into coursework and examinations. Coursework is weighted at forty per cent (40%) of the total grade and comprises six (6) research projects, the findings of which will be presented to the class in the foreign language, as well as eight (8) assignments to be submitted to the lecturer. The tutor will provide feedback for all coursework. The examination is weighted at sixty per cent (60%) and comprises one Examination consisting of four (4) parts:

  • Part 1. Reading comprehension.
  • Part 2. Programme-specific knowledge test.
  • Part 3. Specialised writing.
  • Part 4. Oral test.

Formative tasks will include talks, group projects and discussion and other exercises of a technical and specialised nature.


  • High School diploma and transcript with a minimum GPA of 2.00 OR
  • Minimum of five (5) CSEC (CXC)/GCE O’Level subjects, inclusive of English A and mathematics, Grades 1,2,3* or A,B,C.

    *Grade 3 accepted if attained in June 1998 or beyond