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Course ID
BBU351
Duration
One Semester (Fourteen Weeks)
Prerequisite
Preparation Course - Basic Certificate in Business Spanish II (BasBus-II)
Total Study Hours Assessment Components Assessment Description
  • 420 Total
  • 210 Scheduled Learning & Teaching Hours
  • 210 Guided Independent Study
  • Coursework – 40%
  • Examinations – 60%
• Three (3) timed translation papers of 450 words each
• Six (6) research projects and presentations
• Eight (8) assignments

Course Summary

This course expands the knowledge and skills of the students who have successfully completed BASBUS-II. This is the third 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 an upper intermediate 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.

Syllabus

The syllabus of this course includes:

  • The study of syntactical and lexical structures at the upper intermediate level (B2/C1);
  • The new company: story, facets; a great entrepreneur, high level executives, posts in a company, new economies, sales strategies in networks;
  • The creation of a company, designing a website for a business in sales;
  • Choosing a company, multinationals, PYMEs, internships, job offers, the selection of personnel, video CV.;
  • The oil industry, promotions, work and family, policies on salaries and wages;
  • Companies by sector, products, the entertainment industry, client loyalty;
  • Selling a product in Latin America and Spain, branding and slogan, patriotism and marketing, comparative publicity, campaigns, social media, event creation;
  • Financing, investing, the VAT, the Stock Exchange, strategies for success, networks, airlines, environmental strategies;
  • Foreign trade, FTA’s, Spanish brands, emerging markets, thinking green, Human Resources, working conditions, cyber business, the digital consumer, self-employment, saving a brand.

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 and improving specialised skills such as initiating intermediate 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 intermediate situations within the administrative and commercial activity of the company, initiating and maintaining telephone communication, client communication, interviews, note taking; developing intermediate techniques for the preparation of 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 upper intermediate level (B2/C1);
  2. Read and understand press articles about professional, economic and commercial topics;
  3. Write business correspondence at an upper intermediate level;
  4. Express themselves orally in Spanish about economic and commercial topics at an upper intermediate level;
  5. Participate in professional communicative situations at upper intermediate level;
  6. Interact both orally and in writing in the area of business, economics and administration at an upper intermediate 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 and a synopsis shared with the class in writing, 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.

Prerequisite

  • Preparation Course – Basic Certificate in Business Spanish II (BasBus-II)