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Spanish for Business 1 (LL128)

Please note: this module will not be offered in 2022-23



Advanced (post A level or equivalent)

Main Objectives:

This module provides a post-A level (or equivalent) entry for students wishing to progress through the Spanish pathway of the International Business degree, focusing on business and international affairs.


30 CREDITS, also available as a 24 CREDITS.


Our aim, Covid-19 arrangements permitting, is One weekly blended session for 21 weeks, organised as:

- One hour and a half online synchronous plenary (full group)

- One-hour and a half face-to-face on alternate weeks (small group)

- One-hour asynchronous tutor-guided study

Some independent study will also be set.

NB: teaching will move fully online in case of new health & safety restrictions.

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore for a 30 credit module, the minimum expected amount of study is 300 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of Moodle to facilitate this.


Term 1 - one reading/writing test

Term 3 - one reading/writing test and one oral test

Tutor: Susana Jackson-Houlston


Course Text-books (must be bought by student):

Empresa Siglo XXI, Emilio Romero/Emilia Núnez Peréz

Gramática de Uso del Español, Teoría y Práctica, B1-B2. Luis Aragonés y Ramón Palencia.

Additional material (provided by tutuor): Supplementary material will include articles from El País and other newspapers and journals, audiovisual material and other authentic resources which will be available on the Moodle webpage of the module. The course will also require use of a range of CD-ROMS, Web-based and other authentic materials.

Course Description

Students will be enabled to participate fully in work, study and social contexts in Spanish-speaking countries. This practically orientated module will enable students to read and analyse texts of various registers, including financial and statistical data.

The main learning objectives are:

  • to enable students to communicate effectively at an advanced level in predictable and unpredictable situations likely to be met in work or study situations in a Spanish-speaking country.
  • to help students improve accuracy of grammar and syntax and to familiarise them with essential reading techniques that will support further independent study of the written language.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

    • Consolidate and expand grammatical and syntactical competence.
    • Expand and use business terminology.
    • Gain experience in interacting with fluency and spontaneity to be able to take part in discussions.
    • Further awareness and appreciation of Spanish economic activity, social issues and culture.
    • Write formal, transactional and analytical texts on business topics.
    • Read and understand a variety of articles and business-related texts.


  • La empresa, recursos humanos, marketing y publicidad, servicios y venta, importación/exportación, cámaras de comercio, la banca, la bolsa, negociaciones.

Communicative skills

  • Expresiones para hablar de la comprensión e incomprensión de un mensaje; Modismos para hablar de las buenas y malas relaciones/de cualidades o defectos; Fórmulas sociales; modismos y expresiones procedentes del mundo comercial, modismos para hablar de la igualdad de los sexos en la España contemporánea.