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Spanish for Business 2 (LL223)


Level: Advanced

Prerequisite: prior knowledge of Spanish:

  • Successful completion of Language Centre level 5 or an equivalent module
  • A B2.2 level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
  • A good A level or equivalent + 1 year of further study
  • Or equivalent
Main Objectives
  • More advanced study of language structures and syntax to analyse and discuss business, social & economic topics.
  • Prepare students to work, study and interact in a variety of professional and social contexts in Spanish-speaking countries.
  • Work towards C1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)

30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS.

Teaching and Learning

One weekly session for 21 weeks, organised as:

  • One weekly two-hour face-to-face class delivered on campus
  • Some independent study will also be set

If health & safety restrictions are required, teaching may move online.

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 out at 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 (15%)

Term 3: one reading/writing test (50%) + oral test (35%)


Susana Jackson-Houlston

Course Text-Book (must be bought by the student)

Grammar book: Gramática de Uso del Español, Teoría y Práctica, C1- C2. Luis Aragonés, Ramón Palencia. SM

Dossier of texts and articles from newspapers, journals and web-based material (provided by the tutor)

Course Description

The module will focus on improving the following:

  • Communicating more effectively at an advanced level in predictable and unpredictable circumstances that could be encountered in work or study situations in a Spanish-speaking country.
  • Developing competence in reading a variety of texts dealing with business/economic/financial issues
  • Gaining practice in producing clear, well-structured and detailed written and oral texts through the on-going analysis of business topics

Successful completion of Spanish for Business 2 qualifies students to progress to Spanish for Business 3Link opens in a new window.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Interact on a wide range of topics with a high level of language proficiency in Spanish.
  • Identify, synthesise and present complex arguments and points of view effectively in Spanish
  • Use a wide variety of business-related terminology, complex grammatical and syntactical structures in Spanish
  • Read and understand a variety of complex articles and business-related texts
  • Demonstrate a higher degree of intercultural awareness of topics such as the economic, social and business environment in the Spanish-speaking world

By the end of the module, students should be able to perform at Level C1 Proficient user (operational proficiency) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).


The module is delivered in Spanish and the syllabus will include the following:

  • Issues affecting the economy and businesses: globalisation, climate change, etc.
  • Applying for a job: writing a curriculum vitae and a cover letter, and preparing for interviews
  • Organisation of Spanish companies
  • Leadership, management and ethical obligations
  • Marketing & advertising
  • Latin American markets
  • Human Resources

Consolidation and extension of existing language skills.

Subject-specific and transferable skills
  • Strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • Strategies to communicate effectively both in writing and orally in Spanish
  • Intercultural Awareness, Professionalism, Digital Literacy, Teamwork, Problem-solving, Critical thinking

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