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Spanish Language for Enterprise (LL311) (Not available in 2020/21)

(Equivalent to level 7)

This module runs in Term 1. Please also see Spanish Language for Cntemporary Hispanic Culture for Term 2.

Summary

Level:

The module is offered to students who have lived in a Spanish- speaking country and/or have successfully completed a Warwick module at the appropriate level.

Main Objectives:

The module develops a high degree of competence in practical use of Spanish in a business context. It combines analysis of a variety of issues related to business practices with further development of communicative skills to enable students to reach a high level of language proficiency. It enables students to identify key stages in a project and to operate effectively in professional contexts.

Credits:

15 CREDITS, also available for 12 CREDITS.

Teaching:

One 2-hour language class each week for 9 weeks.
Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 120 hours. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of Languages@Warwick (our virtual learning environment) to facilitate this.

Tutor:

Susana Jackson-Houlston

Course Text

No textbook is required. Selected texts will be provided.

Course Description

Alongside the acquisition of the language required to accomplish a wide range of communicative and professional tasks, accurately and fluently, will be the operational skills, socio-economic knowledge and ‘business culture’ insights essential to successful functioning in the world of work in a Spanish-speaking environment.

The module is:

  • taught entirely in Spanish.
  • organised around building a Business Plan for a project in a Spanish-speaking country, hence students complete tasks each week, after analysing needs, researching and finding reliable information, solving practical business problems.
  • skills-based so the syllabus will draw on a variety of media, e.g. radio, television, newspapers, interview, blogs/forums, legal websites etc. to enable students to build and increase business knowledge and related language skills.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • develop a project and solve problems in Spanish, having gained the confidence and linguistic knowledge necessary to function effectively on a day to day basis in a Spanish/Latin American company.
  • demonstrate an enhanced proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, with particular emphasis on business language and notions
  • demonstrate ability to handle authentic materials, in any medium, in Spanish.

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