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Spanish for Business 3 (LL312)


This is the core language module of the IB degree in the fourth year following student placement in a Spanish-speaking country during their third year. Students will already have taken LL128 and LL223 in their first and second years respectively.
Main Objectives:
The module will develop further students’ fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Spanish.

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 online synchronous plenary (full group)

- One-hour 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 2 - one speaking test

Term 3 - one reading/writing test


Susana Jackson-Houlston

Course Texts (must be bought by student):
Francisca Castro, Uso de la gramática española: nivel avanzado (Madrid: Edelsa, 2011) ISBN 978-84-7711-7148
Dossier of texts and articles from newpapers, journals and web-based material. (Provided by tutor).
Additional material:
Suplementary material will include articles, audivisual material and other authentic resources which will be available on the Moodle webpage of the module .
Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Express ideas and opinions orally, with fluency and spontaneity, using the appropriate register, vocabulary and style.
  • Present and respond to complex lines of argument convincingly and with precision, covering a range of business, economic, financial and social topics.
  • Draft reports, essays, e-mails and letters in Spanish with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Master the reading comprehension of long and complex texts.
  • El mundo laboral: cartas y entrevistas de trabajo
  • El mundo laboral II: tipos de contratos
  • Franquicias y negocios hispanos
  • Inditex: la receta del éxito
  • Las compañías startup
  • El comercio justo
  • La "movilidad exterior" o cómo nos fuimos de España
  • El fin del bipartidismo en España
  • Las cumbres iberoamericanas. Mercosur
  • La mujer en el mundo laboral
  • La tecnología en la economía
  • La rebelión del consumidor.
Communicative skills:
  • Repaso del imperativo y la voz pasiva.
  • Ser y estar con expresiones idiomáticas.
  • Oraciones Condicionales y sus conectores.
  • Usos del subjuntivo.
  • Perífrasis verbales.
  • Verbos con infinitivo o gerundio
  • Modismos.
  • Acentuación.