Course Description

Course Name

Business Spanish

Session: VSVS1121

Hours & Credits

45

Prerequisites & Language Level

Note: A placement exam will be required when you arrive on site.

Advanced

  • Prior to enrolling in courses at this language level, students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of four semesters (or six quarters) at the college level.

Overview

Course description: In this course students will improve their comprehension of business Spanish and will also enrich their business vocabulary. Focus will be placed in large part on developing oral communication skills, although other skills will be touched upon as well.

Course Contents:

UNIT 1 ? HUMAN RESOURCES
1.1. Job Interviews
1.2. Business Correspondence. Resume and cover letter.
1.3. Contemporary traits and characteristics of the Spanish job market
Workshops: Simulation of personnel selection

UNIT 2 ? THE BUSINESS
2.1. Typology
2.2. Organization
2.3. The decision-making process
Workshops: Simulation of a Board of Directors? meeting

UNIT 3 ? DOING BUSINESS ABROAD
Internationalization/ European Union / Doing business over the phone

UNIT 4 ? MARKETING
The language of promotion

UNIT 5 ? BANKING SYSTEMS AND STOCK MARKETS

UNIT 6 ? TOURISM

Supplementary Bibliography:
- De Prada, M y otros: Entorno empresarial. Nivel B2. Ed Edelsa. Madrid, 2008

- Iriarte, E y otros: Empresa siglo XXI. Ed. Edinumen. Madrid, 2008

- Larrañaga, A. y Arroyo, M.: El léxico de los negocios. Ed. Sgel. Madrid, 2005

- Noriega, A.: Al día. Curso superior. Ed. Sgel. Madrid, 2003

- Tomás, C.: Las claves de la Economía actual, Planeta-De Agostini, Barcelona, 2001

- Tamames, R.: Diccionario de Economía y Finanzas (11ª edición), Alianza Editorial, 1988

- VV.AA: Acuerdos. Nivel básico e intermedio. Ed. Difusión. Barcelona, 2002

Grading:

Classroom participation: 10%
Homework: 15%
Oral presentation: 10%
Mid-term exam: 20%
Final exam (oral and written portions): 35%
Final Research Paper: 10%

Final grade calculation will be assessed according to the following scale:

9 ? 10 = Outstanding
7 ? 8,9 = Notable
5 ? 6,9 = Passing
0 ? 4,9 = Failing
A student who attends class regularly but does not complete the exams = Not present
A student exceeding the permitted number of absences = No attendance

Oral Presentations:
Each student will complete an oral presentation approximately 15 minutes in length about a business or industry. The professor will present subjects at the beginning of the course. Once the student has chosen a date for their presentation it is their responsibility to ensure that they are ready to present on the date assigned by the professor.

Evaluation of the Oral Presentation: 50 Points Maximum

Content: Did the presentation offer 15 minutes of information relevant to the course? 20

Language: The language used was appropriate and applicable to the business world. 10

Was the presentation interesting? Was it capable of holding other students? attention? 10

Professionalism: 5

Creativity: 5

Attendance: Classroom attendance is mandatory. Students who are absent for more than 10% of course will be penalized and may be denied the opportunity to take the exams. In cases where an absence is due to medical reasons, students will be required to submit the appropriate documentation. Class starts on time and tardiness will be counted as half an absence.

Classroom Behavior: Students will be expected to participate in classroom activities and discussions and to maintain a respectful attitude. Eating and the use of personal laptops are prohibited (unless explicitly authorized by the professor).

*Course content subject to change