LANG08029 2016 Spanish: Business, Society & Culture Year 4 Semester 2

General Details

Full Title
Spanish: Business, Society & Culture Year 4 Semester 2
Transcript Title
Business Spanish 4.2
75 %
Subject Area
LANG - Foreign Language
MKTS - Marketing, Tourism & Sport
08 - NFQ Level 8
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Deborah Keegan, Joan Morrison, Maria Diaz-Caneja, Martine Lucas, Sarah OBeirne, Cristina Ettedgui Larkin, Clare Kelly-Lahon
Programme Membership
SG_BIMSP_H08 201900 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business in International Marketing with Spanish SG_BINTE_H08 201900 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in International Marketing and Languages SG_BINTE_H08 202100 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in International Marketing and Languages

The subject consolidates the student's linguistic skills to communicate competently in the target language and to develop a deeper understanding of/ and sensitivity to, social, cultural and economic issues relevant to the countries where the target language is spoken.  This module also requires the student to carrying out and presenting research in the target language.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


perform confidently at Level B2 within the Common European Framework for Language Learning (Council of Europe Guidelines) and having spent a year in a Spanish-speaking country will continue to work towards Level C1.


understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussion in his/her field of specialisation


interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity which makes regular interaction with native speakers possible without strain for either party.


understand and appreciate various historical, political and social inssues relevant to Spain and Latin America


carry out personal research in Spanish using appropriate resources


self-correct while speaking or writing in Spanish

Teaching and Learning Strategies

  • Vocabulary and language development
  • Guided interaction
  • Use of meaning-based contexts and universal themes
  • Computer-mediated activities
  • Metacognition and authentic assessments.

Module Assessment Strategies

Linguistic ability will be assessed in:

  • simulations
  • oral interviews
  • oral presentations
  • written letters/emails

Repeat Assessments

  • All elements of the assessments may be repeated accordingly.

Indicative Syllabus

Listening : Can understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument.  Can understand most TV news and current affairs programmes.

Reading: Can read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints. Can understand contemporary literary prose.

Spoken interaction: Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers possible. Can take part in discussion in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining views.

Spoken production: Can present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects relating to the student's field of interest. Can present a research project on political, economic and social issues relating to modern history.

Writing: Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.  Can write business letters/emails.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Assessment Continuous Assessment Oral Exam 50 % OnGoing 1,3,4,6
2 Assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 50 % OnGoing 1,2,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Independent Learning Not Specified Homework 8 Weekly 8.00
Lecture Flat Classroom Language focus 2 Weekly 2.00
Lecture Computer Laboratory Language Lab 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2007-05-30 Prisma B2 Avanza: Student Book + CD (Spanish Edition) Editorial Edinumen
ISBN 8498480035 ISBN-13 9788498480030

Book by Club Prisma Team, Gelabert, Maria Jose

Recommended Reading
2012 Prisma nivel B2 cwiczenia Nowela
ISBN 8495986507 ISBN-13 9788495986504
Recommended Reading
2014-06-01 Espana Contemporanea 2014: Historia - Sociedad - Economia (Spanish Edition) Sociedad General Espanola de Libreria
ISBN 8497786114 ISBN-13 9788497786119

17 unidades que presentan textos sobre la historia, la economia; la sociedad de los ultimos 30 anos de nuestro pais. Secciones de preguntas para trabajar la comprension del texto; el debate en clase. Propuesta de ampliacion e investigacion sobre el tema a traves de numerosas paginas web que incluyen material audiovisual. Se completa con la propuesta de dos comentarios de texto que completan la informacion de la unidad. Espana contemporanea acerca al alumno documentos historicos; material de prensa. This work is a reference book for foreign students of advanced level which are interested in contemporary Spain. It gives an overview of the social, economic and historical aspects of present Spain. There is a wide variety of activities and many references to Internet.

Module Resources

Other Resources

El Pais

El Mundo

Cambio 16

Additional Information

Spanish dictionary - monolingual