Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies, Unit Catalogue 2011/12
|Level:||Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)|
|Assessment:||CW 30%, EX 50%, OR 20%|
|Supplementary Assessment:||Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)|
The unit pursues a dual aim.
1. To improve students' communicative and listening skills and to expand their vocabulary, especially in economic, business and professional contexts. To enable them to converse accurately, fluently and in an appropriate register.
2. To develop more advanced skills in contemporary written communication with specific reference to material used in the core and interface courses; to focus on the business dimension of written communication in order to prepare students for industrial placements in a Spanish/Latin American company/business school during their third year abroad.
On completion of the unit students will be familiar with written communication tasks appropriate to the world of business and management in Spain and able to apply them accordingly.
Skills in precision and creativity in the use of written and spoken language, effective communication in the target language and translation are taught and assessed in this unit. Skills in effective learning, CIT and adaptation to life in the target countries are developed in this unit.
Oral communication classes consist of group debates, presentations, and role play activities such as job interviews and business meetings. Multimedia is used to enhance the aural comprehension and the production of spoken language.
Written communication materials consist primarily of socio-political and business texts. Exploitation of these texts is aimed at familiarising students with specific issues from the Spanish business context. Specific exercises include: comparative/text analysis, acquisition of business terminology, business communication: correspondence, reports, CVs, surveys and summaries. There is also an element of translation from English into Spanish and vice versa.
PL20641 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies