Professional Spanish - HISP5850

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Rebecca Ogden checkmark-circle


Students are taken through essential aspects of the conduct of business in Spain (and Spanish-speaking countries), both learning about those aspects and becoming familiar with specific features of the Spanish language encountered in a professional context. In terms of key skills, business skills and language skills, encourages the practice of meticulous accuracy.

Students will develop their confidence in the use of specialised terminology and appropriate register in a professional context.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Total Private Study Hours: 130
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

• Assignment 1 (400 words) – 30%
• Assignment 2 (500 words) – 40%
• Group Presentation (20 minutes) – 30%

Reassessment methods
• 100% Coursework (3,000 words)

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Butt, John, Benjamin, C. and Moreira Rodríguez. A. (2018). A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish. London: Routledge.
Corpas, Jaime. (2014). Aula Internacional 4 B2. Madrid: Editorial Difusión.
Hermoso, Ana, Goded, M. and Varela, R. (2005). Bienvenidos: Español para profesionales. Madrid: Editorial Enclave/ELE

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Function, in Spanish, on a social and general professional level within a general business context;
2 Communicate effectively to a variety of audiences and/or using a variety of methods in predictable situations in a professional context (Common European Framework of Reference indicative level: B1/B2);
3 Understand and accurately use vocabulary and forms of expression of the contemporary general Spanish business context.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Communicate and work as part of a team on a research and presentation project;
2 Problem solve by undertaking independent research in the library collections and using appropriate academic databases online;
3 Demonstrate transferable skills necessary for employment at the appropriate level in the target language: communication skills, organisation of events, participation in meetings, liaison with colleagues and customer care.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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