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LANG7012 - Spanish Business and Culture

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Title:Spanish Business and Culture
Long Title:Spanish Business and Culture
Module Code:LANG7012
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Languages
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( September 2019 )
Module Delivered in 4 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Pio Fenton
Module Author: ANA CRUZGARCIA
Module Description: This module centres on the societal and business culture of the Spanish-speaking world (Spain and Latin America as a whole). This includes topics on the sectors of the economy and the job culture. This module also reviews and expands on the A2+ level of Spanish according to European Framework of Reference for Languages: the combination of past tenses (preterite and imperfect), the direct object pronouns (usage and position) and the introduction of the Subjunctive tense (present and past).
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Analyse in Spanish the economic and job culture in Spain and Latin America as a whole in comparison with the students' home countries.
LO2 Speak and respond to Spanish conversations in A2+ level on topics of work and business (job interviews and descriptions of businesses).
LO3 Write essays in Spanish in A2+ level on the areas of past personal anecdotes, food, wishes (personal and societal), work and business.
LO4 Read and discuss authentic texts about the sectors of the economy and work cultures in Spain and Latin America as a whole. It also includes texts on personal and societal changes with subjunctive in A2+ level.
LO5 Listen and respond to Spanish conversations on topics of work and business in the present and past tenses.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
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Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
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Co-requisite Modules
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Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

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Co-requisites
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Cultural Studies
The sectors of the economy (primary, secondary and tertiary) and the job culture (sectors, locations, companies, work timetables, holidays, pay) in Spain and Latin America as a whole.
Listening skills
Audio material includes the areas covered in A2+ level of Spanish according to European framework of reference for languages on the topics of work, food and past anecdotes.
Speaking skills
Group and individual oral work on CVs, job interviews and discussions in details of companies in A2+ level Spanish.
Writing skills
Writing essays in A2+ level of Spanish on the topics of sectors of the economy, job culture, past anecdotes, food, and wishes (societal and personal).
Reading skills
Reading moderately complex authentic texts in A2+ level of Spanish on the topics of sectors of the economy, job culture, past anecdotes, food, and wishes (societal and personal).
Grammar skills
Combination of past tenses to narrate past anecdotes in A2+ level, Impersonal SE, direct object pronouns and introduction of subjunctive (present and past tenses) to express wishes, future time clauses and with the verb DECIR. Also differences between SER and ESTAR.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Performance Evaluation Participation 1,2,3,4,5 20.0 Every Week
Project Cultural project 1,3,4 30.0 Week 7
Other Written in-class exam 2,3,4,5 30.0 Week 12
Oral Examination/Interview Individual oral presentation 2,5 20.0 Week 13
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Grammar, vocabulary and culture 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Language Lab 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Read newspaper articles, listen to the news and other audio files and set targets for speaking Spanish 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Grammar, vocabulary and culture 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Language lab 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Read newspaper articles, listen to the news and other audio files and set targets for speaking Spanish 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • [senior editors, Ana Cristina Llompart, Jane Horwood, Carol Styles Carvajal; editors, Haydn Kirnon, Bernadette Mohan; appendices, Michael Britton... [et al.]], Oxford Beginner's Spanish dictionary [ISBN: 0007382383]
  • Pilar Munoz, Mike Thacker 2012, A Spanish Learning Grammar [ISBN: 0340916877]
  • Jaime Corpas, Agustin Garmendia 2013, Aula Internacional 2. Nueva Edicion [ISBN: 8415640102]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Christopher Engholm 2006, Doing Business in Mexico [ISBN: 0132607387]
  • Carolyn Tuttle 2012, Mexican women in American Factories: Free Trade, University of Texas Press [ISBN: 978 0292739130]
  • Collectif 2011, Via Rapida: Libro + CD [ISBN: 9788484436553]
  • 2010, Todas las voces: curso de cultura y civilizacion [ISBN: 8484437221]
  • Rosa Esther Delgadillo 2013, Mexico: manual de civilizacion [ISBN: 8477118108]
  • 2014, EspaƱa: manual de civilizacion [ISBN: 9788490818008]
  • Sima Lieberman 1995, Growth and Crisis in the Spanish economy, Routledge [ISBN: 9780415124287]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_BIBLA_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in International Business with Language 2 Elective
CR_FTRSM_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Tourism Management 6 Elective
CR_OHCMA_7 Bachelor of Business in Hospitality Management 5 Elective
CR_FTOUR_7 Bachelor of Business in Tourism Management 6 Elective

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