Spanish Communication Techniques
Cod: 51197
Department: DH
Scientific area: Foreign languages
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This Curricular Unit aims to develop the communicative competence of Spanish in a professional context and in different communicative formats (such as email, telephone, written/audio message, face-to-face synchronous conversation, videoconferencing, and so on) through the development in the following competences:

· Lexical: acquisition of fixed formulas, collocations, and specific lexicon in the Spanish business and professional framework.

· Gramatical: development of grammatical skills for autonomous learning of formal and informal structures included in level A2 of the Plan Curricular del Instituto Cervantes.

· Cultural: Acquisition and recognition of values, traditions, daily habits (explicit and implicit) and pragmatic elements in a formal and/or informal relationship. To be aware of Spanish cultural diversity to develop properly in the professional and social context.

· Intercultural: Development of intercultural skills that help the student to raise awareness of the interpretation of messages from a perspective of the knowledge of the other one.

· Interlinguistic: Development of skills to compare Spanish and Portuguese language to foster autonomy from a learning point of view.

At the end of this Curricular Unit, the student will be able to communicate in Spanish in an appropriate working context and in different communicative situations or formal linguistic levels.

The student is expected to develop different communicative competences at level A2 according to the CERF, so it is recommended to have formally studied at an A1 level of Spanish.


Spanish, Business, Communication, Labor

In this UC will be developed mainly the following skills.

·         Communicative competence

·         Interpersonal competence

·         Intercultural Competence

·         Cultural Competence

·     . Usual structures and strategies for properly writing and interpreting formal and informal emails (requesting a service, explaining and valueing a business project, writing reports or requesting a job, scholarship, or internship)

· Usual structures and strategies to communicate in a job interview.

· Usual structures and strategies to make a meeting appointment and communicate in a face-to-face or online meeting.

· Usual structures and strategies for communicating through written and audio messages.

·  Manage discussions with mitigating elements suitable for Spanish culture.

·  Structures and elements of cohesion and discursive markers with special emphasis on false friends between Spanish and Portuguese.

·  Be aware and mobilize the sociocultural and legal elements that can define a commercial exchange.

·     .  Lexical, grammatical and cultural elements related to the A2 level of the language according to the Plan Curricular del Instituto Cervantes.

Main bibliography:

·  Resources provided in the platform.

Secondary Bibliography

·      .   González M., Martín F., et al. (2015). Socios 1. Course de español orientado al mundo del trabajo., Barcelona: Difusión.


The methodology will have as its fundamental axis the development of autonomous competencies of the students complemented by the materials provided by the teachers. These materials will be in multimedia format (text, video and/or audio) and will have a special focus on the needs of students with Portuguese as a mother tongue.

In all modules will be available practice tests and optional tasks that will help the student to achieve the basics levels for success in the formal tests.

Evaluation is continuous. Students are assessed on two e-folio (electronic assignments submitted online) and a global e-folio through which the acquisition of knowledge and competences as defined in the learning objectives is evaluated.

Continuous assessment