Spanish in the Sectors of the Economy, Business and Finance
Universidad de Sevilla
Area of Study
Business, Economics, Finance, International Business, Spanish
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
This is a Course aimed at students who wish to acquire a specific expertise in Spanish so as to
enable them to put their know-how to use within the specialist field of Economics and the
The basis of the actual teaching will involve what is known methodologically as a ‘communicative
approach’ in which students will play an active role in their own learning process, their lecturer being
constantly available as support, while he/she guides and encourages participation in activities within the
classroom setting. The purpose of this methodology and of the phasing of module content is to provide
students with the possibility of transferring the communicative actions set up and rehearsed in the
classroom to real contexts outside it in which such actions are likely to be required. Content units have
been designed in order to satisfy requirements of breadth of appeal, variety, and the power to motivate,
not only with regard to the materials selected, but also in terms of the activities to be undertaken, all of
which are geared toward the priming of the four fundamental skills (oral comprehension, oral
interaction, comprehension in reading, and written output). In addition, special attention will be paid to
the socio-cultural component of language learning, while favoring student immersion in the economy of
the Hispanic world, with a specific focus on its Spanish and Andalusian segments, as well as on those
same segments’ key companies and entrepreneurs.
UNIT 1. Models of access to the labor market
Thematic content: The figure of the entrepreneur and the figure of the salary-earning employee. The
Functional content: Expressing preferences. Talking about wishes and intentions for the near future.
Written communication: Designing a project to create a start-up company: needs which it can meet,
profitability prospects, and initial bureaucratic procedures.
Assigned Activity: To research information on regulations applicable to the self-employed in Spain, as
well as on the Spanish Government’s backing of young entrepreneurs.
UNIT 2: Departments and posts within companies
Thematic Content: The organizational structure of a company: department-based activities and posts.
Functional Content: Talking about regular actions undertaken and their frequency.
Written Communication: Understanding and composing job vacancy advertisements.
Assigned Activity: To search for information on the organizational set-ups of companies belonging to
known people. Design the work team for a virtual company proposed by students.
UNIT 3: Accessing companies
Thematic Content: The curriculum vitae. The personal-testimony letter. The job interview. Temporary
work agencies and job centers. Unemployment.
Functional Content: Explaining past actions and future expectations. Differences in register: what is
formal and what is informal. Expressing causes and outcomes.
Written Communication: Writing up a curriculum vitae, together with a personal-testimony letter.
Assigned Activity: Setting up a virtual job interview. Selecting the questions and answers appropriate to
this same formal context.
UNIT 4: Companies and company owners
Thematic Content: Key entrepreneurs and companies in the Hispanic world.
Functional Content: Talking about past events and describing situations in the past. Sorting out
information from within a narrative text using temporal markers.
Written Communication: To research data and write up the brief history of a company or the biography
of a successful company owner.
Assigned Activity: Conceiving of and designing an interview with the management executive of an
UNIT 5: Financing a company. Money matters.
Thematic Content: Problems encountered with the bank. The bank loan. The new bank.
Functional Content: Expressing complaints and making requests. Putting forward arguments so as to
obtain benefits therefrom. Stating reasons.
Written Communication: Lodging a complaint with a bank in writing.
Assigned Activity: Formalizing the balance of income earned (in the case that the start-up concerned is
already underway) and expected expenses in the company which was designed in unit 2. To write a
formal text to request a loan from a financial institution in order to start up or expand a business.
UNIT 6: Company owners and employees
Thematic Content: Employers’ organizations. Employees’ trade unions. Demonstrations and citizens’
protests. Labor agreements. Employees’ rights and duties. Work-family reconciliation measures.
Functional Content: Expressing complaints. Arguing in favor of, or against, an idea or a proposal.
Written Communication: To write a letter to the editor of a newspaper expressing disapproval
concerning a labor dispute: unfair dismissal, reduction of workday unjustifiably not granted.
Assigned Activity: Drawing up a manifesto which sets out the demands of the employees in a company,
or of a professional body.
UNIT 7: Business meetings
Thematic Content: At the hotel. In a restaurant. Meal times and culinary preferences. Leisure interests.
Tourist destinations in Spain and Andalusia.
Functional Content: Describing and comparing; asking about and expressing tastes; talking about the
recent past; requesting services by phone in a hotel; asking and granting permission.
Written Communication: Booking hotel accommodation for a group of people from different countries,
taking into account cultural differences and preferences.
Assigned Activity: To plan a gathering of management executives belonging to a multinational company.
UNIT 8: Promoting the company: marketing
Thematic Content: Advertising companies and commercial products. The advertising slogan.
Functional Content: Pinpointing advantages and disadvantages. Putting forward hypotheses. Expressing
cause and purpose. Describing.
Written Communication: Preparing the copy for an advertisement for a product or a business.
Assigned Activity: Designing the advertising campaign by which to promote a product or a business.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.