Business Writing in Spanish

Florida State University-Valencia Study Center

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Business Writing in Spanish

  • Host University

    Florida State University-Valencia Study Center

  • Location

    Valencia, Spain

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description:
    This course is designed to enhance your ability to relate to a business environment in an increasingly important commercial language. It seeks to provide you with a solid foundation of the vocabulary and discourse related to functional business areas such as the legal organization of a company structure, management, banking and accounting, capital investment (property, plant and equipment), personnel and office systems, marketing and finance. This lexical foundation will be contextualized geographically and cros-culturaly in order to provide the situational knowledge and practice to prepare one for successful participation in today?s Spanish speaking world. The course, to be conducted in Spanish, will also include translating and interpreting activities in an attempt to match the real world demands where the communicative flow between two languages is expected to be idiomatic, precise, quick and accurate under pressure.

    Required Course Materials:
    Exito Comercial: Practicas administrativas y contextos culturales. Michael Scott Doyle, T. Bruce Fryer, Ronald Cere. (ISBN 0-03-025553-8)
    It is highly recommended that the student also purchase a good English-Spanish dictionary.

    The course seeks to develop your ability to perform in the functional business areas listed above in the following language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing. There may also be some trips to different business environments.

    Students are expected to attend classes every day on time. Unexcused absences will negatively affect the final grade; each unexcused absence will reduce the final grade number ? to be calculated on a scale of 100%- by 4 percentage points. If the student must miss class, it is her/his responsibility to complete the work missed and to return to class prepared for the assignment.

    Excuse absences:
    In order to excuse a medical absence (sickness, doctor?s appointment, etc.), it is required to turn in a doctor?s excuse. It would be only accepted if written by a doctor. The student has a week to turn in the excuse once he/she is back in class, otherwise it would not be accepted.

    *Excuses for absences must be submitted within two (2) weeks of the time of return.

    ADA Policy:
    Students with desabilities needing academic accommodation should registrer with provide documentation to the Student Desability Resourde Center of their campus. The student must also bring an official letter to de instructor and the Student Service Dept. of FSU-Spain in Valencia indicating the need for accommodation and what type. This must be done during the first week of instruction.

    Except in the case of excused absences or extreme extenuating circumstances the following will be the policy of this class: 1) late assignments will not be accepted, 2) there will be no "make-up's" of quizzes or examinations, 3) no quizzes or exams will be given early. A passing grade for SPN 4440 is C- (70).
    There will be one final paper (business report) and/or one final exam. There will be quizzes, compositions and oral presentations scheduled during the semester.

    The final grade in this course will be determined from the following components:

    Homework/Participation: 25%
    (Includes workbook and assignment sheets)
    Writing/Compositions: 15%
    (Includes writing assignments)
    Speaking/Orals: 10%
    (Includes oral presentations)
    Exams & Final Paper: 50%

    Grading Scale:
    94-100 A
    90-93 A-
    87-89 B+
    84-86 B
    83-80 B-
    77-79 C+
    74-76 C
    70-73 C-
    67-69 D+
    64-65 D
    60-63 D-
    00-59 F

    Academic Honor Sistem:
    All student will expected to uphold and abide to the Academic Honor System as outlined in the FSU General Bulletin. FSU is a equal opportunity university that permits all of its studentes to equally takepart in its programs, services, and educational offerings.

    - This class meets one day per week in the classroom or outside the classroom. Laboratory assignments will be completed outside of class.
    - Please be aware of the fact that this is a "flexible" syllabus and, due to pedagogical considerations, it may be necessary to modify it during the course
    - It is possible that students in this class may be recorded or video taped in the course of the semester for purposes of evaluation of either class assignments or of the teacher.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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