Business Spanish: Independent Abroad

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Completion of IES Abroad’s SP 302 Emerging Independent Abroad II outcomes from the MAP for Language and Intercultural Communication, determined by placement test.


In this course, students will gain proficiency in the skillful use of the language and will be able to refine the tools necessary to engage native speakers in fluid conversation, and will also be able to maintain a complex argumentation. At the end of the semester, the students will be able to successfully make own communicative situations in the business world and to handle his/herself within Spanish business culture.

Research has demonstrated that study abroad can enhance every aspect of language ability. One of the most important general findings of this research is, however, that study abroad is most beneficial for the development of abilities related to social interaction. Students who go abroad can learn to do things with words, such as requesting, apologizing, or offering compliments, and they may also learn to interpret situations calling on such speech acts in ways that local people do…In short, and logically, study abroad has been shown to enhance the aspects of communicative competence that are most difficult to foster in classroom settings (IES Abroad MAP for Language and Intercultural Communication, p. 6).