Spanish for Professions: Novice Abroad

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This course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of Spanish.  Course starts from the basics and elemental aspects of Spanish in order to build a basis from which to begin developing communicative and intercultural skills.

At the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in Spanish with native speakers on wide variety of social topics and situations at their competence level.
  • Relate and understand different pieces of information (oral and written) within the professional context.
  • Describe some difference between local and American social and professional contexts.

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).