Spanish for Professions: Independent Abroad

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In this course is designed for students interested in developing their Spanish abilities towards professional and business contexts.  The emphasis of this course is placed both on the improvement of linguistic skills and also on the development of students’ intercultural competence within the frame of professional working environments.

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

  • Communicate fluently in Spanish with native (a non-native) speakers on wide variety of social/work topics and situations.
  • Have fluent professional interactions in Spanish in different workplaces, developing and supporting argumentation at a complex level.

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).