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Business Spanish 1
Each lesson has a content theme, vocabulary related to that theme, relevant readings, audio or video examples (all taken from real-life sources). Each lesson also has a grammar section that reviews key grammatical structures and provides links to optional online exercises. The lesson ends with a cultural section that explains important cultural differences around the Spanish-speaking world.
The homework at the end of each lessons generally consists of writing a professional email to the professor that puts into practice structures and vocabulary contained in each lesson (for example, writing a letter detailing your past work experience). The participant will telephone the instructor at least once and interact with other members of the course via discussion boards.
Lesson 1: Names and titles in the Spanish-speaking world, abbreviations and correct forms of address. Irregular verbs. The role of the family in the business world.
Lesson 2: Writing professional emails, scheduling in-person meetings, dates and important forms of documentation. Direct and indirect object pronouns. The role of holidays in the business world.
Lesson 3: More on correct use of formality: introductions and correct forms of greeting. Saber versus Conocer. Introduction to Latin American business culture.
Lesson 4: More on business etiquette: expressions of courtesy, the role of physical contact and personal space and the art of conversation. Ser versus Estar. The terminology debate between Hispanic/Latino. Regional differences in Latin America.
Lesson 5: Looking inside businesses: different professions, organization and positions within a company. Definite and indefinite articles. Hay que. Google as a global business. The geography of the Spanish-speaking world.
Lesson 6: The role of social networks and professional online profiles in the business world. Sought-after employee characteristics. Gustar and similar verbs. The many economies of Latin America.
Lesson 7: Resumes, CVs and cultural differences in the job application process. Using online templates and new trends in hiring. Review of past tenses. Language diversity in Latin America and Spain.
Lesson 8: The diversity of educational systems in Spain and Latin American, discussing degrees, study abroad and professional training. Contrast between past tenses. The ethnic diversity of Spain and Latin America.
Lesson 9: Professional and labor experience including volunteer work and internships, the labor crisis and future goals. Grammar structures for taking about duration of time. The high rates of unemployment in many countries.
Lesson 10: Electronic devices in the workplace, language changes that keep pace with technological changes and creating a video resume. Impersonal Se. Cultural differences in adopting technology.
Business Spanish 2
Module 1: Effective Interviewing for Jobs or Partnerships
All of the homework is preparation for the video interview. There will be one phone call, three emails and one virtual interview via videoconference.
Lesson 1: The job search and job postings. Cultural differences in the typical work day/week. Por vs. para. Choose a real job posting that you will practice applying for.
Lesson 2: Where to look for job help: employment agencies, job fairs and filling out forms. Speaking with large numbers and statistics. Spelling and giving personal information over the phone. The culture of having “connections.” Phone conversation with the professor.
Lesson 3: Applying for a job, soliciting interviews, writing cover letters and common types of interview advice. The subjunctive. Workplace discrimination.
Lesson 4: Preparing for a job interview, typical questions, strategies for difficult questions and tips to ask questions and not just answer. More subjunctive. Gestures and body language.
Lesson 5: Simulated remote job interview: technical and audio-visual tips. Tips for before, during and after the interview. Professional protocol. Simulated video interview with instructor.
Module 2: Customized Project
In this module, you will have the opportunity to tailor the course to topics and areas that are most relevant to your professional goals. You will learn about your field in a particular country and grow your professional vocabulary for that field.
Each lesson guides you on how and where to research information about the country and sector you choose to study. The homework will be a simple summary/presentation of what you discovered.
Lesson 1: Select a country and research important background data and information about that country.
Lesson 2: Select a business or service sector and define the product or service that you will research in that country.
Lesson 3: Research the economic and business climate of your chosen country.
Lesson 4: Identify relevant trade and professional associations, trade fairs and professional groups that could provide important bridges to breaking into a new market.
Lesson 5: Research competitors and consumer trends to determine marketing strategies for your sector and local population.
Earn Continuing Education Hours
By participating in this class you will earn:
|University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units||10|