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SPANISH FOR SPECIAL PURPOSES

CODE 65247
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 3nd year of 8740 LINGUE E CULTURE MODERNE (L-11) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/07
    LANGUAGE Spanish
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    PREREQUISITES
    Prerequisites
    You can take the exam for this unit if you passed the following exam(s):
    • Modern languages and cultures 8740 (coorte 2020/2021)
    • SPANISH LANGUAGE I 55874
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    This is a blended course: one part of it is taught in the classroom and the other part on moodle.

    Aimed at students in the third year of Lingue e culture moderne, curriculum per impresa e turismo

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course, partly delivered online and with a theoretical-practical approach, leads to the acquisition of linguistic-communication skills in order to develop in the learners the necessary abilities to interact in Spanish Language in working environments, favouring business and maritime tourism contexts.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    By the end of the lectures and online activities, students will have acquired

    • knowledge of linguistic and pragmatic theories concerning Language for Special Purposes;
    • knowledge and ability to identify and analyse characteristics of the various text types in the professional and working sphere;
    • ability to understand and write texts (written and oral) characteristics of formal communication in the work environment;
    • ability to solve communication needs of maritime business professionals in Spanish.

    PREREQUISITES

    It is required to have passed the Spanish Language I exams. It is also advisable to have passed the Spanish Language II exam because the course requires an initial level of B2.

    TEACHING METHODS

    Plenary lessons accompanied by individual work by Aulaweb.

    Non-attending students are required to contact the the teacher to inform her of their absence and to agree on any different course programmes, additional bibliography, etc.

     

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    The course includes classroom meetings and independent training by students through an FAD platform. The classroom meetings will provide theoretical knowledge of Language for Special Purposes and indications on the autonomous learning path.

     

    The distance part of the course ("Spanish for Maritime Economics ") is divided into five modules corresponding to five thematic blocks:

    1. Ports
    2. Transport and goods
    3. Cruises
    4. The job search
    5. Work in a maritime firm

    Each of the five modules is divided into several units which include different activities and exercises that students will have to perform gradually. Through the gradual and orderly route by sections, we will "sail" in different areas: from ports, through warehousing and the transport of goods, to ship decks and cruise ship cabins. An office environment will be fostered as students work in Spanish, one of the world's most widely used languages in trade exchanges. All this without forgetting the grammatical, lexical and pragmatic aspects of the language. At the end of each unit, a self-assessment test is planned, which makes it possible to verify the skills acquired.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Theoretical papers published on the Aulaweb page dedicated to the course and these readings:

    • CALVI, Maria Vittoria (2010). “Los géneros discursivos en la lengua del turismo: una propuesta de clasificación”,  Ibérica, Revista de la Asociación Europea de Lenguas para Fines Específicos, 19 (2010): 9-32
    • NAVARRO, C. et al. (eds), La comunicación especializada. Bern, Peter Lang
    • SUAU JIMÉNEZ, Francisca (2012). “El turista 2.0 como receptor de la promoción turística: estrategias lingüísticas e importancia de su estudio”, Pasos. Revista de Turismo y Patrimonio cultural, Vol. 10, n. 4, pp. 143-153.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    Classes begin the week of 3 October with this timetable:

    •     Tuesday 10-11 a.m., Classroom C (Polo didattico).
    •     Thursday 2-4 pm, Classroom 11 Albergo dei Poveri).

    NOTE: The information in this online schedule is not editable, so please always check the aulaweb area (which will always be up-to-date) for any changes to timetables and classrooms.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    At the end of the course, students take a written examination and a short oral interview on the bibliographic readings.

    In order to be able to take the examination, it is mandatory to have completed all the activities of the five modules of the e-learning part on the platform within seven days prior to the date of the examination.

     

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The examination consists of an open-ended theoretical question on Languages of Special Purposes and a practical test, which may include exercises on vocabulary in context, communicative pragmatics, textual analysis, and the drafting of texts in the professional field.

    Knowledge of the theoretical part of the specialised languages and the skills acquired through the online course will be taken into account in the assessment.

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    In order to be admitted to the examination, it is mandatory to register via the Unige portal.

    It is compulsory to have passed the Spanish Language I exams. It is also advisable to have passed the Spanish Language II examination as the course requires an initial level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

    Students with a certified DSA, disability or other special educational needs are required to contact the two teachers at the beginning of the course in order to agree on teaching and examination methods that, while respecting the teaching objectives, take into account individual learning methods and provide suitable compensatory tools.