Number of credits
|Bachelor in economics and business management||7 crédits|
|Bachelor in business engineering||7 crédits|
Language(s) of instruction
Organisation and examination
All year long, with partial in January
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Learning unit contents
The four language skills are worked on on the basis of everyday dialogues and as a stepping stone to pronunciation, basic vocabulary and grammar. After listening to each dialogue and receiving explanations, students are invited to interact:
- part of the exercices, grammatical or other, are done in class so as to remedy problems and, if need be, revise explanations;
- speaking is the focus of questions-answers exchanges and of oral exercices putting students in real life situations (role plays);
-listening comprehension is worked on in class as well as individually (written support available from Centrale des Cours, sound tracks downloadable on Lol@.
Learning outcomes of the learning unit
Getting to A2-B1 level
By the end of the year students will be able to understand separate sentences and common idioms relating to immediate priority needs (personal or family details, shopping, living environment, work etc.)
They will be able to communicate for the purpose of ordinary tasks requiring simple and straight information on everyday topics; describe their training and living environment, and evoke everyday and usual topics meeting immediate needs.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills
succeeding in the Spanish course - elementary level (HEC Liege 2016-17) or otherwise obtaining A1 level of the European ranking, meaning that students are able to:
- understand and use common everyday idioms as well as easy messages about concrete needs;
- introducing themselves or others and asking someone about their place of residence, relationships, belongings etc.);
- answering similar questions;
- communicate at a basic level provided the addressed person speaks slowly and distinctly and is willing to help.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
See "course contents"
Interactivity is encouraged at all times.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)
The course is taught in-person (80 hours/year):
- 3h/week during Q1
-3h/week during Q2
Class attendance is essential. Please take this vita criterion into account before signing up for the course.
The course entails homework:
- course readers enable students to revise the class explanations and prepare exercices ahead of classes. Answers to the exercices are posted weekly on Lol@. They have to memorize the vocabulary, verbal tenses and grammar points taught in class.
- individual work on listening comprehension: a written support with everyday life dialogues (enterprise, administration, doctor's office) and soundtracks are available (via an internet link).
Recommended or required readings
The four course readers must be bought from the Centrale des Cours:
1) Lexicology => everyday dialogues and vocabulary, exercices
2) Grammar => theory and exercices
3) Verbal tenses => theory and exercices
4) Listening Comprehension
Assessment methods and criteria
The final score includes the following three parts:
Listening comprehension test [1/5] (in Jan.): part of the exam bears on the vocabulary of the texts seen in class (out of context word translations into and from Spanish/French. The essential part, though, consists in listening extracts from the method to be worked individually (transcriptions, fill-in exercices and contents reproduction.
Written exam [2/5] (20% in Jan. and 80% in June): the questions relate to the method used in class for writing. A mock exam questionnaire can be found at the end of the Syntax course reader. The Jan. exam only bears on the verbal tenses and on the curriculum found in the introduction of the Lexicology course reader.
Oral exam [2/5] (in June): The teacher-student exchange is modelled on the numerous oral practice class sessions. A mock oral exam can be found at the end of the Lexicology course reader.
A score of attendance for part of the exam or absence for part of the exam automatically entails a score of attendance for the course as a whole.
Severe failure (7/20) in one of the four parts of the exam automatically entails failure for the whole course (even if the mean score for the 4 parts is equal or above 10/20).
Access to the oral exam is conditional to obtaining minimum 5/20 in the grammar part of the written exam. A score below 5/20 in the grammar part of the written exam automatically entails failure for the course as a whole.
The course does not include a stay in a hispanic country; students, however, are warmly encouraged to do so whenever possible.
It is VITALLY IMPORTANT to attend the first class as all essential information is given then.
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