Spanish for the Human, Social and Political Sciences and Communications (B1.1 - B1.2)

lespa1331  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Spanish for the Human, Social and Political Sciences and Communications (B1.1 - B1.2)
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
3 credits
45.0 h
Q1 and Q2
To be able to register for this course, the student should have followed the LESPA1330 course (1st part).

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
This learning module is focused on communicative competence. Starting from various types of activities, the communication strategies, and productive, receptive, interactive and mediating skills are developed, taking the B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages as a starting point.
The themes tackled are: the educational system in certain Spanish-speaking countries, forced migration, illegal migration, the carceral system, inequality, democracy, social mobilization, political negotiation, current events in Spanish-speaking countries in conflict, culture (film, music theatre, etc.).
One unit is devoted to the writing of online résumés.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of the learning module, the student should be able to:
  • express themselves clearly and in a detailed fashion on a broad array of everyday subjects and points of interest; develop one's point of view on a current event and explain the advantages and shortcomings of various scenarios, as well as present and defend one's viewpoints > language skill: lexis
  • communicate spontaneously and take part in an informal conversation > pragmatic skill: discursive competence and thematic development
  • write ongoing argumentative texts in various registers (essays, reports), developing one's agreement or disagreement about a particular subject > language skill: syntax, spelling
  • present research results on a subject dealt with in class.
This learning module aims at developing all the language and communication skills entrenched in a communicative, lexical and grammatical approach.
The methodology is very varied and includes carrying out various assignments (written and oral) throughout the course, linked to the themes tackled. 
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Grammar is tackled using texts as a starting point (grammar-in-use); interactive classes, role-playing, debates on current events.
The acquisition of vocabulary is implemented using the lexical approach.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Continuous assessment:
  • Tests and presentations = 30 % of the final score;
  • Final written exam = 40 % of the final score;
  • Final oral exam = 30 % of the final score.
  • Written exam: 60%
  • Oral exam: 40%
Depending on the health situation, examinations could be carried out remotely.
Online resources
  • Syllabus du cours.
  • Chamorro D., Lozano G., Martínez P., Muñoz B., Rosales F.,  Ruiz J., Ruiz G., (2010). "Abanico. Nueva edición" Libro del alumno. Edit. Difusión.
  • Chamorro D., Lozano G., Martínez P., Muñoz B., Rosales F.,  Ruiz Campillo J., Ruiz G., (2014). "Abanico. Nueva edición" Cuaderno de ejercicios. Edit. Difusión.
  • Alonso R., Castañeda A., Martínez P., Miquel L., Ortega J., Ruiz J. (2012) "Gramática básica del estudiante de español. Edit.Difusión.
  • Jacobi, C., Melone E., Menón L., (2016) "Gramática en contexto". Edit. Edelsa
Teaching materials
  • Syllabus LESPA 1331, Español para ciencias económicas, políticas y sociales, 2a parte
Faculty or entity
Force majeure
Evaluation methods
The following are the exam modalities for the December 2020 session. Apart from the modality of the written part of the exam, the subject and the date of the evaluation remain the same as announced and explained during the first session of Classes.

1. Changes to content: for the oral part, press kit, 2 articles instead of 3 (see below)
2. Assessment material: all the material seen in the course and tutorials, the themes treated (ciudades, pobreza, asentamientos informales y / o precarios, habitación social; elaboration of a CV, cualidades y bazas, etcétera), reverse classes and the role plays, the vocabulary of the course, with the verbal forms worked on each occasion.
3. Assessment characteristics: oral exam, via Teams.
Part 1: mini press kit of 2 articles in Spanish (instead of 3) on the same subject, and from 2 different sources. Analysis, perspective, comments, critical thinking in the presentation of the subject. List of ESPA → FRAN vocabulary comprising 20 words (from articles).
A 2nd part will include grammar questions in context and vocabulary of the course.
Total: 25 ’per student.
4. Jon LANDA will also interview the students.

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Sociology and Anthropology

Bachelor in Political Sciences: General

Bachelor in Human and Social Sciences