Spanish II

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to deepen the study of legal, corporate and political communication in Hispanic through the analysis of written and oral discursive genres. It aims to develop critical reading skills and metalinguistic reflection. In particular, we will analyze the pragmalinguistic strategies of certain discursive genres of the political sphere, such as parliamentary debate, press conference, interview, political propaganda, or the legal sphere, such as the sentence, blogs, interrogation. We will focus on the discursive strategies of corporate communication and digital marketing through the analysis of different genres such as press release, internal report, newsletters, web pages, social media). A special focus will be dedicated to the promotion through the social media, also through simulation of the launch of a product on the market.
At the same time, the acquisition of advanced grammatical and syntactic structures of the Spanish language will be promoted until the achievement of the C2 level of the European Framework, which includes the domain of oral and written communication in a wide range of specialist topics.
Expected learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to ensure that students acquire the ability to express themselves orally and in writing in specialized fields, as well as the skills of critical analysis of the textual genres treated. At the end of the course, the student will have to demonstrate a good oral and written command of the language in complex situations (level C2). In particular, it will be able to recognize and analyze the syntactic and lexical structures of a political, legal and corporate text and to effectively present its arguments on the topics under study.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
vided on the basis of the evolution of the health situation.

Programme and reference material

The programme and reference material will not be changed.

Learning verification and evaluation criteria

Examination methods may vary where it is not possible to take the examinations in attendance. In this case, all information will be provided in due time.

The starting point for all information relating to teaching is the "Plataforma de español" website on the Ariel platform, which students are required to consult regularly.
Course syllabus
- Part 1: "Business communication and digital marketing in Spanish" (20 hours, I sem.).
The course aims to analyze the communication methods, with special interest in digital communication, of some Spanish companies (Inditex, Repsol, Iberia, Banco Santander), from a pragmalinguistic and multimodal point of view. Starting from the concept of courtesy and image strategies, different textual genres will be examined. The course will conclude with a group activity on the promotion of a new product to be launched on the market.
Part 3: Political discourse in Spanish (20 hours, II sem.)
The course aims to analyze the methods of political communication in Spanish, from a pragmatic, discursive and linguistic point of view. Through a critical approach to political discourse, the strategies of argumentation and construction of identities, relations and ideologies in different textual genres (interviews, speeches, debates, press conference, social networks, etc.) will be examined.
Part 3 Spanish legal discourse
The course aims to analyze communication and pragmatic strategies in different genres of legal communication: judgments, complaints, blogs, etc.
The exercise lessons aim to consolidate the acquisition of vocabulary, grammatical and syntactical structures, the pragmatic competence and to strengthen written production, even in specialist contexts.

The program is valid for both attendance and non-attendance students.
No attendance students are advised to go at least once during the teacher's reception hours.
Prerequisites for admission
Having completed the Spanish language exam I
Teaching methods
Lectures, individual and group works
Teaching Resources
Part 1:
Materials published in Plataforma de español (
Albelda, M. 2013. La cortesía en la comunicación. Madrid. Arco/Libros.
Part 2:
-Materials published in Plataforma de español (
- Fuentes Rodríguez, C. (ed.). 2016. Estrategias argumentativas y discurso político. Madrid. Arco/Libros
Part 3:
- Materials published in Plataforma de español (
-Hernando Cuadrado, L. (2003), El lenguaje jurídico, Verbum.
-Garofalo, G. (2008), Géneros discursivos de la justicia penal, FrancoAngeli, Milano (chapter. 3 and 4)
VV.AA. A debate! Estrategias para la interacción oral. Nivel C. Edelsa.

I materiali sono validi sia per gli studenti sia per i non frequentanti.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam includes a series of written tests and an interview on the topics of the official course, which will take place as follows:
WRITTEN EXAMINATION: it takes place three times a year (May, September, January) and includes the following tests:
- A test of linguistic-pragmatic competence, to be held without a dictionary. It includes questions of various types (multiple-choice questions, cloze-type exercises, etc.), aimed at ascertaining knowledge of complex syntactical, lexical and grammatical structures and idiomatic forms of the Spanish language. Duration 60 minutes.
- A test of textual proficiency: starting from a track focused on a topical, social or political issue, students must be able to write a coherent and cohesive text from a discursive and argumentative point of view. Duration 60 minutes.
ORAL EXAM: takes place six times a year and includes the following rehearsals:
-Written work (3-5 folders) of in-depth analysis related to teaching unit 1 of a corporate marketing text. The linguistic and discursive analysis must be based on the methodological tools presented at the lesson and in the reference bibliography, and must be delivered in paper format at least 15 days before the date of the oral appeal. Information about the structure and content of the work is published in the Plataforma de español (http://

- Interview on the topics of teaching part 2 and part 3, aimed at verifying the acquisition of the contents and the ability of metalinguistic reflection, as well as grammatical correctness and language property.

Students attending will be able to take part of the interim tests during the year, according to modalities that will be indicated in the lessons.

Important warnings
-Written tests are preparatory to oral tests and are valid for a calendar year.
-The validity of interim tests is specified when the results are published.
-To take the exam, both written and oral, it is essential to be enrolled in UNIMIA.
-The verbalization of the final grade can be made only at oral appeals, after registration.
-Please remember that those who have registered and decide not to present themselves, are kindly requested to cancel their registration to UNIMIA, by the closing date of the appeal, in order to allow a better organization of the exam.
L-LIN/07 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - SPANISH - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor: Mapelli Giovanna