Spanish II

A.Y. 2021/2022
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
In the event of changes to the organization of the course accoriding to the public health situation, students will find all the informations in the home page of "Plataforma de español"
Course syllabus
- Unit 1: "The Political Discourse in Spanish" (20 hours). The unit aims at exploring the different kinds of political communication from a pragmatic, discoursive and linguistic perspective. 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.

Unit 2: "Business communication and digital marketing in Spanish" (20 hours).
The unit aims at exploring the communication strategies from a pragmalinguistic and multimodal point of view of some Spanish companies (Inditex, Repsol, Iberia, Banco Santander), with special interest in digital communication,. Starting from the concept of courtesy and image strategies, different textual genres will be examined.

Unit 3: "Spanish-Italian translation" (20 hours).
The unit adresses Spanish-Italian translation of different textual genres (press, fiction, specialized disocurse) through an eminently practical and workshop-based approach, accompanied by appropriate introductory theoretical insights.

The practical language 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 both for attending and non-attending students.
No attendings students are advised to go at least once during office hours
Prerequisites for admission
In order to take Spanish Language II exam students must have passed successfully Spanish Language I examination.
Teaching methods
Theoretical and practical language lessons, perosnal essays.
Teaching Resources
Unit 1:
-Materials published in Plataforma de español (
- Fuentes Rodríguez, C. (ed.). 2016. Estrategias argumentativas y discurso político. Madrid. Arco/Libros. Chapters 1,2,4,6,8.

Unit 2:
Materials published in Plataforma de español (
Albelda, M. 2013. La cortesía en la comunicación. Madrid. Arco/Libros.

Unit 3:
-Materials published in Plataforma de español (

Practical lessons:
VV.AA. A debate! Estrategias para la interacción oral. Nivel C. Edelsa.

I materiali sono validi sia per gli studenti frequenti 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 parts:
- Written essay (3-5 pages) relating to learning unit 1, focused on a linguistic and discursive analysis of a political discourse in Spanish. The linguistic and discursive analysis must be based on the methodological tools presented in class and in the reference bibliography, and must be submitted in paper format at least 15 days before the date of the oral exam. 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.

Attending students will be able to take mid-term 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 mod-term tests is specified when the results are published.
-In order to take the exam, both written and oral, students are requested to properly be enrolled in UNIMIA.
-Final mark registering can be made only at oral appeals, after registration.
-Registerd students that decide at the last minute to not take the examen, 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: Bonomi Milin