SPANISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES
Ease-of-mobility, growing international markets, and globalization are demanding that people learn other languages for specific purposes. Instituto Cervantes provides the following definition for teaching Spanish for specific purposes: “Teaching Spanish for specific purposes focuses on teaching and learning processes that help fluency in specialized communication, that is, the language used by professionals working in a particular business context or experts who work in a particular academic discipline. Spanish for Specific Purposes (SSP) is the set of Spanish vocabulary used in each of these areas. According to the professional or academic field studied, there is a difference, for example, between business Spanish, Spanish for tourism, legal Spanish, Spanish for international relations, or medical Spanish, among others.”
Our Spanish for Specific Purposes classes are aimed at improving a specific ability within a specialized context, whether professional or educational, as requested by the individual student.
The demand for this kind of teaching has increased in academics, largely due to the interest of foreign students in studying in Spain with an Erasmus or Socrates scholarship.
At Spanish-eLearning our SSP professionals understand that the dynamics used in general Spanish teaching are woefully inadequate for the degree of specialization that teaching SSP requires.
This is one of the reasons why our teachers are outstanding for this particular need.
In most SSP classes, writing Spanish in a business setting is highly stressed. We take a more practical and functional approach. In addition to writing skills, our methodology focuses on learning the vocabulary and expressions needed in student’s real-life business or academic scenarios.
Adapting to each student’s specific needs
At Spanish-eLearning we know that this kind of teaching has to adapt fully to the needs of each student or group of students. A preliminary analysis of the students’ needs helps us to create a specific program in each case. Our final objective is for the students to improve the communication skills they need to succeed in a professional or academic environment.