Spanish language

Language Centre

Why choose Spanish at XJTLU?

Spanish is the second most-widely spoken language in the world, after Chinese and ahead of English, with roughly 400 million native speakers worldwide. The Spanish-speaking population is one of the fasting-growing in the world, especially in the United States. Experts predict that by the year 2050, there will be 530 million Spanish speakers, of which 100 million will be living in the United States.

Latin American countries have been experiencing strong economic growth for years with an estimated GDP growth of 4.67 in 2011. This growth has been propelled by Mercosur and other trade, economic and political agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Andean Community of Nations, the Central American Integration System (CACM), and the G3 Free Trade Agreement.

The cultures of Spanish speaking countries continue to have global impact on architecture, art, literature, music and film. Work such as ‘Don Quijote de la Mancha’ by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes, the paintings of Pablo Picasso, the architecture of Antoni Gaudi, as well as the hits of Spanish and Latin American actors and singers, have gained worldwide recognition and fame. Those from Spanish speaking continue to achieve critical acclaim in their respective fields.

Learning Spanish will:

  • allow you to understand, enjoy and fully experience an exciting culture that has been a fundamental part of universal history
  • enhance your employability
  • open up career opportunities.

What you will study

Spanish is taught by staff in the Language Centre and you can study in a number of different ways, depending on your programme requirements or your own choices. You can choose from intensive or extensive five-credit or 10-credit modules, from scratch to advanced levels.

Teaching sessions are focused on you and your learning process and progress - your origin, age, learning style and needs are taken into account during preparation for the sessions. Our student-centred approach requires students to be active, responsible participants in their own learning, and you will be required to develop your own pace of learning. The language used in class is mainly Spanish.

Task-based instruction focuses on the use of authentic language and on asking students to do meaningful tasks, including visiting a doctor, conducting an interview, or calling customer service for help, using Spanish. Our teaching focuses primarily on listening and speaking, providing you with the tools you need to speak Spanish from the very beginning. You are taught how to cope with real communicative situations so you can make the most of your Spanish skills.

Teaching

All our courses follow closely the guidelines set by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and have been developed by highly qualified tutors. Spanish tutors at XJTLU are university graduates with masters and PhD degrees and many years of teaching experience at university level. They have specific training in the teaching of Spanish as a foreign or second language.

Spanish language modules combine a communicative approach with task-based teaching and learning in the classroom. This distinguishes our courses from many other universities in China which still tend towards the traditional 'rote learning' style or towards a more philological approach.

Assessment

Assessment is primarily based on task outcome, in other words, the appropriate completion of real world tasks rather than on the accuracy of prescribed language forms. Because we consider assessment a key element in our students’ learning process, you will normally complete different assessment exercises during a semester and receive detailed feedback.