Language Support Services

 

At IE University students have the opportunity to experience a multicultural and multilingual environment. As an international university, we highly prize proficiency in English and other languages, and prepare students to communicate in international workplaces. The knowledge of languages gives access to a new world of opportunities.

The two languages used for work and study at IE University are English and Spanish. Therefore, all IE University students need to demonstrate a high level of communication abilities in both Spanish and English before graduating. Proficiency in these languages will be tested through placement tests offered during the academic term.

 

Courses offered by the Language Support Services for the 2013 intake:

Spanish

  • Básico A1
  • Elemental A2
  • Intermedio B1
  • Avanzado B2  (and up to C1)
  • Técnicas de expresión escrita

 

English

  • General English II (A2)
  • General English III (B1)
  • Preparation for exams I (B2 Cambridge First Certificate)
  • Preparation for exams II (C1 Cambridge Advanced)
  • Effective writing

 

Academic Writing seminars

Students may enroll in the Academic Writing seminars (Técnicas de Escritura Académica ) offered before the start of the semester. 

 

Placement tests

At the beginning of each academic year, the Language Support Service will offer a placement test for new students in order to determine the student’s level in Spanish and English. Students who study in English should take the test in Spanish and vice versa, unless they are native speakers. Registration for Spanish and English classes will be done according to the results of the placement test.

 

Class enrollment

Students may enroll in the language classes by filling out a form during the first two weeks of the academic term. These forms are available for students in the Language Support Service office and will also be handed out during the first few days of class. In order to enroll, students must have been assigned a level through the placement test, have taken the previous level or have authorization from the Language Support Service office. During the first week, students may inquire about other languages or classes not available from the Language Support Service, by filling out a form.

 

Price

The price of all the language classes is computed according to the number of credits (110€ per credit). Students may not be enrolled in more than two classes per year. Spanish and English classes are offered to first and second year students at no extra charge.

 

Language Laboratory

Students have the opportunity to use IE University’s Language Laboratory, which is equipped with the latest technology and software with 9 levels in Spanish and English. English and Spanish classes have a requirement of 15 hours at the Language Laboratory each year. These sessions will be computed by the Language Laboratory personnel who will be present during laboratory hours. The laboratory offers eight sessions each week (12 hours) during twenty weeks (from mid-October to Christmas and from the beginning of January to the end of March): a total of 160 sessions (240 hours).

 

Comitis Program  (Language Exchange)

The Language Support Service offers the Comitis Program, or exchange program, for students of different nationalities where each student contributes knowledge of their native language with another student. IE University students who would like to practice a given language with other students should go to the Language Support Service or send an email to the following address: languagecenter@ie.edu.

 

Credits

All of the classes issued through the Language Support Service will appear with their corresponding grade and number of credits for each student complying with the Diploma Supplement under the heading Further Training. The credits for these classes are calculated according to the European Credit Transfer System.

 

Certifying exam

Exams are given each year in order to certify the language level of each student. To achieve the necessary level to graduate, the student must be able to perform, both verbally and in writing, at a professional and academic level.  

 

Certificates

The Language Support Service office will issue certificates to those students who meet the requirements to register for the last sixty credits of their degree.

 

Methodology

The teaching methodology used for languages focuses on students where they take part in a learning system adapted to their educational and professional needs and interests. All students will have access to a tutor in order to receive assistance with their educational needs.

 

Course scheduling

All of the courses are offered within a time schedule when no other academic or extracurricular activities are planned for the student’s particular group, thus allowing the student to attend class without time conflicts.

For more information:

languagecenter@ie.edu

English Program

 

The English program is designed comprehensively to develop fluency in the language. It is structured to provide a variety of learning formats which include attending classes, lab sessions and tutorials. To help students reach the level needed for study or graduation, IE University’s Language Support Service offers the following:

  • English classes during the whole academic year
  • Tutoring in the language, to help study the subjects of the chosen Bachelor degree
  • Preparation courses for level and official exams

 

General English I

In this course students will learn to communicate in familiar situations, to understand instructions or public announcements and to write letters about a limited range of predictable topics related to personal experience. Students at this level will learn not only to recognize facts, but also to understand opinions, attitudes, moods and wishes.

Credits: 7

Type: Year-long

Requirements: None

 

General English II

This course will help students to develop fluency in the use of the main structures of the language while learning to use appropriate communicative strategies in a variety of social situations. Students will also learn a wide range of vocabulary which will enable them to produce written texts of various types, to develop an argument as well as to describe or recount events.

Credits: 7

Type: Year-long

Requirements: General English I or Language Support Service approval

 

General English III

This course explores grammatical and stylistic points which every student of English as a foreign language at the intermediate and advanced level needs to know. Class sessions will combine theory and practice to assist learning.

Credits: 7

Type: Year-long

Requirements: General English II or Language Support Service approval

 

Preparation for Official Exams I & II

IE University’s Language Studies Center offers students the opportunity to improve linguistic and communication skills in order to prepare for official exams (BEC, First certificate, Advanced, Proficiency exams).

Credits: 7

Type: Year-long

Requirements I: General English II or Language Support Service approval

Requirements II: General English III or Language Support Service approval

 

Effective Academic Writing

Students will have the opportunity to improve their written skills and to learn and develop methods and techniques on academic writing. Students will also learn how to develop main ideas, to present objective information, to produce bibliographies and to use quoting systems according to different styles. Writing is a process that requires a constant exercise of reflection, creation and revision until the final results are acquired.

Credits: 3

Type: Semester-long

Requirements: General English III or Language Support Service approval

 

Effective Public Speaking

This course develops the students’ ability to present and discuss ideas in academic and professional contexts. A wide range of rhetoric techniques of narration, explanation, argumentation, objection and counter-argumentation are explored.

Credits: 3

Type: Semester-long

Requirements: General English III or Language Support Service approval

 

Technical English

This course helps students to increase their ability to use English accurately in a range of key technical contexts through the study of specific vocabulary and grammar.

Credits: 3

Type: Semester-long

Requirements: General English III or Language Support Service approval

 

Specialized Languages: English for Economics

This course is intended for students who have progressed beyond the requirements of a general English course. The course aims to increase students’ confidence in dealing with academic English in general through the study of the terms and the concepts of Economics. Articles by leading scholars will be used for class presentations.

Credits: 3

Type: Semester-long

Requirements: General English III or Language Support Service approval

 

Spanish-English Programs

 

General Translation (English-Spanish)

This course is an introduction to translation where students will analyze texts in English (advertising, journalistic works, recipes, etc) and translate them to Spanish. Students will learn about the principles of the art of translation along with the rules and the formalities that are required for a good writing style in English and Spanish.

Credits: 3

Type: Semester-long

Requirements: B2 minimum in Spanish or English on the entrance exam, Español avanzado II, General English III or Language Support Service approval

Spanish Program

 

The Spanish program is designed to help students to develop fluency in the language and improve written and verbal communication skills.

In order for the students to reach the required level needed to graduate, the Language Support Service at IE University offers the following:

  • Spanish classes during the whole academic year
  • Tutoring in the language, to help study the subjects of the chosen Bachelor degree.

 

Español Básico

 This course is an introduction of basic Spanish structures for the foreign student where simple communication strategies will be offered. The student will develop the ability to use the language in a simple yet effective way for daily situations characterized by a high degree of predictability.

Credits: 7

Type: Year-long

Requirements: None

 

Español Elemental

This course is designed to help students develop their ability to use simple and effective Spanish for daily situations characterized by a high degree of predictability. Students will be provided with a repertoire of basic, standard communication tools that will enable them to talk about general subjects. Students are introduced to relevant aspects of everyday life as well as to the most common types of social interaction.

Credits: 7

Type: Year-long

Requirements: Español básico or Language Support Service approval

 

Español Intermedio

This course is designed to develop the students’ ability to use Spanish accurately and correctly in order to communicate and express their views about a wide range of topics. Further communicative contexts belonging to social and professional situations are introduced.

Credits: 7

Type: Year-long

Requirements: Español elemental or Language Support Service approval

 

Español Avanzado I

This course aims at developing the students’ ability to use Spanish fluently in a wide range of personal, social and professional contexts while displaying a good command of the possibilities of the language. Also, students are expected to develop their versatility to adapt to the changing requirements of effective communication in personal, social and professional situations and to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of social and cultural issues.

 Credits: 7

Type: Year-long

Requirements: Español intermedio or Language Support Service approval

 

Español Avanzado II

This course aims at perfecting the fluency of the language within a wide range of general and professional situations with a good control of linguistic resources. At the same time, the student is taught how to adapt with flexibility in a variety of situations while understanding a wide range of sociocultural aspects.

Credits: 7

Type: Year-long

Requirements: Español avanzado I or Language Support Service approval

 

Español Superior

This course aids students to improve their language skills using a wide range of linguistic and communicative resources permitting the student to use the language subtly. Comprehension techniques and the quality of verbal and written expression are practiced at a high level, allowing students to interact in sophisticated environments.

Credits: 7

Type: Year-long

Requirements: Español avanzado II or Language Support Service approval

 

Hablar en Público

This course develops the students’ ability to present and discuss ideas in academic and professional contexts. A wide range of rhetoric techniques of narration, explanation, argumentation, objection and counter-argumentation are explored.

Credits: 3

Type: Semester-long

Requirements: Español avanzado II or Language Support Service approval

 

Técnicas de Escritura Académica

The objective of this course is to aid the student with the development of writing skills and techniques. The course mainly focuses on academic and professional writing. An emphasis is placed on the development of written expression techniques in the areas of structuring, the presentation of hypotheses, the development of ideas, analysis and synthesis. Writing is a process that requires a constant exercise of reflection, creation and revision until the final results are acquired.

Credits: 3

Type: Semester-long

Requirements: Español avanzado II or Language Support Service approval

 

Narrativa Hispánica Contemporánea

This course deals with an overall picture of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature encouraging students to read texts in Spanish and to learn about recent Hispanic culture by means of Spanish and Hispano-American fiction from the 20th century. The most important periods will be covered and the most outstanding authors will be read, as well as the cultural contexts that surround these literary creations.

Credits: 3

Type: Semester-long

Requirements: Español avanzado II or Language Support Service approval

Courses

 

The Language Support Service at IE University offers a wide variety of courses within its English and Spanish programs to assist students in reaching their linguistic requirements in order to graduate.

Spanish

Course

Credits

Duration

Requirements

Español Básico

7

Year-long

none

Español Elemental

7

Year-long

A1 or Español Básico

Español Intermedio

7

Year-long

A2 or Español Elemental

Español Avanzado I

7

Year-long

B1 or Español Intermedio

Español Avanzado II

7

Year-long

B1+ or Español Avanzado I

Español Superior

7

Year-long

B2 or Español Avanzado II

Hablar en Público

3

Semester-long

C1 or Español Superior

Técnicas de Escritura Académica

3

Semester-long

C1 or Español Superior

Narrativa Hispánica Contemporánea

3

Semester-long

B2 or Español Avanzado II

 

English

Course

Credits

Duration

Requirements

General English I

7

Year-long

A2

General English II

7

Year-long

B1 or General English I

General English III

7

Year-long

B1+ or General English II

Preparation for Official Exams I

7

Year-long

B1+ or General English II

Preparation for Official Exams II

7

Year-long

B2 or General English III

Effective Academic Writing

3

Semester-long

B2 or General English III

Effective Public Speaking

3

Semester-long

B2 or General English III

Technical English

3

Semester-long

B2 or General English III

Specialized Languages: English for Economics

3

Semester-long

B2 or General English III

 

Spanish-English Mixed Program

Course

Credits

Type

Requirements

Traducción general (ingles-español)

3

Semester-long

B2 in Spanish or English, Español Avanzado II or General English III

 

Other languages

Course

Credits

Type

Entrance Level

Grundstufe Deutsch I

6

Year-long

0/A1

Grundstufe Deutsch II

6

Year-long

A2 or Grundstufe Deutsch I

Mittelstufe Deutsch

6

Year-long

B1 or Grundstufe Deutsch II

Français I

6

Year-long

0/A1

Français II

6

Year-long

A2 or Français I

Spanish in Context

 

Spanish in Context is a new concept in linguistic immersion programs. Each program runs for 4 weeks and is offered twice a year. It consists of academic sessions, debate panels, presentations with audiovisual technology support, lectures and conferences, activities and excursions around a particular theme.

This program is particularly suited to those interested in Humanities, European History, or cultural exchanges. One or two courses can be offered each year. The Language Support Service will adapt to the specific needs of universities and organizations interested in launching this kind of program, provided there are enough participants. One-to-one linguistic support is also available to students who may require it.

Spanish in Context offers courses with themes in History, Visual Arts, Communication, cultural traditions and storytelling, and cultural immersion activities.

Minimum age requirement: 18 years

Duration: 4 weeks

Course format:

The academic sessions will be from Monday to Thursday (sixteen days of class, four each week: ninety six hours, of which seventy two are classroom hours and twenty four hours are tutorials). There will be excursions on Fridays and Saturdays (total: four).

Academic structure:

9:30-14:30  Academic sessions (Classes 9:30-11:00, 11:30-13:00, 13:00-14:30)

14:30-15:30  Break

15:30-17:00  Tutorials and conversation

Friday: activities (guided tours, movies, concerts)

 

Contact the Language Support Service Center for this year's program details.

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