Language Center

 

Mastery of languages facilitates access to new and diverse opportunities, and IE University (IEU) considers knowledge of multiple languages a key element of its educational model and of success both in work and study. The Language Studies Center facilitates its students’ studies by developing their communicative competences to help them succeed in the international labor market.


GENERAL INFORMATION

As the main languages for work and study at IEU are Spanish and English, all students must demonstrate that they can communicate competently in both languages before their graduation.

Given that students study in both English and Spanish at IEU, all incoming students must take a placement test upon arrival in the language/s which is/are not their mother tongue. Students will then be advised of the appropriate Spanish or English class they may register for.

Spanish and English language classes are offered for first and second year students at no additional cost thanks to a grant from the University. No student may register for more than two classes per year.

All language classes taken at the Language Studies Center or under its auspices, will appear, together with their marks and, if appropriate, credit number, in the European Supplement to the student’s degree under the title of Further Training. Credits for these subjects are computed according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Credits for language classes will not automatically be awarded as part of the total number of credits required for graduation unless the students asks for the recognition of these subjects as optional credits to the direction of each Bachelor, and providing the application for this recognition is approved.

All Spanish and English classes are yearlong subjects for which students can solicit credit recognition of 6 ECTS credits.


ENGLISH LEVEL

As all degrees of study at IEU require an academic level of English in order to study, it is understood that all students thus demonstrate the minimum required proficiency in English by the end of their studies at the University.

For students still in the process of refining their English skills, the Language Studies Center offers General English language classes as well as subjects such as Writing Skills and Effective Public Speaking to help students polish and perfect their English.


SPANISH LEVEL AT THE END OF STUDIES

Non-native speakers of Spanish, however, must demonstrate a minimum level of B1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) in order to graduate. This can be done by:

– passing the Intermediate Spanish class at IEU Language Studies Center

– presenting an official DELE B1 certificate (issued by the Instituto Cervantes)

– requesting validation of an equivalent course at another university or official institution (pending Language Studies Center acceptance)

It is highly recommended that all non-native speakers of Spanish take advantage of the two years of Spanish classes at IEU Language Studies Center in order to attain the highest possible proficiency in Spanish and continue to practice the use of the language.


LANGUAGE STUDIES CENTER COURSE OFFERING 2013-14

1. SPANISH
– BASIC SPANISH (MADRID & SEGOVIA): This intensive Spanish course for beginners with requires no previous knowledge of Spanish covers European levels A1 and A2 will help the student to develop the ability to use Spanish in a simple yet effective way for everyday life. This course prepare students to directly take the Intermediate course in their second year and thus comply with the minimum level of Spanish proficiency required for graduation, while giving them the tools to take advantage of being immersed in their Spanish speaking surroundings.
– ELEMENTARY SPANISH (MADRID & SEGOVIA): This course is an introduction of basic Spanish structures for both IEU and exchange students 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. This course is a good starting point for those with some previous knowledge of Spanish (European level A2).

– INTERMEDIATE SPANISH (MADRID & SEGOVIA): 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. By passing this course (European level B1) students will be able to comply with the minimum level of Spanish proficiency required in order to graduate.
– ADVANCED SPANISH (MADRID & SEGOVIA): 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. 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 (European level B2).
2. ENGLISH
– GENERAL ENGLISH (MADRID & SEGOVIA): In this course students will learn to communicate actively in informal and academic situations and explain viewpoints, to understand lectures, arguments and news, to read contemporary literature and articles in a variety of contexts and to write detailed letters and texts on a variety of subjects related to personal experience. Students at this level will learn not only to recognize facts, but also to understand opinions, attitudes, moods and wishes.

– ADVANCED ENGLISH: COMMUNICATION & COMPOSITION (MADRID & SEGOVIA): This course is geared to put into practice the knowledge students possess about academic language (grammar, syntax, vocabulary, use of discourse, academic register) and apply it to the composition of written academic texts as well as texts to be delivered before an audience. The objective is to allow students to go deeper in their development of competences and to face and solve with efficacy the complicated problems one encounters when writing papers, articles or dissertations and delivering papers, presentations or speeches.
3. FIRST YEAR UNIVERSITY WRITING
– EFFECTIVE ACADEMIC WRITING SEMINARS (MADRID & SEGOVIA): A mandatory 2 part course for all incoming first year students unless they are exempt from the requirement based on the English Writing Evaluation taken at the end of Part 1 (session 4). This 1 credit Pass/Fail course deals with basic research and documentation skills and methods as well as the fundamental mechanics of writing and preparing University level papers
Part 1 consists of 4 mandatory sessions. The first three sessions focus on the importance of research, citations and bibliographies in the writing process in order to provide supporting evidence and most importantly, avoid plagiarism. The fourth session will include an examination of the students' knowledge of these concepts. This test will determine whether they are exempt from Part 2 of the course. If students are not present to take the test in session 4 they will automatically be registered in Part 2.
Part 2 (7 sessions) focuses on the steps of the academic writing process as a whole, providing students with the tools to organize their written work coherently and in accordance with academic standards. The material covered in part 1 (Research and Citations) will also be incorporated in part 2 as an integral part of the writing process.
Students who fail Effective Writing, either due to lack of sufficient attendance or performance will have to take the course again the following academic year and pass it as it is a graduation requirement.
Those students not exempt will have to follow the established registration process to take Effective Academic Writing in one of the 6 classes offered throughout the academic year (4 groups in the first semester and 2 in the second semester in Segovia, and 6 groups in the first semester in Madrid). Students not exempt will be registered for according to their needs and the availability of places.
4. OTHER LANGUAGES
The following courses will be offered at an additional cost for all students except those in the BIR degree where languages are compulsory courses of the program (BIR students will enroll these courses at the standard ECTS cost of Bachelor programs):
– FRENCH I (SEGOVIA ONLY): This intensive French course for beginners which covers European levels A1 and A2 will help the student develop the ability to use Spanish in a simple yet effective way for everyday life. This course prepare students to directly take the Intermediate course in their second year and thus comply with the minimum level of Spanish proficiency required for graduation, while giving them the tools to function in French speaking environments.
– FRENCH II (MADRID & SEGOVIA): This course is designed to further students understanding of phrases and common expressions that relate to areas of high personal relevance (such as personal or family information, shopping, immediate environment, work). This course is also designed to develop the students’ ability to use French (European B1 level) 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. In addition, students will be able to manage most situations that come up when traveling in a region where the language is spoken.
– FRENCH III (MADRID & SEGOVIA): This course is designed to allow students to understand the main ideas of concrete or abstract topics in a complex text, including a technical article in the user’s area of expertise. The course also leads the student to reach a good level of communication with a degree of spontaneity and fluency during a conversation with a native speaker, in a way that is comfortable for everyone. The student can speak in a clear, detailed way on a number of subjects; express an opinion on current affairs, giving the advantages and disadvantages of the various options.
– GERMAN I (SEGOVIA ONLY): This course is an introduction of basic German 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. At the completion of this course students will be able to function in accordance with common EU language level A1.
– GERMAN II (MADRID & SEGOVIA): This course is an continuation of basic German 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. At the completion of this course students will be able to function in accordance with common EU language level A2.
– MANDARIN CHINESE I (MADRID & SEGOVIA): This intensive course is an introduction of basic Chinese 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. At the completion of this course students will be able to function in approximate accordance with common EU language level A1.
– MANDARIN CHINESE II (SEGOVIA ONLY): This intensive course is a continuation of basic Chinese structures for the foreign student where simple communication strategies will be offered. The student will continue to develop the ability to use the language in a simple yet effective way for daily situations characterized by a high degree of predictability. At the completion of this course students will be able to function in approximate accordance with common EU language level A2.
– MODERN ARABIC I (MADRID & SEGOVIA): This intensive course is an introduction of basic Arabic 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. At the completion of this course students will be able to function in approximate accordance with common EU language level A1.
– RUSSIAN II (MADRID ONLY): This intensive course is a continuation of basic Russian structures for the foreign student where simple communication strategies will be offered. The student will continue to develop the ability to use the language in a simple yet effective way for daily situations characterized by a high degree of predictability. At the completion of this course students will be able to function in approximate accordance with common EU language level A2.
It is important to keep in mind that all subjects must have the minimum 10 students required by the beginning of the course in order to be offered.
Upon sufficient demand (minimum of 10 students committed to register and cover additional cost of the year long course by early September) other languages or levels could be offered.


LANGUAGE LEVEL TESTS 2014-15

INCOMING FIRST YEAR STUDENTS
New students must take the Spanish or English placement test through Campus Online before September 10th. Students who have not taken the placement test will have to do so through Campus Online as indicated during “Orientation Week”. After the placement test the Language Center will indicate what course students may register for through a commentary accompanying the mark obtained on the test in Campus Online. Students must present this recommendation, either printed on paper or through some electronic device at the time of registering or when applying for extra course enrollment. All students must be registered for the appropriate language subjects by September 30th.
In case you may have any doubts, please contact the Language Studies Center at languagecenter@ie.edu or languages.university@ie.edu.
GRADUAL DEGREE STUDENTS
All first year Gradual degree students who demonstrate less than the minimum level of English will be required to take and pass the appropriate English class at IEU or otherwise demonstrate the required competence level in order to continue their studies at the end of the academic year.
EXCHANGE STUDENTS
All exchange students wishing to study Spanish will be required to take the placement test online by the date established by the exchange coordinators and request registration in the appropriate subject before arriving so they may attend the class from the start.


LANGUAGE CLASS REGISTRATION 2013-14

Classes begin on October 1st. Students who have not registered will not be admitted. The Language Studies Center will publish information about classrooms and schedules.

In order to register for a Spanish or English language class, students must:

– Have taken a language test and show their results.

– Have passed a IEU language class and therefore may register in the following level.

– Have obtained permission from the Language Studies Center.

In order to register for the scheduled French, German, Chinese, Arabic or Russian (Madrid) students must go to the Language Center or send an email before September 15th (from their IEU email account) to languages.university@ie.edu including the following information: name, year and degree, which language you wish to study and what level (if any) you have. BIR students, however, may register directly for these subjects as it is part of their degree program.

IMPORTANT: By requesting to enroll in French, German, Chinese, Arabic or Russian subjects students commit themselves to attend classes in case and to pay all corresponding fees.
If the minimum of 10 students are not enrolled by the established date the subject will be canceled, and students will be duly advised.

The price for French, German, Chinese, Arabic or Russian language classes is calculated according to the number of credits (110€ per credit). This fee is not applied to freshmen and second-year students taking classes in Spanish or English language, thanks to a grant from IE University. No student may register for more than two classes per year.

Special conditions will be applied to BIR students other these languages are part of their official Program (BIR students will enroll these courses at the standard ECTS cost of Bachelor programs). Language courses credits for BIR students will be incorporated as a compulsory course of their program.

When languages courses are passed, students may solicit credit recognition for the corresponding 3 or 6 ECTS credits for these classes under the specific rules of IEU for credit recognition.

Classes end in April.

CHANGES IN REGISTRATION (ADD/DROP PERIOD)
With respect to annual or first term subjects, students may make changes or withdraw up to October 15th, except for freshmen, whose period for changes and withdrawals extends until October 30th. For those classes taught in the second term, changes and withdrawals end on February 10th. Language class registration is considered official, and classes are governed by the same rules as the rest of the official classes belonging to the different degrees. All requests to drop classes or change levels must be made by email to the Language Center.
Those students wishing to officially withdraw from classes in languages other than Spanish and English must continue to pay the fees established for those classes according to the contract they have signed.

MATERIALS

Once students have been advised which level of Spanish or English they should register for they must go to the IE bookstore on the respective campus to reserve the required books for the class (all IEU language classes require the corresponding student book and workbook) and give the necessary deposit as soon as possible:

 Students taking Spanish classes or General English must reserve their books by September 15th.

 Students of French, German, and Mandarin Chinese, Arabic and Russian must reserve their books within 1 day upon receiving their class level and registration information. (Note: continuing students of Chinese or Russian will use the same text book as in level I, so only new students must order books.)

Students have a 10% discount on books when they present their IEU student card.

Once the books are received, the IE Store & IE University Store will contact students by email to inform them that they can pick up the books and pay the difference between the price and the deposit made.

The IE Store & IE University Store will order the number of copies reserved by students. Deposits are non-refundable. Returns of books are not accepted.
 

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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