Designing Instructional Resources for Teaching and Learning through a Blended Business Spanish course

Title Designing Instructional Resources for Teaching and Learning through a Blended Business Spanish course
Faculty/College/Unit Arts
Status Active
Duration 1 Year
Initiation 04/01/2015
Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2015/2016
Year 1: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Samuel A. Navarro Ortega
Year 1: Funded Amount 6,050
Year 1: Team Members

Sylvia Bascou-Vallarino, Lecturer, Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies

Project Summary

This project develops the coursepack and online component for the newly created SPAN 309 “Business Spanish of International Trade in the Hispanic World”. Drawing on the theory of processing instruction and structuring input (VanPatten, 1990, 1994,1995, 2007), we design, implement and test five units that contain technical knowledge, vocabulary and grammar for the critical discussion of topics like trade organizations and major imports and exports at level B2 Spanish (CEFR). With its flexible learning structure, SPAN 309 enhances teaching and learning presenting online resources that complement the multimodal in-class approach.

Deliverables from this project remain available for all UBC instructors and our theoretical framework is amenable for developing more language instructional resources. Empirical evidence suggests that contents, which are the focus of processing instruction, are better used in connected discourse (VanPatten, 2007). This student-centred initiative aims to maximize the academic preparation of our students and indirectly securing their financial stability.