Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Written Communication 2

Written Communication 2
Second semester
Main language of instruction: Spanish

Teaching staff


This subject is intended to provide students with the tools and knowledge on oral and written communication that university learning requires and encourages an advanced level of language mastery.


Pre-course requirements

No pre-course requirements are needed to enrol in this subject.


  • E21 - To master the different levels and functions of language.
  • E24 - Ability to present the results of research project in accordance with the standards of each subject area.
  • E25 - Ability to communicate orally in one's own language and other languages using the terminology and resources accepted in the cultural framework of each language
  • E26 - Ability to read and write texts in one's own language and other languages, as well as transcribe, summarise and categorise pertinent information.
  • G01 - To analyse and interpret social and cultural environments to identify need, opportunities, weaknesses and strenghts..
  • G02 - To lead, cooordinate and form part of interdisciplinary work teams.
  • G05 - To act responsibly and produce high-quality, rigorous and efficient work that benefits society.
  • G07 - To know how to apply and adapt to new technologies in processes of cultural management, production and dissemination.
  • G10 - Management of ICT skills, organisation and information management.

Learning outcomes

1. Acquire oral communication skills.

2. Acquire written communication skills.

3. Develop techniques for public speaking.

4. Acquire the ability to understand, analyse and synthesise.

5. Ability to express one's ideas and arguments in an orderly and coherent way both in oral and written form (written and oral techniques).

6. Develop critical analysis skills.

7. improve one of the mother tongues: Spanish.

8. Develop arguments and synthesis in oral debates and presentations.

9. Read and analyze classical works and essays. It is valued as they enrich their knowledge and vital experience.




1. Introduction 

2. Communication. 

3. The use of Spanish Language

4. Written Communication Skills


5. Academic writting

6. Oral Communication Skills

Persuasion and Metadiscourse. How to deliver a speech.

7. Rhetoric

Basics Concepts

8. Introduction to Critical Thinking


Teaching and learning activities

In person


Learning methodology

1. Lecture method.

2. Self-learning.

3. Debates.

4. Learning through the creation and development of work.

5. Texts analysis.


Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

The competencies of the subject are evaluated according to the modalities of continuous evaluation and final evaluation.


It consists of monitoring and evaluating the progressive acquisition of competencies and will be carried out through the following exercises: written exercises, oral presentations, interventions in the classroom, and short exams of the readings.

Continuous assessment will account for 50% of the final grade.

TO PASS THE SUBJECT, 5 POINTS MUST BE OBTAINED IN THE CONTINUING EVALUATION. If the continuous assessment is suspended, the teacher will indicate the exercises that will be delivered to recover it on the day of the final exam.

This assessment is distributed as follows:

1) written and oral exercises: 20%

2) book reading exams: 20%

3) tasks: 10%

Written and oral exercises

In the written exercises the student will strive to do them neatly and according to the established presentation rules.

The delivery of an exercise will not be accepted after the fixed delivery date.

On the other hand, the following scoring criteria will be followed in the written exercises: -0.2 points, out of 10, for each spelling, syntactic and lexical error. Repeated errors count as one more error.

In addition, the partial or total plagiarism of any text will be penalized with a 0 in the exercise.

The teacher will explain in the classroom the assessment of the oral exercises.


Reading books

Students will read various books throughout the semester. On the days indicated by the teacher, brief written questions will be asked to check that the students have read and understood them. The evaluation of this part will be 20% of the final grade. The same error correction criteria will be applied: -0.2 points, out of 10, due to spelling, syntactic and lexical errors. Repeated errors count as one more error.



The evaluation of the subject's competencies will be carried out by means of a written test and multiple-choice questions that will account for 50% of the subject's grade. TO PASS THE SUBJECT, 5 POINTS MUST BE OBTAINED IN THE FINAL EXAM. The following error correction criteria will be applied: -0.2 points, out of 10, due to spelling, syntactic and lexical errors. Repeated errors count as one more error.


Mobile phones or laptops will not be used in the classroom unless explicitly authorized by the teacher.

Three absences from class will be allowed. The fourth and following will be penalized each with -0.5 points, out of 10, the final exam grade. Two tardies equal one absence.

If for an unforeseen reason a student cannot attend class, she will inform the teacher by email the same day.



The student who fails the continuous assessment must deliver the activities set by the teacher. She can only get 5 points in this part of the course.

If the student fails the final exam and has passed the continuous evaluation, when he passes the final exam, the recovery mark will be the average of the continuous evaluation and that of the final exam.

Bibliography and resources

(To study)

Jiménez-Yáñez, Ricardo-María (2021). Comunicar en la Universidad y en la vida profesional. Pamplona: Eunsa. 2nd edition.



Anderson, Chris (2018). Charlas TED. Barcelona: Deusto ediciones.

Aristóteles. (1998). Retórica. Madrid: Alianza Editorial.

Casado, Manuel. (2012). El castellano actual: usos y normas. 10th edition. Pamplona: Eunsa.

Cassany, Daniel (2002). La cocina de la escritura. Barcelona: Anagrama.

Da Cunha, Iria (2021). El discurso del ámbito de la Administración. Granada: Comares.

Llamas, Camen y Ruth Breeze (2020). Metaphor in political conflict. Populism and discourse. Pamplona: Eunsa.

Jiménez, Ricardo-María (2016). Escribir bien es de justicia. 2nd edition. Cizur Menor: Aranzadi Thomson-Reuters.





García Márquez, Gabriel. El coronel no tiene quien le escriba.

Delibes, Miguel. Las ratas. Barcelona: Destino.

(The student write a review) Jiménez-Yáñez, Ricardo-María (2020). Comunicar en la Universidad y en la vida profesional. Pamplona: Eunsa. 


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