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Vocabulary Activity: How to Write a Spanish Business Letter

written by: Audrey Alleyne • edited by: SForsyth • updated: 8/2/2012

After the teacher has taught the basics of writing a Spanish business letter, students can do various activities which involve Spanish letter writing vocabulary.

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    Learn Business Vocabulary

    If you would like to have a job where you can utilize your Spanish speaking skills, it is important to learn some business vocabulary while studying Spanish. Teachers can provide students with Spanish letter writing vocabulary exercises, which will benefit students in their job search. Participating in Spanish letter writing vocabulary activities in the classroom is good preparation for facing the business world.

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    Let’s examine the following cover letter which accompanies a resume for a job.The vocabulary here will be of good use for the student who wishes to write official correspondence in Spanish.

    Buenos Aires, el 2 de junio de 2010

    Sr. Juan Rojas

    Gerente de Personal

    Asunto: Envío de Currículum Vitae

    Estimado Sr. Rojas:

    Tengo el agrado de dirigirme a Ud., con motivo de presentarle mi currículum vitae y datos personales, a efectos de ser un posible colaborador en su empresa.

    He leído con interés el anuncio publicado en el periódico La Gaceta el 15 de mayo en el cual expresan el deseo de cubrir una vacante en el Departamento de persónal desempeñado el cargo de Asistente de personal an la agencia de Publicidad Martez durante dos años.Mis estudios formales recibidos me han capacitado para manejar un equipo de treinta personas.

    Estoy a su disposición para darle información adicional cuando usted lo considere necesario.

    Sin otro particular, aprovecho esta oportunidad para saludarle muy atentamente.

    Gerardo Pérez Fuentes

    Anexo: Currículum Vitae

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    Quiz

    Now, prepare a quiz using the vocabulary in the letter. Have your students complete the following sentences:

    Quiz

    ­­­­1.________el agrado de dirigirme _____ con motivo de presentarle_________

    2.He leído_________ el anuncio publicado___ ­­­___ periódico ___ ___ _______

    3. ___ ________ el cargo de __________ ___ __________en la agencia de _________ _______ durante ____ _____

    4. ______ _____ ________ aprovecho esta oportunidad para _______ ___ ____________

    5.Estoy ___ su ___________ para ampliar cuando __ _______ ___________

    First, the student can use the vocabulary from the original letter; then continue practicing by substituting his own inserts with the help of the teacher.

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    Unscramble These Words

    Here is an activity to unscramble words.

    1. el/a/Tengo/Ud/de/agrado/dirigirme
    2. leído/He/anuncio/publicado/el/periódico
    3. su/estoy/disposición/a/para/ampliar
    4. esta/para/Aprovecho/oportunidad/saludar/lo/atentamente/muy
    5. desempeñado/agencia/la/cargo/He/el/Asistente de Personal/ en/Publicidad/Romero/tres/durante/años

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    Some Business Vocabulary

    Here is some vocabulary students can use to compose more business letters:

    1. Le agradezco - Thank you
    2. la entrevista - the interview
    3. la oportunidad - the opportunity
    4. la posibilidad - the possibility
    5. la posición - the position
    6. las tareas - the duties
    7. las responsabilidades - the responsibilities
    8. espero con gusto - I look forward
    9. los detalles administrativos - administrative details
    10. Cordialmente - Cordially

    These Spanish letter writing vocabulary activities should go a long way in assisting students to write business letters. They can explore more vocabulary on their own, and create different types of business letters. Before they know it, they will be capable of drafting a real letter to apply for a bilingual job.

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