FSI - Spanish Familiarization and Short Term Training

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Foreign Service Institute Spanish  - Image You're going to a Spanish-speaking country. Maybe you've already had some experience with foreign languages, or maybe you haven't. In either case, it's unlikely that you've studied a language as intensively as you will in this course. If you have any questions about these next few weeks, they probably fall into one of three categories: "What does this course have to offer me?," "What is it going to require of me?," and "How can I get the most out of it?"

What's in it for you?

This FSI Spanish Familiarization & Short-Term training course is more than just a language course. Language, after all, reflects only one aspect of what people do as they live and work together. The purpose of this course is to prepare you for just that—living and working side by side with people whose language and customs differ from your own. The course will teach you to speak and understand some of the language, but you'll also learn about the people who use it--Where they live, what they do, what they expect from one another, and what they will expect from you. If you know some of these things—if you have sane idea what people think about you and what they think is appropriate behavior in a variety of situations—then even a small amount of language skill can open your eyes and ears to what is going on around you, and you'll be able to participate more and more in the language as the weeks and months go by. You'll find that your new language skill is made up of a number of parts, but that it is basically a well-ordered piece of equipment. It enables you to make sense of what people say to you and to say things that make sense in return. Although the components are the same for everyone, people differ greatly in what parts they become familiar with first and in how they go about fitting the parts together. The purpose of this Introduction is to help you explore your own resources and style as you acquire new skills in Spanish.

What are we going to ask of you?

A. In general, we expect you to

1. Work • with your mind, to build your own understanding of what you hear and see:
- with your mouth, to participate in classroom activities;
- with your imagination, to add color, detail, and life to the word-pictures presented in class so that you can relate them to your upcoming in-country needs as you now envision them.

2. Be patient with us (of courses);
-with your fellow students;
-and, most of all, with yourself.

B. More specifically;

1. We won't ask you to memorize dialogues, but we do expect you to become sufficiently familiar with the American's role to be able to function satisfactorily in each situation. The sentences in a dialogue are the basic tools; if you master them, you will be able to rearrange and modify them to fit your needs.

2. We don't expect you to understand everything that is said to you, but we do expect you to be able to ask for clarification of what you don't understand.

3. We don't expect you to speak using perfect grammar, but we do expect you to be able to communicate effectively.

Spanish also called Castilian (castellano), is a Romance language that originated in Castile, a region in Spain. There are approximately 407 million people speaking Spanish as a native language, making it the second-most-spoken language by number of native speakers after Mandarin. It also has 60 million speakers as a second language, and 20 million students as a foreign language. Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, and is used as an official language by the European Union and Mercosur. Spanish is the most popular second language learned by native speakers of American English. From the last decades of the 20th century, the study of Spanish as a foreign language has grown significantly, facilitated in part because of the growing population demographics and economies of many Spanish-speaking countries, growing international tourism and the search for less expensive retirement destinations by North Americans and Europeans.

Spanish is spoken in: Spain, Mexico, Columbia, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Cuba, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Paraguay, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Panama, Uruguay, Equatorial Guinea

Spanish is also called: Castellano, Castilian, Castillan, Español

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