The FSI Spanish Headstart for Latin America program consists of four modules with accompanying tapes. Each of the four modules is divided into units (two or three units per module). Each unit is a complete lesson. The learning activities for each unit are;
2. Notes on the Conversation
4. Self-evaluation Quiz
Unit-by-unit objectives for each module are stated at the beginning of the module; at the end of each module is a Spanish-English Glossary to be used for reference. The Keys to marked exercises and to the Self-evaluation Quizzes are at the end of the book. A separate booklet contains the Cumulative Glossary (Spanish-English and English-Spanish).
Modules I through IV should completion time for students who 30 to 40 hours. The contents of be studied in sequence. Average have never studied Spanish is each module are shown below.
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: Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Cuba, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Paraguay, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Panama, Uruguay, Equatorial Guine
Spanish is also called: Castellano, Castilian, Castillan, Español