Peace Corps - Spanish for Specialized Technical Jobs Course

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US Peace Corps Spanish  - Image COURSE OVERVIEW
This text, intended for Peace Corps volunteers, aims to train them in the Spanish linguistic and communicative skills they would need to perform their specialized tasks effectively and expeditiously. The text contains two sections. The first is a series of units to be used by all students and is designed to teach basic grammatical structures and vocabulary. The units contain the following features:

(1) practical conversations, drills, and linguistic situations;
(2) pattern drills;
(3) cultural notes on aspects of Latin culture; and
(4) grammatical notes.

The second section contain units that present no new grammatical structures. The focus of this part of the book is the technical language that is also designed to teach specialized vocabulary and usage. Also included are a series of conversational units pertaining to the geography, culture and dialect of different Latin American countries.

PROGRAMS THAT USED THIS LANGUAGE
Mexico: 2004-Present
Guatemala: 1963-Present
El Salvador: 1962-1980, 1993-present
Honduras: 1962-Present
Nicaragua: 1968-1979, 1991-present
Peru: 1962 - 1974, 2002 - present
Ecuador: 1962 - present
Dominican Republic: 1962 - present
Bolivia: 1962 - 1971, 1990 - 2008; Currently Inactive
Uruguay: 1963-1973, 1991-1997; Currently Inactive

PROGRAM SECTORS
Mexico: Technology Transfer, Environmental Education and Natural Resource Management
Guatemala: Health, Youth Development, Environment, Agriculture
El Salvador: Community Economic Development, Agriculture, Environmental Education, Health, Youth Development
Honduras: Community Economic Development, Food Security, Health and Youth Development
Nicaragua: Business, Environment, Health. Education
Peru: Youth Development, Small Business Development, Health, Environment
Ecuador: Community Development, Education, Health
Dominican Republic: Community Development, Health, Education, Environment, Business
Bolivia: Currently Inactive
Uruguay: Currently Inactive

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, Colombia, 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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