DLI - Spanish Language Course - Seal Functional Program

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Defense Language Institute spanish  - Image The SEAL Functional Spanish Course consists of 50 lessons in five volumes of 10 lessons each. Course content centers on basic topics dealing with Naval Special Warfare/SEAL skills, designed to provide language training for members of the Navy SEAL Team 4.
A lesson consists of:

1. Objectives

This sets forth the goals to be achieved by the student once he has completed the lesson( what the student will be able to recognise and use in Spanish at the and of the unit cycle.

2. Spanish Dialogue

The Dialogues (also the Narratives) are based on English dialogues originally written by SEAL Team 4 personnel. Each dialogue introduces the student to a realistic scenario which purportedly takes place in a Spanish-speaking country. The title indicates the subject the student is going to be exposed to. For instance Lesson 7, "Draeger Closed-Circuit SCUBA,• provides the student with the basic framework to conduct simple conversations in Spanish on this type of equipment and its assembly.

3. English Dialogue

This is the translation of the Spanish Dialogue, provided to insure that the student has grasped the meaning of the Spanish. The English is idiomatic, not literal. The instructor should be able to assist the student if a question arises concerning the text.

4. Vocabulary

Each lesson contains a listing of the new Spanish words used in the unit with the English translations. The lexical items are oriented to Naval Special Warfare equipment, techniques and training. The entries selected should be understood by all SEAL personnel Spanish counterparts.

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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