Course Description

Course Name

Beginning Spanish for Law Enforcement Professionals (Jan/Jun/Jul/Oct Only)

Session: VSJF1121

Hours & Credits

60 Contact Hours

Prerequisites & Language Level

Note: A placement exam will be required when you arrive on site.


  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Name of Course: Basic
Course Code: SPN 151
Total number of hours: 60 hours 20 per week
Number of independent study hours per week: 10

Foundation of the course:
This is a Spanish communicative course whose specific goals are directed at students in the law enforcement fields that have little or no previous knowledge of the Spanish language who want to gain sufficient linguistic competence that will permit them to communicate with Spanish speakers in the specific context of their jobs.

General Objective:
To give the students the necessary tools to implement the border screening process on first contact with Spanish speaking immigrants.

Specific Goals:
1. To have presence in both formal and informal meeting contexts.
2. Command of initial greetings.
3. Say good-bye.
4. Make questions.
5. Respond to questions.
6. Describe physical and mental states.
7. Complete forms with personal information.
8. Recognize related vocabulary with your activities.
9. Give orders.
10. Interview Spanish speakers.
11. Be able to recognize some cultural aspects in order to better interaction with Spanish speaking immigrants.

The base methodological framework of this course has a communicative focus, in which the contents of the transmission are a priority. For this reason, communication competency is the result of the four linguistic skills and knowledge of the culture. The primary objective is to insure the development of linguistic competency such that the student will be capable of interviewing a Spanish speaker involved in a variety of situations which require the contact with police officers. The structure of the course is thematic and to this end the linguistic aspects to be studied and the materials selected are in accordance with the theme of study and the needs of the student.

Strategies for Learning:
This course consists of two sections: The first section of Spanish (80 hours complete; for hours daily for four weeks) and the second section, which is defined as communication experience as a complement to the Spanish classes (20 hours complete, five hours per week). In this second section the students will participate in lectures, conferences about immigration subjects and multi-cultural communication.
As part of this program the students will participate in ?role playing? sessions that will involve actual Spanish speaking participants in which the students will put into practice the knowledge they?ve acquired in the classes.

10% Participation in the class
10% Homework
20% Oral presentations
20% Written exams
20% First section ?Role Plays?; pertaining to requirements and activities of Policemen
20% Second section ?Role Plays?; pertaining to requirements and activities of Policemen

*Course content subject to change