Intermediate Spanish for Law Enforcement Professionals (Jan/Jun/Jul/Oct Only)
San José, Costa Rica
Area of Study
Criminal Justice, Criminology, Justice Studies, Legal Studies, Pre-Law, Spanish
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units8
Hours & Credits
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONS
CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
Name of Course: Intermediate
Course Code: SPN 251
Total number of hours: 80 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 had a minimum of 100 contact hours of college level Spanish and want to gain sufficient linguistic competence that will permit them to communicate with Spanish speakers in the specific context of their specific fields.
To give the students the necessary communicative tools to interact and obtain adequate information from Spanish native speakers in determine legal contexts.
1. Structure questions
2. Respond questions
3. Describe physical and mental states
4. Complete forms
5. Give orders
6. Interrogate native Spanish speakers
7. Fill reports
9. Write articles, reports, stories, postal cards.
10. Give advice; give suggestions during emergencies, accidents, detentions, captures.
11. Recognize legal context vocabulary
12. Recognize cultural issues to interact better with Spanish native speakers.
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
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
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations