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HIGH-INTENSITY SPANISH INSTRUCTION (HIST)

FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

SPANISH WEB-ACQUIRED TRAINING

FEATURES:

• MONTH-LONG COURSE LIMITED TO TEN PARTICIPANTS

• ALL INSTRUCTION AND MATERIALS VIA INTERNET

• TWICE WEEKLY VIDEO CONFERENCE SESSIONS WITH INSTRUCTOR

(RECORDINGS AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW IN CASE OF ABSENCE)

• DETAILED DAILY SELF-DIRECTED ACTIVITIES

• EXPERIENCED BILINGUAL INSTRUCTOR WHO HAS CONDUCTED HIGH-

INTENSITY SPANISH TRAINING FOR PERSONNEL OF THE BAKERSFIELD

POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE KERN COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

(CALIFORNIA)

• CAN BE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED, WITH DEDICATED EFFORTS, OUTSIDE

NORMAL WORKING HOURS

• COST: $250 PER PARTICIPANT


COURSE DESCRIPTION:This course is designed to provide English-speaking police officers
an opportunity to learn enough to “survive” an encounter with a Spanish speaker in routine
law enforcement situations. Contrary to most traditional foreign language courses, participants
are directly exposed to very little Spanish grammar. Instead, phonetic encoding is stressed to
address the most important Spanish commands, questions, and phrases critical to police work.
There is very little stress on grammatical rules and tedious written exercises. Through actually
speaking Spanish, participants develop a working vocabulary and grammar in a more natural
way.

REQUISITES: The course is introductory in nature, designed to provide non-Spanish speaking


police officers with basic skills in the Spanish language. No prior knowledge of Spanish is
necessary. The course stresses the development of oral communication skills for application in
law enforcement settings.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: This month-long course is designed to give non-Spanish-speaking


police officers a working knowledge of basic, standard Spanish familiar to all native speakers.
They are introduced to the structure, pronunciation and a basic vocabulary through speaking
within a highly intense and interactive learning environment. This is markedly different from
the memorization of isolated grammar rules required in most traditional classroom settings.
Upon completion, participants are expected to:

• engage in verbal exchanges of learned material to provide and obtain information


• demonstrate understanding of simple, clearly spoken Spanish such as high frequency
commands, simple explanations and brief instructions when dealing with familiar
situations
• present information using familiar words, phrases and sentences
• communicate in Spanish to disarm suspects, make arrests, identify individuals, stop
and search a vehicle, conduct field interviews, and assist in accidents and
emergencies.
By gaining confidence in their ability to learn a second language, participants are more likely
to engage in further Spanish language instruction.
PERTINENT INTERNET LINKS:

• HIST WEB PAGE: http://www.profbender.org/espanol

• INSTRUCTOR’S PROFESSIONAL PAGE: http://www.profbender.org

• EXAMPLES OF TEACHING RESOURCES : http://drop.io/profbender

• BEGINNING SPANISH VIDEOS: http://hist.jottit.com


• SPANISH A PRIORITY FOR THIS POLICE DEPARTMENT: http://hist2.jottit.com

• EXAMPLES OF INSTRUCTIONAL “BUILDING BLOCKS” VIA POWERPOINT:


http://basicvocab.jottit.com

• SPANISH-ENGLISH DICTIONARY: http://dictionary.jottit.com

SUPPORT REQUIREMENTS:
• BROAD-BAND CONNECTION TO THE INTERNET
• WEBCAM, MICROPHONE, HEADSET

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: profbender@bak.rr.com