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SpanishPRO for Professionals
The Institute for Workforce Education of St. Augustine College, a national leader in the development of workforce development products and the delivery of training, and Instituto Cervantes, the world’s leading ambassador of the Spanish language and culture, teamed up to develop SpanishPRO, an innovative and unique workplace Spanish curriculum.

SpanishPro is a comprehensive instructional system designed to address the need for workplace Spanish with a focus on the conversational aspects of the language. SpanishPRO is intended to be used by professional trainers in an immersion, face-to-face, classroom environment. Because the materials are designed for individuals interested in learning Spanish for the workplace, they include a variety of practical activities, relevant cultural notes, and short grammatical presentations that are directly applicable to the workplace.

SpanishPRO consists of three language levels, Basic, Intermediate and Advanced, and the curriculum for each level includes an instructor guide with a full-color PowerPoint presentation and instructor notes, a participant guide, pre and post tests, and audio CDs.

The system also includes a training and certification program for instructors. Individuals interested in using the curriculum for their courses must first obtain and retain the Certified Workplace Language Instructor (CWLI) certification offered by St. Augustine College and Instituto Cervantes.

The Audience

SpanishPRO is designed for professionals who need to develop competencies in the Spanish language for work-related reasons and who have a limited time to do so. With only 120 hours of instruction, students can develop their Spanish language skills up to an advanced level.

Focus and Content

SpanishPRO emphasizes verbal and comprehension skills through a hands-on and activity-based approach. Students also learn relevant grammatical aspects of the language in order to competently communicate professionally at work. They learn how to have phone conversations, write e-mails, letters, and memos, participate in meetings and interviews, give instructions, give their opinion, and discuss numerous work-related issues, all in Spanish.

The Method

SpanishPRO is an accelerated, immersion, system that consists of three language levels of 40 hours of instruction each. Each level is divided into 10 units including presentations and interviews, work documents, the client, information systems, supervision, work policies, products and services, and the workplace, among others. Each of the units is repeated for each of the language levels with increasing difficulty. At the same time, each unit includes cultural notes related to Latinos and their culture and life in the U.S. Besides having a review section at the end of each unit, each level comes with pre and post-assessments to evaluate student progress and learning.

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