With more and more Spanish-speaking people living in the United States every year, learning the Spanish language is becoming ever more important. In the law enforcement field, mastering basic Spanish will give you more power to handle situations involving Spanish-speaking victims, witnesses, or criminals. It’s also a smart career move, because adding Spanish skills to your resume can open doors to new job opportunities.
Whether you’re new to the Spanish language or just want a refresher, this course will teach you the basic Spanish phrases you need for everything from making casual conversation to handling life-or-death situations. You’ll start with simple vocabulary for everyday topics including colors, numbers, conversational phrases, family names, and words for asking questions. You will learn Spanish terminology you can use during arrests, traffic stops, medical emergencies, and many other common law enforcement situations. By the end of this six-week course, you will be well on your way to being a Spanish speaker and communicating more effectively with the Spanish speakers all around you.
Master the building blocks of Spanish. You will discover how easy it is to spell and pronounce words en español. Then, learn the Spanish words for family members, and pick up some easy conversational phrases you can use every day on the job. You will learn pronouns and explore the role of gender in Spanish.
Learn the Spanish words for colors and directional words (with some prepositions thrown in as a bonus). You will also learn how to count all the way to 199. Then, discover a simple conjugation system that uses only three tenses (present, easy past, and easy future).
Discover how to query your witnesses or suspects en español. You will examine powerful words for describing objects, people, and feelings. Then, learn how to describe age, hair color, ethnicity, legal status, and clothing. You will be introduced to four handy little words (este, esta, ese, and esa) that will help you stretch out your sentences.
Discover how to talk about the hours of the day, the days of the week, and the months of the year in Spanish. You will learn how to identify the major parts of the body and obtain answers in emergencies by asking questions like “Where does it hurt?,” “Are you ill?,” and “What happened?” Then, learn Spanish words relating to the neighborhood and tour the buildings and places in a typical town.
Identify Spanish words for emergency responders and law enforcement professionals. You will learn words for criminals and check out the weapons they’re likely to use. Then, learn words for describing drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. You will discover lots of phrases to describe specific traffic violations.
Learn lots of useful commands for getting people to do what you want. You will even practice saying the all-important Miranda warning in Spanish. Finally, learn Spanish words that can help you deal with common medical conditions and add to your repertoire of commands for emergency and nonemergency situations.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional material requirements:
- The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.