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Question for a pedagogist- re. acquisition and specialized courses

We are currently having a discussion at my institution regarding the most appropriate time to teach Spanish for the Professions courses (for example, Spanish for Medical Professionals, Spanish for Law Enforcement, Spanish for Educators, Spanish for Business, etc.). Some of my colleagues believe that these courses can begin at the elementary level and teach the specialized vocabulary and cultural topics in conjunction with language; however, other colleagues believe that these courses are best taught once students have successfully completed their language skills courses (elementary & intermediate Spanish, advanced grammar & composition, and conversation, etc). Based on the fact that our instructors will have moderate to good training in the communicative approach and that our student population is largely un-exposed (including at the high-school level) to languages other than English and to language education, what would your recommendations be and what does current research offer? with kindest regards for your time and assistance, Joelle

Question for a pedagogist- re. acquisition and specialized courses

We are currently having a discussion at my institution regarding the most appropriate time to teach Spanish for the Professions courses (for example, Spanish for Medical Professionals, Spanish for Law Enforcement, Spanish for Educators, Spanish for Business, etc.). Some of my colleagues believe that these courses can begin at the elementary level and teach the specialized vocabulary and cultural topics in conjunction with language; however, other colleagues believe that these courses are best taught once students have successfully completed their language skills courses (elementary & intermediate Spanish, advanced grammar & composition, and conversation, etc). Based on the fact that our instructors will have moderate to good training in the communicative approach and that our student population is largely un-exposed (including at the high-school level) to languages other than English and to language education, what would your recommendations be and what does current research offer? with kindest regards for your time and assistance, Joelle

Question for a pedagogist- re. acquisition and specialized courses

We are currently having a discussion at my institution regarding the most appropriate time to teach Spanish for the Professions courses (for example, Spanish for Medical Professionals, Spanish for Law Enforcement, Spanish for Educators, Spanish for Business, etc.). Some of my colleagues believe that these courses can begin at the elementary level and teach the specialized vocabulary and cultural topics in conjunction with language; however, other colleagues believe that these courses are best taught once students have successfully completed their language skills courses (elementary & intermediate Spanish, advanced grammar & composition, and conversation, etc). Based on the fact that our instructors will have moderate to good training in the communicative approach and that our student population is largely un-exposed (including at the high-school level) to languages other than English and to language education, what would your recommendations be and what does current research offer? with kindest regards for your time and assistance, Joelle