June 4, 2001
The United States District Court for the District of Nebraska is excited about offering an "experimental" course in "Survival Spanish" if Omaha court employees and lawyers are genuinely interested.
A "Survival Spanish" course was recommended as a "positive step toward creating a culturally appropriate/sensitive environment" and that will equip court staff with the ability to communicate basic phrases and information to our Spanish speaking customers. This course will be offered in conjunction with other initiatives, such as the availability of Spanish forms and signage.
Although all the details have not been determined, we know the course will involve:
- An introduction to the culture and basic language principles;
- Instruction on basic phrases (selected by the class);
- Teaching aids and materials;
- One hour of group instruction (per week);
- Opportunities to use your new found skills in real life situations;
And be offered free (yes, libre) of charge
We can't promise that you'll be able to order a sieta course meal (hey, this isn't so hard) in Spanish when vacationing in Cancun, but you won't have to rely on hand signals! The class is an excellent introduction to the language and will also prepare you for a more advanced course if you so decide.
If interested in the course, please pick up the telefono (it's getting easier) and call Craig Saigh (661-7501) or Nicole Cavanaugh (661-7324) by June 11 th . We look forward to hearing from you. Gracias (see, nothing to it).