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Spanish for the professions

The GCC World Language department makes a key distinction between language learning and language training.

In our specialized courses on Spanish for the professions, the focus is on language training: these courses prepare learners to perform the basic, routine functions of their work world in Spanish, taking into account cross-cultural differences. These one-semester courses allow learners to achieve functional competence in the work setting by teaching them predictable scripts and communication strategies; given the short time of study, language training does not offer the skills in open-ended communication that is the goal of language learning.

For available upcoming classes, please see our online course guide.