||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
Survival Spanish Class
Offered at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: June 22, 1998|
EAU CLAIRE The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has taken another step toward achieving its goals of giving back to the community and providing useful and applicable information to those who want it.
Josette Migawa and Dale Gable, lecturers of Spanish, will teach a class titled "Survival Spanish for Work and Travel" July 14-Aug. 20.
The class is designed for business people who are interested in learning enough Spanish to get around in a Spanish-speaking country, Gable said.
"There's no doubt at all that (participants) won't be fluent Spanish-speakers," she said. "We want to derive a willingness and ability to use the basics, emphasizing giving participants the confidence to speak."
The class, which will meet from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, will include language, grammar, listening, speaking and cultural components, Gable said.
In addition, guest speakers will be invited to class to share their expertise, Migawa said.
If there is interest, she said the instructors will offer class members the opportunity to travel to Mexico with them around Christmas. For those willing to pay the cost of the trip, it would be a chance for class members to use the knowledge gained in class while traveling with two knowledgeable, well-traveled companions.
Ron Schlattman, international business programs coordinator for UW-Eau Claire, approached Migawa and Gable with the idea for the class last year after surveys had been sent to various local businesses to get a feel for interest in the community.
"The response was overwhelmingly positive for a course that would fill up and be of interest," Migawa said.
"We just have to wait and see," Migawa said of the class size. "There are so many people that say they're interested ... but you never know until the handwriting's on the wall."
If the class is well received, she said they would like to teach it during the fall and spring semesters as well as during the summer.
Brochures will be sent to businesses in the community to help promote the class. Gable and Migawa said they're optimistic that this first-time offering will be well received because of the growing business relationship between the Midwest and Mexico.
"It's really fun to work with adults because they're so motivated and they come from different backgrounds," Migawa said.
Gable said she's looking forward to learning from the students, as well as teaching them Spanish.
"The most interesting thing is that kind of contagious excitement when someone can open up the world in someone else's eyes," she said.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: June 29, 1998