Cervantes Institute to teach Spanish to Starbucks workers

by Stacey on Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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Spain's Cervantes Institute will teach Spanish to some 100,000 Starbucks workers throughout the United States. By virtue of an agreement signed Tuesday 26 May of 2009, those 100,000 workers will be able to learn Spanish via the Institute's online Virtual Spanish Classroom (Aula Virtual de Español), or AVE.

The course will last one year and quarterly reports will be issued to evaluate how the students are progressing in learning the language, according to a press release revealed by the Cervantes Institute.

Starbucks will be able to follow the Spanish studies of its workers via AVE, which will be available on the intranet of the Seattle-based chain. Also in Seattle is the first Cervantes Classroom that the Institute opened in the United States (in Washington State), located at the University of Washington.

The Seattle Classroom will kick off the training program, which will start with a pilot course taught by professors from UW's Spanish department.

When the course ends, students will receive certification of their knowledge of Spanish with a Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language (known as DELE) awarded by the Cervantes Institute in the name of Spain's Ministry of Education.

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