More on Newt Gingrich’s Spanish Lessons

By Mary Ann Zehr — April 05, 2007 1 min read
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Joe DeSantis, the director of communications for a public relations firm working for Newt Gingrich, passed on some additional information about the former House Speaker’s study of Spanish.

The classes are being provided by an Atlanta-based institute, Bilingual America. (The institute’s name seems a bit ironic, given that Mr. Gingrich reportedly said last weekend that “allowing bilingualism to continue to grow is very dangerous.” But of course, I have to remember that he’s offered a clarification for what he said last week.)

Mr. DeSantis says that Mr. Gingrich has studied 100 hours of a 280-hour Spanish course offered by the institute. In the first 120 hours, he is focusing mostly on vocabulary development and structure. After that, he’ll focus on pronunciation, speech flow, and advanced structure. “When he finishes the course,” Mr. DeSantis wrote in an e-mail, “Bilingual America projects him to communicate at a professonal level of Spanish or at the advanced-plus to superior level as rated by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.”

A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.