F.I.A.’s Intensive Programs have been developed over the past fifteen years to give client’s employees intensive language training before transferring overseas. We have administered over 140 English intensive programs and an equal number of intensives in other languages. To date, over 500 students have completed a language intensive course with F.I.A.
The Intensive English program is the largest of several language intensive programs administered by F.I.A. The full list of foreign language programs that are offered include Spanish, Thai, Portugese, Chinese, Indonesian, and German, but English is by far the busiest and most requested by client companies.
Six weeks, or 240 hours, is recognized as the minimal amount of time needed to take an average, low-level student with basically no functional ability in the language of instruction, through the grammar, vocabulary, and structures necessary to communicate at a basic level. Upon completion of the program, graduates are able to discuss personal information, describe things and processes, describe events in the past, present, and future, and discuss general aspects of work and everyday life.
In the program itself, students use English all day, everyday for six weeks. They are completely immersed in an English environment in preparation for their assignments overseas. Their training consists of Rhythm Training, grammar-based and content-based instruction, conversation drills, group activities, and cross-cultural discussions. In addition to their 240 hours of classroom instruction, students are also expected to do three hours of homework everyday.
The instruction also includes a certain amount of cultural content: foreign customs, socializing, social taboos, possible problems overseas, business situations, non-verbal communication and so on. F.I.A. strongly feels that in addition to a good foundation in functional language, knowledge of customs and an understanding of cultural differences are equally important in helping a transferee adjust to a new environment abroad.